iLA's Board members provide significant contributions to monthly Board meetings where they offer expertise in decision making and ensure that decisions align with the strategic plan of the organisation, governance practices, financial position and legal obligations. They are required to attend a minimum of eight meetings per year and terms of membership are staggered with each term running for two years.
Irene has extensive career experience in the health, aged care and community sectors in both government and NGO positions and continues to be a strong advocate and supporter of improvement to customer quality and service, promoting culturally appropriate services and workforce development. Currently, Irene is the Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Ethnic Aged Homes Inc. trading as MYVISTA.
Irene holds a Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical) and a Master's in Business Leadership and Management. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Evan is a born and bred Western Australian, with an unusually diverse range of business industry experience having worked in financial services, HR, marketing and consulting roles.
Evan holds formal qualifications in management, HR, financial services and education.
He has worked for and consulted with, a number of large Australian and overseas based businesses, but has also been a partner in, or run his own small business. He has a combined 37 years of board experience across private companies, NFP’s and sporting associations.
Having a son with a disability has built Evan’s passion for helping people with a disability to the extent that he now runs a quickly growing business as a registered NDIS provider.
Wayne is an experienced executive manager, having held leadership roles in both the public and private sectors (both for profit and not-for-profit organisations).
Wayne has a strong governance background with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare fraud risk management.
Wayne is currently a member of HBF’s senior management team and General Manager of the HBF Business Integrity team.
Wayne Belcher OAM
Wayne transitioned out of full time employment in November 2019, with more than forty years’ experience working in the health and aged care sector of industry. He has more than five years as a pastor of a local Baptist church in Perth’s northern suburbs. He sees these as being wonderful opportunities to serve people and he views his appointment to the Indigo Board as extending those service opportunities.
Wayne’s seventeen years as CEO of the Bethanie Group taught him much about people, work, and how we work together, organisational theory and governance, and change management. It was whilst at Bethanie that he was awarded a Medallion of the Order of Australia in 2007, in recognition of a significant contribution to community services.
He holds a Master in Business Law, Master of Ministry, Graduate Certificate of Divinity, a Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Health Administration and Gerontology), and a Diploma in Hospital Administration. He is a Southern Cross University, Vose Seminary, and Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) Alumni.
Dr Claire Cooke
Claire was appointed to the Indigo Board in October 2020.
Claire brings more than 12 years' experience working in the disability sector, ranging from the tertiary level to large not-for-profit organisations. She is currently a Project Manager at Activ Foundation.
Claire has a strong background in the management and governance of complex projects. Her passions include ensuring that governance is practical in application and optimising customer experience. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia.
Our Executive Team
Our Executive Team works together to make operational decisions. The General Manager reports to iLA's Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Team implements actions under the organisation's strategic plan and they are responsible for the daily running and overall performance.
Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined the Independent Living Centre WA (now Indigo Australasia) as the Chief Executive Officer in March 2018.
Steve brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in senior executive positions for more than 15 years.
For the past 10 years, Steve was an Executive Director at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, where he was instrumental in growing and developing community services to meet changing priorities across social policy areas.
Prior to this role, Steve was the Manager Strategic Planning and Policy for the Inclusive Education Directorate at the Department of Education and Training, where he gained considerable experience managing teams working within the disability sector. He has a strong track record in organisational achievement, reform initiatives, change management, policy development, innovation, corporate communications, governance, strategy and customer service.
Steve’s significant experience and strong leadership skills have him well placed to lead Indigo and iLA into the future as the disability, aged and community care sectors undergo changes to funding models.
General Manager, Assessment Services
Andrea has more than 30 years’ experience working within the Queensland and Western Australian community service sector, focused on carer, disability, aged care and mental health service delivery and leadership.
Andrea joined the Independent Living Centre WA in 2016 and was appointed as the General Manager of iLA in 2020. In her current role, she leads assessment and capacity building initiatives including the Regional Assessment Service, Disability Equipment Grants, Clinical Advisory Service, KeepAble, LiveUp, AT Chat and Sector Support and Development.
An experienced leader with qualifications in nursing, business and community engagement, Andrea has particular interest in developing new services and collaborating with teams to successfully navigate change.