WHFS is committed to providing holistic, inclusive and culturally respectful services that enable every woman to achieve her aspirations.
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Margaret Nowak ( Chairperson )
Emeritus Professor Margaret Jennifer Nowak AM
BEc (hons) MEc (Syd), Grad Dip Ed (WAIT), PhD (Murd), Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
Prior to her retirement Margaret spent many years in academia, lecturing in Economics. While Head of Graduate Studies in the Curtin Business School Margaret was responsible for designing, developing and marketing the first Curtin MBA program in 1987. As founding Head of Curtin Graduate School of Business, 1993 to 2004, Margaret championed the development of the Curtin MBA in an online format, one of the first on-line interactive MBAs offered in Australia.
Margaret was a former Consultant in areas of Labour Markets and Corporate Governance; has extensive history of pro bono involvement with elements of the Health industry, particularly with the Public Health sector in Western Australia; WHO Temporary Advisor: Consultation on imbalances in the health workforce.
Margaret has Life membership of the Economic Society of Australia and was awarded the Austin Holmes award for her contributions to Economics in Western Australia; Zonta Woman of Achievement 1990 and Member of the Order of Australia, 2018
- 2013-2019 Chair, Library Board of Western Australia.
- 2013-2017 State Library of Western Australia Foundation Board.
- 2009-2012 Dept. of Agriculture and Food WA, Audit Committee Chair (paid position)
- 2002-2010 Health Dept. of WA Audit Committee: Chair, 2007-10 (paid position)
- 1991-1997 Chair, Management Committee, Fremantle Arts Centre.
Margaret is the Chair of Womens Health & Family Services
Joanne Robinson-Smith ( Vice Chair )
Jo is a Senior Insurance Advisor, Speciality Classes within the group Wesfarmers insurance corporate team.
With her strong corporate background, working in a senior role for the past 23 years in the Perth based headquarters of one of Australia’s largest listed companies, Jo brings experience to Womens Health & Family Services from a risk, insurance and governance perspective.
Jo has been on the WHFS Board since August 2013, was appointed Vice Chair in November 2019 and is also a member of the organisation’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Pina Caffarelli ( Treasurer )
Pina Caffarelli, Principal at Caffarelli & Associates
Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) 1981 – Curtin University
Master of Business (Accounting) 1989 – Curtin University
Chartered Accounting Australia & New Zealand 1986-1988
AICD – NFP Director course, 2011 & Company Director course, 2012
Tax Institute of Australia, Chartered Tax Advisor 2012
Pina’s professional career spans over almost 30 years in the accounting and taxation industry
Pina commenced her career at Atkins Carlyle Ltd, a large West Australian public company, as a graduate accountant
In 1985 Pina transitioned from commerce to public practice joining Ernst & Young (formerly Ernst & Whinney) in their business services division. Whilst there, she completed her professional year and qualified as a chartered accountant.
1989, she left to set up her own boutique specialist accounting and tax practice in the CBD, Pina providing Business Advisory Services including tax compliance, corporate services, accounting and audit of not-for-profit organisations.
Beyond the operation of her practice, Pina has provided numerous support to not for profit organizations and in particular, the arts. In 2000, Pina was engaged by the Australia Council as part of a national education team to write and present the GST manual to the arts community nationally.
Current Board Membership:
- Cancer Council – Board member, 2009 to present
- Artrinsic Inc. (Black Swan Prize for Portraiture) – Treasurer, 2008 to 2012, Chair 2012 to present
- The Lord’s Taverners – Board Treasurer, 2006 to present
- Perth International Jazz Festival – Board Secretary, 2012 to present
- Deputy Chair, The Lester Prize for Portraiture, April 2019 to present
- Director, Perth Blood Institute, June 2019 to present
Pina is a Board member and Treasurer of WHFS since 2016
Jon Morris ( Board Member )
Jon is the Managing Director and founder of the At Home Health Group, providing in-home care and nursing services in the community. Currently employing 450 staff.
He is also an Executive Director and owner of 360 Medico Legal.
In 2018, he sold his Wealth Management firm, Ability One WA/SA to ASX200 listed firm IOOF.
Jon has received a 40under40 award for entrepreneurship and a National Value of Advice Award (AMP).
Jon has an MBA from UWA Business School together with a BSc and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Jon is currently the Deputy Chair of SpinalWA and has held Board positions on Wheelchair Sports WA (now Rebound WA) and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund.
Jon has been involved in the disability sector for the past 18 years. He is a passionate advocate for people living with a disability and strives for independence, inclusion and empowerment for all people.
John is a member of the WHFS Board
Rebecca Banks ( Board Member )
Master of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland; Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney
Rebecca is currently the Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Corporate Services of Perth Radiological Clinic. Perth Radiological Clinic is Western Australia’s largest private provider of radiological services and employs around 1,000 staff at 20 clinics across the Perth metro area.
Prior to Perth Radiological Clinic, Rebecca worked for the Wesfarmers Group in various roles over eight years, including Commercial Manager, Kleenheat Natural Gas & Electricity, Compliance Manager and Manager, Women in Leadership.
Rebecca worked for PwC China in Hong Kong for 12 years in roles including Advisory services and partner development.
Rebecca is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rebecca Banks is the Chair of the WHFS Finance and Risk Management Subcommittee
Rebecca Bunney ( Board Member )
Bachelor of Law (LLB) (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Rebecca is the Head of Practice of Family Law at Cullen Macleod Lawyers
After working in commercial litigation for a number of years, Rebecca started practising in family law in 2010. Rebecca assists her clients through the family law process in respect of matters that relate to parenting, property settlement, spousal maintenance, child support and divorce, and has extensive experience in conducting financial and parenting matters in the Family Court of Western Australia. Rebecca is well versed in how family violence and mental health issues can impact upon people in relationships and following separation.
