The board of Interchange is comprised of a group of committed individuals selected for their extensive business and governance experience to lead the organisation during this momentous period of change in the disability services sector.
Angie Paskevicius – Board Member
Angie’s career spans over 30 years as a health practitioner, business owner, policy advisor, senior executive, executive coach and board member in the hospitality, health, education, disability and community service industries. She has held positions in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors in Tasmania and Western Australia.
Angie has held a number of senior leadership and management positions, initially with the Disability Services Commission and then as the CEO of Therapy Focus, which Angie established as a newly outsourced entity in 1998. More recently, she held the position of State Director of Mission Australia in WA and she is now the CEO of Holyoake.
Angie recently received the honour of the 2015 Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year Award, along with the Social Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.
She is formally qualified at Masters Level in Leadership and Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Over the years she has participated on a number of boards, government taskforces and ministerial advisory committees. She is currently a Director of Holyoake and WANADA, as well as a recent Vice President of WACOSS.
Angie has a strong commitment to the community services sector and a life-long interest in disability, as demonstrated by her involvement in these sectors.
John Bouffler – Board Member
John Bouffler is the Executive Director of Community Employers WA, an employer representative body of over 130 not-for-profit community service organisations across Western Australia.
He has previously served as CEO of St Vincent De Paul WA and enjoyed a long career in banking and finance, with senior roles in both Perth and Sydney.
John has a Bachelor of Economics and Accounting from the University of Sydney and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He also serves as a member of the Council and Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee for John XXIII College and is a member of the National Council of Caritas Australia. John has also supported Lifeline in various roles for more than 20 years.
Richard Hayes – Board Member
Richard Hayes is an experienced Executive and Director, having held a number of senior finance roles in Perth following his migration to Australia almost 30 years ago.
Richard is a professionally qualified accountant, a Chartered Secretary and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA from Curtin University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in New York in 2013.
Richard has specific expertise in financial management, strategic planning and execution, as well as risk management and treasury. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Gold Corporation (The Perth Mint).
Through his position on the Interchange Board, Richard is committed to assisting those in society less fortunate than himself.
Christine Carson – Board Member
Christine works as a medical research scientist, specialising in the microbiology and immunology of infections suffered by renal dialysis and transplant patients. She is employed by the School of Medicine & Pharmacology at The University of Western Australia and the Translational Renal Research Group at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Christine’s involvement with Interchange began when her sister completed school and began accessing Interchange’s services. She is passionate about standards of care and the maintenance of core services which focus on helping each customer achieve their full potential.
Christine is married with four children and has served on the Interchange Board since January 2004. During this time, she has filled a number of Board positions, offering an analytical mind and all the attention to detail that a research professional can offer.
Maha Chaar – Board Member
Maha Chaar is a corporate and commercial dispute resolution lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright, and holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science.
As a senior leader with extensive commercial legal experience, Maha’s key values are creating strategic alignment and developing others whilst making a difference. She is versatile having worked across the private and public sectors during her time both as a legal practitioner and as a critical care nurse.
Maha’s experience in litigation and dispute resolution has equipped her with skills to enable her to gain an early appreciation of potential risks, and would in turn be able to better alert the Board to potential problems as they arise. In addition, she is capable of recognising the legal ramifications of alternative courses of action, and is well-positioned to make valuable contributions by analysing benefits a Board might otherwise overlook.
David Renton – Board Member
David Renton is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting. He has also completed a Masters in Applied Finance and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning.
David has over 15 years’ experience in senior finance, fulfilling Director, CFO and Operations Manager roles. He has also served as a Responsible Manager on several AFS Licences.
David is married with two young daughters. His oldest daughter has been diagnosed with Autism and Global Development Delay which has encouraged him to become actively involved in the disability sector and the desire to contribute to providing the best possible services to the customers.
Saffron Solomon- Board Member
Saffron Solomon is a marketing and communications specialist with around 20 years’ experience across industries including finance, insurance, arts, energy and tourism.
She enjoys working with businesses committed to demonstrating leadership, innovation and positive change within the communities in which they operate.
Saffron is currently the National Marketing Manager for the Australian Finance Group (AFG), where she is responsible for managing the company’s marketing and communications strategy and the marketing the company conducts for over 1500 of its brokers across Australia.
Saffron is passionate about the betterment of Western Australia with a particular interest in business development and sustainability. She currently also sits on the Board of Artrage/Fringeworld and Block Branding. Her interest in the disability sector primarily stems from being raised by a mother who contracted polio at a very young age and yet continues to achieve so much in all facets of her life.