Our Management Committee

Our Management Committee

Our Management Committee

Our Committee is comprised of seven highly-driven and passionate Members who bring with them relevant experience across the following sectors:

  • Government and Not-for-Profit
  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Law
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • Education and Training
  • Business and Risk Management
  • Consumer Engagement and Project Management

Madeleine Green


Rowena Reid


Kath Snell GAICD
Vice Chair


Sarah Bass photo

Sarah Bass

Claire Paddison GAICD


Claire Paddison is a Communication, Engagement and Facilitation Specialist with a 22-year history delivering complex projects for major organisations across all levels of government, resources providers and the NFP sector. She has a recognised track record working across Australia as an experienced practitioner, advocate and advisor in Corporate Stakeholder and Community Engagement; Community Development; Crisis and Issues Management; Strategic Communications; Organisational Strategy; Aboriginal Engagement; and facilitating group decision making.

Claire’s qualification history includes a BA in Journalism from the University of Cardiff; Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School, a Foundation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence from TAFE NSW and Governance Financials for Not-for-Profit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Claire has been Chair of Orana House since November 2019 and served on the Management Committee since 2017. She is passionate about leading the organisation in planning and delivering its strategic objectives whilst building and managing key stakeholder relationships to fulfil Orana’s goal of ending family and domestic violence in the community.

Kath Snell GAICD

Vice Chair

Kath joined the Orana Management Committee in May 2019, with a 14-year track record on not-for-profit Boards. Kath has been CEO of United Way WA since June 2017 and was previously CEO of Volunteer Task Force. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a BA Hons from the University of Sheffield.

Kath is passionate about opportunity, equity and empowerment. She has worked in Community Services, Sports Tourism Management, Commercial Radio and Marketing. Kath finds her most significant purpose working in and volunteering for NFPs and is driven to support women and children to live safely with opportunity, freedom and choice.

Madeleine Green


Madeleine joined Orana’s Management Committee in 2017, becoming Secretary in 2018. She is a Corporate Lawyer with a strong focus on governance and compliance. Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (Corporate Finance) from the University of Western Australia. After spending many years in private practice as a Corporate Lawyer for HWL Ebsworth and Ashurst, she is currently a senior listing Compliance Officer at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) 

Rowena Reid


Rowena has been the Treasurer for Orana House for three years and the West Australian Youth Theatre Company from 2017 – 2020. She currently works as a director for PwC in the Financial Advisory Practice, specifically within Research and Development and Government Incentives, assisting companies undertaking innovation and other projects to access funding.

Rowena is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Financial Accounting and Economics and a Graduate Diploma of Taxation Law from the University of Melbourne.

Rowena is also raising three young children, so she wanted to contribute to an organisation that helps women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence.

Matt Sharp

Matt has served as a Board Member since 2018. He has worked for the WA Police Force for 21 years, including across the Counter-Terrorism and State Protection portfolio, and as the inaugural Community Engagement Coordinator for the South East corridor, where he enjoyed working with the community in a busy, challenging, and culturally diverse district.

He’s an active participant in the City of Belmont’s Domestic Violence and Impact on Belmont Youth project, the Canning District Family and Domestic Violence Community Strategy steering group, and the Town of Victoria Park’s Youth with Complex Needs stakeholder working group. Currently, Matt supports the Assistant Commissioner – Metropolitan Region to provide strategic advice on operational matters to Senior Management and the Minister for Police.

Matt is a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA) and sits on the Beaufort Street Network Executive Committee, working in partnership with the City of Vincent to activate spaces and create an inclusive community.

Ivonna Dansbergs

Ivonna is a Lecturer in Community Services at North Metropolitan TAFE. She holds a Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Social Administration; Grad. Dip. of Vocational Education; Cert1V Training & Assessment and is an AASW member. 

She has practised in Canada and Australia as a Social Worker and Children’s Rights Advocate, also working in various Management roles within the community services sector to establish innovative and responsive services that meet the needs of children, youth & their families.  She has extensive experience in governance, having served on various Boards and Management Committees within the NFP sector and has served in other roles, including Chair, for six years with the Board of Orana House.

Ivonna’s interests lie in the improvement and development of accessible, client-centred service models for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence, advocacy and public education around the impact of violence within families.

Sarah Bass

Sarah believes that everyone has the right to feel safe, happy and fulfilled, whatever their personal circumstances. She has worked in Human Resources and Organisational Development for over twenty-five years, helping individuals and teams to achieve this. Her qualifications in Psychology, HR, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Psychometric tests, together with hands-on experience working with a diverse range of organisations, industries and cultures worldwide, enable her to lead teams to success.



Mel Rowe

General Manager

Mel Rowe has been the General Manager at Orana House for over four years. Prior, she was Manager of the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network (Koolkuna) for more than ten years and has worked with youth at risk in the community and residential settings in both WA and the UK.

She has professional Social Work qualifications (Reading University, UK, 1991) and a Masters in Therapeutic Childcare (Reading University, UK, 1998). She also has a Diploma in Management completed at MODAL in Perth (2005), which specifically examined management’s role within the community sector.

Mel has a passion for working with women and children and has worked across both NFP and Government sectors in multiple Service Delivery and Management roles. She is proud to manage an organisation that positively advocates and supports women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence.


Regina Collier

Assistant Manager

Regina Collier has been with Orana House since 2003, following her student placement in 2002. Initially employed as a Refuge Support Worker, she demonstrated great competence when acting in a Managerial role, earning a promotion to Assistant Manager in 2010. Regina then went on to complete an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management in 2017.

Regina is a passionate women’s Advocate and takes great pride in her role as an Educator, delivering programs to clients and presentations to the broader community. Her greatest pleasure comes from watching the strength and self-esteem build within her clients.