Board Members

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Julie Woodhouse – Chair

Julie is recognised as a leader in the field of education and currently holds a senior leadership position as a Level 6 Principal of an Independent Public Primary School (Department of Education WA). Her primary focus in education is building capacity to ensure that all students achieve, regardless of background factors or personal circumstance.

Julie has completed a Masters in Educational Management at the University of Western Australia. She also has training and accreditation in coaching and personal assessment profiling. Julie has taught at all levels and has been a deputy principal and principal in a number of primary schools.

She has been an Area Director (Midlands District), District Director (Mid West District), Director Schools (Fremantle Peel District), Director School Review (Expert Review Group), Assistant Regional Executive Director and Regional Executive Director (South Metropolitan Education Region). Julie was involved in the comprehensive Literacy and Numeracy Review undertaken in Western Australia.

She worked closely with Kim Scott on the focus area of writing in the upper primary years on the basis of her expertise in literacy research and policy, classroom teaching, school leadership and professional learning. Whilst in the Mid West District Julie developed and implemented a ‘Building Sustainable Leadership: A Coaching Model’ cross district partnership with Esperance Education District to address induction, professional learning specifically instructional leadership and succession planning for school principals. In 2008-2009 she assumed a key leadership role in harnessing the interactive and creative capability of secondary school leaders to develop, implement and embed a collaborative network to improve curriculum choice and student achievement.

Her commitment to and skill in building the capacity of others has resulted in her being invited to present to many forums including the Senior Women’s Leadership Program. In 2009-2010 she conceptualised and implemented a highly successful district wide ‘Women in Leadership’ program. Julie has been and continues to be a highly valued representative on a range of reference groups and working parties for the Department and outside agencies.

Leanne Sultan – Deputy Chair and Board Secretary

Leanne is retired and previously worked for the Department of Health of Western Australia for 45 years specialising in all aspects of Mental Health. Leanne previously held an Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Nurses and Midwifery Board Registration.

Leanne completed several advanced leadership and management training programs. During this time with Health Leanne worked extensively in senior roles of differing capacities where she provided leadership and the management of human, fiscal, and resource allocation and established the key components for infrastructure support to ensure the delivery of high quality clinical services to maintain outcomes as specified by state and national standards. Leanne exhibits a personal commitment to customer service, integrity and personal learning.

While employed with Health, Leanne worked within a team framework and demonstrated a philosophy for equity and commitment to service improvement. In all her employment positions Leanne provided a pivotal role in change management being forward thinking and being able to clearly articulate strategic direction. During this time Leanne developed strong networks in the broader health and mental health system and was able to effectively communicate with a diverse range of people and always being able to empower and motivate others to ensure an optimum level of skills within the organisation.

Over the course of her work history Leanne has been able to recognise opportunities to enhance service delivery and capitalise on these to achieve effective change outcomes.  In taking these opportunities, Leanne demonstrated an ability to deliver services consistent with consumer needs, quality expectations and within the designated timeframe.

Amit Kabra – Treasurer

Amit is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance. During this period, his work life has taken him across Asia, Middle East and Australia working with large organisations across diverse industries ranging from banks and insurance companies to agriculture and trading businesses.

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For the past 5-1/2 years Amit has held senior finance leadership roles with Synergy, Western Australia’s largest electricity provider, providing financial governance and stewardship.  A fiscally responsible and ethical manager, he has been responsible for the planning, budgeting, forecasting and statutory reporting functions.  He has also overseen the implementation of multi-million dollar ERP systems and Business Intelligence tools. Prior to Synergy, he was an Executive Director with Ernst & Young providing audit and assurance services to a number of large public and private entities in Western Australia.

A father of two and an ardent cricket fan, Amit is committed about giving back to the community and making a positive difference.  Amit was formally appointed to the Phoenix Board in November 2018 and brings with him solid financial expertise combined with sound commercial and business acumen.

Monica Taylor

With 30 years’ experience in the public mental health sector, both in metropolitan and rural settings, Monica holds a current Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Nurses and Midwifery Board Registration.

Monica is also an assessor with the Australian Council of Health Care Standards and over her extensive leadership career has been committed to governance in organisations to ensure care is improved. Monica has completed her Masters in Health and Aged Care Management.

Monica is an experienced executive of multidisciplinary teams with a sound record in fiscal, human and resource management. Monica has a strong collaboration philosophy and has a track record of leading clinical strategy.  Monica has a particular interest in mentoring and supervision and gains reward from seeing individuals reach their potential.  Monica is appreciative of the role that the NFP and NGO sector contribute to caring for people, which has been a key driver to be part of the Phoenix Support and Advocacy Board.

Peter Le

Peter has 20 years of legal experience, working in private practice, in house and for local government and has general commercial, corporate, property, construction and major projects experience.  In private practice, Peter has worked for national, international, and top-tier law firms.

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Peter is a trusted advisor to many companies, not for profit organisations, charitable and sporting organisations. Peter also sits on various Boards, providing stewardship in legal, governance, risk, and compliance.

Peter’s Board positions have included:

  • Chair of City West Lotteries House
  • Board member of Centacare Employment & Training
  • President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc (WA Branch)
  • Vice President of WA Vietnam Business Council Inc.
  • Chair of the Asia Business Council of WA Inc.
  • Chair of the Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) Network
  • President of Westnam United Soccer Club Inc.

Peter has been recognised by being:

  • Awarded the WA Volunteer for Multicultural Communities Award 2019
  • The winner of the Piddington Society’s Senior Lawyer of the Year Award 2019
  • The winner of the Law Society of WA’s Lawyer of the Year Award 2021
  • Listed amongst the Most Influential Lawyers 2021 by Australasian Lawyers

Gavin Bagley

Gavin’s working career includes over 43 years in the Western Australian public sector with extensive experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), delivering services and outcomes across various government departments.

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Gavin holds a Professional membership of the Australian Computer Society and a Master of Business Systems. His current role is a Senior ICT Project Manager which encompasses transformation of online services to the community while increasing organisational effectiveness in service delivery.

With over 20 years of experience in senior leadership and executive capacity including his previous Director (Chief Information Officer) roles, Gavin’s responsibilities include team leadership along with strategy development and implementation plus program, budget, risk and change management.  He is a positive and inclusive leader with a strong focus on developing and supporting his team.

Continuous learning and empowering others to support positive change for the benefit of clients and stakeholders is a key motivator for Gavin.

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