The executive team bring a wealth of experience and skills to Ruah.
Chief Executive Officer
With 20 years’ experience in the community sector, Debra is a strong advocate for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. She has worked in senior roles in specialised drug and alcohol services, Catholic hospital executive management and other related health and community services. A Director of the West Australian Association for Mental Health since March 2016, Debra is a Board Member of the East Metropolitan Health Service and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and President of the Western Australian Council of Social Services. Debra previously served as a Director of the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies.
Chief Financial Officer
Graham is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in Ireland and Australia. He has worked across a wide and diverse range of industries from sales and marketing, rail networks, construction, tourism and disability services. Graham holds a BA in Accounting, Fellowship membership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.
Executive Manager, Research, Design and Innovation
Ben has had a diverse career having worked internationally and locally across various industry sectors, from education and health to engineering and sustainability on large-scale infrastructure projects. He also has a strong interest in social enterprise and digital ventures, having co-founded an online disability marketplace and advised a number of startups both locally and internationally as a Partner at Health Disrupt. He is currently seconded to the role of CEO at Suitsme.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark has worked in health and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom for more than three decades, amassing a wealth of knowledge in the social services and health sectors, especially focused in quality and client focused outcomes. He has held senior positions in health policy and operations, including as interim CEO at 360 Health.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Shayla is executive and award winning lawyer. She has worked across the NFP sector, government and private practice for more than 20 years leading and building successful projects and teams. Shayla was awarded 'Woman Lawyer of the Year' in 2022 and ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in 2012, by Woman Lawyers Association of WA and the Law Society of WA, respectively. Her experience extends to business operations, project management, business development, strategy and finance. She is committed to the development of community organisations and has volunteered for numerous not-for-profit boards and committees including Vice President and Treasurer of The Law Society of Western Australia in 2021. Shayla is currently Campaign Director for the Ruah Centre for Women and Children, the largest project in Ruah's history and the first of its kind in Australia.