Who are the Board Members?
The Board Members are volunteers appointed by nomitation to be part of the governing body of Midway. They can sometimes be called committee members or directors.
They donate their time and energy 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.
What is the Board’s role?
Board Members take on an ambassadorial role where they represent Midway at meetings with the Disability Services Commission and other organisations and government bodies. 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 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the operational aspects of the plan.
The Board main Responsibilities are*:
- Accountability – making sure the charity meets its obligations, manages its finances and operates transparently
- Strategy – setting the charity’s long-term goals and making sure it pursues its charitable purposes
- Resourcing – securing financial and other resources to support the work of the charity
- Advocacy – representing the charity to the community and to its members and stakeholders (with a chief executive officer and staff, if any)
- Monitoring – making sure the charity is run as required under its governing document and the law.
*Source: Australian Charities and Non-for-profits Commission Website
To ensure their role is fulfilled Board Members meet monthly (during a meeting that can take up to three hours each time) and attend as well 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 to make informed decisions.
Who can become a Board Member?
Anybody is free to offer their application to the the Board if they wish to volunteer as a Board Member. However it is important to note that the Board is not always seeking new Board Members to complete the Board.
For an application to be considered the person will have to meet a list of eligibility criteria both set by the Constitution and the applicable laws.
Members are subject to Australian Securities and Investments Commission Laws relating to fiduciary duties and governance.
Meet The Board
Patricia has extensive experience in Human Resources Management. She commenced her Human Resources Management career whilst working with United Credit Union Limited. She then spent 10 years working in New Zealand, where she held the role of Human Resources Manager for a mining company providing HR/IR support through a period of rapid growth within the organisation.
Patrick (Pat) Steens
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.
Currently retired Peter is still undertaking part time work in contract management in addition to being actively involved in volunteering as an active member and secretary of a Bushfire Brigade, treasurer of a golf club, and member of other volunteer groups in the Peel/SW regions. Peter is an active hockey player in local, national and international competitions.
Viv Edwards joined the Board of Midway Community Care in 2004 having served as a trustee and chairman of the Axiom Foundation (Midway) since 2002. He is a fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants, with such affiliations being held for 50 years and 35 years respectively.
Although now retired as a partner for one of Australia’s leading international accounting firms, his expertise in taxation, estate planning, budgeting and consulting with small to medium sized businesses, ignited his interest in business development, governance and staff management.
Viv moved to Mandurah in 1979 with his wife Pam and two sons. Since then he has held honorary positions of President, Secretary or Treasurer on sixteen Boards. He has been a prime-mover for the establishment of many of these organisations including two not for profit, three private schools as well as the local radio station. He currently sits on four Boards.