Southcare’s Board comprises professional and community members from a wide range of service backgrounds.
After completing a successful 37 year career in banking and finance in 2009, I now devote my time to supporting the Not for Profit sector. Being on the Southcare Board gives me a direct insight into the many issues that elderly people face in their local community. Southcare is currently building on our strong tradition of support for the elderly, with positive strategic plans to broaden community support for aged people even further which makes it an exciting time to be involved with the organisation.
My other volunteer roles include Past President Rotary Club of Como and member of the Finance Committee at Foodbank WA. These roles provide an opportunity for me to give back to my local community, and meet many other dedicated volunteers, who share my passion of community service.
Luke has over 17 years experience in healthcare. Having graduated with a degree in Medical Imaging, he joined PMH as a graduate Radiographer. It was there he discovered his passion for volunteering in health, working in Club Ado – the hospital retreat for patients on the adolescent ward, while studying his specialty in MRI. After a number of years at PMH, Luke travelled to the UK to work and volunteer abroad. Upon his return he was appointed Chief MIT at the Neuroimaging and Intervention Service of WA and also began his MBA studies. While seconded to the PCH project, he worked with a number of PwC consultants and was asked to join the firm in 2014 to bring clinical, operational improvement and health strategy experience. He has managed over 20 healthcare projects with PwC in the last 5 years and is extremely interested in assisting the not for profit healthcare sector.
My commercial experience comes from owning and operating an accounting practice and light manufacturing enterprise. My not-for-profit involvement has been across the spectrum of roles including auditing, founding and as treasurer of organisations in aged care, employment for people with disabilities, and many other community based service avenues.
I want to contribute in a Board role so Southcare can add to its rich history of service to the local community.
My background is in accounting and finance, and as an accountant specialising in business advisory and corporate taxation. I also currently sit on the board of two NFP’s. I am passionate about being involved in the future direction of aged care services in our State. Southcare is a leader in the provision of services to the local community and I’m proud to be a part of it.
As an active member of the Southcare Inc Board prior to my retirement in September 2013 my lifelong career was in the Insurance Industry.
I can now more fully support Southcare to be an holistic partner of the local community of the City of South Perth and afar in delivering a wide range of caring servicers to our aged and elderly citizens. I am committed to the mission of Southcare and support the innovative services we provide as advocates for the issues of the our elderly citizens and people in need.
I arrived in Western Australia in 2013 from my native California where I worked in various finance, accounting and business operations roles, specifically in reporting and process improvement. I am currently in Business Planning & Analysis for a large construction and manufacturing company in Perth. My time working with various organisations has provided me experience that I am excited to apply to the Southcare Board. I look forward to helping such an important organisation achieve its objectives and continue to provide needed services to the community.
Veronica LawrenceDeputy Chair
Veronica works as a Clinical/Professional Fellow, Cross Cultural Communications, and Public Relations Planning and Evaluation in the School of Marketing at Curtin University. Her key objectives are lecturing and tutoring, setting curriculum, case studies and in-class assignments; researching concepts and case studies; moderating tutors’ assignment and exam marks and marking assignments and exam papers.
Prior to this role, Veronica ran her own Public Relations and Marketing Business, her services offerings included: strategic, business and marketing plans and budgets; risk management, budget forecasting and planning; analysis and management reporting, creation of newsletters, websites, social media and reports. Veronica has held the positions of Executive Manager for Landlink Australia Inc., Director Community Relations Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Public Relations and Marketing at Fremantle Cemetery Board
Veronica’s community involvement includes: Previous Councillor City of South Perth, Board member Advocare WA (2011– 2018); Borderless Friendships (2015 – current); Public relations and Media Officer Rotary Ramble Committee (2015 – ) Secretary, South Perth Learning Centre (2014 – 2016); Secretary Chairperson South Perth Learning Centre Inc (2010 – 2013)
Veronica holds the following qualifications:
- Masters of Philosophy (PR) Curtin University (2015)
- Bachelor of Commerce (PR) Curtin University (2007)
- Train the Trainer (1992)
My professional profile spans the commercial sector as well as the community sector.
As Associate Creative Director in one of the world’s largest advertising networks, I created award-winning campaigns for international clients. Driven by the desire to give back to the community in a tangible way, I moved to the community sector in 2008.
At Mission Australia, I experienced the privilege of reaching out to people with significant life challenges. My current role as Business Development & Marketing Manager at Holyoake allows me to optimise my skills for the benefit of the broader community.
I endeavour to think outside the box and am particularly keen about social enterprise and social innovation. It is a pleasure to be on the Board of Southcare as this dynamic organisation powers ahead in an era of disruption.
After an extensive career in the public and private acute healthcare, community and mental health sectors, Bill returned to Western Australia in February 2001 to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of SwanCare Group, one of the largest single site providers of aged care and senior’s accommodation in Australia.
In September 2007 left SwanCare to head up the development of the Seniors and Villages Communities division of the Aspen Group to develop and operate several retirement/lifestyle living communities in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Bill joined Westridge Australia in 2009 (part of the BGC group, one of the largest privately owned building companies in Australia) to coordinate and manage development opportunities (in-house and with business partners) throughout Western Australia in the areas of retirement and aged care, health and social and affordable housing.
Bill joined and is still currently at National Lifestyle Villages in July 2013 as Group General Manager, Client Services and Business Growth.
Bill has a Bachelor of Health Administration and completes a Masters of Health Service Management in 2014.
AcknowledgementsPast Board Members
John Harwick, Immediate Past Chair – Southcare acknowledges John Hardwick our Chairman of 8 years who finished office at our 2014 AGM. Thank you John for your wisdom, direction and contribution to Southcare over the years. You will be missed but always remain a close friend of ours.
Helen Moore, Immediate Past Board Secretary – Helen was Southcare’s Board Secretary until our 2014 AGM. Helen has been with Southcare since its inception and was one of the original volunteers and founders of the organisation. We wish Helen well with her children and grandchildren.
Marguerita Pawle, Previous Board Member – Our thanks to Marguerita for her many years of contribution to the Southcare Board. Marguerita resigned from the Southcare Board in early 2014.
Sue DohertyPast Board Member
I bring to the Southcare Board a broad range of experience and skills through working in both the public and not-for-profit areas in a range of positions – project management, governance, policy development, training, early childhood education, mediation, contract management, strategic planning and community development. My work in these roles has enabled me to understand the complexities and challenges facing people in our community today.
I represent the South Perth Uniting Church on the Southcare Board and currently am Mayor with the City of South Perth, a position I have held since 2011.
At a personal level, I understand the challenges of caring for elderly parents and appreciate the needs of the elderly in our community.
The ethos of Southcare is important to me and my sense of social justice. It is a privilege to be a decision-maker of an organisation that values the needs of people as they age and works compassionately with a strong values base.
Kevin TrentPast Board Member
My working life has been with Main Roads Western Australia, engaged as a Planning Officer in the Rural Regions. I was elected to the City of South Perth in 1980 and have served on the Council until the present except for the period 1999 until 2002.
As the President of the City of South Perth Sub Branch I am well aware of the need of elderly Veterans and their Widows and trust that the wider community will remember them.
I see Southcare playing an important role in the community, caring for our elderly and those who face challenges in their daily lives.