Board and Staff

Current Staff

Current Board Members

Board Members

Tuart Place is governed by the Board of Forgotten Australians Coming Together (FACT) Inc. and a Governance, Risk and Finance Subcommittee.

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.


Ron Love

Ron Love is an Australian-born ex-resident of Castledare and Clontarf who joined the FACT Inc Board after being an active volunteer and peer mentor at the Tuart Place service since its inception. Ron carries out a range of volunteering roles at Tuart Place and in the wider community.

He has volunteered as an accredited Archery Coach and Instructor for over eighteen years. His other voluntary contributions include roles at The FreoMensShed, The Samaritans Crisis Line call centre and the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA At Tuart Place, Ron organises a film group and Lotto syndicate for Service Users as well as social activities such as group outings and lunches. He also produces a monthly publication – Ron’s gazette.

cevrina-reedCevrina Reed
Vice Chairperson
Cevrina Reed was in out-of-home care both at Parkerville Children’s Home and in foster care. Attending Tuart Place weekly, Cevrina lends her calm and balanced approach to supporting other participants. She has advocated for Forgotten Australians by presenting at the 2016 WACOSS Conference; giving presentations to Social Work students at the University of WA; contributing ideas at the Tuart Place future directions focus group sessions; and volunteering whenever possible.
Ross StagnoRoss Stagno
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 Maria Harries AM

Associate Professor Maria Harries AM is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia. She ‘works’ as a researcher and research supervisor at these universities and as a consultant and/or board member with a number of state and national organizations involved with mental health, child, adult and family welfare, and workforce. Her particular passion for a number of years has been in developing services that recognise and offer healing and hope to young people and adults who have experienced the trauma of institutional or other forms of out of home care as children.

Maria was the inaugural Chairperson of MercyCare, a non-government organisation which has overseen the work of Mercy Hospital, Mercy Aged Care and Mercy Community Family and Youth Services from 2002 to 2012. She holds and / or has held many leadership positions within the mental health and broader social services sector in WA including WA Association for Mental Health, Children of Mentally Ill Consumers, Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia, the Australian Association of Social Workers and Australian and Western Australian Councils of Social Services.


Kevin Collins

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.

Lee Peters

Lee Peters is a social worker and the daughter of a former child migrant. She worked in clinical practice, community development and management in the public sector for 40 years before retiring in 2009 and has always been a very strong advocate for all people who experience disadvantage.

Since ‘retiring’, Lee has continued with her community development commitment by undertaking contract work with community focused NGOs. Lee is a Civil Marriage Celebrant, a Justice of the Peace, and Committee Member of the ‘Communities for Children Plus’ program in Midland WA. In addition, Lee has a long history of mentoring and tutoring Aboriginal people.

Dr Katrina Stratton

Dr Katrina Stratton is a social worker, with experience as practitioner, researcher, consultant and educator in the health, child protection, university, and not-for-profit sectors.  Katrina has extensive practice and research history with children and families.   In her research she has focused on evaluation and research of practice-based programs, examining and improving outcomes for children, families and organisations.  Katrina is a perpetual student! In 2015 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Western Australia, and in 2017 will finish a Masters of Business Administration also at UWA.  Katrina has always participated in the professional, learning and personal communities she is a part of, including formal positions on UWA Alumni organisations, and her children’s schools.  Katrina has come to know the great and inclusive work of Tuart Place through her work at Wanslea, and is proud to be associated with such an organisation.

Lyn McLaughlin

Lyn McLaughlin was brought up Parkerville Children’s Home which was an Anglican run home at that time. She is a long standing member of the Tuart Place community and started off in the Support Group with Susy. Seven years on, Lyn says that she is using a lot of what she learnt there, to enhance her life outside, particularly with her family and grandchildren.

Being able to ‘give back’ to Tuart Place is important to Lyn who is an active member of the Social Activities Group (SAG) and a key organiser of the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle fundraisers and other events. She sees her role on the Board as an important one in offering a participant perspective and representing the views of other Tuart Place participants with whom she interacts.

Lyn loves history – Australian history – and in particular, Fremantle history. She has expertise in the field of genealogy and her extensive research has meant that she has found family that she never knew she had!

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Ann McVeigh

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.

Lyn Sherwood

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).

Dale Lynch

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 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 the Make Redress Right briefing for WA Labor MPs at Parliament House in April 2018.


Paddy Cannon
FACT Advisory Member

Patrick Cannon is a former child migrant and ex-resident of Bindoon and Clontarf Boys Town. Paddy was a FACT Board member for many years from inception and continues in an advisory capacity. He has contributed to the Australian Senate inquiries on institutional and out-of-home care and was invited to attend the opening of the Child Migration exhibition in Sydney in 2011.

Paddy is a contact person for Clontarf ex-residents and has actively campaigned on their behalf on a variety of issues such as the State Government Funeral Payment and Redress WA. He was instrumental in securing an Irish Government Heritage Grant, which was used to establish a commemorative memorial to Irish Child Migrants at Clontarf.

Paddy maintains an informal support network for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants who are experiencing hardship and ill-health, both in the metro area and rural and remote areas of Australia.




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 (also known as Pip) has worked with Former Child Migrants and Forgotten Australians since 2005, and 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 ran from 2008-2011, and provided an apology and ex-gratia payments to people who experienced abuse or neglect in State-governed institutions and foster care. Philippa worked closely with the Late Laurie Humphreys JP and his fellow Board members of Forgotten Australians Coming Together (FACT Inc) to develop Tuart Place as a resource service for care leavers with true participation by care leavers in the design and governance structure. Philippa is passionate about encouraging cooperation and communication between services and advocacy groups for care leavers across Australia.
susy-vaughanSusy Vaughan
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.
vicky-foxVicky Fox
Vicky Fox is our receptionist and is the first to greet you warmly when you arrive. She enjoys welcoming people and making them feel comfortable.

Vicky has worked in Community Services sector for over a decade and feels passionately about this field.Vicky’s main area of work was with the homeless, and has now settled into her role as Tuart Place Receptionist.

She enjoys time with her young family when she isn’t working and has a positive outlook on life.

jan-newmanJan Newman
Social Worker
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 is delighted to have joined the team now in a new role.

In her personal time, Jan has always loved reading, travelling and during the winter months is obsessed with AFL footy, particularly the Dockers!

JoJo Hocking
Program Coordinator
Jo Hocking is the Program Coordinator at Tuart Place. Her background is in library and information management and career development, with experience in universities and public libraries. From 2006 to 2016 she coordinated an award winning career mentoring program for students at UWA.

From late 2015 she worked as a casual with Tuart Place, coordinating the redesign of the Tuart Place website and also doing some preliminary work on a Virtual Museum project. She really enjoyed getting to know Tuart Place and was thrilled to be offered the role of Program Coordinator.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her family.