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Richard has comprehensive Board leadership experience and is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course. He served on the Executive Committee of the WA Internet Association for 6 years including 2 years as President. During this time, he served as a Director of the national Internet Industry Association. His NFP experience includes serving on the Board of Ruah Community Services for 8 years including 2 years as Board Chair. He also served on the Board/Advisory Council of Mercy College for 12 years including 6 years as Chair.


Richard has corporate leadership experience having led a software company for 18 years. He is currently founder of a HR-tech start-up MATCHD, applying psychometric assessments to matching the right people with the right jobs.


Chairperson: Richard Bone

Vice Chairperson: Travis Thomas

Secretary: Courtney Koenig

Tresurer: Annie Purt

Director: Vicki Arnold

Director: Lenny Jacoby


Travis is the brains behind the new and exciting Buffalo. After working for 7 years at a consulting firm, running the business as Managing Director, Travis started Buffalo with a deep belief that there can be a space for conscious, leadership driven organisations. Places we’d all love to work with a real purpose.


Travis holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and an MBA from UWA, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is Chairman of the Integral Leadership Institute.


Courtney has a strong interest in Women’s Health across the spectrum from primary health through to acute care services and is an active volunteer within the NFP community having been involved in the  Essentials for Women campaigns since 2017.


Courtney brings experience in project management  to the TEC Board developed through her various roles within WA Health over the past 7 years. Courtney understands the importance of teamwork and partnerships in improving the health and well-being of our community and is looking forward to contributing to our mission of Empowering People in Need.

Annabel Purt is an Oxford Graduate, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. Annabel’s current roles consist of working with the Accounting and Finance Units for Online Education Services and also as an Advisor in her family's Assurance business, A&P Advisory.  


Annabel is excited to fulfil her to desire to engage with the Community and help others, through her role as Treasurer of The Essentials Collective.


Vicky has over 15 years’ business and communications experience in both the private and public sector. For the last eight years, Vicky has been worked in the not for profit space in WA, managing integrated customer focused marketing campaigns and not for profit business development. 


Vicky has seen first-hand the difference that organisations like The Essentials Collective make to those doing it tough and how local collaborations can have a huge impact on communities; and is excited to be able to put her experience into action

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Lenny is the Founder of Essentials for Women and the Executive Director of The Essentials Collective Inc, the overarching organisation behind Essentials for Women. 

Lenny is a mother of two young children and a registered nurse working in the public health system in WA for over 10 years. She is passionate about women’s rights and helping others less fortunate than her. She hopes to instil this passion in her children.


Jessica has worked as a qualified lawyer for more than 11 years in Australia and the UK. In-house in the education sector for more than 7 years, she previously worked in private practice specialising in commercial and corporate law and intellectual property. Jessica is a mum of a small human and a large dog, both equally important, and she is passionate about helping others and giving back. Jessica brings to the Board an enthusiasm for community engagement and a passion for local organisations supporting the community. 

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