ChairpersonSolutions focussed. Innovative. Connector of people.
Vik currently heads up Anglicare WA’s Metropolitan Services. Vik’s a Perth boy whose passion for developing sustainable and innovative service solutions has seen him work across Senior Leadership positions and Boards in the WA government and not-for-profit sector for over several decades. His most recent CEO and Executive roles include managing diverse portfolios in Child Protection, Youth Homelessness, Housing, Alternative Education, Women’s Refuges, Youth Services, Adult Justice, Counselling and in Mental Health and Disability across WA. Vik’s hobbies include soul music, food enjoyed with family and supporting his beloved Perth Wildcats basketball team.
Vice ChairCurious. 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!
Secretary (Under 26 Board Member)Passionate. 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.
SecretaryEnthusiastic. Organised. Accountable.
I am driven by my integrity and aim to leave the world better than I found it. My passion for supporting young people developed at an early age, and my drive to help others has only gained momentum since then. I have worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings; managing a drop in youth centre, in domestic violence crisis accommodation for young women, with youth involved with the justice system. I have also worked in intensive support services for young people with complex needs and young people and adults with disabilities. I am currently employed at Neami National as a Team Leader for NDIS Services, supporting a team that walks alongside people with psychosocial disabilities, working together with them, to achieve their goals.
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.
Ordinary Board Director (Co-Opted)Patiently impatient. Effective altruist. Optimistic realist.
Katie is a social entrepreneur determined to change the world - just one person's world. One of her greatest beliefs is to never underestimate the power of one, and is passionate about long-term sustainable solutions that seek to empower and to achieve equality.
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 Director, Under 26Culture. Connection. Empowerment.
A big believer in embracing change and diversity, Parul is driven to represent and empower young people to become the leaders of today. She has worked in a diverse range of industries such as corporate, not-for-profit and local government, using her skill set in workplace training to gain keen insights into the world of work. With a particular interest in young people taking ownership of their rights and responsibilities, Parul advocates for creating space and opportunities for young people to thrive in these sectors and develop into the leaders of today. You'll often find Parul outside of these activities at a beach or waterfront with a warm cup of coffee and book in hand.
Ordinary Board DirectorEnergetic. Innovative. Committed.
Sharon has an enthusiasm for change, advocacy and improving the way things work. Her work has focused heavily on program development, service design and advocacy in response to the needs of vulnerable young people. Sharon’s more recent work as the Program Manager at Indigo Junction relates to supporting young people and families experiencing homelessness. Sharon is a 2016 Churchill Fellow and was the recipient of YACWA’s Significant Contribution to Youth Work award in 2018. Sharon loves playing the guitar, folk music and the forest.
Ordinary Board DirectorGenuine. Spirited. Moorditj.
Keisha is a Ballardong Noongar yorga who has always lived on Noongar country, growing up in both Boorloo (Perth) and Toodyay. Contributing to creating a better future for First Nations people and communities is her passion, and she strongly believes First Nations youth need to be included in decision making and empowered to influence outcomes. Keisha’s goal is to become a health professional and work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where she can help people and communities thrive, not just survive. She also loves animals and dancing!
Ordinary Board Director, Under 26Nurturing. Kind. Grounded.
Derek is a young Whadjuk Noongar man with ties to 5 of the 14 sections which make up Noongar boodja. From a young age Derek has been immersed in his traditional culture and surrounded by prominent Noongar Elders and knowledge keepers. The learnings he has gained from these mob is that he has a role and responsibility in his community to keep his culture alive and to empower young people through dance and storytelling. Here is a quote that has been embedded into Derek: “Our Culture isn’t a thing of the past, it’s a living breathing thing.”
Ordinary Board Director (Co-Opted)Trusting. Passionate. Enthusiastic.
Brooke is the General Manager for Community at the Swans, and oversees the club's community-based programs across Western Australia. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years in senior management positions and truly has a passion supporting vulnerable and marginalised people within our communities. She describes herself as a values-driven leader and believes strongly in trust and equity in her teams as well as the people she serves. Brooke has diverse experience in service delivery management, however her passion lies in supporting people with disability to feel connected and valued in their communities. Brooke is not one to do the same thing because we have always done it that way and believes in challenging the status quo to make our communities a better place to be.