Board of Directors


Rhian Jones Jess Cass
Rhian Jones

  Board Chair

  Jessica Cass


Rhian Jones has extensive community involvement spanning many years, with a keen interest in making Stawell the best it can be. Her career began in corporate administration in Melbourne, bringing her back to Stawell working in project management prior to taking a sales and administration position in a local family business. Rhian is currently a stay at home Mum to her 3 young children. Jess is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience working in public practice. Jess works as a manager at Crowe Horwath in Stawell and specialises in business advisory. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction and is a Registered Tax Agent.Jess is a passionate local and completed her both primary & secondary schooling in Stawell. She returned to the area after completing her tertiary studies in Geelong. She is involved in various community organisations as treasurer and a dedicated volunteer. Jess is also a graduate of the Leadership Wimmera Program.
Cheryl Woollard
Arun Thomas

Registered Nurse 


Cheryl Woollard

Consultant and Board Director

Arun Thomas is an experienced Registered Nurse and a board director with a strong passion for leadership, governance and advocacy. He brings seven years of clinical experience along with five years of experience in business administration, organisational leadership, board governance and strategic planning. Arun currently works as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager at Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital. Cheryl has extensive experience in complex organisations, including large public sector organisations and multi-national manufacturing companies. In these settings Cheryl has lead major change and innovation initiatives, building the culture needed to ensure successful transformation.  Cheryl has developed and delivered strategic and operational Change and HR initiatives in Asia Pacific, US and Europe.

Cheryl has held Executive Director roles in the public sector at WorkSafe, Eastern Health and City of Great Geelong. Her experience in international companies include Boeing, Autoliv and Air International.