Joining ARA as President early 2016, Lois comes from a rich history within public policy and social restoration within South Australia. She is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion and has advised on and influenced many public policy areas including planning, mental health, environment, child protection, further education and consumer affairs. She has a diverse background, holding positions as a Social Impact Assessor, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal Member, and Community Legal Centre Casework Manager and Chief of Staff to three Ministers. Lois is a lawyer and the recipient of a Lexis Nexis Legal Research Prize for Torts. She holds a Masters of Applied Science in Social Ecology, in which she received the University Prize for Outstanding Research.A skilled Chair/President with well-honed skills Lois is outcomes focused and a passion for strategic planning. She has a long-standing commitment to social justice and has positions in domestic violence services, financial counselling services, disadvantaged youth programs, community legal centres, AusAid funded programs for African National Congress Women Candidates, Aboriginal solidarity groups, social welfare unions and others. In 2013 Lois was entered on the SA Women’s Honour Roll in recognition of her achievements in equity policy and legislation in South Australia.

Lois enjoys leading the organisation in a high level corporate discussion, as well as rolling up her sleeves and helping us out in the kitchen.

Vice President
Ritchie joined the Board in 2012. He is currently the Official Secretary to the Governor of South Australia. Ritchie holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Honours). He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1988 and was a Judge’s Associate for the District Court of South Australia from 1998 to 2000. Ritchie’s career includes experience with the Commonwealth Government in Canberra for eleven years, including the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. Ritchie has a strong understanding of refugee and migration laws and processes.
Wayne joined the ARA Board in 1999 and became Treasurer the same year. He has been a member of the ARA Inc. Ancillary Fund since 2003 and Convenor since 2008. He was a Director of ARA Jobs Pty Ltd from 2009 to 2012 and Chairman of ARA Jobs in 2011. Wayne is currently the General Manager of CBB Community Consulting, Community Business Bureau Inc. As a Management Consultant with more than 25 years of experience, Wayne’s previous roles have included Principal Consultant at Plexus Strategic Solutions and Enterprise Management Services, Senior Manager at KPMG Management Consulting, Director of Finance and Administration at Child Adolescent and Family Health Service and Business Manager at Saint Ignatius’ College. Wayne brings extensive financial, marketing and management experience to ARA. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and Member of the Institute of Management Consultants.
Mr Bernard ANDARY
Board Member
Bernard joined the ARA Board in 2012. He completed a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Arts (majoring in Spanish), with subjects including human rights law and immigration and refugee law. During his studies he lived and studied for six weeks at the University of Salamanca in Spain, where he studied Spanish language, culture and literature. Bernard is currently a solicitor at DMAW Lawyers in Dispute Resolution and Risk Management and is undertaking his Masters in Law. He has also worked with Life Without Barriers as an Independent Observer for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, at the Darwin Airport Lodge (NT) and the Leonora Alternative Place of Detention in Western Australia.
Mrs Monique NEWBERRY
Board Member
Monique is a Chartered Accountant with ten years of professional experience working as a Manager at Ernst & Young (EY) in external audit, internal audit and in management consulting. Monique’s current role is Project Lead at the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre where she runs the business operations of the Centre and contributes to social impact by promoting positive mental health. Monique brings a range of skills to the Board of ARA including business case, proposal and report writing, budgeting, process efficiency, financial and data analysis, project and program management and stakeholder management.Monique’s not for profit experience over the past 10 years includes previous role as co-Chair of EY Foundation (working with Hutt Street Centre, and Operation Flinders) as well as personal volunteering roles with CanTeen and OzHarvest.
Ms Margaret OATES
Board Member
Margaret joined the ARA Board in 2011. Margaret has owned a business management consultancy, held senior executive roles in education, children’s services and information technology. Margaret brings a range of skills to the ARA Board including project management, program review and redirection, establishment of new organisations, strategic and operational planning Outside of her executive roles, Margaret’s volunteering has included teaching ESL with Iranian refugees, the Oxfam and STC Bookshops, participation in the Don Dunstan Foundation project work and working with a range of volunteers.
Heather Pascoe-Smith
Board Member
Heather joined the board in 2014. Heather is the General Manager of Expanding Horizons, a group tour wholesaler, who provides back office support and tour itineraries to over 80 tour operators Australia Wide and Overseas. Her background is varied, having trained and worked as a Registered Nurse, she also holds Business Management and Training & Assessment qualifications. She has worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Ashford Community Hospital (in a nursing capacity) Adelaide TAFE & Flinders University as a lecturer and the NSW Tourism Commission and Expanding Horizons in Tourism Management. She is currently on the Australian Tourism Export Council (SA) and is an Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Outside her work environment Heather volunteers through the ARA Social Support Network where she has befriended and helped a lovely Afghani family to navigate a new life in Adelaide.
Board Member
Iain joined the Board in 2015, and is currently a researcher with the University of Adelaide. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Hons), PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialisation. Iain brings a range of skills from a professional background in science, IT and commercialisation. With previous roles spanning tertiary education, private enterprise and government sectors, his experience includes business planning and development, business management systems and services, innovation, strategic planning and project management. Iain has a strong commitment to social inclusion and social justice, which has found expression in volunteer roles including policy advocacy, governance roles within the Uniting Church, and with ARA prior to joining the Board.
Rowan Roberts
Board Member
Rowan is a Director within KPMG’s Adelaide Advisory Practice and leads the South Australian Government business for KPMG.Prior to joining KPMG, Rowan worked in the public sector at the Commonwealth and State level, as well as in research for non-government and multi-lateral organisations in Australia and in Europe. Rowan has worked with a range of State and Commonwealth departments, predominantly through her work on State and Commonwealth Government Budgets. Rowan has expertise across a range of policy areas including budget management, economic development and public administration.
Michaela Webster
Board Member
Michaela Webster has experience in senior roles locally, nationally and in the UK across successful businesses including Westfield, Peregrine Corporation and The Adelaide Football Club.
She has a wide range of skills including general management, retail operations, sales and marketing and sponsorship.At heart she is an entrepreneur who has sought to satisfy her personal value of creating opportunities to provide fairness for people throughout her career. She looks forward to expanding this contribution by working with ARA and the people it supports.
Ali Jafari
Board Member
Ali is Kurdish Faeli and arrived in Adelaide in 2011, when he arrived here he couldn’t speak any English. Since making Australia home he has been able to study: learning English, become a qualified interpreter, finished a Diploma of Community Services and now is the Assistant Manager at SACARE’s Clifford House a residential home for people with mental disabilities.It is the welcome Ali received when he came here, from everyday Australians, that has made him so grateful for his life in Australia. Life is tough when you first arrive, the simplest things are a challenge.His experience as an Asylum Seeker and Refugee, including long term detention of 16 months, has made him a compassionate and caring advocate for people of similar backgrounds and experiences and he spends hours each week supporting new arrivals, his friends, in the community.Since coming here his dreams have come true, and these opportunities have inspired him to give back to his community. With his story he can help change the conversation about refugees and let people know that we are all just people, like you and I.Ali is passionate about letting people know they are welcome here and advocates for the strength Cultural Diversity brings to our nation. In 2012 Ali joined the Welcome to Australia team, with his wife, as State Directors and have since actively looked at collaborating and partnering with other organisations in South Australia to actively be part of the welcome movement.Ali loves riding his motorbike, he is a foster carer and a mad Adelaide United soccer fan!
Chelsea THOMAS
Board Member