Board of Management
Board of Management and Committees
Albany Community Hospice has a Board of Management that is made up of dedicated community members that have the various skills required to ensure that we maintain a high level of governance. To achieve this and to support the Board of Management, subcommittees have been developed to manage a vast range of issues related to the operations of the Hospice.
Hannah Leslie – Chair Person
Hannah grew up in Albany and, after moving to Perth for studies and then work as a lawyer, subsequently visited regularly to see the various members of her family in Albany, three generations of whom have now practiced medicine in the town at various times.
Her connection with the ACH comes from when her mother died in 2014. For many weeks Hannah watched her mum lovingly cared for at ACH. Her appointment to the Board has enabled her to fulfil a personal commitment she made at the time to give back in some way.
Hannah is a qualified lawyer with a background in litigation. She is also a trained mediator. She has spent the last 25 years working as a tribunal member, initially part time on the Guardianship & Administration Board and subsequently on the State Administrative Tribunal, both part time and then full time. This work has been predominantly determining guardianship and administration matters concerning the personal and financial rights of people alleged to have age, injury or disability related decision-making difficulties, and also disputes regarding Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship and Advance Health Directives. She has also worked in the other SAT jurisdictions sitting on and also mediating civil matters, vocational regulation matters and other human rights matters.
For over seven years Hannah also worked as a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal determining questions relating to the rights of involuntary psychiatric patients in the context of compulsory treatment and hospitalisation.
Hannah retired from her full-time position on SAT in Dec 2019 but continues to do this work on a sessional basis.
Hannah has adult children and stepchildren and an extended family in Perth and interstate.
She and her partner Alison have recently built on and moved to their beloved Kalgan property, and look forward to living in the Albany community.
Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan – Deputy Chair Person
Jonathan is a Palliative Care GP who works with the Great Southern Palliative Care Service. He also practices anaesthesia within the region.
He is passionate about clinical governance and leadership in health, with a deep desire to care for those in the last weeks to months of their lives.
He is graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also serves as a director on the WA GP Training and Education (WAGPET) board and the Troode Street Christian Church board.
He is married to Kylie and together they parent 3 busy boisterous and beautiful boys.
Helen Hawley – Treasurer
Helen was born in Beverley to farming parents. The family shifted to another farm near Badgingarra in her late primary school years. She spent her high school years at St Gertrude’s College, New Norcia. After commencing university studying Industrial Chemistry she decided that was not for her and joined the ANZ Bank in Perth. This began the journey into accounting and business management. Helen moved to Albany in 1974 with the bank where she met her Husband, Alan, and they were married in 1977. Alan & Helen have a farming property North of Albany. They have 2 daughters. Helen left the ANZ Bank in 1978 to become a legal secretary with Haynes Robinson, solicitors, then became their in house Accountant and Office Manager in 1981. In 1997 she decided to further her career by joining Lincolns Accountants and spent 19 years with them, commencing at a graduate level and becoming a senior accountant and client manager. In 2016 Helen left Lincolns to “retire” to the farm and become a full time farmer for the first time in her life.
Helen’s interest in Hospice was first sparked while working with Coral Banks, one of the board members during the construction of the first Hospice buildings near the old hospital. The high profile of the Hospice in the Albany Community together with the firsthand experience of the purpose of Hospice during her Mother’s 6 week stay in the Hospice, before her death in 2019, helped Helen make the decision to offer her services when the position of Treasurer of the Board of Management became vacant.
Lee-Anne Smith- Secretary
Lee-Anne Smith grew up in Albany, then studied a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science in Perth. Her career moved into Human Resource Management where she worked for WA Newspapers, Wesfarmers and Transfield-Worley. After working as the Australian Manager of a UK based Oil and Gas recruitment company she returned to Albany be closer to family and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the region.
Lee-Anne joined South Regional TAFE working in Business Development, as a lecturer and for the past 10 years as a Training Manager focusing on vocational education and training within the Trades, Commerce and Environmental Science fields. She holds qualifications in Government, Human Resources, Management and Training and Assessment.
Lee-Anne became interested in Hospice when her in-laws held an open garden event at their property and saw the support provided by the local community. Following a year of travelling Australia and overseas with her partner Pete, she felt that she wanted to contribute to her community. The death of a friend at ACH and other friends touched by cancer she felt that Hospice was the right place.
Ingrid Storm grew up in Albany and studied Psychology at Murdoch University in Perth but has spent most of her professional life in Sydney. She has an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in HR Management. Currently the Clinical Director of a Neurotherapy Clinic in Albany, she has worked as a Psychologist in the Department of Health and in Private Practice and as a Manager in Anglicare NSW and Sydney Lifeline. For nearly 10 years she worked in a range of large organisations as an Organisational Development Consultant and, more recently, as a University Tutor in Management at UWA Albany Campus.
