Our Leadership Team

 

Tonia Westmore
Chief Executive Officer

Tonia Westmore has a career working with children, families and the community that spans over 27 years. Tonia’s experience includes owning and operating early childhood education and care centres, two decades working in the not for profit sector, a background in lecturing and training, and experience working in the disability arena and for local governments. Tonia is the author of a children’s book written to support the inclusion of children with disabilities.

Tonia was born in Perth and spent much of her years growing up in cities and towns throughout Western Australia. Married to Ian and a very proud and loving mum, step mum and Mooma (grandmother), with a new granddaughter on the way. Tonia enjoys spending time with her family and dabbling in photography.

Tonia’s strong alignment with Gowrie WA’s vision, purpose and values has enabled her to lead Gowrie WA through the process of re-establishing itself as a leader within the early childhood education and care sector and within the provision of community services. With a strong desire to fulfill the vision, values and purpose of Gowrie WA, Tonia looks forward to working with the team each day and to lead and manage the team to strive for high quality and purposeful outcomes.

 

Mish Taylor
Family and Community Manager

Mish's desire to work with children, families and the community has been with her for since she was very young. At 16, Mish started working part-time in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) while at high school. Upon completing high school, she commenced her Bachelor of Education while continuing to work in OSHC and on a casual basis in Gowrie’s Early Years centres. In November 2013, she took on a casual position at Gowrie's Leeming Family and Community Centre and was permanently employed to the role of Family and Community Centre Manager in July 2014. Mish now works across our Leeming and Karawara Family and Community Centres. Her passion for making a difference to the lives of all, is comfortably aligned with Gowrie WA’s vision of providing healthy and nurturing learning environments for our children, families and community.

When not at work, Mish loves spending time with her partner and family who she holds dear, including her very  spoilt English staffy. Mish looks forward to a fulfilling career at Gowrie and continuing to love her role, and the wonderful team at Gowrie. 

 

Nate Draper
Operations and Facilities Manager

Nate was born in Perth and has lived here all his life. Nate's passion for people has fuelled his love of travel and for experiencing new cultures. It also lead him to study Human Resource Management at the University of Western Australia and begin a career in people services. 

Nate's experience in the not-for-profit and community services sector is varied and vast, and has included partnership work with Gowrie in the past. Nate's appreciation for an excellent working and organisational culture makes him a perfect fit for Gowrie's Operations and Facilities Manager role. He aims to support employees to strive to be the best they can be within the wonderful culture of Gowrie, while promoting the vision, values and purpose of the organisation. 

Nate has a flair for music and when at home, he loves playing guitar and piano. He enjoys road trips, rock   climbing and bush walking, and is a very proud uncle to a young niece and nephew.

 

Ashlee Lawton
Early Years Manager

Ashlee's love and passion for caring for children has been with her from a very early age. While at high school, Ashlee studied childcare, knowing this was the field she wanted to work in. While volunteering at an animal rescue shelter, Ashlee visited Gowrie's Kewdale and Karawara centres with sheep and goats to show the children, and she fell in love with the expansive and nature based outdoor environments, and the positive and and close relationships she witnessed between children, families and educators. 

In January 2015, Ashlee began working at Gowrie while undertaking a traineeship to obtain her Certificate III and Diploma in Children's Services. Ashlee's desire to fulfill her dream of being a Centre Manager at Gowrie were realised when she was deservingly promoted to Early Years Manager at Gowrie's Karawara centre. After excelling in the role as a Centre Manager, Ashlee was favourably endorsed to the position of Early Years Manager, overseeing our Karawara and Kewdale early years centres. Ashlee's commitment and dedication to children, families and the Gowrie organisation was recognised early in her tenure and grows every day.

Outside of work hours, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as exploring her creative side through her skills as a wonderful cook and baker.