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
Jayne Fowler has worked within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for just over ten years. During this time Jayne has developed her leadership skills and has worked in the capacity of Educational Leader and Trainer. Jayne is passionate about all children being able to access high quality early education and care and in particular advocates for inclusive practices.
Acknowledging the tremendous importance of our First People, Jayne endeavours to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and issues to life within our daily program while supporting and valuing each and every child’s culture, abilities and interests, ensuring this becomes the basis of our curriculum.
Jayne greatly values the importance of family and warmly welcomes families to have input into the program. Jayne firmly believes that it “takes a village to raise a child “and believes that when the community, families, children and educators work together the best possible outcomes for children are achieved.
Jayne has achieved her Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood (0-6).
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 – Corporate Services
Tamsin has worked in key senior finance roles in a range of industries. She is highly experienced in initiating, documenting, implementing and streamlining finance processes and procedures to create an efficient and effective system. Tamsin has experience in managing key areas of IT, Quality and WHS in her previous roles and has demonstrated ability to manage the financial operations of an organisation including company groups with a focus on customer relations and creating a collaborative environment with peer level colleagues and provision of management information to directors.
Tamsin has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from UWS and a Master of Business Administration – UON, CPA.
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.