Meet the Board

Centacare Chairwoman Gwen Wood.

Gwen Wood


Gwen was appointed to the Board of Centacare Employment and Training in November 2005 and was elected Chair of the Board in November 2013.

Now retired, Gwen was previously a Manager in the Department of Health. Her expertise in the outsourcing of Health services through contracts to the community sector has particular relevance to her role with Centacare.

Prior to this, she was a Lecturer and Program Manager in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Gwen has considerable knowledge and experience with the not-for-profit sector, bringing valuable expertise to the position of Chair. She has double degrees in Education and Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business.

Centacare Board Member Jaya Dantas.

Dr Jaya Dantas

Board Member

Dr Jaya Dantas is the Dean International in the Faculty of Health Sciences and is also Professor of International Health, in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine at Curtin University in WA. Her research focuses on refugees and migrant health and education, gender issues and social inequalities.

Jaya has worked for 30 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Australia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka and Singapore. She is a passionate advocate for education of women and youth and has been a foster carer with the Department of Child Protection since 2002.

As a migrant woman and global educator, she contributes expertise in education, gender, and health. She believes in education and capacity building as a means of empowering people.

Jaya has a Master’s degree from India, and holds a PhD from Curtin University.

Centacare Board Member Ann Anderson.

Anelore (Ann) Anderton

Board Member

Ann has extensive experience in the education sector, having previously worked as a teacher, lecturer and tutor at universities, TAFE, a private college and state secondary schools.

Ann has also worked in a variety of roles, authored textbooks and contributed as a Syllabus Committee member, moderator and examiner for the Curriculum Council.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Computing) and Master of Educational Leadership.

Centacare Board Member Gary Jackson.

Gary Jackson

Board Member

Gary has 13 years’ experience within sales, marketing, recruitment and business growth, gained in both Australian and UK markets.

He has worked with small and medium sized enterprises and corporate and public sector organisations, providing consultancy and guidance on staffing requirements, organisational structures, skill gaps and succession planning, as well as offering specialist insights into people across competency, capability, motivational drivers and culture.

Gary is currently part or the Senior Leadership team with Hays Specialist Recruitment, driving the performance of a team of consultancy service specialists across Corporate Services within all public, private, healthcare, education, and NFP sectors in Western Australia.

Centacare Board Member Lucas Wilk.

Lucas Wilk

Board Member

Lucas is a legal practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and insolvency.

His clients include Australian listed companies, multinational corporations, foreign clients and local and international banks.

Lucas holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major).

Centacare Board Member Jason Raftos.

Jason Raftos

Board Member

Jason is a barrister who practises primarily in the areas of employment, industrial, discrimination and migration law, and occupational health and safety. 

He has acted for domestic and international clients from the mining, oil and gas (offshore and onshore), manufacturing, maritime, financial services and vehicle industries, together with education, and all levels of government.

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