Will Clarke

THE INSPIRATION

Will is 24 years old and has played and loved sport, especially cricket since he was seven years of age.  Will lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder which means he cannot read or write and finds conversational communication challenging.  His fine and gross motor skills are affected which means he cannot do the most basic daily tasks and requires assistance with certain aspects ohis daily life.

He is anxious when their is uncertainty and fiercley independent. He is 6’4, has a younger sister Phoebe, devoted parents, an adoring dog and a family who accept him exactly the way he is and have witnessed him face significant challenges and a severe lack of choice.

Will has captained his school, selected as sports person of the year numerous times, rides a horse, competes in 3rd grade cricket in Robertson NSW, competed in the Willo 25km mountain biking race, played an african drum, worked as a labourer, has performed in the SING music concert, and now  … the inspiration behind a national charity.

 

WILLO BOARD MEMBERS

Ange Clarke

Founder & CEO

Ange is the Founder of Where There’s A Will and mum to Will Clarke, the inspiration behind Where There’s A Will.

Ange has created many inclusive programs over the past 24 years to ensure Will and many others like Will have options and choice to lead fullfilling lives and feel they truly belong in their communities.

When there were no community sports Ange helped administer Special Olympics to her region. When there were no cricket events that catered for Will’s passion Ange created the ANZAC Day cricket match on Bradman Oval and supported the Dream Cricket Program with Patron The Hon John Howard OM AC.

When there were no music options Ange created SING. An event that brought together 11 choirs from around the region who mentored people with intellectual disabilities for three months and gave them an experience unlike anything they experienced previously. It concluded with a concert with each choir singing their song and then coming together as a mass choir of 450 singers and an audience of 850.

When Will left school and Ange realised there were limited work options and no clear pathway for his future, she founded Where There’s A Will. 

Ange now knows her greatest challenge lies ahead … inspiring every community in Australia to be truly inclusive.

Paul Hannigan 

Chairman/Public Officer 

Paul specialises in aviation and is a skilled professional and senior naval officer with over thirty years experience in Defence. Paul has held significant managerial and leadership positions with the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm where he has served as Chief of Staff and more recently has Commanded a Squadron of over 200 service men and women.  Influential with excellent communication skills, Paul thrives on leading and working with people and has an extensive network both inside and outside of Defence. Paul’s core strengths are his proven interpersonal skills and his ability to establish connections, where he has a natural ability to engage and influence and build meaningful relationships. Paul’s passion lies in leadership and cultural development with a particular focus on building trusting and collaborative teams founded on positive relationships and rapport, demonstrated good judgment and expertise, and consistency in decision making.

Paul is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Director’s Course (GAICD) and lives on the South Coast of New South Wales with his wife, Sarah and three grown-up daughters. 

Paul felt privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the community out of uniform and to use his experience and skills to influence a broader community view of inclusivity.

Robyn Clasohm

Board Member

Robyn grew up on a farm on the Yorke Peninsula and completed all of her schooling in the small rural town of Maitland, South Australia. Moving to Adelaide for university, Robyn studied in the fields of Wine and Public Relations and travelled the world for a few years in her early twenties.
Robyn studied to become a Youth Worker and School Chaplain and moved ‘back home’ to Yorke Peninsula whilst getting married to Craig and adding two more children to their family. Robyn worked with Will and Ange to curate the art exhibition ‘Warooka Bats for Will’ and subsequently formed an important partnership with the disability service group YP Leisure Options, an incredible team of people who worked tirelessly to sand all the cricket bats for the exhibition. This partnership continues to be extremely important to the Willo organisation, serving as an example of how a community can embrace inclusion in a way that reverberates and continues throughout many organisations, literally changing lives.
Robyn confesses ‘I just love people’ and this trait is one of her core strengths. An authentic and prolific communicator, Robyn sees the value of every individual and takes genuine interest in everyone.The fight for social justice comes naturally to Robyn.

Geoff Woodham

Board Member

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in people management and cultivating relationships with many organisations throughout Australia. His focus has always been to develop long term relationships and deliver enduring value for clients. Geoff’s passion is business development, his family and community.Geoff has owned and managed companies across numerous industries. The experiences gained through operating those businesses and working with so many people, drives his passion to connect with people and understand their needs and goals. His inquisitive nature and willingness to learn has allowed him to connect people and solve complex problems.

Geoff was raised on a family property near Orange in the Central West of NSW and now lives in Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of NSW with his wife Natalie and their three adult children. His contribution to community includes holding executive roles in the Junior Surf Life Saving Community, Port Macquarie and Wauchope Chambers of Commerce as well as being the Regional Manager of the NSW Business Chamber. 

Geoff is Ange’s big brother and Will’s uncle. He was humbled to be asked to join them in their quest to change the way we see disability and build a stronger foundation around inclusive communites.