Rebecca is an Adjunct Lecturer of the College of Law, teaching in family law and wills and estates.
Rebecca is a current Council Member of the Law Society of Western Australia, and is a member of the following associations:
- Law Society of Western Australia
- Women Lawyers of Western Australia
- Family Law Practitioners Association
- Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
Rebecca is a Board member of WHFS since September 2019
Dr Peter Wynn Owen
Dr Peter Wynn Owen ( Board Member )
MB ChB (Birm) 1987 University of Birmingham, West Midlands UK
FRANZCP: Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Accredited Member of the RANZCP Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry
GAICD: Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
AFACHSM, Associate Fellow Australian College of Health Service Management
- Head of Clinical Service, WA State Forensic Mental Health Service, WA Health
- Forensic psychiatrist in private practice specialising in offending risk assessment of violent and sexually violent offenders
- Development (design, build and operation) of an independent WA midwifery-led birth centre
Peter is an experienced hospital CEO/health administrator and a Consultant General and Forensic Psychiatrist. After medicine in the UK he undertook specialist training in psychiatry in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. After Consultant Psychiatrist roles in the public sector came senior Mental Health leadership roles in WA Health, the most recent being State Director of Mental Health in the Department of Health.
From 2007 to 2015 he was Executive Director of the Swan Kalamunda Health Service, eventually overseeing the closure of Swan District Hospital and the planning and contracting for the build and clinical service delivery of the St John of God Midland Hospital. He was also, from 2009-2015, Executive Director, Contract Management and Procurement with NMHS which included responsibility for oversight and management of the WA Health PPP contract with the Joondalup Health Campus.
From 2015 to 2017 Peter served as Executive Director of the WA Women’s and Newborn Health Service including management of WA’s only tertiary quaternary women’s and neonate hospital, the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.
In December 2016 Peter was concurrently appointed Chief Executive, WA Quadriplegic Centre.
He has a range of board experience including periods on the Psychologist’s Board of WA; the Beyond Blue board; as Chair of the Youth Focus Clinical Advisory Group; as a member of the RANZCP Bi-National Finance Committee, and (current) membership of the RANZCP Bi-National Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Committee. He is the current chair of the WA RANZCP Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Sub-Committee.
Dr Peter Wynn Owen is a member of the WHFS Board
Kathrina Bryen ( Board Member )
Kathrina holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Learning. She is a member of the AICD.
Kathrina Bryen is a highly successful human resources executive with 25+ years’ experience working across the areas of transformational, cultural and structural change, talent and capability development, industrial relations, workforce planning and diversity & inclusion. She has worked in senior HR roles in both the private and public sector. After working with Aurizon, Australia’s largest national freight operator as Vice President HR Operations & Network she joined Ausgrid, the largest distributor of electricity on Australia’s east coast. She is currently Executive General Manager People.
Kathrina is an advocate of the value diversity and inclusion brings to a company, and this has been integral in developing an integrated approach to building a more diverse, engaged workforce in all her roles. She has also worked with the UN Women National Committee of Australia and was a Finalist in the Telstra Queensland Business Women of the Year Awards 2016.
Kathrina Bryen is a member of the WHFS Board since March 2018
Victoria Campbell ( Board Member )
BCOM Double Major in Finance & Property
Victoria is currently an Asset Manager at Charter Hall, responsible for the performance and strategic direction of a portfolio of commercial office assets. Prior to this Victoria has over a decade of experience in finance, strategy and banking roles in both Australia and the UK. Previous roles included working in a transactional capacity in Corporate and Institutional banking. Victoria brings to the Board a commercial, strategic and risk management focus. Victoria has a keen interest in social enterprise and social equity
Victoria Campbell is a Board member of WHFS since September 2016
Melanie Wiese ( Board Member )
MA (Advertising), BA (Hon)
Melanie is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Meerkats, a company dedicated to unlocking the commercial value of human motivation by finding an organisation’s true purpose. Mel has spent over 15 years working as a communications strategist in Melbourne, New York and Perth helping some of the world’s biggest brands clarify their value proposition and effectively identify and communicate with their marketplace.
In Australia, Mel has worked at JWT and The Campaign Palace on Ford, Shell, Yoplait, Quit Victoria, National Foods and the National Heart Foundation. In the USA, she was a Planning Director at Grey New York, working as the Global Strategy Lead for Proctor and Gamble’s fabric care business. She also worked on DIRECTV, UPMC and Diageo.
Mel’s specialist expertise is in brand strategy, research design and co-creation methodologies to solve communications problems. For HBF, P&G, Youth Focus, Bankwest, Synergy, Horizon Power and Water Corporation Mel has participated, facilitated and designed large scale consumer co-creation both on and offline, resulting in rich learning, consumer led solutions and staff and brand engagement.
In Perth, Mel has led the rejuvenation of the national Brownes yogurt portfolio, created the Young Men’s Project for YouthFocus, and launched a new brand purpose, identity and public website for Synergy. She has led fundraising projects for Foundation for the WA Museum, St John WA, Youth Focus and Cancer Council.
Mel has three kids, makes a mean cupcake, loves to run and is passionate about women’s inclusion in sport. After a decade working in categories from services to consumer goods to health promotion, she’s also pretty handy at a quiz night. She has spoken at local and international marketing conferences including Mumbrella 360, ADMA and the International Youth Mental Health Conference and is a regular contributor to media discussions.
Melanie is a member of the Board of WHFS