Claire Stokes and Elizabeth White are leaders in the making


Claire Stokes, Southcare chief executive Nicky Howe and Elizabeth White.
Claire Stokes, Southcare chief executive Nicky Howe and Elizabeth White.

TWO local residents graduated last week from a program that aims to get younger people voted on to the board of aged care and not-for-profit companies.

Duncraig resident Claire Stokes and Elizabeth White, of Craigie, were among 20 young professionals who took part in the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program.

The four-month training program was a collaborative WA initiative designed to strengthen the leadership and governance of the aged care and not-for-profit sector by developing leaders aged under 40.

The average age of not-for-profit board members in Australia is more than 50.

Ms White said younger directors on boards could bring expertise in different areas such as technological innovations, culture change and new networks.

“Board diversity also encourages creative problem solving, healthy debate and can lead to providing different insights about various topics, including the ageing population and multiculturalism,” she said.

She said it was an honour to take part in the program that would offer her “exciting new possibilities for contributing to social change in WA”.

Ms Stokes said she was excited to apply the new skills and knowledge developed during the program to help aged care and community organisations.