ACWA Hosts 59th AGM

ACWA held our 59th Annual General Meeting on November 2, with the Board ballot resulting in the reappointment of Bob Mulcahy as Chair, the return of Jenny Kitchin as Ordinary Member, and Challenge Community Services’ Chris Brown elected as the Board’s newest Ordinary Member.

The Board’s three Co-Opted Members Mark Valerio, Amanda Bridge and Lorna Green all accepted extensions of their positions for a further two years.

ACWA’s Board team for 2017-2018 is:
Bob Mulcahy (Uniting) – Chair
Deirdre Cheers (Barnardos Australia) – Deputy Chair
Lorna Green (Multiplex Australasia) – Treasurer
Nigel Lindsay (Wesley Mission) – Secretary
Alan Brennan (Pathfinders) – Ordinary Member
Chris Brown (Challenge Community Services – Ordinary Member
Deb Tozer (CareSouth) – Ordinary Member
Jenny Kitchin (Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT) – Ordinary Member
Maryanne Jacobs (MacKillop Family Services) – Ordinary Member
Mark Valerio (PwC Australia) – Co-Opted Member
Amanda Bridge (Burrun Dalai) – Co-Opted Member

ACWA extends our appreciation and thanks to outgoing Board Member Wendy Knight (Foundations Care) for her contribution and commitment to ACWA during her time on the Board.

The AGM program included a panel discussion featuring NSW Children’s Guardian Janet Schorer, Deputy Ombudsman Steve Kinmond and Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson. Each of the guests spoke about aspects of their roles and how their functions intersect to strengthen the sector and ensure the best interests of children remain at front and centre. FACS Executive Director Simon Czech was also on hand to field questions from the audience about the new family preservation and restoration models being rolled out across NSW.

A full rundown of ACWA’s activities and achievements for 2016-2017 is available in our Annual Report.