Our Board

Peggy Dwyer

Weave Chairperson

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I am a barrister at Forbes Chambers, specialising in criminal law, coronial inquests and medical disciplinary matters. Prior to coming to coming to the Bar, I had a very rewarding career as a solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern, and then in the Northern Territory. I loved working with the Redfern community and am passionate about using the law to empower people who have had a challenging start to life.

I first met some of the staff of Weave when I was the children's court solicitor for the ALS at Redfern in 2000. I saw the fantastic work that they did with kids who had got into trouble with the law, helping them to deal with substance abuse, get back into schools and connect with family again. While criminal lawyers are important to deal with the immediate crisis of a criminal charge, the work Weave does is truly transformative, and I am very proud to be a member of the Board.  

Trudi Mitchell

Weave Vice-Chair

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Background & key skills: I have worked for a range of not for profit organisations over a 22 year period. In these roles I have successfully managed cross functional teams in marketing, fundraising including direct marketing and events, digital, retail, public relations, and communications units to an agreed vision whilst being on the organisational Executive team to develop and implement organisational strategy. I also have experience in Budgeting and PR.

Current role - Australia for UNHCR, Deputy National Director

Australia for UNHCR is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people who are supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency. We achieve this by raising funds for UNHCR's international humanitarian operations.

The key focus of her role is to direct day to day management of the Communications, Media, Marketing and Fundraising teams and to Deputise for the National Director.

Previous role - CANCER COUNCIL NSW - Director of Marketing & Communications June 2011 - July 2015

Jacqui Walshe

Weave Treasurer

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I have worked in the travel and tourism industry for nearly 30 years and have had long term experience as Managing Director of a tourism marketing and representation business in both a private and publicly listed environment.  I have a depth of experience and relationships across all aspects of tourism, both outbound from and inbound to Australia.

I joined Weave board in the role as treasurer in December 2015 and am looking forward to contributing to Weave’s finance and government oversight.  I bring board experience served as a director on the board of Liontamer Financial Investments for 12 years and as a director of the Australian Tourism Export Council, chairing their Audit & Finance committee.  My tertiary education has been in business studies and administration and I have completed the AICD Company Directors course.

I have been really impressed with what is being achieved by the dedicated and passionate team at Weave and feel privileged to be involved. 

Sheena Polese

Weave Board Secretary

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I have had an extensive commercial career in leadership positions at Coca-Cola Amatil, The Coca Cola Company and Rubbermaid Incorporated, holding positions responsible for Sustainability, Public and Corporate Affairs, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Management. I moved into the NGO sector working for St James Ethics Centre while doing pro-bono work for other not-for-profit organisations. I have always held a keen interest in the community and social sector and know that each of us can contribute in various ways to make a difference for others.

I studied my MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and my Diploma in Marketing from Swinburne University. I am currently undertaking my Masters in Science (Psychology of Coaching) at Sydney University while establishing my own Psychological Development Coaching practice. I am a graduate and ambassador of the "Social Leadership Australia" 2014 program and it was through this that my interest in the health and welfare of indigenous people was re-ignited, having first been inspired by an Aunt who spent 15 years as a midwife in the town of Arakun in the 1960's. I am please to be able to contribute, along with my fellow board members, to the important work of WEAVE.

Rebecca Wallace

Weave Board Member

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I am the founder and CEO of the Launch Group which is comprised of Launch Recruitment, Launch Professional Services and Launch Technical Field Services. They are award winning businesses providing a positive repeatable customer experience demonstrating the core brand values of Launch.  The businesses span all States of Australia, NZ and Singapore, with over two hundred and fifty committed and talented staff.

Prior to Launch, I had a rewarding career in Education and Health. I have a degree in Education and Visual Arts. I am AICD qualified. I have been involved with Weave through family for many years however became an active Board member in December 2014. I feel privileged to Chair the Weave Board as the dedicated staff at Weave have truly made a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged local people for over 30 years.

Samuel Brazel

Weave Board Member

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I am a proud Aboriginal man from the land of the Anaiwan people from the New England area of NSW. I am currently working for a 3 year old, majority Indigenous owned enterprise- PwC'S Indigenous Consulting (PIC). PIC specialises in providing advice, developing strategies and supporting their execution to help realise the commercial and community potential of Indigenous policies, programs, projects, organisations and businesses. We offer a full suite of consulting services, regularly collaborating with PwC and its extensive array of specialist business services.

Prior to starting my term as a Youth Appointee and now the Secretary of Weave's board I completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, majoring in Agribusiness at the University of Sydney. I am honoured to be an active member of the Weave board and am looking to continue and increase my involvement within Indigenous communities across the country. With the ultimate goal to embody and promote the change I want to see for my people thus creating positive change.

Helen Graney

Weave Board Member 

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I am the Managing Director of Jack Morton, Australia. We create experiences that strengthen the relationships between brands and the people who matter most to them. Clients build a better customer experience by investing in event marketing, promotional marketing, digital, social and mobile, sponsorship marketing and employee engagement.

Having completed a degree from the University of London I started my career in marketing, moving to Australia and joining Jack Morton in 1999 becoming Managing Director in 2009. I started my involvement with Weave at the end of 2015 and am really excited to work with the organisation and support the team in the incredible work that they do.

Jonathan Webb

Weave Board member

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I am a proud Aboriginal man from the Gomeroi and Dunghutti people. I was born and raised in the Redfern/Waterloo area where from a young age I utilised the services at Weave and to this day continue to have family use the services provided by Weave.

I am currently working with the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council as the Manager of the Land & Property Unit. The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council is the peak representative body for Aboriginal people in New South Wales. The Land & Property Unit is NSWALC's core business, as the unit is responsible for lodging Aboriginal land claims, Local Aboriginal Land Council proposed land dealings and managing the NSWALC property portfolio. The work done by the Land and Property Unit directly enhances cultural, social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

I have completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law at the University of New South Wales. During my time at university I grew a passion for social justice and the concept of justice reinvestment specifically relating to Aboriginal youth.

Christopher Whitnall

Weave Board member

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As the founder and Managing Director, Christopher established and drives the philosophy which makes talkforce unique among people development companies.

He is passionate about working with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their people and performance. He brings clients the benefits of over thirty years of practical experience. He has worked with thousands of people, from individuals to groups of 600.

Facilitation, Presentation Skills, Leadership Development, Coaching and Creativity & Thinking are Christopher's key areas of focus.

His corporate clients span a wide range of industries across Australia and Asia Pacific and include; Apple, Medtronic, Qube Logistics, Hoyts, Publicis, The Australian Ballet, MCN, Southern Cross Austereo and Val Morgan.

Christopher donates between 15-20% of his time each year to work with a range of non-profit organisations including: The Reach Foundation, Salvos Auburn and ReachOut.com.

Christopher regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and in the United States.

Outside of work Christopher is married to Susie and they have three (almost) grown up children. 21-year-old twin girls, Emma and Phoebe and 17 year old Tom. He enjoys travelling with his family and watching and encouraging the three children as they find their way in the world!

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