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Youth Justice Board Members

The Board is chaired by Mr James McMahon, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrective Services.

The members of the Board are:

Professor Clarissa Ball

Professor Clarissa Ball is the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Western Australia.

Prior to her appointment to this position she was the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Arts at UWA. In her capacity as Director of the IAS, Professor Ball is responsible for a number of fellowship programs that bring distinguished scholars, leading researchers and experts, and public intellectuals from across the globe to UWA.

These IAS Fellows participate in a range of activities at UWA including collaborative research projects, the delivery of public lectures, masterclasses, workshops and symposia. Through its 'Sharing Solutions' program, the Institute brings national and international researchers to Perth so that they can work with community partners to develop solutions to societal problems.

Paul Bide

Paul has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Univeristy of Western Australia (UWA) and commenced his financial markets career in 1983 at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney followed by 13 years at Bankers Trust Australia, then 10 years at Macquarie Bank, where he was an Executive Director and its Head of Debt Markets Division.

Since 2009, he has been an active pro-bono supporter of social entrepreneurs and social innovation, his primary associations in the sector being with The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), of which he is the Chair, and Social Ventures Australia (SVA). Paul is a member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Government's Australian Office of Financial Management and a Director of Challenger Retirement and Investment Services Limited since 2014.

Paul's specific activities and interests in the social sector are in community based enterprise formation, impact investing and the facilitation of networks that foster collaborative solutions.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis

Leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Professor Jonathan Carapetis is Director of the Telethon Kids Institute.

Professor Carapetis holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBBS), specialist paediatrician (FRACP Paediatrics), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP Infect Dis), and specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), as well as a PhD. He is recognised as a leading mind in the Australian health field, with particular expertise in Indigenous child health. From 2006 until 2012 Professor Carapetis was the Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where he forged new directions in research and training to tackle the big problems in Indigenous health.

Amongst his many accolades, Professor Carapetis was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Charles Darwin University and was named as Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2008. He has been named as one of Australia's top 100 brains in Cosmos magazine, selected in the top ten in Medicine and Health in the Bulletin Magazine’s "Smart 100" list, and attended the Prime Minister's 20:20 summit in Canberra in 2008.

Professor Carapetis has made an international contribution and commitment to the reduction of rheumatic heart disease. While rare in most developed countries, Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world due to its prevalence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in Northern Australia.

Professor Carapetis undertook his medical training at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospitals. Previous positions include terms as Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, Theme Director at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne and Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Professor Carapetis is married with two children.

Professor Colleen Hayward

Professor Colleen Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She comes from a teaching family with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers. Her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in WA. She is currently Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University's Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and was recently promoted to concurrently hold the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University.

For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law and justice as well as significant experience in policy and management. In much of this work, she draws on her qualifications including Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.

Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by being named a finalist in the national Deadlys Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2008) and by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award. Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA's prestigious Multicultural Ambassador's Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community and is the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education's Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education. In 2011, she completed her term as a foundation member of the inaugural Board of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame, was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People.

Craig Spencer

Craig has been the Head of Community Engagement for Bankwest since 2012. In this role Craig is accountable for building, implementing and maintaining a community engagement programme for the entire organisation. This incorporates colleague volunteering, community sector relationships, sponsorships and partnerships (including the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and the Bankwest Foundation).

Testament to his ongoing efforts, Bankwest was awarded Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award for 2013 by Volunteering WA, a Gold Award for its support of Emergency Service volunteers, and the National Employer Support Award for its support of Defence Force Reservists. Craig first joined Bankwest in 2006 as the Head of Organisational Development and Head of Human Resources for the Group Support Divisions, incorporating Finance, Strategy, Legal, Audit, Risk Management, Corporate Affairs and HR.

Previously, he was Manager of HR for B Digital, a start-up Telecommunications company in WA. His first role in WA was as Head of HR for Challenge Bank, which involved the integration of Challenge Bank with Westpac as the culmination of a 13 year career in banking with Westpac.

Craig is a board member of Volunteering WA, as well as the Chairman of the Corporate Volunteering Council (a coalition of businesses that recognise the importance of corporate volunteering). He is also joint chair of the United Way WA Homelessness Coalition (a group of connected corporate and community sector organisations working to collectively impact within the homeless sector), a Fellow of Leadership WA, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also a keen advocate of the important role that traditional and social media can and should play in sharing knowledge and encouraging fact based public debate. Craig is father to two young men and spends a considerable amount of time tending to an orchard on his property in the Chittering Valley. He is also an active volunteer in the Bindoon Bushfire Brigade.

Dr Marshall Watson

Marshall Watson is a Noongar man, descendant of the Wadjuk people.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2001 and obtained his Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) in 2013.

Dr Watson has previously been a committee member of the RANZCP subcommittee for Indigenous mental health and previously director and treasurer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. He is a clinical lecturer with the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, with the University of Western Australia.

He is also a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. He has participated in the development of a prison in reach service for juvenile mentally ill offenders at Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016