Our People

 PATRON: Anne Banks-McAllister

Anne Banks-McAllister has worked in the women's sector for many years. She comes to the role of Patron with excellent credentials.  Anne is the former CEO of the Shire of Peppermint Grove and was the President of the Australian Local Government Women's Association (WA) and a member of the Minister for Local Government's Advisory Committee on Women in Local Government.  She has been recognised for her work for gender equality in local government.  

Anne is involved with the WA International Women's Day Collaboration which coordinates the WA Women's Hall of Fame and has sat on the national board of the Australian National Committee for UN Women Australia, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. She was the inaugural chair of UN Women Perth. Anne is currently the Chair of Women's Health and Family Services.   

As Starick's new patron, Anne sees fundraising as a major focus.  She is a strong believer in economic diversification and a skilled strategist with much experience in cultural change programmes.  Anne is planning to assist Starick to increase its non-tied funding so that it can deliver non-specific services and innovative new programmes that will enrich the lives of mothers and children.  "We need people and organisations who become both advocates and regular funders for the really important work Starick is doing".  

We are delighted to have Anne Banks-McAllister as our Patron.


CEO: Leanne Barron

Leanne has worked for over 20 years in the social services sector. She draws upon professional qualifications in Social Work (Curtin University, 1988) and a Masters in Public Policy (Murdoch University, 2003) and brings to Starick her experience across the not-for-profit and State Government sectors.  Leanne has worked in a variety of service delivery, management and policy roles across housing, disability, early childhood, welfare and family and domestic violence.  She is excited to be managing an organisation recognised for its innovation and responsiveness over 30 years, and more recently recognised as a lead agency for providing family and domestic violence services in the south-east region of Perth.