ACWA AGM: Board Election Results

ACWA has welcomed two fresh faces to our Board, with the election of Allambi Care’s Simon Walsh and Kathy Karatasas from Settlement Services International.

The results were declared at ACWA’s 60th Annual General Meeting, held on November 1.

Simon and Kathy filled two of four Ordinary Member positions that were up for election in this year’s Board ballot, with Deirdre Cheers (Barnardos Australia) and Alan Brennan (Pathfinders) also returned. The new-look ACWA Board is made up of the following representatives:

Alan Brennan (Pathfinders)
Chris Brown (Challenge Community Services)
Deirdre Cheers (Barnardos Australia)
Lorna Green (Multiplex Australasia)
Kathy Karastasas (Settlement Services International)
Jenny Kitchin (Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT)
Nigel Lindsay (Wesley Mission)
Bob Mulcahy (Uniting)
Mark Valerio (PwC Australia)
Simon Walsh (Allambi Care)

The office bearer positions for the new Board will be elected at the December Board meeting. In the meantime ACWA extends our deep appreciation and thanks to retiring Board Members Deb Tozer (CareSouth), Maryanne Jacobs (MacKillop Family Services) and Amanda Bridge (Burrun Dalai) for their contribution and commitment to ACWA during their time on the Board.

During the AGM ACWA Chair Bob Mulcahy provided guests with a snapshot of ACWA’s activities and achievements for the year, while soon to retire CEO Andrew McCallum provided some thoughtful parting words to his sector colleagues.

Former Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, was also on hand to provide a vibrant and thought provoking presentation about the importance of organisational resilience in times of change – a highly relevant topic given the tide of reform the sector has experienced particularly in the past decade. According to Commissioner Fitzgerald, an organisation that is resilient must possess the following traits:

  • Belief and purpose
  • The ability to reflect
  • A commitment to intellectual renewal
  • Adaptive capacity
  • The will to be collaborative
  • An emotionally supportive workplace.

The AGM finished up with a number of warm tributes to Andrew by staff members and colleagues.

A full rundown of the work ACWA has undertaken during 2017-2018 is available in our Annual Report.

Photo: Guest Speaker Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald.