Our Board

WAW is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has responsibility for the overall governance and strategic direction of WAW. The WAW Management Team oversee the day to day running of WAW and its 13 service centres.

Fiona Shanks

BBus (HRM), DipBusMgt, CAHRI, GAICD

Fiona has been a Board Director since November 2017.  She has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and a Diploma of Business Management, is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Executive Director of People & Culture, Education & Research at Northeast Health in Wangaratta.

Fiona brings significant experience in aligning culture to strategy, risk management, corporate governance and legislative compliance. She lives and works across the North-East Region, in particular the areas of Wodonga, Wangaratta and Myrtleford. She has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive positions in Local Government, Natural Resource Management and the Education sector.

Fiona has three children and understands the challenges and pressures facing every-day families financially as they try to balance their children's needs with the pressure and challenges of daily living and wealth management.
 


Julie Guest

BBus, CAANZ

Julie has been a Board Director since November 2017.  She is a Chartered Accountant and since 1986 she has mentored small business owners, worked in superannuation, audit and business improvement.

Previously, Julie was a partner of an accounting firm for 16 years, and has served on other boards similar in nature to WAW’s, as well as a government advisory committee. Currently, Julie is an independent Audit Committee member of Moira Shire Council.

Julie has been involved with many North-East Victorian sporting and adult education committees and community projects since moving to the area in 1986. 


Victoria Schmidt

B.Sci(Engineering), CPIM

Victoria has been a Board Director since November 2018. She has extensive Information Technology experience at the senior management level, project managing corporate technology implementations at global organisations.

Victoria has also Board Director for two other local organisations for several years driving corporate strategies, financial accountability, business improvement, risk management and governance.


Gavan Nolan

B.Ec (ANU), CAANZ

Gavan has been a Board Director since 2019 and has a family connection to WAW dating back to its inception.

Gavan is a Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in professional public accounting. His most recent appointment saw him become a partner in a national accounting firm that specialises in business reconstruction, business turnaround and insolvency.

He has recently relocated back to Wangaratta and has furthered his commitment to the local community through active engagement with a major sporting organisation in the region.


Stephen Sampson

DipFS, FAIM, FFINSIA, FAIBF, MAICD, JP

Steve has been a Board Director since September 2020. Steve has many years of experience in Finance and Banking, and has operated as a CEO in two Credit Unions over the past 31 years.
 
Steve has extensive professional experience across a broad spectrum of Financial Services, Strategic Innovation, Governance and Compliance, Risk Management, Business Development and Leadership, as well as various Mutual Industry Board positions in the past.
 
He is currently a Director of the Northern Football Netball League and is a past Rotary Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Steve holds a Diploma in Financial Services, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Finsia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace.


Allison Jenvey

FCPA, GAICD

Allison has been a Board Director since September 2020. She is also a Director at ATS Partners, a public practice accounting firm in Wodonga.  Allison has, over the years, had significant governance experience on local Boards and Committees, most particularly in the health sector and the education and training sector. She was also previously President of the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce.

Allison currently Chairs the Board of the Wodonga Institute of TAFE, and also Chairs the Board of the Victorian TAFE Association. 

Allison has had a long association with the agricultural sector in the region, and she and her husband currently run a small beef cattle stud operation.


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