Western Chances features eight board of directors with a wide range of skills and expertise. With an average tenure of eight years, the Western Chances Board is focused on building sustainability to achieve long term impact. Their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm has seen them achieve significant positive results for young people in Melbourne’s west.
Terry Bracks AM AM GAICD BEd GradDipAppSc
Terry Bracks is a board member of the Melbourne Theatre Company Foundation, Patron of Heide Gallery and Patron of the Williamstown Literary Festival. She has been a board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
Terry worked as a teacher in regional Victoria and as an electorate officer to Federal MPs. She received a Centenary Medal, was inducted onto the Women’s Honour Roll, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.
Rosalind Willett BEd
Rosalind Willett has previously held teaching and Principal positions in secondary schools, including the development and provision of specialist education programs for disadvantaged young people.
In her role as Managing Partner at Willett Marketing, Ros has accumulated extensive managerial experience.
Her experience extends to sponsorship and event management, digital communications and education campaigns working with corporates and government clients. In addition to her professional experience, Ros is Chair of the Theatre Works board and sits on the Marketing and Fundraising Committee. She is also a member of Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Marketing and Fundraising Advisory Committee.
Patrick J Flannigan BBus FAIM FAICD Dip
Patrick Flannigan has over 25 years of commercial experience in the industrial services, hospitality and tourism sectors. He has held many senior positions with responsibilities for a wide range of activities including finance, operations and marketing.
Patrick established Integrated Maintenance Services in 2000 and was the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Service Stream Ltd. He founded Utility Services Group and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director until 2015 when the company was acquired by an ASX listed company. He is currently a member of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.
Gaye Hamilton B Sc (ED)
After a career as a secondary science teacher and Director of Zoos and Museums, Gaye Hamilton now undertakes a range of contract and board work. Previous board roles have included the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Zoos Victoria, the State Sports Centres’ Trust, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust and The People and Parks Foundation.
Gaye is currently also a member of the Council of Victoria University and chair of the Western Bulldogs Football Club Community Foundation. She has a commitment to helping the community of the western region of Melbourne to be as strong and successful as possible.
Felicity Pantelidis B Comm (Hons) AICD
Felicity Pantelidis has over 20 year of experience in finance, digital, technology and legal services. She is currently deputy chair of the Royal Women's Hospital and chairs the hospital’s Finance and IT Committee.
Felicity is also director of Industry Fund Services, a member of the Australia Post Stakeholder Council and a former board director of the Victorian Deaf Society. Her prior executive roles have included COO, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and at GE Capital, General Manager Myer Card, Marketing Director Consumer Finance and Marketing Director Commercial Finance. At Telstra, she was Group Marketing Manager Mobiles and held other leadership roles.
Tony Simpson MEd BEd GradDipEdAdmin
Tony Simpson is a Senior Education Improvement Leader in the South West Victorian Region of the Department of Education and Training. He works in the department’s Brimbank Melton Area with a focus on supporting the school improvement journeys of each government school.
Tony was previously Principal of Copperfield College, a large multi-campus government secondary school located in Kings Park, Delahey and Sydenham. A Principal for 20 years, he has broad leadership experience in strategic improvement, predominantly in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. An absolute focus on improving learning outcomes for students is at the core of Tony’s work in schools.
Celia Tran BSocSc MAIntDev
Celia Tran is an active community worker with experience in advisory work for local, state and federal government agencies, as well as business and not for profits, assisting organisations to develop strategies around community and youth engagement. She is an executive member of the Vietnamese Community in Australia (Vic), the advisory board of the Dual Identity Leadership Program and Victorian Ambassador to MYAN Australia.
Celia’s awards include the 2015 Victorian Multicultural Commission Ambassador Award for Multicultural Excellence, the 2016 Australia Day Maribyrnong City Council Youth Leadership Award and the 2016 Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award.