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Cahoots Board and Staff


David Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer

David Armstrong has two decades of CEO experience leading charitable and community focused organisations such as Surf Life Saving WA, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, Perth Football League and WA All Abilities Football Association.

Together with tertiary qualifications in communication and post graduate qualifications in business, David has consulted to state government agencies, not-for-profits and local government on governance, strategic planning, risk management, volunteer management and club development.

He has held Board roles as Chair Cycling WA and Deputy Chair Sportwest

Our Board

Christine Truscott


Christine is a chemical engineer who worked in the mining industry for twenty years in a variety of positions. Her experience includes managing operating plants, running technical teams across an organisation and working with government, environmental, community and indigenous groups to allow the start-up of new mines. Christine has sat on various sporting and community committees and is currently a member of the Hockey WA Board and chairperson of their Risk Management and Governance Committee. Christine has been a member of the Cahoots Board since 2009 and Chairperson since 2010.

Damien Williams

Vice President

For over a decade, Damien has provided a sound working knowledge of working strategically at Executive and C Suite levels whilst maintaining day to day management accountabilities with teams ranging in size from 4 through to 150. He has worked in both Business to Business and customer facing organisations and has developed a cross functional skill set that allows for successful completion of operational deliverables across planning, resourcing, logistics, execution, quality control and customer management. He also specialises in mobile equipment mining technology; has intimate knowledge of the identification, deployment and ongoing support of technology solutions and systems.

Melinda Cahill


Melinda joined the Cahoots Board in 2021 and is a member of the Marketing Subcommittee. As a previous owner of a successful marketing agency, Melinda has been exposed to a wide range of industry sectors including medical, legal, property, retail, leadership, charity and consulting, in Australia, USA, Mexico, Malaysia and New Zealand. Today, Melinda specialises in strategic marketing consulting, working with organisations to align marketing strategy with brand energy and purpose. She delivers clarity on positioning, branding and customer journey curation, and has a passion for differentiation that sets a brand apart from competitors and captivates attention from an audience.Melinda also has passion for purpose-driven causes, which led her to Cahoots.  

“It’s an honour to be a part of Cahoots”, says Melinda, “the staff, volunteers and supporters are creating such a difference in the lives of children and young people living with disability, as well as their families. I hope to contribute meaningfully to the inspiring Cahoots mission”.

Jorrit Muller


Jorrit joined Cahoots in 2021 as a member of the Finance and Audit Subcommittee and is well versed in accounting, finance, economics, and business. Jorrit has over 10 years of experience in commercial property development and is currently employed as a Senior Development Manager, overseeing large commercial property development projects for one of Australia’s most active ASX listed property funds. Having studied a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Economics and Construction Management, as-well-as a Graduate Certificate Property Finance and Investment, Jorrit is a valued member of the Finance and Audit Subcommittee.

I am passionate about giving back and am excited to be a part of Cahoots, contributing to improving the lives of young people facing exceptional challenges in a meaningful way.”

Peta Kennedy

Board Director

After studying and then sailing around the world on the Endeavour Replica, Peta moved to Sydney and started a new chapter in telecommunications. She was involved in Project Management for the next 15 years, managing large scale rollouts of networks and lived in over 12 countries. Peta feels very fortunate to have experienced first-hand many different cultures and is now proud to be back in Perth with her family.

Peta is the Chairperson of both a Primary and Secondary, Special Education Support Centre school and on the Advisory Council for an all-girls school.  She has two wonderful children, one who has special needs.  Cahoots have been part of their family’s life for 3 years and she feels fortunate that she has been able to send her child there and ensure that they feel included, supported, and most importantly have fun there.  

Life has been very exciting and kind to the family whose purpose for the next few years is to give back and serve.

Peta is very excited to have joined the Cahoots Board as a Director in 2023.

Kim Knott

Board Director

Kim is a risk and governance professional within the mining and shipping industry, with a passion for the not-for-profit and community sector. Her experience includes risk management, compliance, business continuity, and insurance. 

Kim joined Cahoots in 2021, following her tenure as Director and Risk and Audit Committee Member of WA Blue Sky. Kim has also sat on the City of Perth’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and volunteered her expertise to other NFP organisations across WA.  

Finance and Audit Subcommittee (FASC)

      • Jorrit Muller (Chairperson)
      • Christine Truscott
      • Damien Williams
      • Nik Trajcevski
      • Geoff Patching
      • David Armstrong 
      • Kalpesh Kotecha

Governance, Risk, Audit and Quality Committee

      • Damien Williams (Chairperson)
      • Kim Knott
      • Ben Johnson
      • Marcos Tabacow
      • David Armstrong

Executive Leadership Team

Kalpesh Kotecha

Corporate Services Manager

Pearl Cruickshank

Operations Manager

Lilou Peaud

Community Engagement Manager

Matthew Rologas

Marketing Manager

Tim Drown

Kerem Adventure Camp Manager

Our Team

Sarah George

Quality and Safeguard Lead


Joel McKenna

Workforce Coordinator

Daniel Gibbons

Volunteer Coordinator

Brandon Lindquist

Service Administrator All abilities and Volunteer officer

Amanda Gibbons

Service Administrator High Support

Sarah Harris

Service Coordinator High Support

Julian Spencer

Service Coordinator All abilities

Customer Experience

Celine Thulliez

Senior Family Relationships Officer

Carly Hancock

Family Relationships Officer

Sarah George

Family Relationships Officer

Jamie Hickey

Family Relationships Officer

Marketing and Fundraising Team

Stephanie Jackson

Regional Business Development

Marie Gooley

Marketing Coordinator

Ben Cox

Community Engagement Officer

Georgia Payne


Deena Hineidi



Phanny Nong

Finance and Admin Officer

Moksh Patel

Accounts Officer

Kerem Adventure Camp

Oliver Clendenning

Kerem Adventure Camp - Activities Manager

Daryl Lawrence

Kerem Adventure Camp - Maintenance officer

Jodie Espinos

Kerem adventure camp - kitchen manager/admin

Alison Silver

Kerem Adventure Camp - Camp Chef

Our Service Delivery Team

Cahoots facilitators and support workers are passionate and professional individuals who work with the team to run the activities on the ground. These are the friendly faces you will meet on our camps and programs. 

Interested in joining the team?

If you are interested in joining the Cahoots team we would love to hear from you. 

Please email through your resume and business area of interest.


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