Board Members

Anne McCormack

AnneChair

Anne’s background is in Banking, IT and Telecommunications across several jurisdictions including UK, Europe, USA and Australasia. Anne started her career with British Telecom, managing Channels to Market, Diversity agenda, and large scale business re-engineering programmes. Her enthusiasm for running the people and capability side of businesses saw her take on many similar roles, as well as customer service and business development roles at Hewlett Packard across two continents.

Anne works in the NFP sector and is the Executive General Manager, Business Transformation & People Services at Silver Chain Group. Anne is also Silver Chain’s Chief Risk Officer, and EGM of Silver Chain’s Social Care Division.

Anne is passionate about how Health policy and infrastructure needs to evolve to support and nourish the changing needs and expectations of the community. Her focus is on equality of access to effective healthcare for all, and ensuring strong advocacy for society’s most vulnerable. Anne cares deeply about facilitating ways to make it easier for Hannah’s House children and their families to access the care and support they needed at various points in their respective journeys, both in their home, and, in line with our strategic plan in ours – a purpose-built children’s hospice in WA.

 

Martin Watson

MartinVice Chairman

Martin is a founding Board Member, having helped establish the Children's Hospice Association (CHA) in 2000. He has held the role of Vice Chair since October 2010. He works for Fugro Survey, a company specialising in offshore marine surveys. He is married to Jacky and their first child, Hannah, was born with Opitz Trigonocephaly Syndrome – a condition that resulted in severe physical and neurological disabilities. Hannah is the inspiration for Hannah’s House.

 

 

Andrew Tome

AndrewTreasurer

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant with comprehensive technical and commercial experience in Australia, Europe, America and Asia. Over the past 20 years, Andrew has worked across a variety of industries including professional services, construction, mining, and health. Andrew is the Director of Finance & Corporate Services at Ramsay Private Hospital and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in good governance within business operations and processes to Hannah’s House. Andrew is married to Sally and has three children - Brooke, Noah and Molly – keep him very busy!

 

Amanda Vivian

MariskaAmanda joined the Board in 2018 and brings significant expertise and strong commitment to Hannah’s House Vision. With a degree in Financial Services, she is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a fellow of Leadership WA. She is Chief of Support Services at Baptistcare WA which is a not-for-profit organisation providing aged care services. Previously the Chief Operating Officer at Bankwest, Amanda has a wealth of experience working with senior executive teams on a number of critical activities including developing a risk and values based culture, running the HR function and supporting the organisation on their people agenda. Amanda brings to the Board her extensive experience across a number of domains including Human Resource Management, Governance and Risk Management, Finance, Marketing and Communications and Information Technology.

 

Jacquelyn Vigurs

JackySecretary

Jacky has held the position of Secretary since the Board was established. After Hannah’s birth, she gave up work in order to provide her daughter with appropriate care. It was during a visit to the UK in 1996 that Hannah spent time at Francis House, a Children's Hospice near Manchester. This proved to be the inspiration behind Jacky and Martin’s interest in the Children's Hospice movement.

 

 

 

Trish Fowler

TrishTrish was appointed to the Board in July 2008. She is a Registered Nurse working at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). She has been President of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) WA Branch since 1998 and was also a Board member of the previous Nurses Board of WA. She represents ANF on the Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) and is also a member of the Department of Health WA Human Research Ethics Committee.

 

 

 

Mitch Messer

MitchMitch is a passionate consumer advocate with over 40 years’ experience working across local, state, national and international levels with business, community, not for profit and government. He is Chief Executive Officer of Clan WA, a community services charity that is committed to enhancing resilience, encouraging healthy relationships, effective parenting and community participation in Western Australia.

He has held many roles with statutory and government bodies including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the Research Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council and the External Reference Group appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing to provide advice on the development of Australia’s first National Primary Healthcare Strategy. Mitch was a member of the South Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council in Western Australia, the forerunner to the new area health service Board.

Mitch has been an invited speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia, the USA, Europe and New Zealand on topics including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, chronic disease self management, primary health care, quality use of medicines, e-health, safety & quality in health care, consumer participation in health and cystic fibrosis.

 

Addy Wetzler

AddyAddy relocated to Perth from Melbourne in 2017 and joined the Board of Hannah's House in 2018. Addy has more than a decade of experience with Very Special Kids - Australia's first children's hospice - which included three years working in the Fundraising team. As Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager at Cancer Council WA, Addy is responsible for mobilising the West Australian business community to help reduce the incidence and impact of cancer.

 

 

 

 

Operations Team

Susan King

SusanClinical Services Director

Susan has been pivotal in the establishment of Hannah’s House, helping to secure funding and developing the clinical service model. She joined the organisation in December 2008, bringing extensive experience in public health, having worked over 18 years managing and implementing complex projects in the industry. Susan was a recipient of the Churchill Fellowship in 1999. Her background in critical care nursing, with a focus on education and training, is supported by a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Education and a Diploma of Business. Susan has also completed a Masters in Education.

 

Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-AnneBusiness Development Manager

Lee-Anne joined Hannah’s House in December 2016 with extensive experience in marketing, communications and fundraising management. She has worked in both the commercial and not for profit sectors for leading organisation’s including ENJO, Thermomix, YMCA WA, Foodbank WA and the Dogs’ Refuge Home. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University.