Our Board

The ASeTTS Board sets the strategic direction for the organisation, and ensures it is properly governed and managed to successfully achieve our purpose.

We are governed by an experienced Board of Directors who volunteer their time and expertise to lead the association.

Ms. Gail Green – Board Chairperson

Ms. Gail Green is a Social Worker with over 40 years’ experience. She has specialised in trauma work for over 25 years and has been published twice in the Australian Social Work journal and in several other magazines as well as speaking about her work at a number of national and state conferences. Gail has a good understanding of governance issues, obtaining and managing funding budgets. Her work as a counsellor, therapist and supervisor of staff has provided her with a good working knowledge of ethical and moral challenges in trauma informed practice.

Mr. Kevin De Souza – Board Deputy Chairperson

Kevin is a practising lawyer.  He grew up in Singapore and has been involved in social justice and human rights issues for nearly 40 years.  He was previously involved with the UNHCR as a refugee lawyer.  He served on the board of CASE for Refugees from 2005 to 2010.  Kevin was previously detained as a political prisoner in Singapore and  this experience continues to motivate him to participate in society, seeking the advancement of human dignity, especially among the vulnerable in our society.

Ms. Amanda Gillett – Board Secretary

Amanda is currently Manager of Community and Organisational Development at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Mirrabooka. Prior to working with MMRC, Amanda was Manager of Community Services at ASeTTS for 10 years where she was responsible for managing and developing community programs supporting the recovery journey for survivors of torture and trauma. Amanda lived in South Africa from 1993 – 2006 during which time she held several positions including Project Officer with the National Youth Development Forum, Manager of IDP Education Australia’s South African office, and Senior Program Manager with AusAID, the international development assistance arm of the Australian Government.

Mr. Tony McRae – Board Director

Mr. Tony McRae has more than 30 years’ experience in public policy and community development. He was a Member of the WA Parliament for 8 years, with his Ministerial responsibilities including Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; his post-political career includes CEO, Company Secretary and Board Member of a range of companies, charitable trusts and community organisations, as well as consultant and business adviser. He has been a member and supporter of ASeTTS for many years and looks forward to contributing to its continuing development as a member-based service organisation.

Mr. Ray Loh – Board Director

Ray Loh has been a passionate volunteer since a young age, volunteering and holding committee positions at various charities. In his current role at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA), his work involves dealing with social issues such as Aboriginal engagement, social procurement, sustainability and so forth which will help support ASeTTS’ objectives.

Dr Paradee Thoresen – Board Director

Over the past 20-years in Australia, Dr Paradee has worked with children and families experiencing forced migration, torture and trauma, family violence, homelessness, incarceration, mental health and drug and alcohol abuses and other issues. She has also worked directly with asylum-seeking children and their families in detentions and when they live in the community. Her PhD research project explored the needs and life experience of refugee and asylum-seeking children living in Mae Sot (border town between Thailand and Myanmar) and Bangkok. 

Wildaliz De Jesus Arocho – Board Director

Wildaliz has extensive experience in environmental policy and management and is also an advocate for disability inclusive teamwork particularly in the context of climate change. 

 

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