Our Board

The following are members of the current Relationships Australia WA Board: 
Chris Lewis   

Chris Lewis (President)

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 Dobbs   

Tony Dobbs (Vice 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  

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.

Luke McNiece  

Luke McNiece

Luke joined the Board in July 2013. He is the General Manager of a mid-sized Accounting and Advisory practice. Luke has held senior leadership roles in Finance, Projects and Operations with Bunnings, has been CFO of an ASX listed mining services business and operated his own consulting business specialising in Strategy and Operations.

Luke is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of CPA Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business degree.

Luke is the Chairperson of the East Perth District Football Development Council, and has volunteered in junior sport for many years.

 Lisa Wood  

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 Relationships Australia WA, Lisa is active in service roles within the University and public health community.
 Alan Wright  

Dr. Alan Wright

Alan was invited to join the 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.

Lucy Bourne   

Lucy Bourne

 Lucy re-joined the Board in October 2018. After working in various media roles, including five years with BBC Television in London, Lucy moved to Australia in 1980 and worked as a journalist and sub-editor on regional newspapers. She then took on a variety of public relations roles in environment, health and energy, specialising in issues management and government relations. Between 2005 and 2008, while running her own consultancy, she worked part-time for Relationships Australia WA, managing media and communications. She then joined the RAWA Board for a period of nine years, chairing the Governance Committee for much of that time. In 2012 Lucy moved to country WA where she worked in governance for local government for six years and is now editor of the local paper.


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