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.

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Here is a bit more information about our team:


Kelda Oppermann
Chief Executive Officer

Kelda has business management experience working in a corporate and not-for-profit setting. Kelda has worked in mental health and has provided consultancy services to managers and key stakeholders in public, private and not-for-profit sectors on training and development, staff management, organisational development and conflict resolution. Kelda’s expertise is in program and staff management, business improvement, strategy and human resources consulting in the community services sector.



Leanne Nickels, LLB (Hons), MLLR

Leanne Nickels is an employment and labour lawyer based in Perth and a Partner at DLA Piper, an international law firm.  Since March 2017 she has been the Perth Office Managing Partner for DLA Piper. Leanne is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Law Society of WA.
She is also a member of the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust Advisory Committee.


Gail Curtis, B Comm
(Vice Chairperson)

Gail is a Partner at Grant Thornton, chartered accountants. 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. She 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 member 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.


Sarah Josey

Sarah is a Manager 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.


Anne Sibbel PhD

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
(Board 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
(Board Member)

Linley is a 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.


Rod West, BA of Social Work
(Board Member)

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


Linda Higgie  (Dip Nursing.  MPA)
(Board Member)

Linda has over 20 years experience working in both the public and not for profit sectors, including a number of years in senior roles with the Disability Services Commission and The Australian Red Cross.  In 2015 Linda joined The Big Issue in Western Australia to establish a new program in Perth called  the Women’s Subscription Enterprise.  Prior to working with The Big Issue she was the Director of Disability Reform with the Disability Services Commission.   Linda is a member of the Zonta Club Perth and recently joined their Board as a Director.

Linda is passionate about Human Rights and helping others to achieve their potential.


Mary Gurgone (BA, THC, Grad Dip Bus Admin, MBA)
(Committee Member)

Mary is the National Director at Fortis Consulting. Mary’s professional and voluntary activities have centred on social policy and development in the private, public, professional and industrial arenas. She has extensive experience in education, training, evaluation, policy, language service and volunteering.  Mary is a member of the Zonta Club of Perth.



Hilary Hunt
(Board 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.