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 – chairperson
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.
Peter King – deputy chairperson
Peter has spent more than 15 years as a Senior Executive in prominent Australian organisations.
His career spans corporate services and operations and includes expertise in leadership, business development, logistics, organisational change and operational management of multi-site, state-wide operations.
Peter has a Graduate Certificate in Business, studied at the London Business School and he has also held several Board positions within non-government organisations.
In 2008, his contributions received national recognition through the Australian Honours system.
Richard Hayes – finance director
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 – administration director
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.
Jason Wilk – governance, risk & policy
Jason Wilk is a professional Company Director, a founding Partner of Blue Zoo (a local boutique governance consulting firm), a governance lecturer for the AICD and a well-recognised speaker at local and international conferences.
Jason has personally experienced the highs and lows of start-up business and the challenges not-for-profits face. Through practical implementation of good governance, Blue Zoo and several organisations for whom Jason has served as a Director have delivered great outcomes for their key stakeholders.
Jason harnesses his ability to recognise the governance approaches that work best in the corporate world, and uses this knowledge to help smaller organisations identify the key components that are fit for purpose for them.
He’s also a doting dad with two young daughters and a supporting wife who provide a much needed balance to his life.
Nicole Cikarela – marketing
Nicole is the Strategic Planning Director at WA’s largest communications consultancy, Marketforce. She boasts over 15 years’ experience in world class sales and marketing environments, in both Marketing Management and advisory roles across the business-to-business, business-to-consumer and not-for-profit sectors.
Since joining Marketforce, Nicole has consulted to a broad range of clients on improving their brand position and marketing effectiveness, including iconic West Australian brands such as HBF, iiNet, Curtin University and Cancer Council WA.
Nicole strongly believes in passing on her experience and enjoys teaching at Curtin Business School. She offers Interchange a depth of knowledge in sales, marketing and brand strategy, which is invaluable at a time of significant sector change and increased competition.
John Bouffler – sector expertise
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.
Jillian Howard – legal
Jillian is a senior lawyer at a leading global law firm. She has more than 10 years’ experience advising on labour and employment issues in the UK and Australia and is also a registered migration agent.
Jillian advises on a wide range of employment issues and disputes, and she has in-depth experience advising on equal opportunity issues. Her practice involves advising and representing a range of employers, including public sector and not-for-profit organisations, and those in the community services industry.
This, coupled with Jillian’s work in the community services industry, has increased her desire to utilise her skills to contribute to the success and development of Interchange.