Tuart Place is governed by the Board of Forgotten Australians Coming Together (FACT) Inc.
The FACT Board is comprised of Australian-born care leavers and former child migrants, (including the Chair, Vice-Chair), plus professional members elected for their expertise and qualifications in areas such as law, accounting, service management and governance.
Tuart Place is a leader in co-production of support services for Australian care leavers, with half its Board of Governance comprised of care leavers, and with peer leadership playing a pivotal role in service design.
All Board Members of FACT Inc are elected as individuals and are valued for their qualifications, skills and life experiences. As a FACT Inc Board Member they do not represent the interests of any other organisation with which they may have an association.
Cevrina Reed experienced out-of-home care as a child at Parkerville Children’s Home and in Churches of Christ foster homes. She is a committed volunteer and a powerful advocate for care leavers. Cevrina is active in raising community awareness of care leaver issues and has given public presentations to Social Work students at the University of WA; to aged care service providers and managers; and to delegates at the 2016 WACOSS Annual Conference and the 2018 Trauma Informed Symposium of the WA Association of Social Workers. In 2019, Cevrina co-presenteda paper on redress at the SHCY biennial conference in Sydney.
Dale Lynch spent many years with a foster family after placements at St Joseph’s and Castledare. He is of Aboriginal descent although he was unaware of this until meeting his biological family in his early twenties. Dale first came to 24 High Street in 2008 and has retained an ongoing connection since that time.
Dale is a former Peer Support Volunteer and Inspirational Speaker with the Heal for Life Foundation. He also contributes to public awareness raising activities with Tuart Place, speaking powerfully in media interviews during the WA Records Summit in 2017 and at a Make Redress Right campaign briefing at Parliament House in 2018. In 2019, Dale travelled to England to present HfL training modules at Whitemoor maximum security prison.
Ross Stagno joined the Board in August 2018. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and has over 10 years of experience in tax and business service. He has a passion for working with small to medium business clients and lives by the mantra that being proactive is best practice. He also has experience as a treasurer with not for profit entities, assisting with corporate secretarial and governance issues.
Dr Susan Bailey
Sue Bailey has lived all her life on Whadjuk Noongar Country. Her curiosity, dangerous as a toddler but transformative as an adult, led her to a PhD in social work which consolidated her belief in the importance of social and ecological justice. For over 25 years Sue has worked in academia, government, non-government, and community sectors where she has developed her skills in working alongside people using participatory approaches. She has a reputation as an educator, practitioner and researcher who is deeply engaged, inclusive and authentic – she lives the values she espouses.
More recently Sue has turned her attention to the emerging and ever-evolving field of eco-social work. With an interest in supporting humans to reconnect with the natural systems they rely upon for life, she has been a collaborative leader in bringing eco-social work to the mainstream of social work understanding in WA.
Kevin Collins is a former Child Migrant and ex-resident of Castledare and Clontarf Boys Town. He worked forty years for Independent Wool Dumpers working his way up to being Operation Manager. Since retiring, Kevin enjoys helping other people; doing voluntary work at St Patrick’s with homeless people and Melville Cares with Seniors.
Ann McVeigh was five years young when she came to Perth, Western Australia as a child migrant in 1950. She was sent to St Joseph’s orphanage in Subiaco and was there for ten years.
With the help of a school friend, she started a self-help group called ICAS (Institutional Child Abuse Society) at the WISH foundation in Claremont. She was also on the Committee for the child migration statue at Fremantle wharf, near the Maritime Museum.
When Tuart Place opened its doors, she was one of the first to turn up and helped to start up the singing group on a Monday which is still going. She is honoured to be serving on the Tuart Place Board representing all care-leavers including child migrants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
John Ryall joined the board in 2019. He was child migrant from the UK, and was sent to Castledare and Tardun. John took part in National Service, then went on to study music and opera at the NSW Conservatorium. He sang with the Queensland Opera and St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane, and later continued studying at WAAPA and taught and sang at St Mary’s Cathedral Perth.
