Peel Community Development Group Board Nomination Pack 2017

The Peel Community Development Group (PCDG) aims to bring both community development practices and community services together, to address issues and opportunities collaboratively. This is achieved through an understanding and articulation of needs and by raising awareness of issues in the Peel region; whilst maintaining a positive focus on the community sector’s strengths and successes. Support for local community networks is important for achieving wide reaching engagement to develop sustainable support structures and reduce isolation for community development practitioners.

To enable the PCDG to achieve these aims we strive for a Board with a broad representation, perspective and skill sets that are linked with the different aspects of the PCDG role: identify, articulate and advocate for community needs.

For more information on the attributes we require of our Board members and to nominate for a position of Peel Community Development Group Board of Management, please download the 2017 nomination pack here.

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Craig Edmonds - Chairperson

With over 25 years’ experience in corporate and operational environments, Craig has a comprehensive understanding of organisational governance, strategy, performance improvement and people. 

Working extensively with Aboriginal people, Aboriginal owned and run organisations and corporations, people living with disabilities, skilled migrants, asylum seekers & refugees has given Craig the opportunity to work on a number of innovative projects related to diversity, equality and inclusion across the Australian community. 

In addition to the Peel Community Development Group Craig also volunteers as an advisor on governance to the Winjan Aboriginal Corporation as well as an employment program volunteer at the Fremantle Multicultural Centre.

BRAD VITALE - deputy chairperson

Brad Vitale is the Community Development Officer for the Shire of Waroona. Born and raised in Waroona, Brad has an in-depth understanding of the Waroona community and Peel region, and holds a passion for the development, growth and promotion of this fantastic part of the world.

In Peel, he belongs to a number of community organisations including Deputy Chair of Peel Community Development Group, Deputy Chair of Peel Trails Group, Chair of Waroona Interagency Group, Coordinator of Waroona Youth Advisory Council, Board member of Peel Volunteer Resource Centre, Board member of Waroona District High School Board, Secretary of Waroona Amateur Basketball association, and member of Waroona Agricultural Society.

Brad is known as a professional student, having commenced his tertiary education studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia in 2011 before changing to a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. From here, he then changed to a Bachelor of Business, double majoring in Finance and Accounting. Brad is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business, double majoring in Management and Community Development at Murdoch University, which he will complete!

KRISTIE TONKIN - secretary

Kristie Tonkin works in the role of Principal Consultant Industry, Skills and Regional Capability at the Peel Development Commission. She has worked for the Commission for the past 2 years and in this time has taken an active role in advocating for community interests and developing community infrastructure projects.   

Kristie is currently updating her skills by undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.


Leanne is the owner of Number Rumba Bookkeeping.  She has formal qualifications in Bookkeeping and Hospitality and has spent many years working in finance management in Local Government, the private sector and not-for-profit sector. Her experience includes several years at Fairbridge as the Corporate Services Manager where she first developed an interest in many of the challenging social issues affecting the region.

Leanne is originally from Fremantle, but has lived in Far North Queensland and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She has lived in the Peel Region for 10 years and enjoys being able to play an active role in her local community.

SUE FYFE - board member

Professor Sue Fyfe is an epidemiologist, anatomist, speech pathologist and teacher with research interests in public health, disability, health services and educational research in tertiary health sciences, particularly interprofessional, education and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. She has published and presented widely on disability and teaching and learning innovation and change and consults in areas of teaching and learning and public health. She is committed to building strong, resilient communities with educational opportunities for all.

In Peel, she is Deputy Chair of the Peel Development Commission, a Board member of the Peel Community Development Group (PCDG) and Chair of the Forest Heritage Centre in Dwellingup. She is a member of the team that has developed the Dwellingup Community Village for help seniors stay in the community and is an active member of the Dwellingup Community Compact.  She has led or been part of recent projects on food security, transitional and secure housing and family violence, where she contributes her research and strategic planning and governance skills. She is currently contributing to a financial toolbox program for women in the Peel region.

Liz Storr - board member

Liz is the managing director of Storybox Consulting. With over 25 years of experience in community engagement and development in the not-for-profit sector, local government and business, Liz has worked on diverse social, economic and infrastructure projects. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Community Relations from the University of Queensland's Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. Liz is passionate about working alongside regional and rural communities.

ANNE SINCLAIR - board member

My working background includes Director of WACOSS and Board Member of ACOSS; Deputy Chairperson of Homeswest (W.A. State Housing Commission); Member of Social Security Appeals Tribunal;  Advisor to Labor Ministers and Premier during the 1980’s and 90’s;  Executive Officer Aboriginal Justice Council;  Consultant/advisor to Aboriginal Organisations in the Kimberley Region of W.A.; Executive Officer to the CEO Aboriginal Affairs Department;  Policy Director Pilbara Development Commission;  Policy Director Aged Care (WA and Tasmania); and Secretariat ATSIC Board of Commissioners.

The experiences that I enjoyed in these roles enhanced my knowledge and interest in many areas of social justice policy.  I have gained insights into policy making and the impact policies have on individuals and families. I continue to be involved in voluntary roles in the Peel region that allow me to continue to draw on the experience and knowledge gained during my paid working life. Networking is one of my strengths and I acknowledge the individuals and organisations that have shared their stories, knowledge and wisdom with me.

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Brian Dodds - Board Member

Brian has worked continuously with the Department of Communities; Child Protection and Family Support Division (under its various names), since January 1974. He has worked ina variety of Department Districts, teams and positions, with the latest being as the Assistant District Director of the Peel District. since March 2016.

Brian has extensive experience in professional supervision, mentoring and coaching of field staff (as well as Social Work Students since 1987), case auditing, child death reviews, chairing case planning forums, community development, appearing before the Family and Children's Courts and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Brian was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace on 9 July 1976 and is a former Visiting Justice of the CW Campbell Remand Prison (now part of Hakea Prison). He has also served as a Member of the Public Service Appeals Board from 2011 to 2014 and is a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, as well as a Fellow of the Society of Professional Social Workers.

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Jill robinson - BOARD MEMBER

With over 20 years in the Community Sector Jill has a breadth of experience including in childcare, domestic violence support, a leadership role in the disability sector and as a government officer.  Jill commenced as Executive Officer at Pat Thomas House in 2017, a role which has reignited her passion and commitment to support women and children who have experienced Domestic Violence.  She is very passionate about ensuring there is a safe, secure and supportive place for women and children to stay and be safe. 

DAVID SMEATON - Board Member

Age 80. Former BBC News and Current Affairs foreign and home correspondent. Emigrated to Australia in 2000. Following death of wife from cancer in 2014 joined the Council of Palliative Care WA. Currently involved in encouraging Advanced Care Planning in the Peel Region. Joined the Board of PCDG in 2017.
Member of the University of the Third Age, Mandurah, The Combined Probus of Murray District, and Halls Head Croquet Club. David is also a patron of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Jodie Doherty - Board Member

Jodie has spent most of her career in Local Government with the exception of 6 years at the Peel Development Commission managing the Royalties for Regions funding scheme. Jodie has managed a local Visitor Centre, Rates Department and coordinated the Mandurah Crabfest before her current role in managing the Community Development and Recreation Department at the Shire of Murray.  

Both living and working in the region, Jodie understands the strengths and challenges of our community and holds a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management.

Justine Hansen - Board Member

Kaitlyn Berry - Board Member

julie murray - board member

sarah farrance

Advisory Members