Our Board

Our Board invest their time and expertise to provide governance to TADWA and work closely with our CEO and management team to ensure TADWA is heading in the right direction. We are also privileged to have a Patron who provides guidance and advice to the strategic direction of our organisation.

 


Barry McKinnon

Barry MacKinnon | Patron

Following his 6 year role as leader of the WA Liberal Party and leader of the Opposition between 1986 and 1992, Barry stepped into the role as TADWA’s Patron in 1993. He has extensive experience in community service, politics and the corporate and disability sectors.

Barry has been involved with many organisations in the disability sector including the Disability Services Commission, Commonwealth Hearing Services Consultative Committee, Speech and Hearing Centre for Deaf Children, Amanda Young Foundation, Mental Health Advisory Council, Hearing Research and Support Foundation, and Deafness Council WA.

Board member - Dominique Mecoy

Dominique Mecoy | Chairperson

Bringing her enthusiasm and knowledge to the Board in 2014, Dominique was delighted to be involved with TADWA’s staff and volunteers who all wished to make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities. She is excited to see how TADWA has grown significantly and believes TADWA is in a wonderful position to have great influence on the community.

Dominique has over 20 years’ experience working for both Federal and State governments agencies and has a strong commitment to ensuring that decisions made at the strategic level are made with informed consideration of the impact upon service delivery.  She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts with language majors and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing. On the Board, she chairs the Governance Committee and is also involved in the Marketing and Relationships Committee.

Board member - John Sutherland

John Sutherland

As an ex Councillor of the Town of Bassendean, John’s practical advice has been helpful to developing TADWA to the organisation it is today. John first discovered TADWA when the organisation was still developing and relatively small. As he began to hear more about the projects TADWA was doing, he eventually accepted a position on the Board in 2008.

John has a strong commitment to building the community. On the Board, he is involved in the Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance Committee.

 

Russell Bresland

Russell Bresland | Deputy Chairperson

Russell first came across TADWA when he provided a quotation on insurances. As he became more familiar with the services offered and the staff and volunteers, he came to respect and appreciate how TADWA has grown from humble beginnings.

As the Managing Director of Bresland Consultants, Russell has extensive experience in management and insurance. He brings his experience to the Risk and Audit Committee.

 

 

Board member - Shirley Fitzthum

Shirley Fitzthum

As a full time carer of her grandson who has Down Syndrome, Shirley has a deep compassion towards people with disability and a strong understanding of the needs of carers. Shirley accepted a position on the Board in 2012 and is continually amazed at the dedication and knowledge of the staff at TADWA.

She is heavily involved in promoting the interests of carers and people with disabilities in the community on a State and Federal government level. Shirley currently serves on the Marketing and Relationships committee.

Board member - Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael joined the TADWA Board in 2014 and is involved in the IT Strategy Committee.

Board member - James Petty

James Petty

Discovering TADWA through his involvement in Leadership WA, James joined the Board in 2015 keen to see technology making a difference to people with disabilities. James has a long history working in the technology and innovation field and felt a strong connection with his experience and the work TADWA does.

James works as a Mechanical Engineer and is a part of the Governance Committee on the Board.

Nancy Hackett Board Member

Nancy Hackett

Nancy joined the Board of TADWA in December 2016 after hearing about the organisation and its work to provide solutions for independence through Leadership WA. She is passionate about contributing to the community she lives in and is particularly interested in topics including society and disability, quality of life, ageing, social cohesion, creativity and the impact of arts and culture on society.

Nancy has nearly 20 years of experience in business-to-business, FMGC, e-commerce and arts marketing. She was Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Marketing and Sponsorship Manager for over six years, spent three years as a Marketing Manager at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, two years as Perth Concert Hall’s Marketing Manager, and currently runs her own marketing consulting business. She holds an MBA (Advanced) from UWA and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Trier (Germany).

Toby Ellis

Toby was first introduced to TAWDA in 2015 and immediately admired the dedication of the volunteers and staff. He joined the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Toby is an accountant with membership of CPA Australia.

Katie Valentine Board Member

Katie Valentine

Katie discovered TADWA through her Leadership WA connection with Dominique Mecoy and was immediately drawn to TADWA for the unique way it combined a deep understanding of clients’ requirements and unmet needs with engineering ingenuity and a “can do” attitude.

Katie has degrees in engineering and finance and hopes to bring this background, together with her experience in business development and operational improvement in her current role as a Director at KPMG to bear to assist TADWA make an even greater impact on the community and its clients’ lives.