Wayne Martin AC QC hands Parkerville Chair to Past Commissioner for Children and Young People

Parkerville Children and Youth Care is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Colin Pettit as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Dr Pettit will be taking over from the Hon Wayne Martin who has served as Chair since 2019. During his tenure, the Hon. Wayne Martin has maintained a strong focus on improving governance; reducing deficit funded service areas; supporting the implementation of a new fundraising and philanthropy approach; enhancing operational and strategic effectiveness; ensuring historical claims were fairly dealt with from a restorative justice perspective; and overseeing a model that would see staff remuneration issues identified and progressing towards resolution.

Among many other things, he oversaw the opening of the Stan and Jean Perron Centre and endorsed further innovation at Parkerville CYC via the codesign of a new model for out of home care.

On the 23 February, 2022 Dr Colin Pettit began his term as Chairperson of Parkerville Children and Youth Care. Dr Pettit is the very recently retired (January 2022) Commissioner for Children and Young People who, during his time as Commissioner, achieved significant gains in elevating the voices of children and young people into the political realms. He also delivered a number of key projects and reports that have produced fundamental changes in how children and young people are considered or supported. Prior to his role as Commissioner, Dr Pettit was a senior leader in education both in Tasmania and also Western Australia. His considerable skills, expertise, and understanding of the needs of children and young people as well as the socio-political landscape within which the organisation currently operates will assist the organisation to best serve some of the most vulnerable members of our state.

Dr Pettit has been a strong advocate for Western Australian children and young people and to ensure their voices are heard on issues that are important to them and changes that affect them.

During his term as Commissioner for Children and Young People, Dr Pettit has consulted thousands of children and young people on issues including mental health, youth justice, out-of-home care and education to guide decision making and make recommendations to the government where policies and services can be strengthened for the best outcome for children and young people.

In addition to his many achievements, Dr Pettit also initiated WA's Speaking Out Survey, a triennial survey to monitor the wellbeing of children and young people across Western Australia.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Chief Executive Officer, Kim Brooklyn shared, “I am thrilled to welcome Dr Colin Pettit as Chair of the Board of Directors. His knowledge and experience across the sector will ensure Parkerville can continue to provide the best services for the children, young people and families at the heart of our Universe”

Mr Martin leaves behind a lasting legacy as his influence helped shape Parkerville Children and Youth Care into the innovative and sustainable organisation it is today.

While Mr Martin continues with his vital humanitarian work, he will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to improving the lives of Western Australian children and young people.

“Mr Martin has been an outstanding leader for Parkerville and his impact can be seen across the whole of Parkerville Children and Youth Care. We thank Mr Martin from the bottom of our heart for volunteering his time over the last 3 years”

For more than a century, Parkerville Children and Youth Care has been supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families with specialist advocacy, therapeutic services, education and employment training, and out of home care.

We believe that together we can build a community where all children and young people feel safe to dream, to thrive, and to reach their fullest potential.

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