Meet the team

Pride WA is an Incorporated Association, governed by a volunteer management committee. The current sitting committee are:

Curtis Ward

President

Curtis has been a member of Pride WA’s committee of management since his election to the committee in February 2017. Curtis held the position of Committee Secretary from 2017 until his appointment as President in 2020.

Outside of Pride WA, Curtis works as a barrister and solicitor in family law matters. He was appointed as Commissioner for Legal Aid by the Attorney General of Western Australia in 2021. Curtis is also a nationally accredited Mediator, Independent Children’s Lawyer and Collaborative Professional.

In 2020, Curtis was named a Local Hero by the City of Vincent in recognition for his contributions to the community.

Gerry Matera

Senior Vice President

As a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and LGBTQI+ community affairs, Gerry has founded a number of successful Aboriginal-owned businesses in the renewable energy, construction, food and security sectors. Gerry’s construction business Marawar was awarded the 2021 National Registered Aboriginal Business of the Year for driving significant growth and demonstrating ongoing engagement with the Aboriginal community, the business and government sectors and Supply Nation.

Gerry brings a high level of corporate executive experience to the organisation. He is also the Chairman of Global Roaming Pilbara Foundation, set up to tackle issues head on that face many remote Aboriginal communities. Gerry is excited to use his skills and expertise to help the community belonging to another part of his identity.

Kirstin Smith

Vice President

Kirstin is a highly intuitive senior change and communications manager, with extensive experience delivering effective change programs in large scale and complex technology, regulatory and transformation implementations, across financial services, government and health insurance.

Her business acumen, stakeholder management, collaboration, initiative and pragmatic approach to delivering change have contributed to successful project delivery in all of Kirstin’s engagements.

Andrew Duirs

Secretary

Andrew Duirs (He/Him) joined the management committee in 2021. He has worked as a counsellor and psychologist for over 30 years. He currently works in tertiary education and private practice. Andrew is   committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion as the foundations of individual and community wellbeing.

Andrew values meeting new people, gardening, cooking and travel. He has 3 amazing sons and enjoys a busy family life with them and their partners.

Choon Tan

Treasurer

Choon joined Pride WA in 2019 and has been called upon to utilise his CPA qualification to become Treasurer in 2020. A former Sydneysider who now firmly calls Perth home, he had previously volunteered over some years for Mardi Gras and is excited to leverage his experience to help Pride WA grow.

Choon holds an MBA and has worked in marketing in the entertainment and online retail industries for 20 years. Along with his partner of 16 years, Choon is a foster parent to two energetic boys.

Paul Henderson

Committee Member

Paul (“Hendo”) was recently elected onto the committee from March 2020. He is a passionate and enthusiastic individual who is always willing to have a chat over coffee regarding Pride WA matters.

He is a corrosion engineer during the week, and a bruncing and coffee connoisseur on weekends. Paul was also selected as one of Out For Australia’s 30 Under 30 award recipients for WA in 2020.

Callan Kneale

Committee Member

Callan is a designer/architect based in Perth, with creative outlets in both performance, events management & music. Callan is also a member of Perth’s LGBTQI+ hockey club the Pythons. As new member of the committee he hopes to continue to strengthen his connection to the LGTBQI+ community and continue to create events, places & spaces that allow the community to feel connected and thrive.

Marc Lim

Committee Member

Marc is a local Perth boy with his heart and toes forever buried on the sandy beaches of WA. Joining the management committee in 2021, he continues to strengthen bonds within the Perth LGBTQ+ community in a quest to share our diverse strengths and experiences with everyone. 

As a young professional, he has spent the last 6 years developing project management skills in the offshore industry to deliver subsea energy installation and intervention projects. When he isn’t buried behind a keyboard he will be in the kitchen with a new recipe while trying not to burn off an eyebrow.

Joey Kessler

Committee Member

Joey has also had the privilege to previously serve on the Rainbow Labor WA, Crown Pride, & Department of Communities Charged up for Work committees and is currently a committee member for the Perth Rams Rugby Union Club & LGTBI Professionals Networking Group.

Joey brings with him extensive knowledge of fundraising, event planning, public speaking, community organizing, and project oversight.