Melissa Perry

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.

Lesley Kennedy

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.

Penny Alliston-Hall

Penny Alliston-Hall


Penny Alliston-Hall joined BEST Employment Ltd in 1997 after spending the previous 15 years in journalism and public relations. Penny then worked in numerous roles throughout the company prior to her appointment as CEO and Managing Director in July 2009. Penny is a strong advocate of the highest quality service delivery to disadvantaged clients, including better access to services, quality standards for service delivery, and greater equity, especially in rural and regional communities. Penny currently oversees company operations which include JSA, DES, Indigenous Community Links and Harvest Labour services. BEST’s service delivery platform encompasses 16 full-time and 11 outreach sites in north western NSW and southern Queensland.

Tony Mylan Director: New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

Tony Mylan

Director: New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

Tony Mylan is CEO of ET Australia, an independent not-for-profit organisation that runs a high school and an RTO across 2 sites on the NSW Central Coast, plus Green Army projects and youth programs.

With 28 years professional experience working in not-for-profit organisations Tony is inspired by assisting disadvantaged people gain employment through education and training. He is passionate about and has qualifications in corporate governance to ensure not-for-profits deliver competent, focused, professional and sustainable service delivery to their communities. Tony has over 20 years of corporate board experience as a Company Director of local, national and international organisations.

Trish Heffernan Director: Victoria

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.

Wally Lyne Director: Tasmania

Wally Lyne

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.