Our Board

Western Chances features seven 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

Founding Chair
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.


Terry Bracks AM

Rosalind Willett BEd

Deputy Chair
Ros Willett has previously held teaching and Principal positions in secondary schools, including development and provision of specialist education programs for disadvantaged young people. As Managing Partner at Willett Marketing, Ros has accumulated extensive managerial experience. Her experience includes sponsorship and event management, digital communications and education campaigns for corporate and government clients.

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. Ros joined the Western Chances board in November 2004.


Rosalind Willett

Patrick J Flannigan BBus FAIM FAICD Dip

Treasurer
Patrick Flannigan has over 25 years of commercial experience in industrial services, hospitality and tourism. He has held senior positions with responsibilities for a wide range of activities including finance, operations and marketing.

Patrick established Integrated Maintenance Services in 2000 and was founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Service Stream Ltd. He founded Utility Services Group and served as 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. Patrick joined the Western Chances board in August 2004.


Patrick J Flannigan

Gaye Hamilton B Sc (ED)

Public Officer
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. Gaye joined the Western Chances board in September 2013.


Gaye Hamilton

Felicity Pantelidis B Comm (Hons) AICD

Board Member
Felicity Pantelidis is the Deputy CEO at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and a Director of Eastern Health and Industry Fund Services. Felicity is a former Deputy Chair of the Royal Women’s Hospital and former Board Director of the Victorian Deaf Society. Her prior executive roles include Chief Operating Officer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers; and General Manager Consumer Finance, Marketing Director Consumer & Commercial Finance at GE Capital.

At Telstra, she was Group Marketing Manager Mobiles and held other leadership roles. Felicity joined the Western Chances board in December 2013.


Felicity Pantelidis

Tony Simpson MEd BEd GradDipEdAdmin

Board Member
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 the Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. Tony joined the Western Chances board in June 2015.


Tony Simpson

Celia Tran BSocSc MAIntDev

Board Member
Celia Tran is an experienced policy and communications professional. She is an executive member of the Vietnamese Community in Australia (Vic), and member of the advisory board of the Dual Identity Leadership Program and Harmony Alliance – Australia’s peak body for refugee and migrant women.

A strong human rights advocate, 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. Celia joined the Western Chances board in April 2016.


Celia Tran

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