Our Board

Our Board

Chris LewisPresident

Chris rejoined the Board in February 2014 and was appointed President. He was previously WA President from 2004-08 and national deputy president in 2006-07.

His professional career has included 15 years as a journalist in Australia and Asia, 20 years as a partner in a national public relations firm advising corporations and government agencies, and he has been CEO of two medium-sized organisations. He is now a semi-retired consultant and devotes half his time to community activities. He brings a corporate and marketing perspective to the organisation.

Tony DobbsVice President

Tony rejoined the Board in March 2017. Before first joining the Board in 2008 he was an adviser to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Finance Committee for four years. He is currently Vice President, a position he held from 2008-2016 at which time he resigned. A member of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UWA.

Tony has a range of company secretarial, financial and commercial management skills and experience, principally in the manufacturing and resources sectors. He has been a senior executive of a major WA industrial company and has been a management consultant for the last seventeen years, specialising in commercial advice and financial management.

Noelene Jennings Vice President

Noelene rejoined the Board in May 2018. Noelene has qualifications in Science and Computing, and a Masters degree in Commerce majoring in Industrial Relations. Noelene is currently Director Corporate Strategy & Performance with the City of Wanneroo. Prior to this role she has worked in State Government positions in South Australia and a Western Australia, and in local government in Western Australia.

Her community work includes board membership of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. She is an active Evaluator for the Australian Organisational Excellence Awards, is a member of the Australian Computer Society, the LG Professionals, the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and the Australian Institute of Manager.

Dr. Alan Wright

Alan was invited to join Relationships Australia WA’s board in September 2015. Alan was also appointed to the Board of Diabetes WA in 2012. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in the management of Diabetes. He is passionate about opportunistic preventive care, particularly in the setting of men attending their GP. He has considerable experience in the military and credits his service with his sound organisational skills.

Alan has served on a variety of Boards, including the Advisory Board of Andrology Australia, and the Board of Asthma WA. He is active in GP education, particularly in the areas of Diabetes, Men’s Health and Obstructive Respiratory disease.

David Nicholson

David joined the Relationships Australia WA Board in November 2019.  David is the CEO for the Shire of Gnowangerup and lives on the door step of the delightful Stirling Ranges.  In addition to Local Government, David has extensive C-Level experience in a range of industries including Finance, Aged Care and Mining. David’s qualifications include an Executive MBA, and CPA (Fellow) with the Australian Society of CPA's.

David is also on the governing council for North Metro TAFE.  

Previous governance roles have included the governing council for the Goldfields Institute of Technology, and Central Regional TAFE, the executive committee with Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and on the Board of Skadada, a performing arts company.

Luke McNiece

Luke joined the Board in August 2022.

Currently the CFO of a tyre wholesale business, Luke has held executive leadership roles in operations and finances in the retail, consulting, financial services and for purpose sectors. He is a CPA and a graduate member of the AICD.

Luke is currently a Board Member of Sock it to Sarcoma, has had a previous term on the Relationships Australia WA Board and been Chair of the East Perth District Football Council.

Wayne Nannup

Wayne is a qualified lawyer and brings 25 years of construction and legal experience. He has worked extensively in executive and senior management, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Housing Recovery Centre Limited, whose key project focuses on supporting vulnerable Aboriginal women and children experiencing homelessness. 

Wayne is a director on Nara Workforce Solutions, a company delivering pathways to employment for the Aboriginal community. He also holds a directorship on the Institute of Indigenous Wellbeing and Sport WA Aboriginal Corporation, delivering community and school-based programs. 


Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood is based at the University of Western Australia and is an Associate Professor within the School of Population and Global Health, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact (UWA Business School). Lisa holds a PhD, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Lisa joined the Board in July 2013.

Lisa teaches in the area of health leadership and is involved in a variety of research projects aimed at reducing health inequities experienced by vulnerable population groups. Most of her current research is around homelessness and health and homelessness prevention, along with projects relating to mental health, domestic violence prevention and closing the gap in Aboriginal wellbeing. Prior to entering academia Lisa worked in the fields of health promotion and public health, in areas of policy and legislation development, social marketing campaigns and program development, management and evaluation. In addition to her role with RAWA, Lisa is active in service roles within the University and public health community.

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