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The Team

Teresa 'Terri' Coughlin, M.S.W, PSM


The Board of Westaus is Chaired by Teresa [Terri] Coughlin, M.S.W., PSM. Now retired, Terri provided Social Work services to the Peel region for more than 25 years. With other local welfare workers Terri was involved in setting up services badly needed by the Region including Pat Thomas House Womens Refuge; Allambee Sexual Assault Counselling Service and the Christmas Appeal to assist residents at Christmas. Terri has been involved on the Board of Westaus for more than 20 years.


Rita Gatenby

Vice Chairperson

Rita has personally been involved in the care industry at a management level for over fifteen years in both Australia and New Zealand.

Having personally supported many families through the process of transitioning a loved one to a care placement; by listening too and understanding the needs of each individual client.  Rita comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience across the Australian aged care sector. She also brings great expertise in event management, marketing and relationship building.

Albert Rodgers


I started with WestAus in 1994 when the agency was still based in East Perth. Over the years I have been involved in all aspects of the agency’s development. I currently serve the agency in a voluntary capacity as Secretary on the Board of Management and as Volunteer Assistant Manager. In addition to my role within WestAus, I am a self-employed business owner working as a mortgage broker and currently work under the banner of Mortgage Choice. I have been an active mortgage broker since 2008 and in that time I have attained qualifications at a level “Certificate IV in Financial Services (Finance/ Mortgage Broking) and a ”Diploma of Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking Management)”. I also have reasonable IT skills and use these skills to keep the WestAus systems working. In addition to the above roles, I have for several years worked with other community based agencies on their management boards. Currently I am the Chairperson for Mandurah Lotteries House and Treasurer for Peel Volunteer Resource Centre.

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Nicole Quigg


In recent years Nicole has developed a passion for working with charities after she commenced her Accounting role within local government and an arts not-for-profit organisation. Volunteering with WestAus further allows Nicole to apply her managerial and financial expertise within the charity sector.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. She has over 30 years extensive experience in the financial arena with exposure to a variety of industries, small to medium-sized businesses, and large international publicly-listed companies.

Outside of work Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends in and around the water.

Patricia 'Paddi' Creevey OAM

Committee Member

Freeman of the City of Mandurah

BA Social Work.

30 years experience in Health and Community Health

Councillor City of Mandurah 12 years

Mayor City of Mandurah 8 years

Chair and Member of a number of State and Commonwealth Boards

Former Chair Peel Development Commission

Currently Board member of Peel Harvey Catchment Council and The Makers

Inducted into the Womens Hall of Fame

Roger Hughes

Committee Member

A values driven leader who is passionate about getting the best out of people and serving the community to build a better life for all.

Senior Executive, Director and Consultant with over 20 years’ experience advising Boards and Executive of ASX listed companies, private entities, not-for-profits and government agencies to deliver positive change in culture and performance. 

Merv Darcy

Committee Member

Marie Scott

Committee Member


  Amber Kearns

     Committee Member

Amber Kearns is a passionate advocate for social justice, dedicating over 25 years to working in the community sector in Mandurah. With a strong understanding of good governance, Amber believes in the importance of transparent and accountable decision making processes to ensure the well-being of the community. She has been serving our community as a Mandurah City Councillor since 2021 and has completed a Diploma in Local Government, further enhancing her knowledge and skills in effective governance. 


In addition to her role as City Councillor, Amber actively contributes to the community through her involvement in multiple not-for-profit and community boards, including Peel Community Kitchen, Allambee and Greenfields Primary School.


Amber Joins the board as the chaplain of Mandurah Primary School, where she utilises her lived experience and extensive knowledge in crisis care and intervention to support those in need. 

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