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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

Dianne Conlan

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.

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.

Gareth Talbot

Gareth Talbot joined the Midway Board in September 2017 and comes to Midway with extensive experience working in the Information Technology sector. Gareth has an Honours degree in Business and Information Technology and has spent time working both domestically and internationally. His experience covers Organisational Delivery and Governance, Contract Management and leading large teams. Currently working for a large Human Capital Management and Payroll Company operating in both Australia and the Asian Pacific Region, he is currently heading up the Account Management team for Large Enterprise Systems across both Australia and New Zealand. Married to Jo he moved to Australia 11 years ago from the UK, settling in Mandurah after spending 2 years in Sydney. With 2 children attending local schools, Gareth has been an avid part of the Community being a past President of a local Rotary Club.

Heath Flanagan – CEO – Midway Community Care

Heath started work as a volunteer in the disability sector in 1989 before commencing his Social Work Degree at Curtin University. While studying at Curtin University, Heath worked as a Support Worker in both Community and Respite services. Upon completion of his degree he traveled and worked in the United Kingdom as a Care Manager in the Disability, Health and Aged Care sectors. Returning to Perth in 2000 he worked in the Community Sector before accepting a position with the Disability Service Commission in 2003. During this time he completed his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia and took up a position with the Office of Auditor General in 2010 where he worked in an advisory role supporting government agencies to develop audited KPIs. Heath is married with one daughter and considers working at Midway to be the exciting opportunity of his career. He is now the Chair of the City of Mandurah’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Group.