Our Work

Our Work

Year 2013       

People assisted: 888
Protection Visas lodged: 39
Family reunion applications lodged: 64
Reviews Lodged: 31
Nationalities: 56
Volunteer Hours: 3637

News & Events

New Fact Sheets Available: Information for Asylum Seekers in Australia

Our Staff & Board

Board of Management

CASE for Refugees is governed by a Board of Management who is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation, providing support to the Principal Solicitor, and fulfilling the legal, ethical and moral obligations of the organisation.

The CASE for Refugees Board is elected by its members and are appointed for two year terms. These positions are voluntary appointments and CASE for Refugees prides itself on attracting applicants with significant experience and expertise in managing and working in the legal, education, business and social justice fields.

Board Members 2013-14

Mike Best

Chairperson - Michael Best

Mike is a civil engineer who enjoyed a very successful 24 year career with Wood & Grieve Engineers, a large Perth-based national consultancy. After 9 years as Managing Director and CEO at Wood & Grieve, Mike retired from full-time work in 2012 to pursue other interests. He is now busy with a number of non-executive Board roles in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  Mike joined CASE because he feels deeply concerned about the way refugees and asylum seekers were being portrayed by our politicians and media commentators. He felt that the least we could do was give them a fair hearing within our legal system, which is something he believes CASE is doing really well.

Mary O'Hanlon Creed

Vice Chair - Mary O'Hanlon Creed

Mary has been a lawyer for 17 years practising both in Australia and internationally in construction and infrastructure. In addition to being a full time mum, she now pursues a variety of voluntary opportunities assisting those who are among the most vulnerable in our society, including children and indigenous people.  In her third year on the CASE Board, she has a particular passion for ensuring increased access to justice for refugees.

Cathy McComish

Secretary - Catherine McComish

Cathy is a contracts and legal consultant at ATCO Australia and has been involved with CASE since 2003.  She has worked as a volunteer, provided pro bono legal advice while working at Corrs, and was elected to the Board in December 2012.  She is passionate about working to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and hopes that she can contribute to the growing success of CASE in this area.

Richard Valton

Treasurer - Richard Valton

Born and bred in Paris, France, Richard first worked as a mining engineer in Katanga. After completing an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France in 1974, he joined a division of Electrolux in Paris and became the CEO and Chairman of the Board till 1983. In 1984 he moved to Perth and joined BHP as their Manager of Long Term Planning and Forecasting in the Iron Ore division. He has held Dircetorships in international Mining Companies and also has taught and tutored in business policy, marketing strategy and economics at University level. For the last 5 years, Richard was a volunteer advisor with the Australian Business Volunteers organisation and had a number of assignments across South East Asia and South Pacific Islands. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

Anne Mathews

Member - Dr Anne Mathews

Dr Anne Mathews has extensive experience in teaching and research.  She has held a number of senior positions in State Government agencies in the areas of training, science and innovation, Indigenous issues, disability and the environment.  Anne is a fellow of Leadership WA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management, Australian Society for Microbiology and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Anne's passion for addressing social justice issues and improving the lives of refugees, migrants and people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds attracted her to become a board member of CASE.

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Member - Brendan Lobo

Brendan Lobo is an experienced business professional working in the marketing communications profession. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Lush TV, a digital marketing communication firm in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked extensively with a number of large corporate multinationals, small and medium business and also a number of not for profits. Brendan has a passion for driving positive change in the lives of refugees and joined the CASE Board as he sees it as an opportunity to use his skills to help CASE achieve its aims and objectives.

Denise Cork

Member - Denise Cork

Denise has a background in Accounting, Finance and Fundraising. She has been involved in a number of not- for- profit organisations and really enjoys the challenges that brings. She is very committed to CASE and the heavy workload they carry as they continue to offer services to very vulnerable people

Anne Durack

Member - Anne Durack

Anne has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from University of WA. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in WA in 1977 and ACT and NSW in 1980. She was a senior associate at Phillips Fox working in the insurance area before becoming senior claims and risk solicitor at Law Mutual . In that role she managed professional negligence claims against WA practitioners, arranged professional indemnity insurance and developed and delivered a compulsory risk management programme to WA practitioners she has a particular interest in practice management and legal ethics. In 2012 she joined WA Bar . She began volunteering at CASE in 2012 and was awarded Women Lawyers Senior women lawyer award. She also lectures on risk management and professional responsibility at College of Law.

Staff Members

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Helen Pearce - Chief Executive Officer

Helen has 20 years experience as a solicitor in private practice in Victoria and NSW and as in-house counsel in Federal and WA State Government entities. Her practice has covered a wide range of law including Administrative law, Migration law, Civil Litigation and Commercial law. Helen also holds post-graduate qualifications in Dispute Resolution and Migration Law. She has worked as an accredited mediator in the courts and in the community and is a registered migration agent. Helen's passion for social justice has seen her move more recently to the not for profit sector, and in March 2014 she took on the position as Chief Executive Officer at CASE For Refugees.

Solicitor & Registered Migration Agents Registered Migration Agents Administration Staff
Bernice Carrick (MARN 1067227) Gwynneth Moyle (MARN 0851256) Caro Nye
Helen Pearce (MARN 1383402)
Julie Jacobs
Kathy Bogoyev (MARN 1462786) Katy Welch
Marti Rinsma (MARN 0853256) Keeya-Lee Ayre
Rohini Thomas (MARN 1069481)
Tannaz Pasha (MARN 1461318)


CASE for Refugees Patron

In 2009 Rosemary Hudson Miller accepted the invitation to be the first Patron of CASE for Refugees. Rosemary has dedicated herself to humanitarian and refugee work and was instrumental, through her position as Social Justice Consultant with the Uniting Church Synod of WA, in assisting with the establishment of CASE.