Our Board

Who are our Board Members?

The Board Members are volunteers appointed by nomination to be part of the governing body of Midway.  They can sometimes be called committee members or directors.

They donate their time and energy to oversee the running of the organisation. They receive no payment for their services; nor do they receive any refund of expenses such as travelling or telephone costs.

The not-for-profit industry relies heavily on community-minded and caring people such as our board to volunteer their time and for this we thank them.

Midway - Board Members - NDIS Provider Mandurah

At Midway, we are committed to partnering with you to live your life, your way

Promoting and maintaining individual’s independence, in their own homes while embracing a meaningful and full life is at the heart of Midway’s values and goals. Ensuring that all individuals maintain regular inclusion within the community is just as important as living in a safe, clean and secure residence.

We believe this is important for every person we support. Our accommodation services are designed with high quality living standards, and meaningful community engagement at the forefront of our service practice and commitment. A variety of high quality individualised accommodation services are available, tailored to meet your unique needs.

What is the Board’s role?

Board Members  take on an ambassadorial role where they represent Midway at meetings with the Disability Services Commission and other organisations and government bodies. The Board is driving the development of the strategic plan and will be responsible for the achievement of the strategic objectives of the organisation; while the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the operational aspects of the plan.

The Board main Responsibilities are*:

  • Accountability – making sure the charity meets its obligations, manages its finances and operates transparently
  • Strategy – setting the charity’s long-term goals and making sure it pursues its charitable purposes
  • Resourcing – securing financial and other resources to support the work of the charity
  • Advocacy – representing the charity to the community and to its members and stakeholders (with a chief executive officer and staff, if any)
  • Monitoring – making sure the charity is run as required under its governing document and the law.

*Source: Australian Charities and Non-for-profits Commission Website

To ensure their role is fulfilled  Board Members meet monthly (during a meeting that can take up to three hours each time) and attend as well a number of other special meetings and workshops during the year. Each Board Member receives a number of reports prior to each meeting in-which they read and prepare before attending the meeting to make informed decisions.

    Who can become a Board Member?

    Anybody is free to offer their application to the Board if they wish to volunteer as a Board Member. However, it is important to note that the Board is not always seeking new Board Members to complete the Board. For an application to be considered the person will have to meet a list of eligibility criteria both set by the Constitution and the applicable laws.

    Members are subject to Australian Securities and Investments Commission Laws relating to fiduciary duties and governance.

    Meet our Board

    Gareth
    Patricia
    Patrick
    Dianne
    Peter
    Renee
    Viv

    Gareth Talbot

    Chairperson

    Gareth Talbot

    Gareth Talbot joined the Midway Board in September 2017 and became Chair in Oct 2020. Gareth joined Midway with extensive experience working in the Business and Technology sectors across both private and public sector organisations, both domestically and internationally Gareth has an Honours degree in Business and Information Technology and has had considerable experience in leading large teams and building a culture which puts the client at the centre of the organisations goals and values.

    Gareth is passionate about Midway Community Care especially in supporting the team to ensure we deliver the services our clients need, want and expect. He is also focused on working with the other Directors and the Executive Team on building an organisation which everyone is proud to be part of. Married to Jo he moved to Australia in 2009 from the UK, settling in Mandurah after spending 2 years in Sydney. With 2 children attending local schools, Gareth has been an avid part of the Community as well as being the past President of a local Rotary Club.

    Patricia Schraven

    Board Member

    Patricia Schraven

    Patricia has extensive experience in Human Resources Management. She commenced her Human Resources Management career whilst working with United Credit Union Limited. She then spent 10 years working in New Zealand, where she held the role of Human Resources Manager for a mining company providing HR/IR support through a period of rapid growth within the organisation.

    In 2011 Patricia moved back to Western Australia and took up the position of Human Resources Manager with Alcoa's WA Mining Operations where she contributed to improving the alignment of the leadership with a focus on enhancing employment engagement. She then took on the position of Human Resources Manager for Alcoa's largest operation.

    Patricia is a member of Rotary International and served as Club President in 2014/15, currently holds the positions of District Governor 2021-2022. .
    Patricia also serves on another not for profit board and has previously served on the advisory Board for Passage - Peel (resource centre for homeless youth).

    Patricia holds a Certificate in Business Management and post graduate studies in Employment and Business Law, and with further study in Human Resources and Industrial relations.

    Patrick (Pat) Steens

    Board Member

    Patrick Steens

    Pat and his wife Anne, with their three sons, moved to Mandurah in 1988 in time for their two older sons to continue with their primary school education. Prior to moving to Mandurah, Pat held a General Managers position based in Darwin for 5 years and a General Managers position in Papua New Guinea for a period prior to Darwin. He has also held several Company Secretary and Accountant positions during his career. He currently manages a business which he and his business partner commenced in 1990. He has been an active member of several school boards holding various positions including Treasurer.

    Dianne Conlan

    Board Member

    Dianne Conlan

    Dianne is currently the Deputy Chairperson of Midway. Having worked in the community sector for many years including 16 years as the Manager of Finance and Administration at Midway Community Care, Dianne has a broad understanding of administration and funding issues for non-government agencies. Dianne is married with two sons and is passionate in her belief that people with disabilities be able to achieve the highest possible degree of normalised living in mainstream society.

    Peter Eastlake

    Board Member

    Peter Eastlake

    Peter Eastlake joined the Midway Board in July 2021 and has an engineering degree and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Peter comes to Midway with extensive engineering experience in the fields of structural, land development planning and construction, and contract management both in WA and the UAE. Peter has been a Partner and director of an engineering consultant company and was both a Senior Manager and the Bunbury Office Manager of a large Australian engineering consultancy.

    Currently retired Peter is still undertaking part-time work in contract management in addition to being actively involved in volunteering as an active member and secretary of a Bushfire Brigade, treasurer of a golf club, and member of other volunteer groups in the Peel/SW regions. Peter is an active hockey player in local, national and international competitions.

    Peter is married to Nola with a daughter and autistic son who has been a resident with Midway since 2016. Having raised an autistic child, Peter has a good understanding of people living with disabilities.

    Renee Durant

    Board Member

    Renee Durant

    Renee is a long time Mandurah local, having been a resident of the area for 35 years. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Business Law), is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has a Masters in Construction Law. She is also a trained mediator.

    Renee has extensive experience in the health industry, having spent 10+ years working at Peel Health Campus as the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, and recently taking on the task of leading the transition of the hospital from private management back to the State in 2023.

    She also has 10+ years in the construction industry, most recently leading a team of cost controllers and contract administrators across Australia working on various projects. In her spare time you will find her in the surf or on her yoga mat.

    Viv Edwards

    Board Member

    Viv Edwards

    Viv Edwards joined the Board of Midway Community Care in 2004 having served as a trustee and chairman of the Axiom Foundation (Midway) since 2002. He is a fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants, with such affiliations being held for 50 years and 35 years respectively.

    Although now retired as a partner for one of Australia’s leading international accounting firms, his expertise in taxation, estate planning, budgeting and consulting with small to medium-sized businesses, ignited his interest in business development, governance and staff management.

    Viv moved to Mandurah in 1979 with his wife Pam and two sons. Since then he has held honorary positions of President, Secretary or Treasurer on sixteen Boards. He has been a prime-mover for the establishment of many of these organisations including two not for profit, three private schools as well as the local radio station. He currently sits on four Boards.

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