Deborah is an Australian Chartered Accountant with over 19 years’ experience gained at blue chip, listed companies and smaller organisations, including seven years of international experience in London and six years’ West African experience. Deborah has worked across a variety of industries and has an excellent understanding of financial accounting, budgeting, reporting and cash flow management.
Deborah has been a Non-Executive Director for over seven years and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). In 2016 Deborah graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course with an Order of Merit. Deborah’s strong financial acumen and excellent understanding of strategy and good corporate governance are three of the key attributes she brings to her directorship roles.
RICK BROOKS (VICE CHAIRPERSON)
For 25 years, Rick has lead change within the Resources, Energy and Telecommunication sectors for operating companies and projects. He has successfully delivered organisational effectiveness through significant cultural, organisational, process and technological change.
A consultant for 16 years, Rick specialises in leading, coaching and mentoring people to enable the development and implementation of effective strategies, structures and systems, ensure active participation of all employees, suppliers and contractors in achieving organisational goals.
Rick is currently Director of Virtual Business Links, a management consultancy focusing on organisational effectiveness delivering transformation through collaboration. He is co-founder and Chairman of the Disruptive Solutions, an accelerator of innovation, enabling makers and builders to change the way the world thinks, behaves and learns. Rick completed the AICD Course in 2014.
POLLY KLANTE (VICE CHAIRPERSON)
Polly has over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional having previously worked in management roles in the UK, Tokyo and Sydney. She has been responsible for the financial management of various complex accounting situations and entities and has worked for several large corporate entities, as well as currently being the Chief Financial Officer for a not for profit organisation in the human services area.
Polly will provide financial governance expertise as well as her knowledge and experience in risk, strategy, compliance and organisational governance. In other roles, Polly is keen on developing others through mentoring relationships. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in mathematics, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a graduate and member of the AICD.
Paul is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters in Urban & Regional Planning programme at UWA where he has been based since 2007.
Since moving to Australia, Paul has held positions at ECU (post-doctoral Researcher) and the University of South Australia (Lecturer). His primary research expertise/interests lie in geographies and regulation of the sex industry; geographies and sociologies of porn consumption, metropolitan planning in Australia; gender and cultural representation in local government and Australian suburbia.
Paul is co-editor/contributor of the edited collection (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry which won the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia Award for Excellence in Cutting Edge Research, a contributor to the volume Male Sex Work and Society. He is currently working on another edited volume, Navigating Sex Work in the 21st Century: Gender, Justice and Policy.
Veronica has vast “on the ground” experience delivering clinical services in the areas of sexual health and women’s health. Veronica is currently a Specialist Clinical Trainer at the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) where she provides clinical education and training to health professionals and works to build the knowledge and skills of people working in the community.
Veronica’s passion lies in sexual health and at AHCWA she is involved in the development and implementation of strategies that help to decrease STIs and BBVs in Aboriginal people in WA, which includes delivery of sexual health training for Aboriginal Health Workers and others working with Aboriginal people. Veronica is also a Practice Nurse at Mundaring Medical Centre where she specialises in women’s health and provides cervical screening, breast awareness and contraceptive advice and education.
Susan is a young, emerging health promotion professional who is passionate about sexual health, social justice and human rights. In 2016, she graduated from Curtin University with a double-degree in Health Promotion and Nutrition.
Susan is proud to work at the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) as a YEP Crew Peer Educator with the YEP Project; a peer-led program that works to address sexual health and blood-borne virus issues affecting young people aged 12-25 in WA. Over the last two years in this role, Susan has led many projects, including the production of activities, resources, training workshops and social media campaigns. In collaboration with SHQ, Susan starred in and produced an online video entitled “How to get an STI test at SHQ” which was released for Sexual Health Week in 2018.
Susan joined the SHQ Board in 2017, with this being her first appointment as a board member. During this time, she was awarded a scholarship to undertake the Diploma of Business for Board Governance with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) and has been working towards completing this qualification. Susan sees this as a fantastic opportunity to set a strong foundation for her governance practices at SHQ and beyond.
KATRINA DUNCAN (STAFF REPRESENTATIVE)
Katrina has worked with SHQ since 2014 as part of the Information and Education Services unit. She has a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, and has also undertaken professional development in records management and project management since joining SHQ.
She is currently the Library and Information Coordinator, a role that oversees the running of the SHQ Library and Resource Centre, as well as administering the organisation’s Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS). Katrina also provides support for the education team, and contributed to organising the 2017 WA Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum.
Katrina is passionate about the essential services that are provided by SHQ, and proud to represent the wonderful staff who work for the organisation.
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