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White Ribbon Australia Board


The White Ribbon Australia Board and its members are responsible for meeting all obligations as company directors as defined under the Australian Companies Act. The Board is responsible for governance, strategic direction and overall management of the organisation, and for delivering and monitoring performance in accordance with the organisation’s goals and objectives.


Board Profiles

Ian Carter AM Acting Chair
Nick Mazzarella Director
Carole Molyneux Director
Bernie Pearce Director
John Rosewarne Director
Sean O'Brien Director

Ian Carter has served as the CEO of Anglicare WA since 1995. Anglicare WA is the largest provider of DV services in WA concerning victims and perpetrators and children affected by it, as well running a Women’s Refuge and early intervention services.

Ian’s career in community service, particularly in community capacity building and social justice, has been extensive and prolific. He has been involved in both creating and governing a wide range of community organisations at local, national and international levels.

Ian was a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness and the WA Ministerial Roundtable on Affordable Housing. He is a member of the WA State Government’s Partnership Forum, a coalition between leaders in the State Government and not-for-profit organisations.   In 2009 he was appointed as the Chairperson of the WA State Government’s Social Housing Taskforce. He is a Founding Board Member and current Chairman of Foyer Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Anglicare Australia and on the Board of White Ribbon Australia.

Ian has held the positions of Deputy President of the ACOSS, President of WACOSS, President of Family Services Australia, Chairman of the State Taskforce on Poverty, Chairman of the Ministerial Housing Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Anti Poverty Week Steering Committee in WA and was a founding Director on the Boards of JOBfutures, Leadership WA and the WA Community Foundation.

He was inducted into the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2009.

Nick is manager of the City of Whittlesea’s Major Projects department. He has a wealth of experience in both Local and State Government. He is currently responsible for overseeing the capital New Works Program and is a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA).

Nick is a White Ribbon Ambassador. He was one of 14 men who attended a white ribbon breakfast at Darebin Council back in 2007. Following this breakfast he helped to establish the Darebin White Ribbon Action Team, which continues to this day.

Born and educated in London, Carole graduated in 1969 with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool UK. She migrated to Australia in 1971 and has occupied a number of senior roles in the retail industry including General Manager of Grace Bros Sydney City store and 18 years as CEO of specialty fashion chain Suzanne Grae. In June 2013, Carole started CMR Consulting, which specialises in helping a Company use its unique ‘DNA’ to develop effective business strategies.

Carole is a past Member of the National Council of the Australian Retailer’s Association (ARA) and a past Non-Executive Director of Bantex Australia P/L and Paraquad NSW. She is a currently a Non-Executive Director of Webster Holdings, Nick Scali Furniture and a Board Member of Racing NSW in addition to White Ribbon Australia.

Carole is also a Director and Member of the Zonta Club of Sydney.  Zonta International is a global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy with a particular focus on violence prevention.

Under Carole’s stewardship, Suzanne Grae formed a strong and highly successful community partnership with White Ribbon in 2007, which lasted for nine years.  As an employer of a largely female workforce over many years, Carole has first-hand experience of the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

Bernie has been a proud White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.

A social worker since 1992 in Australia and internationally, Bernie is clinically specialised in family therapy, grief and loss and surviving domestic violence; health policy and social development, including gender equality policy and practice; and humanitarian response, including UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security.

From 2011 to 2012, Bernie was Ending Violence Against Women Adviser for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which included advising WHO’s global Sexual and Gender Based Violence prevention program.

Bernie is currently a Fragility and Conflict Adviser in Australia’s Development Cooperation Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Bernie also holds a position as Vice President of EveryMan Australia, ACT.

John was appointed to the Board in June 2011 and undertook the role of Treasurer until he took over as Chair in February 2014.  He stood down from that role in February 2016 but has continued on the Board.

He has had extensive experience at senior levels in the financial services industry, specialising in operations, human resource management and change management.  During his time in the industry, John was heavily involved with two major Bank mergers and spent time on secondment as the Banking Advisor to the Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman (now the Financial Ombudsman Service).  After retiring from the finance industry in 2004, John and his partner established a consulting company, of which he continues to be Director and Company Secretary.  He holds several tertiary qualifications covering finance, superannuation and management, including a Master of Business (Banking).

John is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Sean has over 30 years’ experience in the media industry. Since 2013 he’s held the position of  Managing Director Adelaide for the Nine Entertainment Company. Previous to this he was the General Manager of two radio stations – Nova 919 and talk station FIVEaa for the DMG Group.

With previous board experience at Channel 9 Telethon and Down Syndrome South Australia, Sean currently sits on the White Ribbon South Australia State Committee and is a proud White Ribbon Ambassador.

Sean joined the board of White Ribbon Australia on 1 June 2018.

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