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.

Paul O'Conner

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.

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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