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 joined the Board in August 2008, after four years as adviser to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Finance Committee. A member of Certified Practising Accountant (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 nine years, specialising in commercial advice and financial management.
     
Noelene Jennings    Noelene Jennings (Vice President)

Noelene joined the Board in October 2008. 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 was in the role of Executive Director of the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat. Noelene’s former positions include Executive Director Governance and People Services at the Department of Planning;General Manager Projects, Shared Services, Director of Corporate Services at the City of Perth and Manager of Infrastructure Support for the South Australian Land Information System, plus she has worked in health and education.

Her community work has included board membership of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. She has been an active Evaluator for the Australian Business Excellence Awards, is a member of the Australian Computer Society, the Local Government Managers Association and the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.
     
Lucy Bourne    Lucy Bourne

Lucy joined the Board in May 2009. 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 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. In 2012 Lucy moved to country WA where she works in local government.
     
Luke McNiece   Luke McNiece

Luke joined the Board in July 2013. Luke is a Management Consultant who specialises in Strategy Development, Finance, and Operational Execution. Luke has held senior Finance, Project and Operational roles with Bunnings, a member of the Wesfarmers Group. He has also been CFO of an ASX listed mining services business and General Manager of a funds management business with investments in retail assets.

Luke is a member of CPA Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business degree.

Prior to joining Relationships Australia WA his community involvement has predominantly been in junior sport and he is currently Vice President of the Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club. Luke was awarded the WA Football Volunteer of the Year in 2013 predominantly for his role in promoting good mental health and suicide prevention in the football community.
     
Lisa Wood    Lisa Wood

Associate Professor Lisa Wood is based at The University of Western Australia, and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for the Built Environment and Health within the School of Population Health. She holds a PhD, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).

Lisa is involved in a diverse mix of research relating to the way in which our social and built environments impact on health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities, mental health and social determinants of wellbeing. Underpinning all of her research is a strong emphasis on it being useful and relevant to the 'real world'. 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 planning, implementation and evaluation.

Lisa has worked with a diversity of academic, government and non-government organisations, and has been engaged as a public health consultant in WA, nationally, and internationally. She is active in community and professional service roles, and in addition to her role with Relationships Australia WA, currently serves on the Board of the Heart Foundation (WA), chairs committees for Healthway and the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research, and is on advisory groups for Mentally Healthy WA and the WA Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association.
     
 Alan Wright   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 current membership of the Advisory Board of Andrology Australia, and past service on the Board of Asthma WA.

Alan is active in education and currently holds the Chair of Communication and Clinical Practice at the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia. In addition he is very active in GP education, particularly in the areas of Diabetes, Men’s Health and Obstructive Respiratory disease.


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