New Chair for Australia Day Council WA

  • 7 June 2019

Auspire – The Australia Day Council (WA), has appointed Bradley Woods as the new Chair of the Board.


The Australia Day Council is responsible for the governance, management and selection of finalists for the prestigious Australian of the Year Awards, with the Western Australian division overseen by the WA Board. Each of the four Western Australian recipients of these awards move into the National program, with the overall recipient announced by the Prime Minister on the eve of Australia Day each year.


Mr Woods is the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association (WA) and also a Board Member of Tourism Australia and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Australia.


“As a long standing Auspire Board Member, Bradley has substantial experience with the Australia Day Council and the Australian of the Year awards but he will also bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to support our capacity building programs and initiatives given his current roles as Chairman of Hospitality Group Training and Chair of the National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Curriculum Committee,” said Auspire’s Chief Executive Officer, Morgen Lewis.


“Mr Woods replaces retiring Chair, Kerryn Batten, who has served the role with distinction and unwavering commitment for almost four years.”


In addition to the appointment of Mr Woods, the Auspire Board also appointed Mr Peter King, Chief Executive of Ronald McDonald House as Deputy Chair and welcomed new Board Member, Mr Reg Howard-Smith.


Mr Howard-Smith is the former Chief Executive and Executive Director of the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy.


“We warmly welcome Reg to the Auspire board, where his leadership and management skills will be put to great use,” Ms Lewis said.


“Reg is a terrific complement to the team and I personally look forward to his contribution as our newest member of the Board.”


Auspire – Australia Day Council WA is an independent membership-based not for profit association, founded in 1977 and part of the ‘national family’ of eight State and Territory Australia Day Councils.

It operates in the civics and citizenship capacity-building space and delivers education support, training and recognition programs which encourage a sense of belonging and a desire to contribute to creating stronger, more inclusive and resilient communities.


Its mission is delivered against three strategic pillars:

  • Acknowledging history through cultural awareness and reconciliation;
  • Celebrating the present with awards that identify and recognise people delivering community

strengthening and capacity building outcomes; and

  • Future focussed by promoting and encouraging diversity, inclusiveness, social and cultural cohesion


Auspire runs several programs throughout the year including: The Australian of the Year Awards, Aussie of the Month in primary schools, Citizen of the Year Awards through WA Local Government, Inspiring Australians Leaders in Citizenship events, Civics and Citizenship educational workshops, masterclasses and forums for CaLD communities and Aboriginal Cultural competency and awareness training.

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