Ingrid returned to Albany in 2011 with her family. Joining the Board has enabled Ingrid to contribute to an organisation that was born shortly after the death of her brother Michael at the age of 34. The Storm family will always be grateful for the palliative care support they received at this time that allowed Michael to die at home.
Ingrid has had extensive professional and personal experience in the area of loss and grief and can relate to the experiences of people at this significant and vulnerable time.
Jeanann was born and schooled in Kenya and studied physiotherapy at Guy’s Hospital in London. Married Richard soon after qualifying and farmed in Kenya for a few years. Their farm was bought compulsorily and so they moved to Australia and farmed at Boyup Brook until their farm was again bought compulsorily! They moved to Albany having bought The Action Station Health Squash and Fitness Centre. Jeanann took a keen interest in local community work, was a member of Rotary and was elected President of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, she also taught Fitness Training at TAFE.
After a few years the health club was sold and Jeanann worked in Real Estate and then started an Events Company. During this time, she ran, among other things, the Albany Classic Car event for a few years and was the first coordinator of The Albany Farmers Market.
Jeanann’s husband, Richard, recently died from mesothelioma and her three children and seven grandchildren live mostly overseas and so she is keen to be involved and active in community work especially the Albany Community Hospice. Jeanann is currently the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Georgina moved to Albany in early 2000 after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Heritage) at Curtin University. Prior to completing her degree, she had extensive administrative experience in both the public and private sector, including 10 years undertaking purchasing and logistics operations in the oil and gas industry. She joined the Department of Planning in Albany in 2000 as a land use planning officer and remained with the department as a Senior Planner and relieving Regional Manager until her retirement at the end of 2016.
Growing up on a pastoral station out of Wiluna, both Georgina’s parents were deeply involved in a wide range of community service roles. A tradition her mother continued well into her 90s. The hospice enshrines the community spirit that that Georgina observed in her childhood and retirement has provided the opportunity make a contribution to the community she now calls home.
Tony is an educator and writer. He is a graduate of Monash University, Monash Teachers’ College, UWA and Edith Cowan University and completed the course work for his EdD at Murdoch before leaving to work in India. He has spent a lifetime in teaching and learning, working as a teacher in Shepparton Victoria, and Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont, 5 years as Deputy Principal of St Joseph’s College in Albany and, ultimately, 14 years as the Principal of All Saints College in Perth. He was the education consultant and then the Foundation Principal of Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School (renamed Court Grammar School). Since ‘retirement’ he has worked for more than fifteen years as a self-funded volunteer in India, mainly working with Tibetan education authorities. Concurrently, he and his family have been in the olive growing industry in the Great Southern, he was a cartoonist with the Albany Advertiser [London’s Lot], Chairman of the Bornholm VFB for many years, chair of the Albany Maritime Foundation, and the Great Southern Olive Growers Association.
Tony brings a unique perspective to organisations as a long-term devotee of consultative leadership, which he has applied in areas where he has had the opportunity. He is an active and published writer of poetry and prose. His rural property still provides constant demands on his time as do his bicycles. He is motivated by trying to help people find enjoyment in the nurturing of others; this includes his six grandchildren.
Trish moved to Albany in 2006 with her partner Eva to enjoy the Great Southern lifestyle after living in Perth for most of her life. She now lives on a small acreage near town sharing the property with three horses, one dog, two chickens, numerous wild ducks, parrots and other native animals. In 2008 Trish’s parents joined her in the Great Southern and more recently her daughter, son-in-law and grandson have moved to Denmark from Victoria.
Trish started her career in information technology, working exclusively in this area for 19 years. She then went to university to study Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Justice Studies. After leaving university she worked part-time with Richmond Fellowship developing and implementing step-up/step-down mental health accommodation services as well as tutoring at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia in sociology, anthropology and information technology. During this time Trish also worked for the Disabilities Services Commission in the area of policy development and assessment.
Since moving to Albany has worked with the Department of Planning as a Planning Officer, while completing her law degree focusing on climate change law and the Small Business Development Commission as a Small Business Development Consultant. In 2009 Trish completed her law degree and has worked as a Mental Health Advocate, a manager of two community legal centres and most recently as a Capacity and Accreditation Coordinator for the Community Legal Centre Association WA. Trish was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court in 2016 and has worked in the areas of Governance for legal centres, cooperatives and not-for-profit organisations since then.
She has particular interest in health organisations and client’s rights and has been a Board member of Amity Health since 2012. Joining the Board of the Albany Hospice is an extension of this interest because of the valuable work that the Hospice does for their clients and the clients families.
Finance and Risk Management Committee
Medical Advisory Committee
Medical Credentialing Committee
Business Development Committee
Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting