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Organisational Structure

 

 


Kevin Knapp
Chief Executive Officer

Kevin is the CEO of Edmund Rice Camps WA and has been in the role since November 2012.

Prior to this role he was CEO of Hockey WA and had a long career in sport and recreation as coach, manager and player.

Kevin played hockey for Scotland and Great Britain and was a coach in the state and national hockey programs in Western Australia, having an assisting role at the 2000 Olympics.

Kevin has gradually moved from elite sport into community recreation and now into the specialised area of marginalised community services and the not-for-profit sector.

He's passionate about making a difference and has found in Eddie Rice a perfect opportunity to do just that.

 


Meghan Huitema
Manager Community Engagement

Meg began working with ERC as a young volunteer leader and did her first camp in January of 2003.

After a brief interlude studying at WAAPA and working in the government sector, Meg took on the role of Manager Community Engagement in 2013. 

Meg is passionate about the work that she does with Edmund Rice Camps and thoroughly enjoys attending camp programs and meeting the kids, volunteers and stakeholders.

When Meg isn't in the Eddie office she's playing Paw Patrol and painting masterpieces with her three year old daughter Estelle.

Meg will be on maternity leave from December 8 2019

 


Britany Hawker
Manager Community Engagement

Dear Eddie Rice Family,

I am delighted to inform you that Britany Hawker will be joining our team at Westcourt! Brittany will be taking on the role of Manager Community Engagement when Meg Huitema goes on maternity leave. There will be a period of transition from early November with Brittany taking on the 0.6FTE position in full from early December. Please join us in making Brittany feel very welcome.

Kevin Knapp
CEO

About Brittany:
Brittany started out as a kid on camps and moved into volunteering as a youth leader in 2013. Since then she has participated in many ERC programs, including camps, fundraising and committees. She has experienced first-hand the positive difference it can make in children’s’ and volunteers’ lives and is glad to be part of the Eddie Rice family.

Brittany worked in disability services as a support worker before moving to the UK and working in the mental health and homelessness sector for a couple of years. Since moving back, she has made the transition into youth services, and finds a lot of value in engaging with stakeholders and supporting kids to access programs.

 In her spare time, Brittany loves hiking with her dog, restoring furniture, and local theatre. She is passionate about supporting community connection and opportunity. She volunteers with the SES and the local Repair Café.

 


Nicole Mancini
Manager Profile, Fundraising & Events 

Nicole has a strong passion for national and international social, political, economic and environmental issues. Her varied work experience has given her the ability to effectively communicate and connect with children, young adults and adults on a professional and personal level. These skills have helped her gain invaluable knowledge of how to work and deal with a wide range of people in various communities and cultures.  This knowledge has taught her how to treat others with compassion, equality and respect. Nicole has an undying love for all things related to the arts and she is her most happiest surrounded by her beautiful family and friends.

Please go to the events page and contact her on 0429 913 364 if you'd like any more information.

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Xavier Mitchell
Coordinator Volunteer Leader Services  

Xavier began his Edmund Rice journey as a volunteer leader in 2015. Since then he has led and coordinated on many programs including mega camps, mini camps, fun fests and Eddie on the Road (East Pilbara). He is passionate about the great work that the leaders do on the programs to allow the kids to be kids and facilitate an environment of fun, positivity and optimism.

When he isn’t in the office Xavier's interests include playing guitar, going camping and watching sports. He played for Western Australia in the Sunshine Coast in under 18’s Touch Football and was in the band Tulip Lane, which released an EP to Spotify and Apple Music. He is extremely passionate about making a positive difference, and was Service Prefect at Aquinas College several years ago.

Xavier has previously volunteered in Cambodia, The Philippines and Ecuador. With tasks such as building sanitary toilet blocks, teaching English and refurbishing schools affected by cyclones. He is also a regular blood donor at the Red Cross Blood Service.



Tony Manso
Board Chair

Tony’s professional career spans over 25 years of management consulting, strategy, accounting and taxation experience across a diverse range of industry sectors, encompassing multiple business functions at Board, strategic and operational levels.

Having served the major part of his inaugural professional years with KPMG, he has devoted the past 20 years as Founder and Principal of Manso Consulting, a Perth-based business management firm specialising in financial and strategic management.

Aside from his role with ERCWA, Tony currently also sits on a panel for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation and acts as an Advisory Committee Member for a Private Family Office.

His educational qualifications and professional memberships include a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting and Business Law) from Curtin University, as well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management.

Outside of the professional and not-for-profit arena Tony's interests include maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise through cycling, jogging, swimming and walking and enjoys a wide range of sports with a particular interest in European football and the AFL. Non-sport interests include family-centred activities, classic cars, music, cooking, reading and travel.

  


Jacci Williams
Vice Chairman 

Jacci became involved in ERCKWA after leaving Mercedes College in 1998. She attended numerous camps as a Camp Leader as well as actively participating in a number of committees. She embarked on a career in Human Resources, yet maintained her connection with ERCKWA by enthusiastically participating in all fundraising events and even cooking on a camp! Jacci is currently employed with Crown Perth as the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Jacci joined the ERCWA Board in 2013 and is the Chairperson for the Formation & Identity Committee.

