Esther Board Members

   
   

The Esther Foundation Incorporated Board Members;

Chairperson                                  Annette Latto 

Annette Latto holds a Bachelor of Science from Murdoch University and brings a wealth of experience to the organisation’s Board of Management in many fields including compliance management and systems, policy development, industry audits and producing healthy and safe work environments. With previous management, officer and advisor roles with Boral Resources, the (then) Department of Environmental Protection and now as a Senior Compliance Officer for Chevron; Annette is welcomed to assist with our organisation’s future growth in strategic planning, structural development with management systems and also with strengthening even further the good governance of this organisation.


Managing Director                         Patricia Lavater Cit.WA

Patricia Lavater holds numerous qualifications related to the sector in human services, social, welfare, justice and youth work, and has been recognised alongside the highest local, state and national awards for her work with young women and children. Such recognition includes being named WA Citizen of the Year [Community Service], being a Western Australian Australian of the Year finalist, inducted into the International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and also as a recipient of the Pride of Australia Medal [Role Model]. Patricia first started working with young people as a teenager herself, and over many decades gained experience within the sector at many agencies and through the Juvenile Justice system. Patricia is a very strong advocate and keynote speaker for the welfare of young women and children, and was the Founder of The Esther Foundation to provide a safe, supportive and structured environment for those in need in our community.

Secretary                                    Craig Ablett BM
Mr Ablett holds a Graduate Diploma in Business, a Six Sigma qualification and is presently completing an MBA. Mr Ablett works as a business improvement consultant and trainer, and brings a depth of experience in Human Resources with previous positions including being National Human Resource Manager of Gemco Rail and State Human Resources Manager of Westrac CAT. Such experience brings a wealth of resources to not only the Board of Management, but also with the organisations strategic planning, sub-committee roles and functions, as well as improving operational policy development and processes.
Mr Ablett was the recipient of a Bravery Medal from the Queen some years ago, after pulling a young girl from a fiery car wreck as a bystander of a tragic accident.

Secretary                                    Craig Ablett, BM

Craig Ablett holds a Graduate Diploma in Business, a Six Sigma qualification and is presently completing an MBA. Craig works as a business improvement consultant and trainer, and brings a depth of experience in Human Resources with previous positions including being National Human Resource Manager of Gemco Rail and State Human Resources Manager of Westrac CAT. Such experience brings a wealth of resources to not only the Board of Management, but also with the organisations strategic planning, sub-committee roles and functions, as well as improving operational policy development and processes.

Craig was the recipient of a Bravery Medal from the Queen some years ago, after pulling a young girl from a fiery car wreck as a bystander of a tragic accident.

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Board Treasurer and Executive Officer                 Anina Findling 

Anina Findling holds an Hons Degree in Music Therapy, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been working in various Financial Services and Management roles since 1996.  After starting to serve on NFP boards in 2011, Anina joined the Esther Foundation Board in May 2019 and was then appointed as the Executive Officer later that year.  Specialising in NFP Governance and Strategic planning, she enjoys using her background in Banking, Management, Leadership/Business development, Customer Service/Training, Music and Prayer ministry to help Churches and Charities fulfil their unique purpose in the NFP sector. Together with her husband Harry, Anina has two adult children and immigrated to Australia from Canada in 2001

Board Member                                                              Sonia Newby

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. With more than 20 years legal experience in Australia and South East Asia, Sonia has worked in senior positions in both the commercial and Higher Education sectors, in a range of legal matters in real estate, banking and finance and intellectual property. Sonia is married to Jay and together they have two children. She attends Lifestreams Christian Church in Como where she has served in the Children’s ministry. Sonia has served in various capacities in her children’s schools including the office of Chair of the board of Oberthur Primary School in Bullcreek. Sonia was appointed to the Esther Foundation board in October 2019.

   


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