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Deborah Smith (Chairperson)

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 been a Non-Executive Director for over six years and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course with an Order of Merit in September 2016. Her strong financial acumen and excellent understanding of good corporate governance are two 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

Polly has 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.

Miriam Angus

Miriam is a UWA law graduate with over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of government, private and community sector roles and settings. Miriam’s legal work is principally in the employment area – workers compensation, personal injury, industrial relations and discrimination law. She served as State Administrative Tribunal member and on the WorkcoverWA Board.

Miriam has a strong policy development background emanating from her public sector experience in Federal and State Government Departments and Government ministers’ offices, UnionsWA, health unions and in her consultancy business. Her consultancy work in the public and community sectors focussed on specific projects with governance, strategy, evaluation, policy, research and business planning themes. Miriam currently works as a Senior Industrial Relations Consultant for the Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Veronica Walshe

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.

Dr Paul J. Maginn

Paul is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters in Urban & Regional Planning programme at UWA where he has been based since 2007. He began his academic career in the UK, completing his PhD at London South Bank University and has also worked at the University of Bristol; University of Westminster; and Lemos and Crane, a London-based social research consultancy.

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; strategic planning and planning reform in Australia; Australian suburbia; and gender and cultural representation in local government.

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.

Susan Theseira

Susan is a young person and Peer Educator with a strong interest in sexual health. In 2015, she graduated from Curtin University with a double-degree in health promotion and nutrition. During her studies, she began volunteering with the WA AIDS Council and gained experience in sexual health and harm reduction.

For almost a year now, Susan has been working as a Youth Educator with YACWA’s YEP Project; a program that works to address sexual health and blood-borne virus issues affecting young people in WA. She also works at the Alcohol & Drug Foundation as a Community Development Officer.

Susan is excited, as a young person, to be empowered to use her voice in a space that needs more young people talking and learning about sexual health. She is thrilled at the prospect of working with SHQ and the Board, as she continues to work in and explore the sexual health sector.

Collette Barbour (Staff Representative)

Since 2000, Collette has worked with SHQ as a Community Educator, Work Health & Safety Officer and in her primary role as an Accountant. She has enjoyed the opportunity of being the Capital Works Project Officer, liaising with architects, engineers, tradespeople and staff to realise a much-needed building upgrade.

During her time at SHQ she continued study to become a Counsellor and accredited Gestalt Therapist. Collette is committed in her work at SHQ to provide an efficient, effective and sustainable sexual and reproductive health service for all Western Australians.


SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, Pap smears, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.