YACWA ChairpersonCollaborative. Engaging. Responsive.
Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women’s Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She is the co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition and is the co-founder of Kinwomen. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits.
Vice-ChairpersonRelentless (human rights advocate). Passionate (status quo pusher). Enthusiast (coffee!).
Karina is a strategic leader for Save the Children. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led multi-award-winning programs, and renowned strategic projects in WA. Karina has worked across the globe, from London to remote communities in the Kimberley and was a finalist for WA Youth Work Leader of the Year in 2015 and 2016. She is passionate about creating a better Australia for the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities.
Katie is your not so typical tweed jacket-wearing accountant. One of her greatest beliefs is to never underestimate the power of one and is passionate about leaving positive footprints in people’s lives and making a difference in the world.. even if it’s as tiny as she is!
Ordinary Board Director, under 25Passionate. Determined. Fun.
Georgie is a social impact enthusiast, determined to make lasting positive social change in the community. Her primary areas of passion are social entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. As a UWA Fogarty Scholar, she is currently undertaking her Honours in Marketing, looking to research the social enterprise space in WA. Georgie has a background in Youth Advisory Councils in WA, as well as being the 2016 WA National Youth Week Ambassador. When she’s not studying, you can find Georgie on the volleyball courts or strumming her ukulele.
Ordinary Board DirectorConsidered. Fair. Scottish!
John is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, from the notable and influential Community Education degree programme. With 16 years’ experience of Youth Work, John has spent most of his career tackling the inherent injustices experienced by young people, through lifelong learning and employment, community development, and outdoor education programmes. John is the Manager of Foyer Oxford, a member of the Youth Work WA Committee, and has been a board member of the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia since 2013.
Ordinary Board DirectorCurious. Passionate. Advocate.
Katherine is passionate about creating a better Western Australia for children and young people. With a background working in child protection and out-of-home care, her most recent and current roles have been working in policy and advocacy for children and young people's rights - working to create positive changes across our communities for children and young people. Katherine also loves scuba diving, our oceans, making music and a good ol' crafternoon!
Ordinary Board DirectorPassionate. Inspired. Optimistic.
Sandra has worked in the Youth and Community Services sector for 20 years and is particularly passionate about the development and sustainability of professional Youth Work practice in Regional and Remote areas. Sandra has designed and managed multi award winning youth services, projects and programs in some of the state’s most remote and isolated communities. She is Co-Founder & Managing Director of Blue Beanie Projects, and employed by Youth Justice Services in the Pilbara. Outside of youth work - Sandra is a Foster Carer, and her other great passion is Food and Hospitality - together with her Chef husband, she owns & operates a popular little Karratha based cafe. Sandra was named WA Regional Youth Worker of the Year in November 2017.
Ordinary Board DirectorSolutions focussed. Innovative. Connector of people.
Vik is currently the CEO of Kira Inc, a medium sized Disability Service operating in metro Perth. Vik’s a Perth boy whose passion for developing sustainable and innovative service solutions has seen him work across Senior Leadership positions in the WA government and not-for-profit sector for over several decades. His most recent Executive roles include managing diverse portfolios in Child Protection, Youth Homelessness, Alternative Education, Women’s Refuges, Youth Services, Mental Health and Disability across WA. Vik’s hobbies include soul music, food enjoyed with the company of his family and supporting his beloved Stirling Senators WABL team.
Ordinary Board Director, under 25
Youth Activity Officer City of Gosnells
Ordinary Board Director
Regional Leader Western Australia Mission Australia
CEO and Ordinary Board Director, ex officioPositive. Purposeful. Passionate.
Ross is a believer in the power for new ideas, in challenging status quo and in bringing intelligent people together to solve problems. He is well known in the youth sector for being a strong advocate, fighting for human rights, equality and social justice for all young people. You'll not see Ross around the city much on the weekends as he's a bit of a tree-huger and likes to commune with nature every chance he gets.