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


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.

Jonathon Captain-Webb


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.

Ingrid Emery

Treasurer and Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Audit & Risk, and Governance Committees

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. Ingrid has 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.

Christopher Whitnall

Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Fundraising Committee

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.

Roxanne Saunders

Non-Executive Director

Roxanne Saunders is a proud Biripi woman from Taree on the Mid-North Coast of NSW and works in the Aboriginal People and Culture team for the Department of Planning, industry and Environment, she is committed to growing and developing public sector career pathways for Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander employees  and creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of difference.

Prior to this Roxanne worked in the Diversity and Culture team for Department of Planning where she use her expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion, organisational culture, leadership, human resources and knowledge and project management helps to develop programs that change the way business is done.

Roxanne is a member of the local Redfern community and has been advocate for Aboriginal people, families who have been impacted by justice systems while working for Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network.

Roxanne joined the Weave Board in 2020, as she is committed to making a positive difference through culturally appropriate policy development, services and program that assisting our amazing Weave team in delivering services to young people and families.

Dean Kelly

Non-Executive Director

I am Dean Kelly and identify as a South Coast NSW Saltwater Yuin, Walbunja, Dhoorga Gurandji cultural man through my father, and Western NSW Freshwater stone country cultural Wailwan, Nypampai Man through my mother. I was born in Sydney NSW on Gadigal land in 1967.

I am member of the Botany Bay Aboriginal Community and am also accepted as belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal Community and a member of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. I am a Cultural Practitioner who enjoys sharing my knowledge of Aboriginal culture & heritage, which has been passed down through my family for countless generations.

“Culture is life, without it we have nothing and become lost”

Nacha tong noongar – through the mother!

Merydith Clark

Non-Executive Director

Merydith Clark is Head of Operational Risk at HSBC Australia and brings her expertise of Risk Management and Governance oversight to Weave. Merydith is a Chartered Accountant and a qualified member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a strong interest in social justice and equality for all. Merydith joined the Weave Board in December 2018 and is also an integral member of Weave’s Audit and Risk Committee.

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.

Nellie Pollard-Wharton

Non-Executive Director

Nellie Pollard-Wharton is a proud Kooma woman, mother and social worker, born in Townsville, and raised in Meanjin (Brisbane), before moving to the Eora nation. Since then, Nellie has grown up and raised her son on Gadigal, Wangal and Bedgegal lands.

She is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, whilst also undertaking her HDR program focussing on Aboriginal Community Led Solutions to Prevent Unintentional Child Injury.

Nellie holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

As a social work student, Nellie first joined the Weave family whilst on her clinical placement at the Weave Woolloomooloo Community Hub. Since then, she has continued to follow Weave closely. She joined the Weave board in 2021 and is also a part of the Fundraising Subcommittee.

Nellie is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, wellbeing, self-determination and justice. In her various roles and community work she continues to develop her practice and pedagogy to ensure that Indigenous knowledges, genuine collaboration and leadership are core components of any actions associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.