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Cahoots Board and Staff

Our Board

Christine Truscott

Board Director & Chair

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

Board Director & Vice Chair

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.

Jorrit Muller

Board Director & Treasurer

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.”

Janette Gee

Board Director & Secretary

Janette is a secondary school principal with extensive experience in the public school sector both in mainstream and special needs schooling. She has a particular interest in equitable, inclusive education focused on the individual needs and strengths of each student. As the parent of a disabled person she has an understanding of many of the issues facing families of children with varying support needs and she is able to see the issues from both the perspectives of a parent and an educator. Currently Janette is employed as the full time president of the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association and is on the board of the Australian Secondary Principals Association. She works on behalf of secondary school administrators in an advocacy and support role and acts as a conduit between the association and the state and federal education bodies.

Janette’s son was an enthusiastic Cahoots participant for many years and she is grateful for the opportunity it gave her son to enjoy some independence in a fun, supportive and safe environment. She joined the board to say thank you to Cahoots and help spread the word about the wonderful opportunities it offers for families.

Toto Boutdara

Board Director

Toto is a Board Director on the Cahoots Board, he joined in 2018. He holds workshops and presentations on Professional Image, Business Image and Personal Image. He is passionate about connecting and bringing people together in a space where ideas are shared and opportunities are created. He strongly believes in positive social impact and goes out of his way to promote inclusiveness and equal opportunity. His involvement as a Director on The Board of Cahoots is specifically to bring communities together. It is to support children, youth and families with disability by providing engaging programs, activities and camps for them. Toto has previously worked in marketing and managing before and after school programs. He also worked in the private school system in promoting physical activity and helping primary school aged students develop their motor skills.

“My vision for Cahoots is to reach and impact as many lives as possible with our services. For families and communities to come together and encourage inclusion for all.”

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.  

Jennifer Pidgeon

Board Director

Jennifer’s keen understanding of the challenges facing the volunteering sector and young people – and how to tackle those challenges – comes from her past work with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Western Australia’s Office of Multicultural Interests and her current role leading strategic volunteer and youth programs for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.  She currently manages programs for more than 3,500 young people and provides strategic workforce development and capacity building support for more than 26,000 emergency services volunteers. 

Her community development experience is extensive, spanning communities, government and non-government agencies in California and Western Australia. Jennifer’s strategic eye focuses on creating multi-agency partnerships and collaborations capable of addressing complex problems faced by people and the communities in which they live.

Finance and Audit Subcommittee (FASC)

Jorrit Muller

Nik Trajcevski

Christine Truscott

Damien Williams

Risk, Audit, Governance and Quality Committee

Kim Knott

Chairperson

Akshi Singh

David Bailey

Terry Burchell

Damien Williams

Catarina LeGuimaraes

Paul Lewis

Our CEO

Jess Karlsson

Chief Executive Officer

Jess has dedicated her life to positively impacting the lives of young people; helping keep them safe, whilst providing them with life changing opportunities. She is committed to improving the lives of othersby creating social impact and by volunteering, which includes; Chairperson of online social enterprise, Rotary of Western Australia Board Director (Head of Marketing and Public Image), Night Manager Telethon Community Cinemas & Mentor for Leadership WA’s Leadability cohort. 

Jess’ leadership experience spans across private, commercial and not for profit sectors. Over the past 15 years, Jess has managed recreation centres, health departments and profit for purpose organisations across QLD, NT and WA. In 2015, she relocated from her role as CEO of the YMCA to her current position as CEO of Cahoots (previously Kids’ Camps Inc.).  

Since Jess joined, and led the rebranding of Cahoots, the charity has been transformed, increasing revenue from $500K to $5million annually, whilst quadrupling in staff and increasing services to reach over 2,000 WA children and families. Cahoots was recently awarded the 2020 Rise Business Charity of the year and continues to flourish, with revenue and services set to double in FY22 

Jess has presented at National and International conferences, has four Diplomas in Business, Finance, Leadership and Governance, a tertiary degree in Exercise Physiology, and has won multiple awards, including a coveted 40under40 Business Award in March 2021. 

Jess advocates for community causes by participating in active fundraising challenges like; Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Abseiling the Perth Central Park Building (x5)International House Building with Youth Projects & Cycling 500km to Uluru from Alice Springs.  

In May 2021, Jess will be an inaugural Cahoots Conqueror, climbing four peaks in WA within 48 hours, to raise funds to support families facing exceptional challenges.  

Jess is a go getter who doesn’t take life lying down! 

Reference Groups

Cahoots First Nations' Reference Group

This First Nations’ Reference Group provide advice to Cahoots regarding new and existing services, strategic priorities and decisions across all levels of the organisation, to increase Cahoots cultural safety, inclusion and appropriateness for all First Nations’ people.

