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Our Team

Our Board 

 

Chairperson

CEO

Co-Founder

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

 

Our National Executive

 

Chief Executive Officer  Hang Vo
Co-Founder & Development Director Mark Watt
Executive Manager – Strategy & Governance Rowena Middlemiss
National Manager – Finance Ian Robertson
Partnerships & Communications Manager Paul Wilkinson
Social Enterprise Manager Rob Brown
Tasmanian State Manager Barbara Walters
South Australia State Manager  Amy Duke
Western Australia State Manager Mike Dixon

 

Our Ambassadors 

Victoria 

Bob Dalziel Doug Christie
Ivan Backman Jerome Haoust
Penny Lane Peter Gunn
Phil Harrington Phil Ruthven
Lou Rendina John Grant
Ahron Young Ross Mitchell

 

New South Wales

Jamie Lobina (Chair) Chris Payne
Rod Jones Steve Cronshaw
Jilly Field Kevin Cranfield

 

Board Members 

Hang Vo 

Hang is a senior manager with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. She has led and managed complex national and international programs.

Prior to joining Whitelion, Hang was the Director for Strategy, Planning and Development at EACH, a national organisation that provides a diverse range of health and community services. She was responsible for a diverse portfolio including business development and innovation; marketing and communications; commercial operations; quality, research and evaluation; inclusion and diversity; and service access and intake. Prior to this Hang was Head of Strategic Operations for Services and International at Australian Red Cross.

In her volunteer capacity, Hang is currently the Vice President for the peak advocacy organisation - Australian Council of Social Service and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee. She also served as board director for South-East Community Links, a grassroots organisation providing health and welfare for refugee and migrant communities.

Her qualifications include executive education at Harvard Business School on Strategy and Performance in Non-profit management; an Executive Master of Business Administration; Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as degrees in Social Work and Arts.

Having come to Australia as a part of the Vietnamese refugee ‘boat people’ in the late 1970s and experiencing dislocation, Hang has a deep commitment to a more just, inclusive and equitable society.

Wayne Angus 

Wayne commenced as the Chief Supply Chain Officer of Asahi Beverages on 4 April 2016. He joined Asahi in 2009, originally as Regional Operations Manager. Before taking on his current role he held the position of General Manager - Manufacturing since 2011, with responsibility for all manufacturing sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Having grown up in South Africa and obtaining an Engineering degree and an MBA, Wayne moved to Australia in 2009. He has two young children – Bryce & Cameron – and has been married to Claire for 10 years.

Wayne has built his career in FMCG. Over the past 20 years he has worked in organisations such as Unilever, SABMiller & Lufthansa. Primarily operating in technical, operation management and general management roles across four continents.

Anne Barker

After starting her career in law, Anne has held senior management positions in a number of companies including Myer, ANZ and SPI PowerNet.  Anne was Managing Director of City West Water for 13 years until retiring in March 2016.  Anne has been the Chair of Whitelion since July 2011, and is also Chair of LeadWest and on the board of the Victorian Building Authority.      

Mark Watt

Mark Watt is the co-founder of Whitelion and has held the position of CEO since 1999. Mark’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business and Masters of Social Work. His past experience includes Community and Client Services Manager at Parkville Youth Residential Centre and 9 years as Program Director at Youth For Christ. Mark was awarded the Robin Clark Memorial Award in 2005 in recognition of excellence in the category of 'Making a Difference to Children, Young People and Families'..

Kevin Mullen 

Kevin Mullen specialises in management advisory services to medium-sized businesses. His expertise is in the area of corporate structuring, succession planning and superannuation strategies. Kevin’s close working relationship with clients has exposed him to the international arena where he provides management and taxation advice to overseas and Australian companies.     

Vanessa Elliot

Vanessa Elliot is currently a Policy Manager at Department of Premier and Cabinet with over 15 years’ experience working in strategic management roles in the public and private sector. She has a background in sustainable development, corporate HR and Corporate Affairs driving and implementing strategic change across the business. Vanessa is a non-executive director of Desert Knowledge Australia, an Arts Advisor Committee Member of Healthway and on the Board of Commissioners for the Forest Products Commission.

Shayne La Combre 

Shayne La Combre was appointed CEO of the PICAC in December 2012. He has been a Board Member since February 2011 and has been instrumental in the continuous expansion of the training centre. Prior to this, Shayne was Director of Plumbing at Victoria’s plumbing industry regulator, the Plumbing Industry Commission (now the Victorian Building Authority), a role he held for 7 years. In 2011 Shayne was elected to the Board of the WPC, became the Deputy Chair for the 2013 - 2016 term and was elected Chair for the 2016 - 2019 term.

Pauline Spencer

Pauline Spencer was appointed as a Magistrate in 2006. She currently sits at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court and Dandenong Children’s Court. Prior to her appointment Magistrate Spencer worked as a lawyer in private practice, as the Principal Legal Officer for the Fitzroy Legal Service and as Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres - the peak body for over 50 community legal centres in Victoria. Magistrate Spencer has an interest in therapeutic jurisprudence, improved responses to family violence and how the court can improve links with the community it serves.

Rod Jones

Profusion PAC Pty Ltd CEO, Rod Jones, is a highly skilled general manager whose key strengths include sales, relationship and operational management. Rod has extensive experience in developing business and leading teams. As a successful Investment Banker Rod spent 12 years with Rothschild Australia Limited and NM Rothschild & Sons London (Rothschild) - working across four (4) continents before settling in New York where he spent four (4) years with Standard Bank New York Inc (Standard Bank).

In 2003, after an 11 year absence, Rod returned to Australia.

Commencing as CEO of Profusion PAC Pty Ltd in January 2004, Rod has delivered a fully integrated Recruitment, Consulting and Human Resource service tailored to meet the demands of the Australian Banking and Financial Services sector. Being a start-up in 2004, Rod has performed 2 mergers and led Profusion into becoming Australia’s largest recruitment business that focusses solely on the Banking and Financial Services sector.