Governance

Tenancy WA is membership-based organisation, governed by a voluntary Board of Management. Board members are chosen to provide a range of expertise, experience and knowledge and provide strategic direction and support to our team.

We work to strategic and operational plans and provide detailed and regular reports on our achievements to our funders and members. We also produce Annual Reports that can be downloaded from this website.

Board of Management

Nigel Calver, Chairperson

With qualifications in Commerce and Psychology, Nigel has a diverse background in business, training, adventure therapy and not for profit services. For the past eight years Nigel has been an Executive Manager for Centrecare’s community services responsible for managing a variety of refugee and asylum seeker programs, counselling and EAP services, community housing programs and the Family Relationship Centre.

Sue Pethick, Deputy Chairperson

Sue works as Industrial Advocate for a Trade Union focusing primarily on unfair dismissals and workers compensation. She is also Chairperson of the Belmont City College Board; Vice-President of the Belmont Community Group; and President of the BCG Farmers Market Committee. Sue brings 25 years of experience in governance of school and community based not for profit organisations. Sue has seen the shift from predominately owner occupied dwellings to rental dwellings in her own community and believes that security of tenancy and affordable rents are the two key issues facing tenants in WA.

Mitchell Skala-Brown, Treasurer

Mitchell is a Manager working in Deloitte Australia's private clients tax division, providing tax compliance and advisory services for high net worth family groups, SME’s, small-cap listed companies and not-for-profits. His volunteer experience includes treasury and advisory roles with a number of local charities, and currently sits on the Deloitte Foundation and Leukaemia Foundation’s Young Business Advisory Group.

Louise Hanniffy, Secretary

Louise’s experience and background covers marketing, business development and strategy. She holds the position of Marketing Director with Jigsaw Marketing and CEO at DPH Surveys. Louise has worked with businesses at all levels and at all stages of growth over the course of her career. She’s also worked with several other Not For Profits in various capacities, including holding positions on their boards. Louise joined the TenancyWA Board as a volunteer to lend her expertise to a vital area of social justice.

Adam Santa Maria, Member

Adam is a corporate finance and legal executive. He has extensive experience in capital raisings and governance, and has an active pro-bono history in the not for profit sector. Adam has also worked on some of the world’s largest corporate transactions having spent several years at a tier-one law firm on Australia’s east coast.

Wendy Murray, Member

Wendy is dynamic, enthusiastic and committed to integrity in organisational management and services and to making a positive contribution to the community. She is a proven leader who has achieved significant outcomes in complex policy environments and in areas of constrained resources. With over fifteen years in senior executive roles in justice, disability, local government and crime prevention she is experienced at creating and managing high performing teams of 50 plus FTE to deliver state-wide services and managing significant budgets. She has a collaborative approach with a history of effective stakeholder engagement and community consultation across multiple areas of human services and has been responsible for a number of innovative projects that were designed in response to community needs.

Kathy Blitz-Cokis, Member

Kathy has worked in state government for over the last 22 years, with some experience in the not-for profit sector early in her career. With a degree in social work and a degree in law, her experience has been broad ranging from senior social worker, public sector commission consultant, policy and project work in child protection and family and domestic violence. Kathy is currently the Manager of several women’s health programs at Women and Newborn Health Service that include both CaLD and Aboriginal areas.

Jonine Collins, Member

Jonine is currently the State Manager WA/SA of the Stroke Foundation and has worked for more than 25 years in the health and community services sector. This has included management and senior executive roles across these sectors, with a particular focus on primary health care and public health. Jonine has overseen the implementation of many innovative community programs and clinical services, including mental health, suicide prevention, chronic disease, disability, aged care and services to the Aboriginal community, homeless and other marginalised populations.Through her various roles, Jonine has considerable experience in advocacy, leadership, strategy, not-for-profit governance and government contracting both at the State and Commonwealth level.