Our Board

Our Board

Noelene Jennings President

Noelene rejoined the Board in May 2018. Noelene has qualifications in Science and Computing, and a Masters degree in Commerce majoring in Industrial Relations. Noelene is currently Director Corporate Strategy & Performance with the City of Wanneroo. Prior to this role she has worked in State Government positions in South Australia and a Western Australia, and in local government in Western Australia.

Her community work includes board membership of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. She is an active Evaluator for the Australian Organisational Excellence Awards, is a member of the Australian Computer Society, the LG Professionals, the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and the Australian Institute of Manager.

Tony DobbsVice President

Tony rejoined the Board in March 2017. Before first joining the Board in 2008 he was an adviser to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Finance Committee for four years. He is currently Vice President, a position he held from 2008-2016 at which time he resigned. A member of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UWA.

Tony has a range of company secretarial, financial and commercial management skills and experience, principally in the manufacturing and resources sectors. He has been a senior executive of a major WA industrial company and has been a management consultant for the last seventeen years, specialising in commercial advice and financial management.

Luke McNieceVice President

Luke joined the Board in August 2022.

Currently the CFO of a tyre wholesale business, Luke has held executive leadership roles in operations and finances in the retail, consulting, financial services and for purpose sectors. He is a CPA and a graduate member of the AICD.

Luke is currently a Board Member of Sock it to Sarcoma, has had a previous term on the Relationships Australia WA Board and been Chair of the East Perth District Football Council.

Dr. Alan Wright

Alan was invited to join Relationships Australia WA’s board in September 2015. Alan was also appointed to the Board of Diabetes WA in 2012. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in the management of Diabetes. He is passionate about opportunistic preventive care, particularly in the setting of men attending their GP. He has considerable experience in the military and credits his service with his sound organisational skills.

Alan has served on a variety of Boards, including the Advisory Board of Andrology Australia, and the Board of Asthma WA. He is active in GP education, particularly in the areas of Diabetes, Men’s Health and Obstructive Respiratory disease.

Lisa Wood

Professor Lisa Wood is based with the Institute for Health Research at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her academic qualifications include a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA), a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from UWA. Lisa first joined the Board in July 2013. She brings to the Relationships Australia WA Board extensive experience in research, program evaluation, policy and evidence led advocacy around health and social inequalities and ‘what works’ to address these in real world contexts. 

Prior to and in tandem with her academic career, Lisa has three decades of experience working with a wide range of government and non-government organisations at both a state and national level. In addition to her role with Relationships Australia WA, Lisa is active in service and governance roles with not for profit organisations and the public health community. Many of her current areas of research and policy focus align with population groups supported by Relationships Australia WA, including her work in the areas of family and domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, Aboriginal wellbeing and social disadvantage.  

Aimee Sabbatino

Aimee joined the Relationships Australia WA board in June 2023 and is currently Manager Economic Development & Marketing at the City of Fremantle. 

Aimee has a proven track record in leadership, stakeholder management, negotiation and engagement which she has applied across a number of disciplines including marketing, tourism, economic development and communications. With more than twelve years of experience in her field, Aimee is a member of LG Professionals and has qualifications in Journalism and Public Relations.  

Prior to working in local government, Aimee has worked in the private sector in marketing, advertising and business development, bringing a fresh perspective and deepening the corporate skillset of the board. 

Caley Burke

Caley joined the Relationships Australia WA board in January 2024. Caley has a Bachelor of Science - Paramedical Science and works for St John Ambulance Western Australia.

Caley graduated from the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program in April 2023. As a seasoned professional in the aged care industry, she brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for making a positive impact on the lives of seniors. With a successful track record in various management roles, she has demonstrated her ability to drive business growth, optimise operations and deliver exceptional outcomes for both residents and stakeholders.

Caley has a strong foundation in strategic planning and execution, enabling her to devise and implement innovative solutions that drive long-term sustainability and growth. By aligning business objectives with comprehensive strategies, she has consistently positioned organisations for success.


Nic Merson

A Tjiwarl woman with cultural connections to the Goldfields and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, Nic is a Client Relationship Manager with Equity Trustees, a licensed professional trustee company based in Perth.  She manages and coordinates trust fund services to Aboriginal groups located in Western Australia and Queensland; is a member of the WA Football Commission’s Indigenous Steering Committee; and a Board Member of Madalah.  

Nic has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities, organisations, and people in rural, regional and remote locations across WA, and holds an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Community Management and Development (Curtin University, WA).

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