Melissa Perry

Chair & Director

Melissa has 25 years’ extensive experience in driving positive change across community and employment services.

Currently as the CEO of Communicare, Melissa is an active advocate for inclusion and safety of individuals, families and communities. Due to her passion, Melissa is an influential figure in the WA community services sector, lobbying for reform and increasing awareness with the intent to drive social change and achieve positive long-term sustainable outcomes.

Prior to this Melissa was the WA State Director of Mission Australia and Executive Director Centrecare Inc.  
Melissa brings a deep understanding of the complexities and possibilities of delivering jobactive and the necessary management and governance expertise to support the work of the Jobs Australia Board.

Maintaining a wide network of connections, Melissa is an active member of the WA Community Sector Round Table, The Executive Connection and a Director on the national Settlement Council of Australia Board.

Wally Lyne

Company Secretary & Director: Tasmania

Wally joined the Board of Governance of MST Workplace Solutions Inc. in December 1990 and has held the position of chair for 20 years. He is an FCPA, a graduate in Business, a qualified company Secretary & company director. He is also a founding member and current chair of JobNet Tasmania and has been chair since inception.

His employment resume is extremely diverse, having worked in PNG for 8 years, he was involved in training indigenous people in finance and administration from 1975 to 1982. He was employed at the Gordon Ibbott Group of Companies, as the Manager of Finance & administration and Company Secretary to 2001. His work in the construction industry provided Wally with an in-depth knowledge of current regional economic trends and conditions, plus employment of apprentices in the construction industry.

Wally has a wide network in industry liaison, which is vital for training organisations such as Mersey Skill Training Inc.

With his financial background Wally makes a valuable contribution as a board member of Jobs Australia, heading the Finance & Legal Advisory Sub-Committee and also the Investment Committee, which meet regularly, on a monthly basis

Currently owns and operates an accommodation business in Port Arthur and is actively involved in tourism and community liaison, as a member of the local advisory committee to Port Arthur Historic Site and as a board member of PATTA, the Tourism Association.

Lesley Kennedy

Deputy Chair & Director: South Australia

Lesley has worked at Employment Options for more than 25 years in several roles. She is the current CEO, and has been a Board member since 1990.

She has established and managed services for young people, employment services, accredited and non-accredited training programs, and career services, and has a broad range of skills and experience in management and governance.

She has particular interests in developing innovative services to support disengaged young people, and in governance systems for small not-for-profit and community-based organisations. She has also previously worked as a philosophy tutor, an employment advisor, and in private enterprise as a manager and business owner.

Maria Harvey

Director: Northern Territory

Maria has been working in the employment, recruitment industries for over 20 years and is currently the CEO of the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board. During the 90's Maria worked in the NT Government, in NT Libraries, Recruitment, Salaries and Human Resource Development for 10 years.  Maria started working for the Tangentyere Council in the newly privatised public unemployment sector in 2000. Maria became a site manager in 2003 and has been working in various management roles ever since. 

Maria is passionate about supporting people, organisations and or communities to reach their potential, through innovative procurements, capacity building, employment, capability strategies, education and sustainable projects that enhance communities by integration.

Lynne Graham

Director - NSW / ACT

Lynne has worked in the community services sector for over 25 years, most of those have been in disability, youth and homelessness services. Lynne holds qualifications in business, law, social science and commenced her career in nursing.

Currently Lynne is the CEO of The Mai-Wel Group in the Hunter Valley NSW. Mai-Wel is a provider of disability and employment services with an annual turn-over of $30 million.


Mai-Wel offers inspiring programs to support young people transition to work and skills development programs assisting other job seekers to become job ready.

Lynne is passionate about social justice and social inclusion.

Shaun Fowler

Director: Western Australia

Shaun Fowler has worked in remote and regional Australia for over 15 years, specialising in remote services delivery and operational and contractual management of employment programs.

He has substantial experience working both on the ground delivering programs and with the Commonwealth Government, shaping policy and programs.

Shaun is a strong advocate of sharing and tailoring best practice models and has been instrumental in facilitating collaboration among employment service providers. Shaun has successfully facilitated industry forums and national conferences.

In late 2012, Shaun launched Right Hand Remote Solutions to support regional and remote organisations delivering federally funded employment programs

Through his consultancy and his role as CEO of East Kimberley Job Pathways, Shaun continues to tirelessly advocate for policy reform to support those most marginalised in our community.

Shaun has extensive NFP Board experience and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trish Heffernan

Director: Victoria

Trish has worked for 20 years in the not for profit sector, most of those spent at Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services and prior to this worked in school education. Trish has qualifications in business, education and science and became CEO of Djerriwarrh in 2009.

Djerriwarrh a Registered Training organisation and Learn Local provider, has a turnover of $5 million and has current contracts which include SEE, VTG ACFE, School Focus Youth Services, WfD and Springboard. Trish supports working in partnerships, consortiums and networks to expand what Djerriwarrh can deliver locally for its communities.