Our Board and Executives

Breaking the Silence Limited , trading as DVassist is a domestic and family violence support organisation focusing on regional Western Australia. It is a public company limited by guarantee governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for ensuring strategic direction, implementation of governance policies, adherence to regulatory obligations and oversight of performance and management activities undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer.

Click here to view the Breaking the Silence Ltd (trading as DVassist) constitution.


Ella Ailenei – Acting CEO

Ella Ailenei was appointed the Operations Manager of DVassist in November 2020 and Acting CEO in July 2022.

Ella has worked in the mental health and community services sectors for over 18 years and studied across multiple fields (including Nursing, Engineering and Psychology). Bringing her extensive management experience in various roles and across multiple industries both in the private and non-for-profit sectors, Ella is passionate about continuous improvement and serving the community.

For the past five years Ella worked in Homelessness, Family Law Services, and Family and Domestic Violence fields, and developed in-depth knowledge of its complexity, intersectionality and latest frameworks and standards.

Ella is passionate about social justice and is committed to improving the quality of life for people who are impacted by family and domestic violence.




Jane Cutler –  Chair

Jane is a dynamic and respected leader who brings more than 30 years of board level and senior executive experience to her role as Chair of DVassist. Formerly the CEO of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, she is recognised for her ability to drive transformational change through transparent stakeholder engagement, ethical governance, and robust decision making.

Jane‘s diverse leadership roles have seen her at the helm of public, private, and non-profit organisations in the oil and gas, financial services, maritime, environment, and technology industries. Having managed projects and workforces with extensive national footprints, she has come to know many of Australia’s regional, remote and rural communities and the specific issues they face.

As a WA Division Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Jane upholds the belief that society can be strengthened through world-class governance. It has led her to serve on a broad range of boards, including her current position as a Non-Executive Director with the Southern Ports Authority and ChemCentre, and as the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Deputy President.

As Chair of DVassist, Jane is committed to building the organisation’s profile and capacity to make a significant difference in the lives of Australians impacted by family and domestic violence.



Jenny Bloom PGDipBA, GAICD – Company Secretary

Profile photo of Jenny BloomJenny has an extensive business background with experience in Western Australia and Victoria’s public and private sectors. She is a business owner as well as a Non-Executive Director of the Australian-based resource company, BCI Minerals Ltd and is Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Jenny was most recently a member and Deputy Chair of the Waste Authority of Western Australia for eight years.

Living for 25 years in Broome, Jenny was a former Councillor and Deputy Shire President for the Shire of Broome and an independent director of a Broome-based Aboriginal Corporation. Jenny has first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing communities in rural, regional and remote areas of Western Australia.

Having witnessed the impact of domestic violence and the limited access to services that cater for the unique circumstances of living in the regional WA , Jenny is committed to contributing to improving the help available to victims and perpetrators and achieving tangible outcomes.





Hanif Ibrahim – Treasurer

Hanif IbrahimHanif is a business strategist with nearly 30 years’ experience in leadership positions across Western Australia’s public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He has built his own companies in finance, science and biotech and has been the CEO of Datatel Communications. Hanif currently serves on the board of Fairbridge Western Australia Inc.

Hanif brings with him a strategic and solutions-focused approach backed by a strong reputation for building positive, productive workplace cultures and achieving consensus among key stakeholders. Hanif’s pragmatism and sound business acumen has helped him drive growth and create solutions for complex business problems across a wide variety of industries, including biotech, finance, and contracting.

As DVassist’s Treasurer, Hanif employs his extensive experience to oversee the financial operations of the organisation.

Hanif is passionate about using his skills and knowledge to help build a better community for all.




Lachlan Hunter – Non-Executive Director

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Lachlan Hunter hails from a mixed cropping and livestock farm near Bruce Rock in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt region.

He has extensive experience within politics and government having worked as a Senior Policy Adviser for a number of State and Commonwealth government Ministers. Mr Hunter studied a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Political Science and International relations at The University of Western Australia.

He has also worked in the private sector within the agricultural industry holding mid-tier management roles. Mr Hunter has a long history of volunteering within agriculture, community and mental health organisations. He is passionate about the future development of Regional and Rural Australia particularly in education, agriculture and technology.

Wanting to ensure social change within rural regions has seen him join DVassist as a non-executive director.



Dr Kate Ferguson AFCFM (RCPA) – Non-Executive Director

BSc, MBChB, MForensMed, AFCFM (RCPA)

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Kate works at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) in the specialised area of Clinical Forensic Medicine, where she provides forensic and medical care to sexual assault victims and assistance to health professionals and police throughout rural, remote and regional WA.

Kate is an Associate Member of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine of the Royal College of Pathologists (Australasia) and is due to finish her Masters in Clinical Forensic Medicine in 2021. She is a director and co-founder of Forensic Clinical Care, a clinical forensic medicine consultancy service.

Kate provides education to the WA Police, emergency staff, social workers and the judiciary on the topic of non-fatal strangulation (NFS). She has co-authored the NFS e-learning package to support the implementation of legislation in WA for the Department of Justice and sits on the NFS working group for the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA).

Kate is passionate about identifying and implementing the systematic and social change required to help those most vulnerable in our community. Kate hails from rural Scotland and moved to WA in 2011.


Dr Katy Templeman – Non-Executive Director


Profile photo of Katy TemplemanFor over 20 years, Katy has been at the frontline of delivering health services across Western Australia’s diverse and vast Midwest Region.

As a local general practitioner with expertise in emergency medicine, women’s health, and Aboriginal health, she has seen the physical and emotional toll family and domestic violence takes on individuals and their families, and the broader community.

Since 2018 Katy has been the Director of Medical Services at Geraldton Hospital. She uses this role to develop opportunities to deliver more education and support to health and social services workers providing care and assistance for people impacted by family and domestic violence.

Katy is the Chair of the WA Primary Health Alliance Midwest Clinical Committee, which is focused on improving access to services for people most at risk of poor health outcomes.

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