John has been actively involved with Tuart Place since 2008 and is currently Chairperson of the Social Activities Group. He is delighted to be on the FACT Board as it gives him further opportunities to support the work of Tuart Place.
Lyn Sherwood has a wealth of employment experience in both the public and private sectors of the West Australian economy, and her many roles as a teacher (primary, secondary and tertiary), HR consultant and executive career coach, managing director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Staff to a Minister of the Crown in the State Government and as a current small business owner.
Lyn has been a member of several boards of varying sizes and functioning (Scitech, National Association of Women in Construction, the State Training Board, the State Supply Commission Board, SafeCare Inc and Just Manna Inc). For the last three decades Lyn has been on the Winston Churchill Fellowship Selection Committee (Education and Training).
Chris Williams joined the Board in February 2019. He has 25 years legal experience and over 20 practising in mediation. Chris worked for Legal Aid WA, a Community Legal Centre and two private firms before commencing his own practice in 2004.
His primary roles are in family law & mediation, however he has experience in criminal and civil litigation. He has also served on a number of boards and is a member and committee member of the Fremantle Society.
Dr Philippa White
Philippa White has qualifications in Social Work and Journalism and is an accredited Medicare Mental Health Service Provider, specialising in trauma-informed counselling. Philippa has worked with survivors of institutional abuse since 2005. She formerly operated CBERS, an agency providing services to ex-residents of Catholic Homes in WA.
Philippa also managed the primary support service for the Redress WA scheme, which operated between 2008 and 2011. Redress WA provided an apology and ex-gratia payments to care leavers: members of the Stolen Generations; former child migrants; and the ‘Forgotten Australians’ – all of whom experienced abuse and/or neglect in State-governed institutions and foster care. Philippa worked closely with the Late Laurie Humphreys and his fellow Board members of Forgotten Australians Coming Together (FACT Inc) to establish Tuart Place in 2012 as a resource service for care leavers with true participation by care leavers in the design and governance structure.
Staff Manager & Senior Therapist
Susy Vaughan is the Staff Manager, Senior Therapist and Group Facilitator at Tuart Place. Susy has qualifications and experience working in a range of client focused roles, including counselling; psychotherapy; training and development; careers and employment and service management. Since Nov 2009, Susy has facilitated a support group at 24 High Street where care leavers have developed friendships and a new sense of confidence. At Tuart Place, Susy provides counselling, facilitates groups and is part of the senior management team helping the Director with service development and coordination. When Susy isn’t at work, she enjoys going to the beach, playing volleyball, and travelling in Australia and overseas.
Jan Newman joined Tuart Place in a Social Work role and is a great support to care leavers in their life challenges and possibilities. Her previous experience working in hospitals and with migrants, refugees and overseas students has taught her much about people’s resilience and resourcefulness and she operates from a strength-based position.
Jan’s voluntary work in the community has featured lots of family and local history research, leading in one instance to the creation of a ‘heritage garden’, and in another to the publication of “Wharf Rats and other Stories: 100 years of growing up in Fremantle”. It also led to volunteering at Tuart Place in 2013-14 with people who wanted to explore their family histories.
Jan enjoyed this experience and also the nature of Tuart Place as a safe and relaxed community place and was delighted to join the team.
In her personal time, Jan has always loved reading, travelling and during the winter months is obsessed with AFL footy, particularly the Dockers!
Sarah, a qualified Counsellor and former Commonwealth Carer Respite Officer (Australian Red Cross), joined the Tuart Place team in 2018.
Sarah has extensive experience working in the areas of aged care and community services, in a range of agency settings. She is an expert counsellor, with a warm and friendly manner, who takes a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to her work.
Much of Sarah’s current work involves supporting people with the National Redress Scheme, providing counselling and advocacy for vulnerable applicants throughout this process.
One of Sarah’s favourite things to do to is an early morning run along the beautiful Swan River, watching the sunrise over the Perth Hills.
