Leadership Team

Pam Batkin
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, 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.

Shery Salib
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).

Steven Lowrie
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.

Ruth Callaghan
General Manager – Community Initiatives

Ruth has over 10 years’ experience as a senior executive working in strategic social policy and operational service delivery in government agencies and the non-government sector – most recently in early childhood education and development, disability and community services. She has a strong commitment to evidence based and cost effective programs that improve life outcomes and economic opportunities for diverse individuals and communities. Her experience in high level government policy, regulation and operations as well as deep experience in the not for profit sector provide a strong base for her work with Woodville and community based program development and implementation. Ruth holds a BA (hons) and MA in Policy Studies.

Jason Lim
General Manager – Corporate Services

Jason is a commercially aware and strategically focused Chartered Accountant with over 13 years of experience as the head of business services for non-profit (education management/disability services) and for-profit (shipping/aviation/logistics) organisations. He has the advantage of having operated within a decidedly entrepreneurial privately owned business, as well as within an extremely structured and process driven environment of global listed corporations. His executive roles in non-profits have given him the opportunity to apply best business and governance practices gained from the commercial environment.

Jason is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

Veronique Besnard
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)

Lili Sta-Maria
Manager – Marketing and Partnership

Lili has over 15 years’ experience as a senior manager working in brand management, strategic marketing and customer strategy in not for profit, banking & finance, insurance and government industries. Most recently in a large not for profit organisation providing residential aged care, independent living, home community care, early childhood education and development, disability and community services for children, young people and families. Her experience provides a strong base for her work with Woodville Alliance to develop and implement an organisation wide strategic marketing, communications and partnerships strategy.

Lili is also an experienced international marketer and holds a Master’s in International Marketing with the University of Technology, Sydney and a degree in Bachelor Commerce (Marketing) with the University of New England. She is passionate about making a positive difference in the community and honouring human difference and diversity.