Our Board

Carol Adams

Mayor of the City of Kwinana and Board Member 

Carol resides in Wellard with her family and following the resignation of Lyn Devereux during last year, she proudly took up the volunteer position as a KEYS Board Member.

Carol has been a Councillor in Kwinana since May 1997, Deputy Mayor in 2005 and Mayor since 2006.

Carol holds a law degree, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on numerous Boards and Committees both within and external to the City of Kwinana.

Dr Dawn Butterworth

 Vice Chairperson

Early Childhood Education is Dawn Butterworth’s ‘magnificent obsession’, having worked in the field for over 40 years. Further to her position as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Edith Cowan University, she has fulfilled visiting fellowships in China, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand. Dawn is in high demand as a speaker at international, national and local conferences, and has won numerous awards for research in areas such as ‘Effects of Daycare’, ‘The Effect of Family Violence on Young Children’ and ‘Lone Father Families’. She is also the author of many journal articles and books in the Early Childhood area. Dr Butterworth holds bachelor, honours and doctoral degrees in the areas of Education, Arts and Special Needs.

An active member of the World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP) for all of her adult life, Dr Butterworth is currently the President of OMEP Australia as well as the W.A. Chapter. Dawn continues to serve on the board of KEYS and of AWCH. She is the President of the National Council of Women of WA, a Director of NCWA, and is Advisor, Child and Family for the International Council of Women.

Emma Heedes

Secretary

My name is Emma Heedes. I am a young mum with three young children and have lived in the Kwinana community for most of my life. I come from a Retail background and have studied in Social Services before devoting my life to my children and husband. I feel very honoured to be a part of a great organisation like KEYS and being able to be involved in a community I hold respectively very high.

Maggie Tait

Board Member

I am a registered Nurse and Midwife with a Bachelor in health studies I also have a post graduate certificate in mental health.

In the UK I worked as a team leader in a midwife led birthing unit and specialised in working with young women with additional needs which included drug and alcohol misuse in pregnancy.

I migrated from the UK in 2006 and have worked for Ngala in their community services for the past 6yrs with a strong focus on the Kwinana community.

I am currently the Coordinator of Community Services South for Ngala.

Angela Poole

Chairperson

Angela Poole has been involved with KEYS since its inception as Kidlink many years ago, serving on the original Board and also as past Chairperson. Her background is in Nursing, specialising in Child Health and in later years management, working with Community Health in the Rockingham and Kwinana areas as part of WA Health. She now works at South Coastal Women’s Health as the Operations Manager. She has a great passion for KEYS and its work with local families particularly in the area of early intervention and believes that her nursing background and varied experience assist her to function as a member of KEYS Board.

Jane McWhirter

Board Member 

I have over 25 years’ experience working within the Not-for-Profit sector throughout Western Australia and for the past 17 years at Bridging the Gap in the capacity of Regional Employment Service Manager.

Being appointed as CEO for Bridging the Gap in July 2015  I am delighted to join the Board of KEYS, particularly as my passion is to support  strategies that will best build on the strengths and capacities of families in our community.

I have a Diploma in Nursing, Business Management and Employment Services and, on a personal note,I have an  increasing number of grandchildren, friends and family here in Australia as well as a healthy love of the area and it’s fantastic weather.   I value my family who live in Ireland and enjoy a  trip home each ‘summer’ during our winter to soak up that good old Irish banter.