Purpose of the Cahoots First Nation’s Reference Group:

To be responsible for achieving the initiatives within the focus areas of the CAHOOTS Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. 
The committee is responsible for driving, planning, and organising key initiatives and events to ensure oversight and accountability for the CAHOOTS plan.

The CAHOOTS Reconciliation Action Committee (CRAPC) meet on a bi-monthly basis:

  • Providing leadership and direction to key RAP activities throughout CAHOOTS
  • Assist in building relationships and partnerships with First Nations’ organisations throughout CAHOOTS.
  • Support the development and implementation of First Nations’ culturally appropriate services including forms and documents.
  • Provide leadership and direction on supporting Cahoot’s KPI to increase the recruitment and retention of First Nations’ staff throughout the organization.
  • Undertaking planning and reporting in line with the National RAP and National Reconciliation Committee; and,
  • Establish a collaborative/consultative process for engaging staff across the organization to hear ideas and contribute ideas and engage in the activities. 

3 Reference group members are proud First Nations’ people, and share their knowledge and experience with Cahoots staff, and the Board.

All members believe in Cahoots’ mission, vision and values, and share Cahoots passion for working with more First Nations’ communities and families towards genuine reconciliation and inclusion.

Parents and Carers Reference Group

This Reference Group is comprised of customers and users of Cahoots services, Cahoots staff and industry experts.

The Reference Group will facilitate Parents and Carers feedback on our programs and Camps.

Purpose of the Parents and Carers Reference Group:

  • Assist and guide the continuous improvement of Cahoots services.
  • Provide insights and recommendations to improve Cahoots services, whilst maintaining the highest quality and safety standards.

The Reference Group is Chaired by Sarah Jarman (NDS WA).
Sarah is a highly experienced and skilled reference group Chair, and has lived experience of disability.

The Reference Group meet quarterly and all participants are invited to table agenda items.

To express an interest in joining the Reference Group please email our Customer Experience Coordinator – Lilou@Cahoots.org.au

 

Executive Leadership Team

Paul Lewis

Social Impact & Transformation Lead

Paul joined Cahoots at the start of the COVID-19 crisis and helped launch Cahoots Connects, our essential shopping and delivery service within 2 weeks. Paul works closely with Cahoots CEO Jess and our various partner organisations to ensure we offer a personalised and accessible service to the WA community.

As an experienced corporate leader, and small business owner, Paul has enjoyed moving between corporate roles and launching his own small business start ups and franchisees over many years, bringing common sense and practical experience to his various leadership roles. Paul appreciates opportunities to add value and learn with organisations where there is alignment of purpose & values, like at Cahoots.A proud father of two teenage boys, always learning and working on balancing work, family, friendships, travel, health and fitness (and most recently golf!)

My vision for Cahoots is to positively impact as many people as possible across WA. This includes our customers, staff, volunteers and partners who all come together to provide amazing Cahoots experiences.”

Kerryn Lambert

Business Development and Events Manager

Kerryn is an experienced marketing, business development and events professional with a history of working in the events industry and community services sector. She has a strong professional skill sets in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Event Management, Direct Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Partnerships & Sponsorship and Communications. 

Our Family Relationship Officers

Cahoots Family Relationship Officers are our first point of contact for many of our families. This wonderful team takes care of all our families logistical needs including bookings and interviews to understand your child’s needs. 

Lilou Peaud

Customer Experience Coordinator

Everlyne Arloo

Family Relationships Officer

Celine Thulliex

Family Relationships Officer

Carly Hancock

Family Relationships Officer

Finalist 5

Stevie Hancock

Family Relationships Officer

Our Office Staff

David Bailey

Operations Manager

Finalist 5

Monica Smith

Corporate Services Manager

Michael Cooper

First Nations Development Lead

Terry Burchell

Quality and Safeguarding Lead

Pearl Cruickshank

SERVICE DELIVERY TEAM LEAD

Sarah Harris

High Support and Quality Coordinator

Janet Steele

Core Services Coordinator

Finalist 5

Erin Charlesworth

Core Services Coordinator

Stephanie Jackson

Regional Business Development

Stevie Snook

Workforce Coordinator

Daniel Gibbons

Volunteer Coordinator

Isaiah Quintana

Volunteer Coordinator

Kaylee Nicholas

Marketing and Fundraising Lead

Deena Hineidi

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Ben Cox

Community Engagement Officer

Erin Butterly

Accounts Receivable Officer

Ash Ginich

Executive Assistant, Office manager and Team Events Coordinator

Mammen Thomas

BUSINESS SYSTEMS LEAD

Our Service Delivery Team

Cahoots Facilitators 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.

 
Board and subcommittees

Workforce

Fundraising and Marketing

Volunteer
 
ash@cahoots.org.au

workforce@cahoots.org.au

together@cahoots.org.au

volunteer@cahoots.org.au

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