SHINE’s Governance

SHINE Inspire Achieve Belong is an Incorporated Association, established under the Associations Incorporations Act 2015. A not-for-profit organisation, SHINE is also a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC).

Our committed Board of Management comprises four to nine volunteer members who possess a broad range of skills and expertise relevant to the objectives of our organisation, including representation from business, the community sector and the education community.

The Board is responsible for administering SHINE according to the rules of the Association, known as the Constitution.

Click here to view SHINE’s Incorporation Certificate and here to view SHINE’s Incorporated Constitution (the Rules).

SHINE’s Board of Management

Chair Jenni Harrison

Jenni is a PhD-qualified medicinal chemist and MSc qualified (distinction) in digital education.  In 2011, Jenni migrated her family from Scotland choosing Western Australia where she is part of the Executive Team at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Jenni is a skilled executive with substantial knowledge and has been leading at an executive level for almost 15 years in areas including government, industry and academia.  A graduate of AICD, Jenni is a strategic thinker with strong governance experience on boards, advisory committees and steering groups.  In 2020, Jenni was selected to be part of AICD’s Flagship Director Pipeline Program for women.  Jenni is highly passionate about using education to support women in all aspects of their life and uses her position to positively promote inclusion.  She is a member of UN Women Australia, STEM Women, Women in STEMM and a role model for Women in Technology WA.



Deputy Chair Barbara Thompson

Barbara is the inaugural Chair of Women Inspiring Better Business, a committee member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Midwest and a member of the coveted alumnae of the National Rural Women’s Coalition. Barbara advocates for women in all spheres of business and life and is the Manager of Entrepreneurship & Engagement at Regional Development Australia – Mid West Gascoyne. She has extensive business and tourism industry experience and has led and initiated projects throughout the Midwest and Gascoyne Region.



Treasurer Marli van Wyk

With a post-graduate degree in Management Accounting, being an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA), Marli has worked in many accounting roles in various industries, ranging from commercial printing, consulting, transport, medical research and corporate finance over the last 20+ years. As Finance Manager at the Midwest Ports Authority she brings strong financial acumen to the SHINE Board. Marli has successfully completed the Foundations of Directorship course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and served on another voluntary board for a non-for-profit based in Geraldton, sharing her knowledge and skills. Numbers are her thing but so is make opportunities for young women to be financially independent.



Secretary Joanne Abraham

Joanne was the Operations Manager at the West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation.  She is passionate about changing the underlying causes of Aboriginal disadvantage and building awareness of intragenerational trauma experienced by Aboriginal people.  Prior to her commitment to alleviating Aboriginal disadvantage, she worked as a senior metallurgist across a broad range of minerals and mineral processing operations. Her experience encompasses large scale mining and smelting operations to bench scale test work programs and feasibility studies. At present, she is pursuing a long-held dream to author her first book. Joanne knows the value of education to deliver life-long benefits and the power of storytelling to share diverse voices.  



Director Alan Bradley

Alan is the General Manager/Strategic Lead at Pollinators Inc. a member-based social enterprise supporting social entrepreneurs and innovators to build healthy and resilient communities.  Alan is a founding SHINE Board member and has experience in regional development and Natural Resource Management. He seeks opportunities to create environments where people think outside the box and believes young people are essential in creating the solutions for a sustainable future.

Director Miriam Stanborough

Miriam is a chemical engineer and the Group Manager of Productivity & Innovation Manager with Monadelphous. Miriam holds additional degrees in Arts and Mineral Economics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Passionate about education as a means to alleviating social disadvantage, Miriam has experience on a number of not-for-profit and government boards.

Director Jorgen Mackie

Jorgen is an experienced senior manager with proven success in senior management and executive roles within government and the community services sector. He currently works for Landgate as their Manager for Strategic Advice and Partnerships, supporting several key initiatives for the State. Jorgen also sits on two WA school Boards and has a keen passion for improving educational outcomes across the State.

Director Dr Alma Fulurija

Alma Fulurija is an immunologist and holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia. She has more than 15 years of experience in the biotech and pharma sectors working at the interface of academia and industry. She joined the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative in 2019 as Project Lead. Alma is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where she is a researcher and lecturer in immunology and supervises post-doctoral fellows and higher degree students. Alma has a strong interest in translating evidence-based research into clinical outcomes and enjoys working on projects that have potential to improve health outcomes. She also believes that healthy young women contribute to a better world.

Director Mark Adam

Mark is the Managing Director of his own business Batavia Safety Consultancy working as a Safety and Training Consultant predominately in the Mining and Civil Industries.  Mark has held many positions over his working career including qualified Bricklayer, Plant Operator, TAFE Lecturer and Trainer, Manager Coates Hire and various Safety Advisor and Training roles. With over 30 years of industry experience, including his time as HSE Manager for Northern Star Resources Jundee in Wiluna, his passion is keeping people safe at work and the promotion of a positive safety culture in the work-place.  He understands people and that there are many pathways to a positive life but most important is cultivating a culture that supports young women as essential for a safe and sustainable future for all.

Director Erin Dawson

Erin is the first SHINE Alumna to be appointed to the SHINE Board. She is a passionate believer in young women having a voice and understands through personal experience the impact of SHINE. She has a Diploma in Beauty therapy and was recognised as the Aboriginal student of the year in 2018 and vocational student of the year finalist, as well as semester 1 outstanding achievement award winner. Currently working as a Case Manager for the Midwest Employment and Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation Erin she shows her empathy, initiative and professionalism.