The Independent Living Centre WA is fortunate to have ten Board Members who generously devote their time, expertise and commitment to the organisation.
Melissa Bramley – Chair Person
Melissa Bramley, who joined the ILC Board in June 2011, brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles in PR, marketing and the media. She has provided high-level advice and communication strategies for senior management of many private, public and non-profit companies. Currently, she is the Media and Public Relations Advisor, Perth Northern Hospitals, at St John of God Health Care. Previously she has worked in senior roles for PR consultancies as well as a range of high profile companies.
Melissa has broad experience in the health and government sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. In 2012, Melissa took on the role as Deputy Chairperson.
Irene Mooney – Deputy Chair Person
Irene Mooney was appointed to the ILC Board in September 2013; she holds over 30 years experience in the health, aged care and community care industries in both government and NGO positions.
Irene began her professional career as a clinician in Nursing and then undertook a Masters in Business Leadership and Management supporting numerous Senior Executive positions and contributing to not-for-profit Boards.
During her career Irene has continued to be a strong advocate and supporter of improvement to customer services and workforce development. Irene’s current role is Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Ethnic Aged Homes Inc. trading as MYVISTA which provides a range of aged care accommodation and options to seniors.
Mr Ron Back – Board Member
Ron is a self employed finance and management consultant, with a wide range of financial experience and extensive knowledge gained from his background in Local and Commonwealth Government.
Ron has been a member of the ILC board since 1997 and held the position of Treasurer until the review of the constitution in 2004. Ron continues to provide financial expertise to the Finance committee.
Ms Robyn O’Callaghan – Board Member
Robyn is a CPA qualified senior finance executive with over 20 years experience attained in commerce and public practice. She has spent eight years working in the property sector including the development of retirement villages. Robyn brings with her prior experience in strategic management, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, and commercial management.
Robyn has previous experience with community based organisations including Rotary and holds a Grad Dip in Management, and joined the ILC Board and Finance Committee in mid 2008.
Mr Ralph Gore – Board Member
Ralph has been a member of the ILC Board since 1999. He was elected to the role of Chairperson in February 2007 and provided outstanding leadership for the Board in its governance role over the last five and a half years, retiring at the end of 2012. He continues to contribute as a board member. Ralph is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Gardens Inc.
Prior to becoming involved in the not-for-profit sector he spent almost 30 years in the finance industry gaining valuable experience in strategy development, financial control, corporate governance and executive management. Ralph has considerable Board experience ranging from large superannuation funds to small development companies.
Kay Cox – Board Member
Kay Cox is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Royal Perth Hospital Unit and the School of Sport Science Exercise and Health. Her 25+ years career in research has involved studies on the health and lifestyle of older adults with a focus on increasing physical activity to reduce risk of heart disease and dementia.
Kay has used her experience and skills outside of the academic world in promoting physical activity and developing educational programs for sporting, predominantly swimming, community groups. She has served on state and national boards for these groups. In 2012 she received an Order of Australia Medal for her work in this area.
Cate Thomas – Board Member
Cate Thomas has recently joined the ILC board bringing her broad experience in the healthcare industry. She specialises in the delivery of health care projects and clinical redesign working both in public and private sector.
Currently, she works in the Health Advisory practice at Ernst & Young, working with a range of clients. Cate’s background is in Occupational Therapy and she has completed a Master of Business Administration. Cate brings a strong background of governance and risk management to the board.