Meet the Board
The Board Members are volunteers who donate their time and energies to oversee the running of the organisation. They receive no payment for their services; nor do they receive any refund of expenses such as travelling or telephone costs. The not-for-profit industry relies heavily on community-minded and caring people such as our board to volunteer their time and for this we thank them.
Board Members attend one meeting (which can take up to three hours each time) a month as well as a number of other special meetings and workshops during the year. Each Board Member receives a number of reports prior to each meeting in-which they read and prepare before attending the meeting. Board Members also take on an ambassadorial role where they represent Midway at meetings with the Disability Services Commission and other organisations. The Board is driving the development of the strategic plan and will be responsible for the achievement of the strategic objectives of the organisation; while the CEO is responsible for the operational aspects of the plan. The Board Members are subject to Australian Securities and Investments Commission Laws relating to fiduciary duties and governance.
The Board Members Are
Matthew is currently the Chairperson of Midway Community Care. Matt is married with two sons and was raised in and has lived in Mandurah for the majority of his life. He is the Principal and Managing Legal Director of a Mandurah Law Firm. Matt has a strong commitment to inclusive social values, justice and egalitarianism generally. In addition to his service on the Midway Board, Matt volunteers and is a current Board member of Frederick Irwin Anglican School, the President of the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau Branch and was previously involved with Axiom. In his spare time Matt is an avid Wallabies and Dockers supporter, occasional gardener and regular volunteer at his children’s football club.
Dianne is currently the Deputy Chairperson of Midway Community Care. Having worked in the community sector for many years including 16 years as the Manager of Finance and Administration at Midway Community Care, Dianne has a broad understanding of administration and funding issues for non-government agencies. Dianne is married with two sons and is passionate in her belief that people with disabilities be able to achieve the highest possible degree of normalised living in mainstream society.
Lesley has lived in Mandurah for several years and is married with three sons – the second having an intellectual disability. Lesley has been involved with Disability Groups for over 40 years and was originally with the Slow Learners Children’s Group which became ACTIV. For four years, she lived with her family in Papua New Guinea where she set up a centre for Disabled Children in the highlands. On return to Australia, Lesley lived in Alice Springs where she served on the Board of Management for the Bindi Centre (an organisation in Central Australia for those with a Disability). In 1995 Lesley returned to WA and has been involved in disability support groups, serving for a number of years as Secretary to the Milford Parent and Friends Association (connected to DSC accommodation). When this was dissolved due to DSC’s policy of not having hostel type accommodation, she became a member of the Fairholme Disability Support Group and has served on the Management Committee for 6 years.
Viv is semi-retired and has over forty seven years experience in the accounting field. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants and has been a fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants for over forty years. He has worked for R.S.M Bird Cameron, which is one of Australian’s largest accounting firms, for forty years, being a partner/ director for eighteen years. He has been married to his lovely wife Pam for over forty years and has two adult sons – Travis and Tyren. Viv has worked tirelessly for the community, volunteering on approximately thirty six committees of service clubs; sporting clubs and other organisations during the past. Including: Trustee of Alcoholics Rehabilitation Centre with previous chairman Brett Clement Commenced the Margaret Down Foundation for Disabled and Disadvantaged Children and has been Senior Trustee since its inception in 1991. Served on the interim school boards for the three Catholic schools in Mandurah and presently holds the position of Chairperson of the Mandurah Catholic Parish Finance Committee as well as a member of the Bunbury Diocesan Finance Committee (with the completion of the Bunbury Cathedral – a six year project of that Committee) as well as a member of the Dawesville Parish Finance and is currently chairperson of the Axiom Foundation. Viv’s current interests include his family and particularly his grandchildren. He is a keen gardener, golfer and loves boating and fishing. Viv has a passion for giving back to his community and has current representation in an honorary capacity on seven committees.
Paul is married with three children. He has held a number of senior management positions with one of the state’s leading banks that have seen him posted to Denmark, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Corrigin and Lake Grace. Since arriving in Mandurah in the late 90’s Paul has taken an intense interest in the development of the local community, particularly in the area of family based services and facilities. Paul brings many years of management experience to the Board together with a commitment to bettering the lives of people with disabilities.
David is married with three adult children. He has a daughter who currently shares a Midway home and is supported by Midway staff. David has been on the Board of Midway Community Care for several years and is very passionate about upholding the rights of people with disabilities. He has a personal commitment to ensuring that all people with disabilities have the same opportunities that other members of society enjoy. David has been involved in the construction and earthmoving industry for many years during which time he has overseen many major projects. As well as his voluntary role at Midway he also Chairs the Board of Peel Community Living in a voluntary capacity.
Patrick (Pat) Steens
Pat and his wife Anne, with their three sons, moved to Mandurah in 1988 in time for their two older sons to continue with their primary school education. Prior to moving to Mandurah, Pat held a General Managers position based in Darwin for 5 years and a General Managers position in Papua New Guinea for a period prior to Darwin. He has also held several Company Secretary and Accountant positions during his career. He currently manages a business which he and his business partner commenced in 1990. He has been an active member of several school boards holding various positions including Treasurer.
Patrick Dudley - CEO
Patrick has been involved in disability services since 1990. Starting out as a part time support worker while studying for a degree in accounting, Patrick loved the work so much he changed his career and embarked on a career with the Disability Services Commission as a Trainee Social Trainer. After finishing his social trainer qualifications he and his family went on to become a host family and provide support to a young man with an intellectual disability which has given him a unique insight into family life with a person with a disability. Patrick has worked in accommodation services setting up innovative options and group homes to residency accommodation, respite options, individual options, to name a few. He has also managed both Post School Options and Alternative to Employment Options and is a strong advocate of community inclusion. Patrick is married with five children.
Nicole Houtby – Company Secretary
Nicole is married with two young sons. She grew up in Mandurah but after travelling in Europe, settled in the UK where she lived for 15 years. Nicole qualified as an accountant in the UK and worked in a commercial business environment. While settling back into life in Australia she volunteered at the Mandurah Wildlife Hospital caring for animals through their rehabilitation. She currently sits on their Funding Committee and assists with them with the annual audits. Nicole loves being back in her home town with her family who have settled into the Aussie lifestyle with ease.