Board Committees

The Board has established a range of specialised sub-committees which support YWCA Australia and each subsidiary. These are: Property and Assets Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; Nominations Committee; and the People, Culture and Governance Committee.

Finance, Audit, Risk Committee

The Committee assists the Board of YWCA Australia (and its subsidiary board/s) to discharge their duties in relation to:

  • monitoring the financial performance;
  • oversight and monitoring of the financial management system including financial audit (internal and external); and
  • monitoring financial and strategic risks for the group.

The purpose of this Committee does not extend to operational financial management of the Company (and its subsidiaries).

Members:

  • David Smith (External Chair)
  • Nicole Freeman (Young Woman / YWCA Australia Director)
  • Lauren Tanner Observer (Young Woman / YWCA Australia Director)
  • Tracy Thelander (YWCA National Housing Director)
  • Julie Boyd (YWCA President)
  • Samar McHeileh (External Committee Member)
Property and Assets Committee

The Committee assists the Board of YWCA Australia (and its subsidiary board/s) to discharge their duties o in relation to:

  • Strategic use of the Company’s property assets for a desired monetary return. Property assets include but not limited to commercial, non-housing, housing, owned and leased properties.
  • Strategic development of property assets including housing inventory for commercial gains or operational growth
  • Performance of the commercial property assets against industry benchmarks including rental yield and capital growth

The purpose of this Committee does not extend to operational management of the Company’s property assets.

Members:

  • Paul Eagles (External Chair)
  • Kirsty Rourke (YWCA National Housing Director)
  • Yien Hong ( YWCA National Housing Director)
  • Julie Boyd (YWCA Australia President)
  • Chelsea Gilbertson (Young Woman / External Committee Member)
  • Abby Scanlan (Young Woman / External Committee Member)
People, Culture and Governance Committee

The Committee assists the Board of YWCA Australia (and its subsidiary board/s) to discharge duties of the Board/s in relation to:

  • Recruiting, retaining and developing a strong executive leadership team and staff who share YWCA values and are capable of achieving YWCA objectives
  • Remuneration policy and its specific application to the CEO and executives reporting to the CEO
  • Establishing and maintaining a governance framework for the group
  • Corporate standards of behaviour of YWCA and its subsidiary entities

Members:

  • Debbie Norman (External Chair)
  • Lauren Tanner (Young Woman / YWCA Australia Director)
  • Kirsty Rourke (YWCA National Housing Director)
  • Julie Boyd (YWCA Australia President)
  • Catherine Matthews (Young Woman / External Committee Member)
Nominations Committee

The Committee is charged with providing the Board with advice and guidance on relevant issues as outlined in the Constitution and summarised below.

  • Recommending nominees to fill vacancies in the Board in accordance with the Board selection principles as approved by the Members at an annual general meeting from time to time;
  • Recommending the process by which the Board shall select the number and identity of delegates to attend the World YWCA’s general meeting; and
  • Considering other issues delegated to it by the Board from time to time.

Members:

  • Cara Gleeson (YWCA Australia Director / Chair of Nominations Committee)
  • Juliana Nkrumah (YWCA Australia Director)
  • Julia Burns (Member elected)
  • Melissa du Heaume (Young Woman/ Member elected).