 


Ira Gibbs
Treasurer 

Biography coming soon!

 


Rowena OByrne - Bowland 
Board Member

Rowena runs The Write Words Communications, a strategic copywriting and project management consultancy. The Write Words works with businesses to determine how best to communicate their core business via websites, tenders, award applications, marketing collateral, internal documentation, grants and so on. Rowena also regularly guest lectures at her alma mater, Curtin University. 

With over 10 years of industry experience, Rowena first became involved in ERCWA in 2013 when she was approached to help write and edit our quarterly newsletter, The Eddie-torial. Rowena then joined our Profile, Fundraising and Events Committee (PFE) in 2015 before being appointed to the Board in 2016. She has since also become the PFE Chair. 

   


Amy Dabb
Board Member

Biography coming soon!

 

  


Adelle Harris
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

I have been volunteering with Edmund Rice Camps since I graduated from high school and it has been a major part of my life ever since. The highlight of my time with ERC would without a doubt be taking the Eddie Rice spirit beyond our usual reach of Perth through my involvement with the ‘Eddie on the Road’ programs, both in the south west and East Pilbara regions. Working with the ERC kids has made me realise how passionate I am about providing children with strong role models and has guided me to study primary education, a course that is much more centered on children than my previous degree. 

 


Ben Bianchini
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

Having a passion for working with those in need, I became an Eddie Rice Camps Leader in 2017 and have since then been involved in multiple mega camps and other smaller activities run by the organisation. This year I'm striving to get more involved with the Eddie Rice community, while also pursuing my Bachelor of Nursing at Curtin University.

 


Dean Law
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

Hi everybody, I am Dean. I am currently a first-year university student and in my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, rugby and video games. I have been a camp leader since July 2017 and I have loved every second.

Edmund Rice Camps has been a life changing experience. It has changed my perspective on the life experiences of those within adverse situations. Furthermore, I love how Edmund Rice Camps is capable of bringing unique and different people together to work towards common goals and to leave a lasting impression on people.

 

 
James Loughnan
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

I started volunteering with Edmund Rice Camps in January 2015 before my final year at school. My original purpose when signing up was to complete my service hours. Since then, Edmund Rice Camps have been a huge influence on who I am today.  Outside of volunteering I am a student studying Social Work at Curtin, a career pathway I’ve chosen from the influence of ERC. In my spare time I also play the bagpipes in a band and work as a pool lifeguard.  I have had the opportunity to attend various types of camps the organisation has to offer. Each and every one of them has given me so much self-growth. Knowing you are making a difference and to be a positive role model is something so incredible. Joining the Volunteer Leader Committee was something I wanted to be a part of as I am constantly looking for ways to help the organisation, challenge myself and step up.

 


Maddi Horton
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

Hi! My name is Maddi, I was previous kid on camps and now a current leader.

The main reason why I volunteer; is because I want to give back to a community that has helped me grow so much. Also to help encourage the next lot of kids coming through camps to consider becoming a volunteer one day too.

I would love to be a part of the VLC as I believe I’d be able to provide further perspective on behalf of the kids, as I have come from similar circumstances as some of them.  

I’m super excited to see what’s ahead for ERC in 2019!

 


Miranda Mitchell
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

Hi everyone! My name is Miranda and I have been with Edmund Rice Camps since January 2017. I absolutely love what Eddie Rice is about, but the thing that keeps me coming back are the people. The kids never fail to put a smile on my face, and the relationships you build with the leaders on camps is something truly unique and a big reason why I chose to become a coach at the end of last year. I love seeing the way leaders grow from the Eddie experience, and transform from the first to the last day of camp. I chose to become a part of the VLC to further my involvement with the organisation now that work commitments have decreased the amount of camps I can go on. I knew I wasn’t ready to let go of the Eddie family, and am excited to be a part of sculpting the organisation for the future. 

 


Rebel Boylan
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

My Eddie Rice journey started in 2014 when I had just finished high school. I don't remember what compelled me to sign up, I just know that my friends were all doing it. 5 years later I'm still here, having recently received a long service award. Since then, I've been a leader on many camps, co-ordinated a few and am now hoping to assistant manage a mega camp for the first time. When talking to people about Eddie Rice, it's easy to explain how important the kids are and the personal development you have through volunteering. What's harder to articulate is the connection you make with every volunteer in the Eddie Rice family. I've made some of my best friends volunteering with Eddie Rice and all of the people I've met along the way inspire me. I joined the VLC not only so I could help out in a new way, but so I could give back to this incredible community.

 


Rowan Courts
Volunteer Leader Committee Member

For those who haven’t met me yet, my name is Rowan (Ro) and I have been a part of the ERC community since 2016. I currently work full time as a PR and Marketing Coordinator, however I love spending my spare time with ERC and enjoy jumping on as many camps as I can. I love the energy and happiness that the ERC bubble provides and the fact that we have that opportunity to assist with it is incredible.

I love the community environment that Eddie Rice provides, not only for the kids and families, but also our volunteer community. I’m excited to be a part of the VLC and start working with ERC in a new capacity, helping it as much as we can. I am excited and looking forward to see what goals and differences we can make as a new committee.