Board Members



Julie Woodhouse – CHAIR

Julie is recognized 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 has worked for the Department of Health of Western Australia for the past 45 years specialising in all aspects of Mental Health.  Leanne holds a current Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Nurses and Midwifery Board Registration. Leanne has completed several advanced leadership and management training programs.

Over this time Leanne has 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.  Working within a team framework Leanne demonstrates a philosophy for equity and commitment to service improvement.

In all positions Leanne has provided a pivotal role in change management being forward thinking and being able to clearly articulate strategic direction.

With strong networks in the broader health and mental health system Leanne has been 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 has demonstrated an ability to deliver services consistent with consumer needs, quality expectations and within the designated timeframe.


Minji Kim

Minji Kim, currently Manager Business Services of WA Blue Sky Inc, has over a decade of experience in audit services and finance management.  She has held key management positions in a leading university and reputable government organisations.  Always outcomes and results oriented, Minji’s career has seen her undertake a number of business partner roles in fostering business process improvements and delivering team performance in a rapidly changing climate.

She is a qualified member of CPA Australia, Institute of Company Directors and Women on Boards.    Upon completion of her senior leadership program at Curtin University, Minji has continued to volunteer her time in giving back to the community through audit services and has mentored 3rd year students at UWA through their career planning and development.

Minji’s areas of interest and professional motivation include: leadership, risk and governance, finance management, business process improvements, team performance and collective impact.


Rob Wilton

Rob Wilton has had a long association with the Board of Phoenix stretching back several years and brings with him a unique blend of expertise from his military and commercial background. He had a wide and varied military career starting as a clearance diver in the Navy and concluding as an Army Officer within the Special Forces having deployed several times to theaters such as to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia.  Whilst serving in Afghanistan his unit was awarded the Meritorious unit citation and Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Rob currently serves on several boards in the not for profit sector, and since leaving the military has held numerous positions within the corporate environment and gained several years invaluable experience in acquisitions and mergers, corporate finance, risk and corporate governance.  Rob has a Master Of Sciences in Strategic Management and Accounting, is a Fellow of CPA Australia,  a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Diploma in Governance from Chartered Secretaries Australia, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a founder member and Fellow of the UK Institute of Leadership and Management.


Collette Wrynn

Colette has worked across homelessness, alcohol and other drug, family and domestic violence and mental health services in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has held a number of leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector and has project management and workforce development experience from her work within government departments. Colette currently holds an executive management position in a leading charitable organisation.

She has an MA (CANTAB) in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work from Robert Gordon’s University in Scotland and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management from Curtin University, where she was awarded the Murray McKenna Memorial Prize for Best Graduating Student.

Colette brings a wealth of experience of developing and managing therapeutic services to her role on the Phoenix Board. She also brings a strong commitment to person-centered and trauma-informed practices and to social justice principles.


George Cherian

 George is an experienced Social Worker with over 17 years’ experience specialising in the areas of domestic violence, parent adolescent and family support, homelessness, youth diversion, child care, out of home care, disability and mental health services, working predominantly in the Not for Profit, Community Sector.

For the past 10 years, George has held Executive Management roles at National Not for Profit organisations, including his current role as Regional Manager with Life Without Barriers.

George is dedicated to influencing service delivery and implementing strategies to achieve best practice and excellent results for those at risk.  With a strong understanding of State Legislation, Governance and National Standards, George successfully manages complex cases using evidence-based, therapeutic frameworks.

George is an authentic leader who creates and maintains positive and respectful working relationships, George is able to be direct whilst remaining tactful.  George has sound business and financial acumen with a proven track record of successfully managing, developing and promoting services and maintaining multi-million-dollar budgets.

As someone who is outcomes focused, George is passionate about directly impacting on the quality of care provided to clients in the human services sector.

George’s Professional Qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work, University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University.


Jasdev Singh

Jasdev Singh is a legal practitioner and Jas Graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Law and Commerce Majoring in Accounting.  Subsequently Jas was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July 2013.  Since that time Jas has provided legal advice and representation in relation to personal injury related matters and in criminal and civil disputes.  Jas acted for national insurers, self-insurers and national and international employers such as GIO, Suncorp and the Transport Accident Commission.  Jas has experience in dispute resolution and in preparing claims and matters for trial.  Jas has also worked as volunteer for the WA Citizens Advice Bureau where he provided a range of legal advice which also included advice in relation to matters such as violence restraining orders and contractual matters along with advice in previously mentioned areas or focus.  Jas was formally appointed to the Phoenix Board in October 2017.


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