Our Advisory Board

Christine Richardson
Founder and Chairperson

Christine has researched and worked in behaviour, thought and emotional management, developing and presenting seminars, courses, workshops and training programs for over three decades. As the Founding Director of The Grief Centre of Western Australia, Christine continues to use her strong position to advocate for change in the way grief and loss is viewed and responded to within the community. Her belief that grief has a profound impact on lives, with often intergenerational consequences, drives her work to educate and better inform individuals, families, workplaces and communities on the issues of unresolved grief. In 2007 during a time of deep personal grief, Chis began to look more closely at the profound impact of loss on people’s lives. This personal journey provided the backbone for her successful book “Grief – Mothers’ Stories of Heartbreak and Hope”.

Abdulmalik Morton
Board Member

Mort is people person in the truest sense, with a very mixed background that includes Irish, Native American Indian, African American and Creole heritage. Mort has lived and worked in many parts of the world and is conversant in a number of languages. This multi-cultural, international perspective gives Mort a great advantage when it comes to developing the vital relationships necessary to understand the dynamics of diverse groups and situations. Mort is passionate about grief work and works as a transformational management consultant and coach in large organisations and with individuals.

Hayley Solich
Secretary

Hayley Solich is a mother of five, wife, sister, aunt and survivor of grief and trauma. In her professional life, Hayley is a recognised national leader in the mental health space and is currently the Deputy Co-Chair of the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum. She is a passionate and awarded community developer and systemic advocate, whose family has been touched by road trauma, cancer and suicide. ' Hayley is a seasoned facilitator, with a strong background in governance and experience in the public sector, community managed organisations and private enterprise. She brings to the Board her depth of knowledge of administration, curriculum development, marketing and business development, as well as, understanding of the structures and processes required for good governance.

Kathryn Budzinska
Board Member

Kath has been involved at the Grief Centre of WA since December 2015 initially as a specialist grief counsellor and support group facilitator, and more recently as a member of the Management Committee, and now the GCWA Advisory Board. Kath has 4 decades of experience as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse specialising in midwifery. As a result, Kath has worked across the birth, life, and death spectrum. In addition to continuing with her nursing career, Kath completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in order to offer grief support for the parents of baby-death. Kath regularly runs Professional Development seminars for health professionals so they have opportunities to acknowledge and attend to their grief outside of the workplace.

Vicki Martin
Treasurer

Vicki started her career at PwC, London where she gained her Chartered Accountant’s qualification whilst working in Middle Markets Tax. Since then she has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on start-up environments, which have not only given her a robust financial skill, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong commercial and operational acumen. More recently, her ethical values and passion for people and equality, have seen her seek out more purposeful work and apply her skillset to the fields of environment and conservation, the disability sector and now mental health services. Vicki hopes to add value to the Board on matters of finance, corporate governance, risk management and strategy.

Debbie Morrow
Board Member

Debbie is an Executive with 20 years’ global experience in leading major capital and large-scale construction projects complemented by several years in corporate leadership roles in the oil & gas industry. Senior leadership experience includes strategy development, business transformation, organisational design and implementation of change, health, safety, wellbeing & environment, cultural design and enabling major people change. Deb has Bachelor of Business majoring in Management, minor in Accounting at Edith Cowan University 1998 with Gold Key status for academic performance. Deb was a Finalist Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2019 and a 40 under 40 winner First Amongst Equals in 2007.

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