Board and Staff

Julianne Mackay

Centre Manager

Julianne has a diverse background working in the arts, not for profit sectors and local and state government organisations. She is a Curator, having worked in Museums and Visual Arts organisations. A lifelong learner, Julianne holds a Masters in Cultural Heritage and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Australia. She is looking very much forward to working with the local Victoria Park community.

Kerri Jefferis

Community Engagement Officer

Kerri is an artist, organiser, facilitator and habitual plotter. She joins us fresh out of the UK where she has spent the past fifteen years living, studying and working across grassroots projects, tertiary education and cultural production.

Zoe O’Neill

Chairperson

A senior lawyer with over ten years’ experience in the community legal sector, Zoe also has expertise in not-for-profit governance, social impact and service design. A long-time resident of the area, as well as having been engaged on an employed and volunteer basis in 'The Park' for over a decade, Zoe operates with a passion for community, facilitation and equity, and a firm belief in starting local and developing and supporting neighbourhood interconnectivity. Zoe joined the board of the Victoria Park Community Centre in 2019, initially serving as an ordinary board member, before serving as Secretary in 2020/2021. Zoe believes in collaboration, connection and celebrating the incredible and diverse assets the community of Victoria Park has to offer and focuses on the Centre's value of generosity; of time, of goodwill and spirit, as a driving force for the "little neighbourhood centre with the big heart".

Belinda Gault

Deputy Chairperson

Belinda brings a wealth of business experience to the Board including strategy implementation and organisational governance. She has held Management and Executive level roles for more than 20 years in a diverse international arena working extensively in Australia, Asia, USA, UK and Canada. She is passionate about the pursuit of innovation and community inclusion and is excited to be working with the Centre to add value to the Victoria Park Community.

Kristen Soon

Secretary

Inspired by the Vic Park Community Centre’s values and initiatives, Kristen embraced the opportunity to serve in a Board capacity with her experience and organisational background in November 2021. Kristen had an extensive career experience in the higher education sector before stepping out to pursue her lifelong interest in people and in social justice which led her to a humanitarian organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers, and subsequently to the family law sector and an environmental youth organisation. Driven by her pursuit to see people flourish and her passion to building connectedness in culturally diverse and vulnerable communities, Kristen dedicates her available time to volunteering and championing purpose-driven initiatives in the community. As a mum of two young children, she believes in leading by example and impacting future generations.

Elaine Makinya

Treasurer

Elaine is a dedicated and detail-oriented Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience. She has attained a broad range of professional skills from diverse industries and backgrounds that range from public practice (audit), not for profit, health, education, manufacturing in Africa and Australia. She is currently the Financial Accountant at Royal Flying Doctor Service WA.
Working in the Not-for-Profit sector has allowed her to realise her passion to work for a values-based organisation that has a direct social and community impact. She has developed a keen interest in improving public services and community engagements and hopes to make a difference in the community by utilising her experience, skills, and education.

Mary Hewitt

Board Member

As Digital Operations Manager for a global resources company, Mary is a self-professed technology nerd, having worked in the areas of Robotics, Data Science and having a deep interest in anything else that is cutting edge - Quantum Computing, Augmented Reality, you name it. Mary recently moved into her forever home in the Town of Victoria Park, where, keen to be a part of the community, she co-founded the Carlisle Street Activators in 2020 - a group that tries to build local connections within the Carlisle community and activate unused public spaces. As a part of the Vic Park Community Centre board, Mary wants to ensure that the centre's activities are inclusive, leveraging digital technologies to ensure that all can benefit from the centre, and continue to support a centre that truly reflects the diversity of the Vic Park community.

Ben Fahrner

Community Engagement Officer

Ben joins the centre with a background in facilitating and managing educational programs for young people in Perth and abroad. With a history of volunteering and qualifications in commerce and project management, he is keen to apply his skills an experience at the centre.

Lucy Smales

Board Member

Lucy Smales seeks to make things happen in their most useful and flexible form. Her capacity for listening to the whole and integrating perspectives to find the simplest next step (or dance move) enables communities to dance on the shifting carpet together. Lucy embraces the Vic Park community life, catalyzing ideas, and sparking and nurturing connections. Lucy brings her experience as a learning designer, facilitator, social, government and commercial innovator into our work and play spaces. A natural capacity builder, Lucy loves learning and creating learning experiences and spaces with connection and belonging at heart.

Renee Darbyshir

Board Member

Renée is a Vic Park local who believes in the power of community for changing the world and transforming lives. She brings to the board over 20 years experience in community development and social impact leadership. Renée is a strategic thinker and strong collaborator who looks forward to contributing to the good governance of this vibrant community centre