At Weave, our Board of industry leaders generously donate their time, energy, passion and expertise to help us build a strong, connected community with opportunities and justice for all.

Dr Peggy Dwyer

Chair

Dr Peggy Dwyer has proudly served on Weave’s Board since 2015 and held the role of Weave Chairperson since December 2017. Peggy is a barrister at Forbes Chambers, specialising in criminal law, coronial inquests and medical disciplinary matters. Prior to this, she worked as a solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Redfern and the Northern Territory.

Peggy loved her time working with the Redfern community and first met the Weave team as ALS’ children’s court solicitor, in 2000. Weave worked to support Peggy’s clients through Court and to deal with the underlying issues for each child — often things like being victims of abuse at home or bullying at school, drug use, homelessness, parents in crisis, or mental illness. Weave was there to support children and families whatever the problem, helping them to connect with each other and the community and empowering kids to change their own lives.

Peggy is passionate about using the law to assist people who have had a challenging start to life. While lawyers are important to help deal with the immediate crisis of a criminal charge, Peggy believes the work Weave does is truly transformative — she loves how Weave creates a safety net for young people and fosters a loving, safer community.

Christopher Whitnall

Vice-Chair

Christopher Whitnall is the Founder and Managing Director of talkforce, a leadership and communication skills consultancy, providing services to the private, government, sporting and not-for-profit sectors. Christopher annually donates 15-20% of his time to non-profit organisations.

Christopher joined the Weave Board in December 2017 and is dedicated to assisting the Weave team build a strong, connected community and deliver services to young people and families that assist with their education and wellbeing.

Ingrid Emery

Treasurer and Non-Executive Director

Ingrid Emery is General Manager Infrastructure at the Port Authority of NSW, the NSW Government organisation that manages the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial shipping in Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Port Kembla and the ports of Newcastle, Eden and Yamba. Ingrid’s role involves providing strategic and policy guidance, and managing key projects. Ingrid is motivated to give back to the community and help improve outcomes for the people of NSW. Ingridhas strong economics and financial skills, and has extensive experience in Government, having previously worked in NSW Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia, and through her projects when she was a consultant at KPMG in Australia and the UK.

Ingrid joined the Weave Board in mid-2018 and took on the role of Treasurer from December 2018. Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marcia Ella-Duncan

Non-Executive Director

Marcia was born and raised at La Perouse, and is an active member of the local Aboriginal community. She is a descendant of the Walbunja people of the far south coast of NSW and maintains strong connections to her country and kinship networks.

Marcia has over 30 years’ experience in Aboriginal Affairs across numerous portfolios including criminal justice, family and child wellbeing, land management, housing, cultural heritage and community development.

She has held senior positions in State Government and ASTIC and participated in various high level review committees’ such as NSW Child Sexual Assault Taskforce 2006 (Chairperson) and the Northern Territory Emergency Review Board which reported to the Australian Government in 2008.

Marcia was the first Indigenous woman to hold a scholarship and the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and the first Indigenous woman to represent Australia in Netball.

She has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to netball and has been inducted into the Netball Australia and Netball NSW Halls of Fame. She continues to volunteer many hours to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal girls.

Marcia was Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council from 2009 to 2017 and is a member of the Netball Australia Reconciliation Action Plan Working group. She is a Director of Netball Australia and has held various executive positions at Randwick Netball Association.

In 2016, Marcia established Marcia Ella Consulting (MEC) and has designed and delivered Aboriginal community engagement activities for Australian, NSW and Local Governments, NGO’s and the corporate sector, in relation to regional governance, legislation reform, strategic planning, cross cultural awareness and staff engagement.

Jonathon Captain-Webb

Non-Executive Director

Jonathon Captain-Webb is a proud Aboriginal man from the Gomeroi and Dunghutti people. He is the Manager of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council’s Land and Property Unit, where he oversees lodging Aboriginal land claims, Local Aboriginal Land Council proposed land dealings and managing the NSWALC property portfolio. The work of Jonathon and his team directly enhances the cultural, social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

Born and raised in the Redfern/Waterloo area, from a young age Jonathan utilised the services available at Weave and to this day his family continue to do so. Jonathon completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law at the University of New South Wales — during this time he grew a passion for social justice and the concept of justice reinvestment specifically relating to Aboriginal youth.

Sheena Polese

Secretary and Non-Executive Director

Sheena Polese is a developmental and leadership coach who runs her own professional coaching practice, FitMind Coaching. Sheena works with leaders to develop personal and team effectiveness and assists clients in their professional development, growth and performance, in addition to improving their personal well-being and life satisfaction.

Sheena has extensive experience in commercial management, business strategy, corporate affairs, social responsibility, marketing, and reputation management within global businesses including The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Amatil, Rubbermaid Inc, and Gillette. Sheena has always held a keen interest in the community and social sector — she joined Weave’s Board in 2016 and is also on the advisory board for 1 Million Women.

Sheena holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a Masters in Science, Psychology of Coaching from The University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Sales and Marketing Management from Swinburne University, Melbourne.

Helen Graney

Non-Executive Director

Helen Graney is the Australian Country Head of global brand experience agency Jack Morton, part of one of the world’s largest marketing holding companies. An experienced executive with over 20 years in marketing, sales and communications across a wide range of verticals and brands Helen engages at the C-level in the client’s organisation, consulting on communication strategies, brand experience strategies, employee engagement and internal communications programs.

Helen holds a Dual Hons Bachelor from the University of London and is a qualified member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Helen joined the Weave Board in 2015 and is fiercely passionate about supporting the team to provide a way up and a way forward, empowering people to change their own lives.

Judge Warwick Hunt

Non-Executive Director

Judge Warwick Hunt was appointed to the District Court of New South Wales in August 2016. He was first admitted to legal practice in 1981. His interest in social justice means that his principal specialities have been criminal law and child protection. In past lives, his Honour has been Solicitor in Charge of the Prisoners Legal Service, a Magistrate in the Children’s Court of New South Wales and a barrister at Forbes Chambers.

In the community sphere, he has been the Chair or director of various not for profit organisations. He is committed to the exciting engaged work that Weave does in important and challenged members of our community and wants to further support our wonderful committed clever staff in all they do.