Three WOB members on board of Indigo Junction


Three WA-based members of Women on Boards have been appointed to Indigo Junction, a crisis housing accommodation service in Perth.


Karen Roberts, Nikki Rollason and Pippa Marando have all been appointed to the board of the not-for-profit organisation providing homelessness services to youth, families and the local community in the north-eastern suburbs.

Founded in 1980, Indigo Junction (formerly known as Swan Emergency Accommodation), is a highly respected and professional community organisation with 23 full-time equivalent staff and more than 25 houses in the community.

While housing is Indigo Junction’s core business, it has expanded its services to address the causes of homelessness and how offers adult literacy education, financial counselling and work readiness programs. The organisation is also an active participant in advocacy and debate around issues contributing to homelessness, poverty, exclusion and disadvantage in Western Australia.

Peter Andrew, Secretary of Indigo Junction, has said he would absolutely recommend advertising board vacancies on Women on Boards.

"The listing process itself was quite straight forward, however we received very little interest in the first two weeks. Once you highlighted the vacancy in your weekly newsletter, we received an excellent response.

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Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, said she was seeking a board role that would enable her to give back to the community, following complete of post graduate studies.

I have a particular interest in supporting a not for profit organisation that works with disadvantaged or marginalised people. I hope to bring my human resource management and public policy expertise to the board, to help strengthen alliances and partnerships with existing and future funders and other organisations in the sector by demonstrating leading practice in delivery of services and governance.

Nikki Rollason, practice manager at Sullivan Davies Lawyers in Perth, holds degrees in Law and Sociology and possesses more than 15 years of hands on experience in law.

She is hoping to assist the Board with governance and HR issues during a period of comprehensive change including settling in a new CEO.

Pippa Marando is the Assistant Company Secretary & Senior Legal Counsel at Woodside Energy.

I was really pleased to be offered the role by Indigo Junction. I'm not sure if you're aware that I received a specific email from WoB regarding the position before I applied (because my skills matched Indigo Junction’s requirements), which was great. I am hoping to contribute my passion and enthusiasm for an organisation which provides life-changing homelessness services and best practice governance and risk management, a strategic (big picture) perspective, and financial acumen."

Congratulations from Women on Boards to Karen, Nikki and Pippa. Remember that there are some great listings on the WOB Positions Board every week. Make sure you review them and consider applying.

Unsure of how to get started? Join one of our pathways workshops to assist you to become board ready.

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