Zonta House Refuge Association is a small charity that works closely with other service agencies, volunteers and partners to provide the full service our clients require.

View our Annual Reports:
2012/2013
2013/2014
2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017
2017/2018

2019/2020

Here is a bit more information about our team:

MANAGEMENT:

Kelda Oppermann
Chief Executive Officer

Kelda has over 13 years’ experience working in the community services sector.  Kelda’s expertise is in leadership, business development and improvement.  Kelda is committed to working in the community in particular with families that are currently/or at risk of homelessness, victims of domestic and family abuse and those experiencing mental illness.  Kelda is passionate about how we can achieve better outcomes and have a greater social impact. 

 

 

Anna Scott
Accommodation Services Manager

Anna has worked at Zonta House since December 2018 and is Accommodation Services Manager overseeing two 24/7 refuges and short to mid-term transitional accommodation.

Anna has worked in the community service industry for over 20 years in  Government and Non-Government agencies internationally.  Anna has held leadership positions in the FDV sector in WA over the past 5 years and has managed a Lead Agency Family Refuge and a Refuge for Aboriginal women.  Anna has qualifications in Leadership and Management.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Gail Curtis, B Comm
(Chairperson)

Gail is a Partner at Grant Thornton, chartered accountants and their National Head of Quality and Excellence – Private Advisory. She has extensive expertise and practical experience as a business advisor to private businesses and high net worth families in a range of industries including property development, aged care, retirement villages, manufacturing and professional services.

Gail provides advice to management and private company boards on management and planning issues. Gail is a former Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Landgate. She has also held positions in local community organisations.

Gail is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group.

 

Rod West, BA of Social Work
(Vice Chairperson)

Rod is a qualified Social Worker who joined Centrecare Inc. in 2006 after previously practising at the Department of Child Protection, Department of Health and Department of Corrective Services. He has worked extensively with men, women and children to address issues of family and domestic violence, at risk youth, family separation and homelessness. Rod currently holds the position of Executive Manager with Centrecare and manages a number of the agency’s branches in the northern suburbs that include counseling, accommodation and housing support, parenting, youth outreach and family dispute resolution services.

 

Sarah Josey
(Treasurer)

Sarah is a Director at KPMG, an international accounting and advisory firm. She has a broad range of expertise as an advisor to private businesses, family groups, not for profit organisations and foreign subsidiaries with experience in a range of industries including Australian government, logistics, mining services, health, aged care, superannuation administration, banking and corporate finance and mining services.  Sarah also provides advice and performance monitoring services to Boards with a strong focus on finance management, business improvement, risk minimisation and corporate governance. Sarah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Chantelle Thom
(Secretary)

Chantelle is the Principal Advisor – Inclusion & Diversity for Rio Tinto. She is responsible for design and delivery of programs that help to drive an inclusive workplace across the company.  Chantelle was integral in ensuring Rio Tinto (Australia) achieved White Ribbon Accreditation.  She sits on the company’s White Ribbon Working Group and plays a key role in implementing initiatives across their global operations that aim to eradicate family and domestic violence. With a career in Human Resources spanning nearly 20 years, Chantelle has operational human resource experience as well as specialist expertise in inclusion and diversity, talent, recruitment, and employee relations.

She joined Rio Tinto in 2005 and has since held senior corporate and operational human resource (HR) positions, across a number of commodities including salt, uranium, talc, diamonds, and iron ore.

Chantelle is the Western Australian State Committee Chair for the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO), a not-for-profit organization who promotes diversity in the resources sector and works towards the vision where women and men can be equally represented at every level.

 

Anne Sibbel PhD
(Committee Member)

Anne, a registered Community Psychologist is Principal of Reflective Practice a community and social research company which specialises in working with Australian fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) employers, employees and their families. Anne’s many years research and work in this area has given her a deep understanding of the nature of FIFO work and the associated challenges and opportunities for people and communities. She has successfully undertaken projects for major resource companies focusing in particular on the impacts of aspects of mining employment on the wellbeing of individuals and families, and developing resources to help manage these effects. She is also a Director of F&A Sibbel Mining Consultants. Anne is committed to community and has many years volunteering experience.  

 

Glenda Scott, EMBA FAHRI
(Committee Member)

Glenda has extensive experience as a manager, leader and learning facilitator.   Her career has included the role of WA state manager of a federal government agency with responsibility for 400 staff servicing 73,000 clients. In this position she was intimately involved in providing strategic direction locally and nationally, business planning and the achievement of business outcomes against national standards.  Her particular national contribution was in the role of Human Resource Management strategy formulation and outreach services for clients.
Glenda was the Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning for the School of Management at Edith Cowan University.  Glenda taught in the fields of Human Resource Management, Management, Strategic Management, Leadership and Change Management and was responsible for managing several courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels in the Faculty of Business and Law. Her social contributions have included several years on the WA Advisory Board of The Big Issue.

 

Linley Buchanan
(Committee Member)

Linley is a former Director of Impact Communications a strategic communications, event management and public relations consultancy.  Linley’s professional career commenced in Western Australian state Government before she co-founded Impact Communications with her husband Les in 1987.  She has extensive experience in developing and implementing integrated communications strategies and media management programs.  Linley is a former member of the Zonta Club of Perth.

 

Hilary Hunt
(Committee Member)

Hilary is a banking and finance lawyer based in Perth and a Partner at Jackson McDonald.  Prior to her move to Perth, Hilary was a Partner at a leading banking law firm in New Zealand.  She returned to this position after 4 years working in London in the International Finance team at Linklaters, one of the top global law firms.

Hilary specialises in all aspects of financing work, including a wide variety of property financing transactions.  During her time in Perth, Hilary has developed niche expertise in the Not for Profit sector, working with Government, Universities and residential care providers in the property sector. 

 

Melanie Hay
(Committee Member)

Melanie is a Partner with Perth based investment manager Viburnum Funds.  She has worked in private equity for Viburnum for 11 years, where her experience spans investment, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and strategic development across a range of industries.  Prior to Viburnum Melanie worked at ANZ Bank, initially as a Senior Economist and then at ANZ Capital in its private equity business. 

She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Ron Louis
(Committee Member)

Ron is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ron practised in the Taxation and Business Services area, retiring from public practice in 2016 and is a Director of various private companies.  Ron serves on several committees for Chartered Accountants and New Zealand and was Chair of the Western Australian Regional Council in 2018.

Ron is a Justice of the Peace, a Councillor for the Royal Association of Justices for Western Australia, a member of the Training and Education Committee and Vice President of the Stirling Branch of Justices.