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Our Board

Zoe Henham (Chairperson)

Zoe Henham joined the WLSWA Board in July 2018.  Zoe is incredibly passionate about diversity, inclusion, equality, justice and empowerment, especially as it relates to women and girls.

Her knowledge in the not for profit sector is significant and is founded on her experiences with corporate social responsibility, employee volunteering and engagement programmes, numerous grass roots initiatives across Asia, her strong sense of community and a desire to ‘pay it forward’.

Zoe has a global best practice approach, formed from her experiences gained while living abroad in London and Hong Kong, from her significant contribution made in corporate life (as a global head of human resources at an investment bank) and through her direct involvement in numerous not for profit programmes. Zoe applies a pragmatic, innovative and solutions orientated approach to all that she does, with particular strengths around strategy, governance, risk management.

Zoe began her career in Australia in 1995 as a chartered accountant before moving into Human Resources when she relocated to London in 1998. In 2004, Zoe relocated to Hong Kong where she worked in the capacity of Global Head of Human Resources in the investment banking and financial services sector. While in Hong Kong she was actively involved with The Women’s Foundation (TWF), a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong. As a member of TWF’s Board of Governors, Zoe also held the following positions: Chair of the Human Resources Advisory Council, Member of the T.E.E.N Programme Steering Committee and Mentor for the Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders. She relocated to Perth in late 2017 before being appointed Board Chair to the WLSWA.

Donna Charlesworth (Deputy Chairperson)

Donna Charlesworth joined the WLSWA Board in September 2016. Donna joined the Board because she wanted to become more involved in supporting the WLSWA and the role it plays in supporting disadvantaged women in WA. Donna is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, with expertise in construction and major projects, energy and resources law. Donna supervises Criminal Injury Compensation Applications referred from WSLWA on a pro bono basis.

Zoe Weir (Secretary)

Zoe Weir has recently joined the Board and taken on the role of Secretary. Zoe is passionate about empowering women and giving them the right to justice and wants to support the great work WLSWA provides in the community.

Zoe is a Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, practicing in workplace relations and safety. Zoe has a diverse skill set, having worked as a lawyer for 18 years as well as an HR strategic advisor for almost 8 years. This combination of legal knowledge and practice and broad range of hands-on HR experience enables Zoe to provide a strategic and practical approach to issues. In addition, having been on the Board of Deckchair Theatre for 7 years, Zoe understands the challenges and opportunities faced by the not for profit sector.

David Vlahov (Treasurer)

Joining the Board in 2021, David Vlahov is a very experienced management accountant. David is currently the Vice President of Finance for the Asia Pacific region, for international company Metso Outotec.

Sarah Van Gent (Assistant treasurer)

Sarah Van Gent joined the WLSWA Board as Treasurer in 2019. Working as a Director in the Ernst & Young Assurance practice, Sarah has over 10 years’ experience in audit and accounting. She has worked with listed entities, large proprietary companies and not-for-profit entities across a diverse range of industries. Sarah is a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Lilly Stanton (Ordinary Member)

Lilly Stanton joined the WLSWA Board in 2021. Lilly is a First Nations professional, with experience working in the resources and business industry and Aboriginal Affairs and Communities. Lilly is a proud Gunnaikurnai woman. She is currently working for Indigenous Business Australia.

Julie Whitlock (Ordinary Member)

Julie Whitlock joined the board in May 2019, and has brought with her a diverse background in strategy, marketing, customer experience, digital channel management and large scale transformation programs. She is currently the Associate Director Engagement & Experience at Murdoch University within the Marketing & Communications directorate. In 2018 and 2021 Julie was honoured to elected by her peers to the Murdoch University Senate, the governing body of the University. With a desire to encourage more women in STEM careers, she recently founded the Murdoch Women in IT networking group. Julie is a member of the Health Consumer’s Council and the Consumer & Community Health Research Network. Additionally, she has completed a number of executive education courses in the areas of leadership and management as well as holding a Graduate Diploma from ECU.

Melissa Callanan (Ordinary Member)

Melissa Callanan joined the Board in May 2019. She is currently the Centre Manager of the Warmun Art Centre. She is passionate about developing alternative revenue streams within the not-for-profit sector and has contributed to building sustainability within many creative organisations and developed best practice models in business development for social impact organisations. Previously she was the Project Director FameLab with the Foundation for the WA Museum, and has held a number senior management positions with leading creative organisations including Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth International Arts Festival, RTRFM 92.1, Fashion Council WA and the Australian Writers’ Guild. Melissa has just completed a Juris Doctor at UWA Law School and remains inspired to seek justice for women.

Kirsty Moore (Ordinary Member)

Kirsty Moore joined the Board in May 2019. She currently works as the Executive Director for Products and Markets at Indigenous Business Australia, a Commonwealth Government agency that furthers the economic development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia through the provision of financial products and services. Prior to this Kirsty spent three years as a Director of Commercial Activity for the WA Government. In this role, Kirsty acted as head of both the Business Development and Asset Management Directorates of the Housing Authority. She was responsible for managing the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Kirsty has a strong background in technical accounting, corporate governance and commercial finance. Before joining the public sector, Kirsty worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and National Australia Bank.

Carina Tan-Van Baren (Ordinary Member)

Carina Tan-Van Baren has been a WLSWA Board member since 2019. Carina has substantial experience in stakeholder engagement, and has advised clients in the resources, technology, education, health and property sectors, drawing from more than 25 years of experience across media, government and law to support clients with insights from a rare multi-disciplinary perspective. Carina is a qualified lawyer and currently employed as a the Director of Corporate Affairs at Cannings Purple. Carina was previously a journalist at The West Australian, based in Canberra as a political reporter and chief of staff, and a media adviser to the Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Communications and the Arts.

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