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.

Paul O'Connor

Board Member

I was appointed to the Centacare Board in June 2019 following a short period as an honorary Board member.

I bring to the Board extensive experience, knowledge and skills from my career in the Local and State government sectors of WA, mainly in the corporate and/or financial services areas. I am now retired after 11 years at the Shire of Mundaring and 30 years previously in State Government agencies such as Office of Energy, State Treasury, Premier’s Department, Office of Public Sector Standards and Ombudsman’s Office including some time in Ministerial Offices.

I hold a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting and I am a member of other not for profit boards outside of this sector.

Whilst I have limited background in the education and training sector, I am committed to contributing to the community through the use of my strong experience and knowledge in finance, governance, human resources, information technology, information management and strategic planning at both State and Local Government levels which I believes will assist the Board and Centacare to become an even stronger organisation.

Colin Schotte

Board Member

Colin is a finance professional with over 30 years of experience across retail, business, commercial, institutional banking as well as fund management across most of the largest Banks in Australia.

Additionally, Colin has a strong technical background in Technology that has great synergy with his passion for process improvement to deliver better operational efficiencies. Currently, Colin is the manager of the Perth CDF and brings a solid background in Finance across many industries.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Ecommerce) from Curtin University.

Another passion of Colin is his involvement with youth through the Scouting movement and has been involved in the development of youth for over 10 years.

Peter Le

Board Member

Peter has 20 years of experience in legal, governance, risk and compliance. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Law degree and is currently undertaking his Master of Law, Policy & Government at the University of Western Australia. 

Peter has a wealth of experience sitting on boards of various business, cultural, not for profit, charitable and sporting organisations.

Some of the positions that Peter has held or currently hold are – Chair of City West Lotteries House, Non-Executive Director of Paediatric Nursing Services Limited, Board Member of Phoenix Support & Advocacy Services Inc, President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc (WA Branch), Vice President of WA Vietnam Business Council Inc, Chair of the Asian Business Alliance, Convenor of the Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) Network, President of Westnam United Soccer Club Inc.

Peter was awarded the WA Volunteer for Multicultural Communities Award 2019 and the Winner of the Piddington Society’s Senior of Lawyer of the Year Award 2019.

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