The Management Committee of the One World Centre is responsible for meeting the legal and financial obligations of the organisation, policy development, acting as employer and having overall responsibility for ensuring the organisation meets its objectives. All members of the Committee work on a voluntary basis and are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting of the association.
Joe Courtney – Chairperson
Joe has been involved with the One World Centre ever since his wife Anne was the coordinator way back in 1995. He has been on the management committee for a while now and enjoys keeping the Centre’s social and fundraising activities going. He is a meteorologist specialising in tropical cyclones, and enjoys travelling, though his trips sometimes keep him out of the OWC scene a bit more than he would like. He would also like to spend more time out bush or in the ocean, as well as having a go on the guitar. Joe is keen for the OWC to model good development activities and is proud of the way the Centre has been a beacon for global education in WA for so long now without having the big money. He hopes we can build more community support for the Centre and continue the great work on the ground with teachers to bring global education to all the young kids.
Dr Peter Devereux – Deputy Chairperson
Peter is a part time Research Fellow at Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute advancing the doctorate of sustainable development on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. Previously he worked in UN Volunteers; the school of Sustainability at Murdoch University; in Nicaragua as a university lecturer and NGO environmental adviser; UN volunteers in Fiji; and Australian Volunteer International’s Perth office. Peter rejoined the OWC management committee in early 2015 and was elected deputy Convenor and was briefly the acting coordinator after the resignation of Jules Jamieson in May 2015. He has also done some OWC professional development sessions when regular OWC global education consultants were unavailable.
Courtney Andrijich -Secretary
Courtney joined the OWC as a volunteer in November 2015. She comes from a health science background and has been employed in the field of medical research for the past six years. In her spare time she volunteers in migrant support and helps to run school holiday programs with Indigenous communities in the North West of WA. She recently completed a Masters of Human Rights and International Law and hopes to pursue further studies in International Health. Courtney helps out where she can at the OWC and is enjoying finding her way around the excellent resources.
Michael Perera -Treasurer
Michael has worked for over 30 years in the finance field having worked for publicly listed companies , small to medium enterprises and not-for -profit organisations. He Has has strong experience in management accounting, budgeting, and treasury matters as well as in corporate governance.
Michael is also a Board Member of two other not-for-profit for organisations at present and is a member of the Australian Society of CPA’s.
Lynne Butler – Coordinator
Lynne took on the role of OWC coordinator in September 2015 after re-joining the Management Committee in April 2015. After many years working in Indigenous education and training in WA, Lynne worked as a training and development advisor and manager with government departments, local NGOs and international agencies in Timor-Leste and Aceh for over twelve years. Lynne’s first contact with the OWC was in the 90s when she introduced Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers from around the State to the library as a place to find relevant and inspiring resources.
Susan is a dedicated young accountant professional with a strong work ethic spanning 5 years in the field of taxation and Superannuation. She has exposure to both public practice and the commercial field; she is currently working as a Taxation Analyst for BT Financial Group as a Taxation Analyst. Prior to joining BTFG she was working for various mid tier public practice firms such as Venture Accountants, Paragon Consultants and MBE McClure Accountants. She has also been extensively involved in the community with organisations such as the Kenyan Community in Western Australia and the African Professionals Association of WA respectively working with communities and individuals from CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds).
Rashmi is a medical professional and works as an anaesthetist in Perth. She has lived and worked in Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Pacific, and across Asia. She is Interested in the SDGS and the ethical and moral dimensions of individual and collective transformation required to work towards betterment of humanity and our ecosystems. She is passionate about working to raise awareness of biomedical waste and the Global Green Hospitals program, a World Health Organisation initiative to recycle, reuse, and minimise waste. Rashmi volunteers at Earthwise, the Subiaco community garden and runs English conversation classes at the Subiaco library.
Is a long term OWC supporter and has worked for many years as the Oxfam campaign manager in WA. He joined the OWC management committee in May this year.
Margot is our newest management committee member. Having taken on the volunteer role of library coordinator at the centre in early 2018, whilst also working full-time, Margot has now brought her expertise to the management committee.