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.

Peggy Dwyer

Chair

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.

Trudi Mitchell

Vice Chair

Trudi Mitchell is the Deputy National Director of Australia for UNHCR, which is responsible for the UN Refugee Agency’s private sector partnerships in Australia. Trudi’s role includes missions to global refugee situations to consult with displaced communities, reporting back to donors and identifying opportunities for the Australian private sector to directly fund projects.

Trudi has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 24 years, including in a previous role as Director of Marketing and Communications for Cancer Council NSW.

Trudi joined Weave’s Board in 2014 and was appointed Vice Chairperson in October 2015. She is also a Board Member for the Fundraising Institute of Australia and holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the University of NSW.

Jacqui Walshe

Treasurer and Non-Executive Director

Jacqui Walshe is Chairman and Managing Director of The Walshe Group, which provides dedicated airline and destination representation services to some of the world’s most trusted travel brands. Jacqui has over 15 years experience as a Non-Executive Director and is the Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Australia Tourism Export Council.

In her third year on the Weave Board, Jacqui has been consistently impressed by the team’s passion and commitment to community. Jacqui admires the spirit and loyalty that binds all of Weave’s people — clients, employees and volunteers — and is honoured to help Weave build a strong, connected community.

Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, an MBA and is a qualified member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Christopher Whitnall

Non-Executive Director

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Wallace

Non-Executive Director

Rebecca Wallace is the Founder and CEO of Launch Group, an ICT recruitment and professional services business. She is a qualified member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Education and has completed post-grad studies in business. Rebecca joined the Weave board in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience in HR, compliance, business and commercial management.

Rebecca finds it a great privilege to support Weave staff and the community they service, noting Weave is a force for social good, and its services provide evidence-based outcomes for the Sydney community.

Samuel Brazel

Non-Executive Director

Samuel Brazel is a proud Aboriginal man from the land of the Anaiwan people, from the New England area of NSW. Samuel is a Consultant at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) — an Indigenous business which maintains a majority-owned, led and staffed Indigenous operation — where he works to help create positive change by providing trusted professional services and advice to government, corporate and community clients on Indigenous matters.

Prior to commencing his term on Weave’s Board, in December 2016, Samuel completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, majoring in Agribusiness, at the University of Sydney. Samuel is honoured to be an active member of the Weave Board and plans to increase his involvement within Indigenous communities nationwide. Samuel strives to embody and promote the change he wants to see for his people and has the ultimate goal of creating positive change.