Southcare’s Board comprises professional and community members from a wide range of service backgrounds.

John Dodman

Chair

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.

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Les Ozsdolay

Vice Chair

The bulk of my career was in the Commonwealth Public Service as a senior manager followed by 8 years as a Human Resource Consultant from which I retired in 2013. My current positions include Secretary and past President of the Rotary Club of Como and Board Chair, Carson St Independent Public School, along with other support activities at the school.

I see Southcare as a key partner within the community and seek to add to that important role through my involvement on the Board. Southcare is an organisation that is progressive, inclusive and achieves impressive results giving Board members like myself the opportunity to genuinely feel that we have made a difference.

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Tim Davey

Treasurer

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.

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Ashley Dawson

Secretary

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.

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Julie Ham

Member

My career has been at the State Library, both as a librarian and involved with governance, policy and research. This has given me a wide range of skills to assist Southcare. I represent Soroptimist International of South Perth on the Board and we value the many links that Southcare has to such a wide cross section of the community. I am always impressed with the compassion and values that the staff of Southcare bring to their work as they strive to improve the lives of people in need.

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Lindsay Yeomans

Member

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.

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Miguel Gomez

Member

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.

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Veronica Lawrance

Member

Veronica is an undergraduate and post graduate of Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Public Relations), and has a Master of Philosophy (Public Relations) action research degree. Her research focused on culture, change and professionalisation in the non-profit sector. Veronica has extensive experience in PR/Communications in the non-profit, private, corporate and government sectors. She has worked in PR/Communication roles for such organisations as HBF (Western Australia’s largest private health insurer), WA Football Commission, the local community (Perth Ramble) and Presbyterian Ladies’ College (to name a few!). Veronica has previously been a sessional academic at Curtin in the School of Management (Communication in Business) and the School of Marketing (PR Foundations and PR Techniques). She is currently Unit Coordinator for PR Planning and Evaluation and Cross Cultural Communications.
Veronica is a Justice of the Peace and a board member of Advocare WA – a leading non-profit dedicated to the cause of older people and people with disabilities. Previously an ex-local government councillor for the City of South Perth (2010 – 2015) she has a good knowledge of local government and now sits on the Executive of Borderless Friendships WA.
Veronica is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; the Public Relations Institute of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK); the Content Marketing Institute and the International Public Relations Institute.

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Elise Croft

Member

I have been a commercial litigation lawyer since 2006, working for over 11 years at a medium-size private practice and a director and partner in the law practice Croftbridge.

I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”), a leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues, and a committee member for their WA branch.  I am also on the Committee of Management for the WA Council on Addictions Inc. (trading as Cyrenian House).

Within my estates practice I have witnessed the difficulties families face when wanting to obtain a suitable and affordable level of care for their loved ones.  I can see that Southcare plays an extremely important role in this regard and I look forward to utilising my network to assist Southcare as much as possible into the future.

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Mario Gomes

Member

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.

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Acknowledgements

Past 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.

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Sue Doherty

Past 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.

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Kevin Trent

Past 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.

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