Board vision
That the ACWA Board governs ethically with the highest level of integrity, transparency and independence recognising its stewardship role in promoting and protecting the profession of community work.

ACWA's national board members are:

Claudia Cunningham
Life member ACWA

Board Role: President and past Vice President, Chair of Queensland/Northern Territory branch, past Chair Education Committee
Term of office: 2014-2017
Qualifications: BFET (Community and Human Service); Associate Diploma Applied Science, Community and Human Services; WH&S Officer and First Aid and CPR.
Practitioner interests: Women’s rights; community development; communication; domestic violence; education and training; BP Guild; and Girl Guides.

Claudia is both an experienced TAFE teacher in community services and a community welfare practitioner. Currently employed as a community sector support coordinator and emergency relief case manager in Queensland, Claudia has previously worked in the Commonwealth Department s of Repatriation, Social Security and Health.

Claudia has a long association with the Girl Guide movement and represented Girl Guides Australia at a world conference in the UK. She also has a strong involvement in Redland Council committees and events, particularly The Strawberry Festival.

Angela Gallard
Board Role: Vice President, Chair of Education Reference Group
Term of office: 2014-2017
Qualifications: Bachelor of Community Welfare; Master of Social Work.
Practitioner interests: Disability services; refugee and asylum seekers; practitioner supervision.

Angela joined ACWA as a student member and has been active in the NSW branch until 2015. Angela worked in the disability sector as a carer and family support officer for 12 years and has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for the past two. Angela brings balance to her life through writing poetry and walking around Sydney Harbour.

Les Stewart
Board Role: Secretary and Chair Nomination Committee
Term of office: 2014-2017
Qualifications: Diploma of Social Welfare; Diploma of Social Justice
Practitioner interests: Social justice; mental health.

Les was an engineer before pursuing his interests in social justice and mental health. With a long career in the community sector Les has been active in ACWA since 2005. Les is involved in a number of organisations that focus on care for the disadvantaged. Les is a supervisor of students and a family therapist; he also enjoys broadening his horizons through overseas travel.

Margaret O’Brien
Life Member ACWA

Board role: board member, past President, past Vice President, Secretary, member of assessment panel, past Chair of Education Committee, past Chair Queensland/Northern Territory branch.
Term of office: 2014-2017
Qualifications: BA (UQ); Associate Diploma of Residential Care; Graduate of Diploma Education; MSWAP (UQ)
Practitioner interests: Quality care issues, residential aged and disability care.

Margaret’s early career began in the UK working with single mothers and pre-adoptive children. After migrating to Australia Margaret worked with the Queensland Department of Health - mainly with families who had a child with a disability. Margaret was instrumental in setting up the Brisbane North ALS.

For the last 17 years of her paid career Margaret taught community and human services studies at TAFE and university. Now retired Margaret is still active in the sector working as a volunteer within community services. Margaret has been a member of ACWA for 25 years.

Wendy Raine
Life member ACWA
Board role: board member and past President
Term of office: 2014-2017
Qualifications: Associate Diploma of Social welfare; Diploma of Counselling; Diploma of Supervision.
Wendy,a retired welfare worker with Newcastle City Mission, is now in private practice as a clinical counsellor and supervisor, she has also been actively involved with LifeLine for over 20 years. Wendy is now appreciating some time off together with James, husband of 54 years, to enjoy gardening, travel and their grandchildren. Wendy has been a member of ACWA since 1986.

Neil Barber

Biography to come.