Current GRAI Board Members


The Board of GRAI comprises a dedicated and highly talented group of individuals. Each member of the Board brings with them their own professional expertise, a diverse range of community experiences and a special interest in seeing GLBTI ageing issues addressed.


June Lowe – Chair


June took on the mantle of GRAI Chair in November 2013. Since joining the GRAI board in 2009, she has contributed research and submissions to governments and agencies on LGBTI ageing and produced the GRAI newsletter.

She is also a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Working Group on Ageing and Aged Care. June has been involved in community campaigns for social and environmental justice since the early 1980s, including gay law reform campaigns with GALE (Gay and Lesbian Equality), leading up to the passage of the (WA) Lesbian and Gay Law Reform Bill in 2001.

June is passionate about justice and equity and is a firm believer in the important role that individuals can play to achieve social and political change. June has a BA in Anthropology and Asian Studies from University of WA and has lived and studied in Indonesia. 

She has also produced research papers on Justice Reinvestment and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for the WA Greens.



Derek Branton – Deputy Chair


Derek Branton has had a long career working in working as in education as a teacher and administrator and in government as a policy analyst - working in many countries including Uganda, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. In Western Australia, he worked at Curtin University and later (mid-80s) with the WA Health Department on the AIDS education project team focused on gay and bisexual Men and Men who have sex with men. Derek also represented the Department of the WA AIDS Council Board in its inaugural period. During this time, he also volunteered with WA AIDS Council and the WA Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service. In the late 1980s, Derek was elected as the founding chair of GALE WA (Gay and Lesbian Equality WA).


After leaving WA Health, Derek worked as the WA Equal Opportunity Commission’s community education officer and as a policy analyst at WA Public Service Commission working on employment equity issues. Moving to Sydney Derek continued to work as a policy analyst and consultant in employment equity at the NSW Premier’s Department before moving the NSW Health as Manager of Aboriginal Health Policy.  


After he retired in 2000, Derek moved to Thailand where he worked for a language training consultancy. He returned to Perth to live in 2015 and joined the GRAI board in 2018.



Seeking - Treasurer



Adrian Tilby - Secretary


For close to 20 years Adrian has been working across the community sector in both Federal Government and not for profit sectors in the areas of service delivery, projects, policy and impact measurement.  


He understands firsthand how important it is to be connected and actively involved in your local village.  Adrian is a father to 6-year-old twins and is heavily involved in working within the LGBTI community to celebrate everything that makes us great. 


In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family.  Friends.  Travel and food




 Jacqui Tibbits - Board Member


Jacqui has extensive management, program planning and facilitation experience working with Government and businesses for many years to implement positive sectoral and workplace change. Jacqui has been involved in implementing reform in home care services in Western Australia in metropolitan, regional and rural locations at a business and sectorial strategic level including forming Government policy, person centred support models and undertaking sector capacity building. Jacqui is respectfully curious with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and can see and understand the 'big picture' enabling her to be innovative and effective. Jacqui holds a special interest in aged care, volunteer management and organisational culture.


Jacqui is an Authorised Celebrant and is currently the Director of Consultivation which provides tailored consultancy services to help organisations to flourish. Though working across industries Consultivation has a strong presence and commitment to aged care, community services and community development. Jacqui is a member of the Making LGBTI Inclusion Happen in Aged Care Community of Practice; and along with the GRAI Chair represents GRAI on the National LGBTI Aged and Ageing Strategy Working Group. 




Wendy Bennett — Board Member


Wendy has over 30 years of community sector experience in both a paid and voluntary capacity, most of which has been undertaken in Victoria. Areas of work have included disability services, women’s services, project work and the aged care sector in both direct service and senior management positions. She currently works as an advocate for older people accessing aged care services.


For the past twelve years, Wendy has been working in the aged care sector and is a strong advocate for the development of policy and provision of services that respect and respond to diversity in its many forms. Wendy moved to Perth in 2012 to continue working in the community based aged care sector with a focus on the provision of high-quality services to diverse populations.

Wendy joined the GRAI Board at the 2012 AGM.



Brett Tizard – Board Member


Brett is the School Manager for UWA's School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Brett has served on the GRAI Board on and off since 2010 and remains impressed by how much a small group of people can do. He has recently taken on the role of the editor for GRAI Matters, GRAI’s quarterly newsletter.

In 2000 Brett helped establish a community radio station, Heritage FM, in the SE metro area.


Brett's weekend passion is kiln forming glass and he has learned more about earrings than he ever thought he needed to know.



Shaun Mays – Board Member


Shaun has joined the GRAI Board in 2017 and for almost 20 years has worked in the Human Services holding senior management positions for the last 12 years in both National and State based organisations.


He is a Social Worker who has spent his career working across child protection; youth; mental health; drug and alcohol; and health sectors. He is passionate about client centred service delivery and empowering clients to meaningfully take part in service design.  He has also held Board positions a diverse range of organisations as well as volunteering for LGBTI organisations in both the UK and Australia. 


In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, walking the dog and trying to complete a (never ending) MBA.



Leonie Stickland – Community Rep


Leonie is a Perth academic and tertiary language teacher specialising in Japanese. Her current research area is residential accommodation facilities for LGBTI people in Japan, where she lived for almost two decades from the mid-1970s.


Since her days as a postgraduate student in Osaka, Leonie was an active member of the Kansai (Western Japan) Lesbian community, co-organising monthly coffee evenings for many years and attending annual ‘Women’s Weekends’ which enabled Lesbians to participate in workshops for serious discussion of topics of interest, play informal sports, and socialise in a safe, communal atmosphere.


After return to Australia in 1996, Leonie worked as an editor and journalist for a Perth Japanese newspaper. She then pursued a PhD in Asian Studies with a thesis on gendered performance and fandom practices in Japan’s famed Takarazuka Revue, a large-scale musical theatre company where all roles, male and female, are played by the specially-trained, all-female cast. This was informed by Leonie’s engagement with Takarazuka as a translator and voice actor for more than 6 years.



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