Chief Executive Officer
Pam Batkin has been CEO of Woodville Alliance since May 2010. Since then WA has both developed new services and has expanded into new communities in response to community need. WA is also currently undertaking a number of innovative projects such as Hope +, a collective impact project focusing on young people in Fairfield.
With extensive experience in leadership and senior management in the community sector and in local government, Pam is currently Chair of the Board of the peak Western Sydney policy and advocacy organisation, Western Sydney Community Forum. Pam has also been the President of the Board of the NSW community services, peak body, the Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS) (2006 – 2010). These state and regional leadership roles reflect Pam’s strong professional commitment to social justice and to work at all levels for a fairer society.
Pam has a Bachelor of Social Studies, a professional Social Work degree, a BA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Teaching Director – Carramar Early Childhood Education and Care Centre
Shery has worked within the early childhood education system for over five years. She has a strong passion for early education and for leading and supporting a team that provides the highest quality education and care for children.
Shery’s is committed to maintaining and developing strong and respectful relationships with all of our families, and to ensuring positive outcomes for all the children who attend our centre. Shery will provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children under our care so that the children feel happy and comfortable.
As a trained and experienced teacher, Shery is very aware of the critical importance of quality early education for all children and thus will focus on learning that supports all the key milestones in a child’s early life.
Shery has achieved her Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (0-8).
General Manager – Human Resources
Veronique has worked as a Human Resources Manager for a range of industries and has specifically been involved in non for profits for an extensive period. She has managed cross functional HR teams as well as payroll functions. Her strengths are HR operational requirements as well as strategic and innovative HR implementation. Additionally, her experience extends from managing recruitment and talent acquisition, WHS, IR, and change management. She has a clear focus on HR partnering with the organisation to ensure people strategy meet operational goals.
Veronique Besnard has a BA in Social Science with a Major in Industrial Relations (UWS)
General Manager – Disability Services
Steven Lowrie has over 19 years of experience in the disability sector in both frontline and senior management roles. He has a keen interest in the development of a personalised disability sector enabling clients to have choice and control over their supports. His passion is coupled by extensive experience in the development and delivery of such services due to his time working in disability in the United Kingdom, who you may know have had individualised funding similar to that which will be introduced under the NDIS for some 20 years.
Steven has also worked in the NSW community sector and for the ACT Government. His most recent role in NSW was with a large disability organisation where he was responsible for a team of 165 staff and a budget of $16.5 million. This organisation is located in the Hunter and as such Steven has worked in the NDIS trial site and has considerable experience with the challenges and opportunities under the NDIS.
Steven has a Bachelor of Social Work with honours. His honours research was focused on the development of individualised budgets.
General Manager – Community Initiatives
Nada is passionate about social justice and about improving the wellbeing of vulnerable communities. She has extensive senior leadership experience in the government and non-government sectors and through private management consultancy work. Her work has focused on social policy and human services at the Department of Family and Community Services, Housing NSW, NSW Premier’s Department, Department of Planning, Canterbury Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre and youth support and training organisations.
Nada’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, Social Science. She is a Graduate, Company Directors Course, Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Executive Coach.