Board Members

Chairperson - Paul Buswell

Paul Buswell was appointed to the Board of AYCFS Inc. in 2015. He has lived in the Wheatbelt for 8 years and has been employed with Max Employment for  7 years. He is the VTEC Business manager for the Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions of WA. Paul has been presented with the national 2014 Regional Employment Awards & 2015 National Indigenous Award for his excellence with creating employment opportunities in WA remote regions and his innovative work to support the regional communities of WA. Paul has also introduced the WEX Express Bus to Northam assisting highly disadvantaged job seekers back into employment. Paul has a passion to find sustainable employment to Youth, mature age and Indigenous people in WA and was a big part of the organisational team that staged the 2014 Wheatbelt Community, Training &  Employment Expo in September which generated one of the largest attendances seen in many years.Paul has a strong working background in diverse areas and is currently working with several projects between Northam and the Goldfields, designed to boost the economy and tourism in the area. He is very honoured to be on the board and is hoping to contribute in many ways. 

Vice Chairperson - Dr Harry Randhawa

Dr Harry Randhawa started his career in medicine, initially in emergency medicine followed by running his own general practice as both Director and Sole Practitioner. During this time he became passionate about the extensive impact that management roles could have in the health and social justice sectors. He continued his studies gaining qualifications in Law ans Business Administration and has spent the last 15 years as an executive manager in the not for profit and government sectors. He comes with qualifications in Health, Law & Management and has extensive experience in the management of not for profit service providers with particular expertise in HR, Finance, Governance, Risk Management and Program Management. Dr Harry resides in the Wheatbelt with his wife and 4 children and is the CEO of the Wheatbelt GP Network, a not for profit primary healthcare services provider with 70 staff and 5 sites across the region. Dr Harry is committed to using his skills in the education sector  and is the Chairman of the Toodyay District High School Board. Harry is passionate about supporting disadvantaged youth and families in the region and is very excited to be a board member at ACYFS Inc. and have the opportunity to work with other board members to set the strategy for the organisation. 

Board Member - Lynnie Byrne

Lynnie Byrne moved to Bakers Hill in 2010 and has been a board member of ACYFS Inc. since 2011. As a resident of Bakers Hill, Lynnie worked for different organisations in the area before relocating to Perth after gaining employment in the city. Coming from an educational background she worked with an indigenous organisation supporting rural and remote indigenous youth with their educational career pathways while they undertook further study or training during their stay in Perth. As a member of the Aboriginal Education and Employment Training Committee (AEETC) she regularly shares information courses, training activities and events for possible participation of the youth from the Avon regions. 

Board Member - Shirley Umu

Shirley Umu is of Maori and Samoan descent and was born and gained her Bachelor Degree in Social Work in New Zealand. Shirley was recruited directly from her home country to Australia in 2008, to work as a Senior Child Protection Worker for the Department of Child Protection and Family Services in Northam. Shirley is an experienced and motivated Social Worker, Youth Coordinator and Team Leader with global experience within the Human Services Industry. Currently Shirley works as a Team Leader for Wheatbelt Responsible Parenting Services in Northam within CPFS, and provides positive outcomes that align with the CPFS Strategic Plan, where the Department affirms its commitment to continuing to be an effective service provider and service facilitator, and growing that effectiveness for the children young people and families and communities of Western Australia. Shirley has 25 years experience working for Local Government and Non Government organisations. She is passionate about empowering people to know who they are, where they come from and where they are are going in life. Her hobbies include singing and relaxing at the beach. 

Board Member - Attila Mencshelyi

Attila Mencshelyi  – born and educated in Merredin married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Regional Manager with the Department of Housing with 42 years’ experience in the housing sector and 5 years prior to this with the Public Works Department. Has worked in Merredin, Kalgoorlie Perth and Northam. While in Kalgoorlie/Boulder was a City Councillor from 1994 to 1999 and served on Boards of Goldfields Group Training and also Goldfields Independent Family Support Association.

Expressions of Interest 


Who can be a member? To be eligible to act as a board member of Avon Youth Community & Family Services Inc., an individual must:

  • Be willing and able to become a member of the company and attend meetings;
  • Give their signed consent to Avon Youth Community & Family Services that they agree to act as a board member of the organisation;
  • Support the objectives of the organisation;
  • Uphold the vision, mission and values of the company;
  • Agree to comply with the constitution;
  • Will pay the membership fee as determined by the board.

If you have any questions about becoming a board member at Avon Youth Community & Family Services, please contact the CEO;

Denese Smythe

Phone: 08 9622 2612