CAN is governed by a Board of Directors who are leaders in their industries and have diverse academic, social and career backgrounds and experiences.
Our Directors are responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of CAN and are charged with policy development, compliance and overall accountability. Board members are elected following nomination and the board is comprised of a maximum of 12 individuals.
Qualifications: Master of Science (Sustainability), Bachelor of Business (Business Systems), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Sustainability Professional and Project Management Professional.
Adam Marr has been involved in the full spectrum of strategy delivery services for over 20 years, working with leaders and their teams to develop, road test and deliver a 3-5 year strategic plan in the context of a broader 15-30+ year outlook.
Adam has lived and worked overseas and in five Australian States/Territories including both capital, regional & remote settings – across private, public and non-profit sectors and in start-ups and $1bn+ organisations. Adam is a Director – Futures & Projects at StepBeyond – a certified Benefit (B) Corporation (revenue/profit generated from sustainable impact).
In addition to Adam’s role as Chair of the Board at CAN, he also serves as Non-Executive Director to Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF), and Trillion Trees.
Qualifications: RN, BSc Nursing, MBA, GAID
Ros is currently the Executive Director, Public Health and Ambulatory Care, North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) WA Health.
Ros has a clinical background in Emergency Nursing and has been involved with the WA Nurses and Midwives Board as part of Professional Standards and was Chair of the Impairment Review Committee. When able the committee facilitated nurses and midwifes back into the workforce after recovering from impairment.
Ros is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently undertaking the Leadership WA program.. Priority areas are governance, leadership and strategy development and ensuring equity and access to services. She is passionate about making a difference and living her values.
Qualifications: Certified Public Accountant
Lorraine Keane is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Screenwest (Australia) Ltd. Lorraine has extensive experience in providing strategic leadership, financial & operational management across a range of sectors including aged care, disabilities & arts.
With over 10 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit and charity sector, Lorraine is passionate about social impact and community engagement. Lorraine is currently a non-executive director for South Coastal Health & Community Services & non-executive director for Community Arts Network WA.
Lorraine is both resilient and agile, having been through change management in almost every organisation, assisting in the transition of a government agency to an independent not-for-profit organisation is just one of her many achievements. There have been many legislative changes in aged care and the disabilities sector over the years, Lorraine has been involved in implementing those changes in St Ives Group & Senses Australia, ensuring robust financial & governance structures in place to deal with the changes.
Sally is a director, writer, dramaturg, producer & consultant working in the performing arts in Australia. As the Artistic Director of Steamworks Arts (since 2001) she has created over 20 new works for contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry & circus. A past board member of the Australia Council Theatre Board 2001-5 & Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and is a member of the Helpmann Awards Theatre panel since 2011. She is a past Director of Playworks & Stages WA & was a core artist with Performing Lines WA 2008-16. In 2016 she launched new circus theatre company MAXIMA: Circus beyond Limits.
Whadjuk / Balladong Noongar Elder
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education
Freda Ogilvie is a retired teacher. Driven by her strong interest in political agendas, education and the strategic plan for WA Public Schools, she has been involved in educating and developing strategies and programs for students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. She has worked in policy development to enhance early childhood education and care within the Aboriginal community. Freda has taken part in national forums on early childhood education, as well as contributed to Aboriginal early childhood programs in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Qualifications: Master of Business (Victoria University), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(Political Science)(UWA), MAICD
Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), Government of Western Australia. For over 15 years she has undertaken senior advisory and management roles in government in international trade and community engagement in a wide range of cross-cultural settings which has included appointments in Indonesia, India and Vietnam. Leading and managing teams often in complex environments and operating across both commercial and social services sectors, she has specific portfolio experience in a range of industries including education, agribusiness, creative industries, professional services, ICT and tourism.
Rebecca strives to strengthen and leverage networks to realise greater potential from the breadth and depth of cultural and linguistic diversity in Western Australia and works to optimise both social and commercial outcomes through developing strategies that take a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach.
Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes
Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education – Curtin University, WA
Originally from Lalibela, Ethiopia, he is also a writer, researcher, lecturer and poet. Yirga currently teaches postgraduate courses at Curtain University, and his teaching practice is informed by the importance of indigenous knowledges, diverse cultures, and social and cognitive justice. He also researches African experiences and Ethiopian traditions, and writes creatively on belonging and diasporic lives.
“The Arts build communities and give a sense of belonging and agency to culturally and linguistically diverse people. If we can engage, enliven and support diverse creative production, we give people a voice. I hope to contribute to CAN’s work in bringing diversity to WA’s vibrant arts community.” Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes