Acting President
Ritchie joined the Board in 2012, and was appointed Vice President in 2014. Ritchie holds degrees in law and arts (Honours), and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1998. He currently works as an executive adviser to the Independent Gambling Authority. His career includes extensive experience within the parliamentary, judicial and executive arms of State and Commonwealth government in both Adelaide and Canberra. Most recently, he served as the Official Secretary to the South Australian Governor for five years.
Wayne joined the ARA Board in 1999 and became Treasurer the same year. He was a member of the former ARA Inc. Ancillary Fund Committee for approximately 10 years, and a Director (and for a period Chair) of the former ARA Jobs Pty Ltd for approximately 4 years. Wayne is currently the Principal Consultant, Cajebi Consulting providing services to NFPs, SMEs and Government agencies nationally. As a Management Consultant with more than 30 years of experience, Wayne’s previous roles have included General Manager and Principal Consultant at the Community Business Bureau Inc, Principal Consultant at Plexus Strategic Solutions and Enterprise Management Services, Senior Manager at KPMG Management Consulting, Director of Finance and Administration at the Child Adolescent and Family Health Service, and Business Manager at Saint Ignatius’ College. Wayne provides to ARA, extensive experience in governance, finance, market assessments, quality, and management processes.
Bernard ANDARY
Board Member
Bernard joined the ARA Board in 2012. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from the University of Adelaide, as well as a Masters of Law from the Australian National University. He has also undertaken studies at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Bernard is currently working as a Judge’s Associate at the Federal Court of Australia and also sits on the Law Society of South Australia’s Human Rights Committee and the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Committee. Previously, he practiced for around four years as a lawyer working in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. As a lawyer, Bernard has volunteered with a number of organisations to provide pro bono legal services to unrepresented litigants, refugees and asylum seekers. He has also worked as an Independent Observer for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum at the Darwin Airport Lodge (Northern Territory) and the Leonora Alternative Place of Detention (Western Australia).
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.
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.
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), The National Travel Industry Technical Advisory Committee 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 business analyst with the Australian Government Department of Human Services. 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.
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, 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.
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
Chelsea first came to ARA as a volunteer in the Social Support Program, engaging with a family recently arrived in Adelaide and helping them to feel at home in a new city. She joined the ARA Board in 2017 following time as an invitee to the Audit Subcommittee. As a Chartered Accountant with more than 10 years’ experience, Chelsea brings a finance focus to the Board with a commercial understanding of the challenges faced by not-for-profit entities. Chelsea’s current role as the Finance Manager at Pulteney Grammar School sees her involved in all aspects of school life including budgeting and forecast modelling, enterprise agreement negotiations, Pulteney Foundation philanthropy, the development of business cases for significant capital works programs, grant funding acquittals and the occasional workplace health and safety presentation for senior students.