The following are the current members of the ARCS Board:
William Edmond BEc, Bsc (Hons), MBA, MACS (Snr) (Chairperson)
William is an experienced executive with over 25 years of international experience across a range of industries. His background focuses on management consulting with organisations such as Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse, Oracle, Sapient Nitro and safesearch. William’s day job is as the Director of Enterprise Architecture at Oracle in Perth, having recently left his role leading the Australia West business for safesearch.
He has a deep interest in matters relating to strengthening and connecting families and has held various roles on the management committee of arcs over the last 5 years, including Treasurer and Chairman.
Professor Mike Clare (Vice Chairperson)
Mike trained and worked as a high school and a primary school teacher before studying Sociology at the University of Sussex, graduating with a BA (Hons) before completing a postgraduate qualifying Social Work course. Mike worked as a social worker in clinical and statutory child and family settings before taking up a lectureship in the School of Social Work at the University of Sussex in 1974, becoming Head of School between 1980 and 1985. Mike emigrated with his family to take up a lecturer’s position at The University of Western Australia in 1987; he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1993 and to Associate Professor in 2001. He became a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy before leaving UWA in late 2009 – after 10 years as Discipline Chair.
Mike’s areas of research, policy and practice interest are professional supervision and family-based practice, including foster care and adoption, elder abuse and cross-cultural issues. Mike worked with government/ non-government agencies during the late 1990’s to adapt, pilot and introduce the UK Looking After Children system of assessment, planning and review tools for children in out-of-home care across WA. Mike was a member of the State Out-of-Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Committee in the mid- 1990’s and again from 2003 to 2008. He is currently on the Boards of the Adoption, Research and Counselling Service (arcs), Kinship Connections WA and Wanslea Family Services.
Natasha McCarthy (Treasurer)
Natasha is a chartered accountant and director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specialising in tax advisory for large domestic and multinational organisations in a range of industry sectors including resources, shipping, and services. Through her experiences she has developed a strong skillset in leadership, strategic planning and analytical thinking, and applies these skills to understand business needs and bring value to the organisations she works with. Having undertaken studies in Not-For-Profit board governance, Natasha is passionate about bringing her skills to help the sector build strong and sustainable growth, and to ensure organisations such as arcs can continue to provide such valuable services to the community.
Kirrily Kilbane (Secretary)
Kirrily has a background in occupational therapy and has worked for over 20 years as practitioner, manager and academic. She has worked with babies and toddlers with disabilities in Ukrainian orphanages since 2005, utilising a Community Rehabilitation (CBR) approach to upskill care staff in therapeutic care practices. She is a mother to one adopted child and has had several experiences with fostering services. Kirrily is passionate about advocating for children not being raised by their biological parents, with a keen interest in attachment and emotional wellbeing. Her experiences as both a parent and a therapist are now being utilised on the Executive Committee of arcs.
Bev Isles (Member)
Beverley has had a long association with arcs both as a client and a management committee member. Her work history with a series of not for profit organisations has given Beverley an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face organisations such as arcs. As a management committee member, Beverley is interested in working to ensure that the special expertise, knowledge and skill of arcs is able to continue to help heal those faced with the trauma of separation and loss within families.
Associate Professor Leanne Lester (Member)
Leanne is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with experience in school- and other community-based research focusing on child and adolescent health. Leanne’s research has included but is not limited to road safety, bullying prevention and management, cybersafety, mental health promotion, violence prevention, nutrition and tobacco, physical activity, alcohol and other drug-use prevention.
She has recently been involved in leadership development programs and other school and community based projects addressing ways to enhance children and young people’s cybersafety, their transition from primary to secondary school, overall wellbeing, suicide prevention, increasing physical activity, gambling prevention and healthy sexuality.
Leanne is an Associate Professor at the Health Promotion Evaluation Unit at the University of Western Australia and serves on the Healthway Research Committee. As an adoptee, Leanne is interested in all adoption issues effecting the adopted child.