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 GAICD BEd GradDipAppSc
Terry Bracks is a board member of the Melbourne Theatre Company Foundation, is Patron of Heide Gallery and Patron of the Williamstown Literary Festival, and has been a board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and a past Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
Terry has worked as a teacher in regional Victoria and as an electorate officer to Federal MPs. She received a Centenary Medal, has been inducted onto the Women’s Honour Roll and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University. Terry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.
Rosalind Willett BEd
Ros Willett is Managing Partner of marketing agency Willett Marketing. Ros has a Bachelor of Education and has held teaching and principal positions in secondary schools, including the development and provision of specialist education programs for disadvantaged youth.
In her role at Willett Marketing, Ros has accumulated extensive managerial experience and in working with both the corporate and government sectors. Her experience extends to sponsorship and event management, digital communications and education campaigns. In addition to her professional experience, Ros is Chair of the Theatre Works board.
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 senior positions up to CEO level with responsibilities for a wide range of activities including finance, operations and marketing. He has established his own business and currently serves on the Boards of various companies, both public and private.
Patrick is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a business degree from Victoria University.
Gaye Hamilton B Sc (ED)
After a career as a secondary science teacher and a Director of Zoos and Museums, Gaye 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. She is currently also a member of the Council of Victoria University and a Director of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.
Deborah Beale BComm MBA
Deb Beale has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.
Deb began her working career in the finance industry where she was employed by Merrill Lynch for over a decade. She then moved to Ernst & Young where she specialised in governance and risk management. Deb has also served and continues to serve on a number of government, public, private and not-for-profit boards. Her broad experience includes the areas of finance, corporate governance, fundraising, public relations and risk management.
Felicity Pantelidis B Comm(Hons)
Felicity is a passionate supporter of Western Chances and has been on the Board since December 2013. Felicity is also the Deputy Chair of the Royal Women's hospital.
Felicity has held a number of Senior Executive roles in financial services at GE Capital telecommunications at Telstra and most recently as Chief Operating Officer for Slater and Gordon. Felicity has served as a Board director at the Victorian Deaf Society and a member of the Monash Marketing Industry Advisory Board. Felicity's Board experience includes governance, finance, strategy, fundraising and government relations.
Tony Simpson M Ed (Numeracy), B Ed (Science) Grad Dip Ed Admin
Tony is a Senior Education Improvement Leader in the South Wet Victorian Region of the Department of Education and Training. He works in DET’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. He has been a Principal for 20 years and has broad leadership experience in strategic improvement, predominantly in the Western Region of Melbourne. An absolute focus on improving learning outcomes for students is at the core of Tony’s work in schools.
Mimi Huynh BDSc
Mimi Huynh is a Western Chances Alumni who holds a Bachelor of Dental Science degree from The University of Melbourne and is currently an associate dentist practicing in the private sector. Mimi has previously treated patients from a number of community clinics within Victoria, both rural and metropolitan. She was part of the Rotary Australia Vietnam Dental Health Project and completed a research study that was published by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry.
Mimi is an active member of the Australian Dental Association and regularly undertakes continued professional development to further her knowledge, enhance her skill sets and keep up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry. Mimi has an interest in oral health care and public school education.
Celia Tran BSocSc, MA (IntDev)
Celia Tran is a Western Chances Alumni, a young active community worker and leader in the Vietnamese community and Melbourne’s west. Celia has a Bachelor of Social Science/Policy and Research and a Master of International Community Development. She is currently the sole Victorian Youth Ambassador to the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia – the national peak body on multicultural youth issues in Australia. She is a recipient of the 2015 Victorian Multicultural Commission Ambassador Award for Multicultural Excellence and the 2016 Australia Day Maribyrnong City Council Youth Leadership Award recipient and the 2016 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award for Volunteer of the Year as part of the Premier's Volunteer Awards.
Celia’s passion and experience lies in community development and working with cultural and linguistically diverse communities in particular with fellow young people. Over the past few years Celia has worked alongside some of the most disadvantaged youth including asylum seeker and refugee youth in Melbourne, to assist them in overcoming their barriers to participate in life in Australia to their fullest.