Mandy Gadsdon

Board Member

"I did my high school education as a boarder in Perth and it was tough on a number of levels but it made me resilient and showed me I could achieve anything I set my mind to.  At the time I didn’t fully realise the sacrifices my family made for me to have this opportunity.  What they knew then, I know now: education is so important in opening the doors of opportunity and addressing disadvantage. The Foundation plays such an important role in supporting young people to realise their full potential through education and I am so proud to be able to play a small part in the journey of our wonderful young people through my membership on the Board."

Mandy joined the board of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation in 2019.

Mandy grew up and has spent most of her life in Derby, and is connected through her grandmother to the Yawuru people of the Broome area in the West Kimberley.

She has over 20 years experience working in the human services sector at senior and executive level roles in the WA State government.  She currently runs her own consultancy business specialising in intercultural relations, organisational and workforce development, and the development and implementation of strategies that address the integration of cultural and corporate governance systems.  Mandy has qualifications in literature, communications, management, human resources and governance. 

Mandy sits on the East Metropolitan Health Service board and is a member of Minister Simone McGurk’s (Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services) Aboriginal Advisory Panel.  She also fills voluntary board positions with Wanslea Family Services and the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Indigenous Corporation.