Meet our board.
Wayne Stevenson - Chairman
Wayne Stevenson is a senior executive with demonstrated success achieving income, profit, and business growth objectives within both new and existing services. He has proven experience in governance and quality systems requiring a deep understanding of critical business drivers, relationships and responsibilities, and is customer-focused and performance-driven. He has managed P&L for business divisions exceeding $20 million in revenue.
Wayne has a 15 year history in Men’s Behaviour change, developing the initial service model and policy for a Men’s therapeutic community residential Domestic Violence program. Wayne is a consultant psychologist and currently operates MindTime, his own private consultancy business providing Psychological and Counselling Services to young people, school staff and their families, at private and public schools in the Rockingham area.
Wayne holds an MBA from Murdoch University and a Masters of Psychology from Curtin University. Wayne is the Chairman of the Stopping Family Board and has previous experience as a Board member for Communicare Inc., WACOSS, and Local Church Board.
Michael Hovane - Deputy Chairman
Michael Hovane is a practising lawyer of over 27 years’ experience, predominantly in the family law and family violence areas and is the Deputy Chairman on the Stopping Family Violence board. Michael managed the specialist Domestic Violence Unit and conducted family law, child protection and restraining order litigation at Legal Aid WA for 17 years, before moving to a newly created role of Family Violence Consultant in 2017.
As Family Violence Consultant, Michael has a lead role in relation to family violence for law reform and policy matters, training and professional development, community and professional resources, and collaborative projects and services across Legal Aid WA.
Michael is also qualified as, and has practised as, an Independent Children’s Lawyer and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (mediator). Michael was previously seconded by the State Department of the Attorney General, to work on reforms to family violence laws in 2004 and 2013. Michael is currently on secondment to National Legal Aid in a family law policy role, assisting with submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of the family law system.
Angela Hartwig - Board Secretary
Angela Hartwig has been the CEO for the Women’s Council for DFV Services (WA) peak body since 1995 and campaigned to end violence against women since 1987. She has worked at state, national and international levels on various committees; and continues to engage at a grassroots level to ensure she is informed by the lived experience of survivors of domestic and family violence. She was inducted into the WA Inaugural International Women’s Day Hall of Fame in 2011.
In 2016, Angela completed a Masters of Philosophy (Human Services), a higher degree by research (HDR) through the Department of Occupational Therapy & Social Work at Curtin University. Her study entitled ‘Having the Violence Leave-Women’s Experiences of the Safe at Home Program in Western Australia, focused on gaining insight around women’s experiences of this program whereby women and children are supported to remain in their own homes in where it is safe to do so.
Daniel Winters - Treasurer
Daniel is the Treasurer of the Stopping Family Violence Board. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance from Curtin University.
Daniel has eight years experience providing audit and business advisory services to medium and large private businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations for PwC.
Some of his areas of expertise include: Financial reporting; Government funding contracts; Governance and risk management; Strategic planning and digital transformations; and Business process optimisation and automation.
Daniel has a passion for the NFP sector, with experience working and volunteering for many charitable organisation in Western Australia, in particular within the Health and Social Services sectors.
Louisa is a highly respected communications advisor with more than 20-years’ experience. She has worked with not-for-profits, ASX-listed companies, small business and all levels of government, and has a career portfolio spanning diverse sectors including community services, development and property, telecommunications, politics, sport and consumer goods.
Some of her areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, media relations, event management, marketing communications, sponsorship strategy and portfolio management and social media.
Louisa joined the Stopping Family Violence Board in April 2020, and is also a committee member of the South Perth Junior Football Club.