If you would like to book an appointment with Sarah, or find out more about how Tuart Place can support you, please call Reception or email email@example.com
Mary-Ann came to Tuart Place on her practicum as a counselling student at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and has been delighted at the opportunity to continue working here after graduation. She is continuing with further studies to better support people who have experienced trauma.
Mary-Ann has a varied work background which includes working with the Psychiatric Services as an occupational therapy assistant and volunteering with ClanWA, supporting families experiencing isolation.
Mary-Ann loves her garden where she grows vegetables and tends chickens. She is active in revegetation and restoration of remnant bushland in her area. As a Nanna for Native Forests she embroiders leaves to raise awareness of the importance of conserving our remaining native forests.
Natasha came to Tuart Place from an administration role in a science and conservation. Tash is enjoying the chance to work in the community services sector, she finds working with people in her local community of Fremantle very rewarding.
As Program Coordinator, Tash manages the volunteer taskforce and is currently looking for more volunteers such as beauty therapists, computer savvy individuals and people who would enjoy assisting with Community lunches and big events. Tuart Place volunteers are special people and their contributions make a big difference in our community. Tash is always looking for interesting outings to organise and local programs and activities for Tuart Place participants to take part in and enjoy.
Kimberly joined the Tuart Place staff team in May 2021, after working at the WA Parliament for many years. She describes it as a welcome change of pace. Kim provides a warm and friendly presence at the front desk, and makes everyone feel welcome.
Her role includes managing arrangements for FACT Board meetings, document circulation, and maintaining financial record keeping systems. She loves to bake, and delights us all with her amazing and delicious cooking skills. Kim also has considerable organising talents and has transformed the interior environment of Tuart Place.
Belle’s role at Tuart Place includes reception, general administration, assisting with new intakes, and records searches.
Her previous work included extensive experience in administration in the medical, marine and agricultural sectors. She has a particular passion for farm animal welfare and achieved a Bachelor of Agribusiness in 2008.
Belle is currently in her third year of a Psychology degree and intends to specialise in working with survivors of trauma and abuse. She greatly enjoys her role at Tuart Place, where she sees the many benefits of a genuinely trauma-informed, participant-led model of service.
In her spare time, Belle enjoys swimming, yoga, and bushwalking with her dog. She is passionate about health and wellbeing.
Project Support Officer
Mal has worked in the areas of Aged Care, Mental Health and Disabilities and has developed a broad range of skills and experience. He has worked as a case manager; trainer; advocate; employee representative/liaison; volunteer coordinator; and day centre manager, among other things. But what he is most proud of is his ability to work with people from all sectors of the community and help them to strive towards their life goals. When Mal retired for several years he volunteered with agencies providing to support to people who had become homeless and addicted to narcotics. He found it greatly rewarding to see people overcome incredible life challenges and continue in more fulfilling directions. Mal is very pleased to be back working in his home town of Freo and to be part of the Tuart Place team.
In his own life, Mal enjoys being creative through painting and playing a bit of guitar. He also does the Wim Hof breathing technique which has many benefits both physically and mentally. Mal believes that everyone has some spark of creativity in them, and enjoys encouraging this in others.
Aged Care Navigator
Claire is a Social Worker who has joined Tuart Place as the Aged Care Navigator. She is passionate about working with older adults, in particular helping people to access supports and services that will enhance their quality of life.
Previously, she has been working on an older adult mental health ward at Fremantle Hospital linking people with services to assist with their recovery when they get home. Claire has also worked for a variety of other agencies around Perth and has experience in sectors including mental health; justice; parenting/families; and Centrelink. She has also spent time working with older adults in the United Kingdom.
Claire is skilled at building relationships with other organisations and health professionals to ensure that people have access to the best possible services for their needs. Her client centered, holistic approach means that the needs of her clients are at the forefront of guiding her work.
Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as swimming, reading and when possible – eating out at restaurants.