VIEW has over 15,000 members in more than 300 clubs across Australia. All clubs and members are supported by National Council and the VIEW National Manager.
The VIEW National Manager is employed by The Smith Family and located in The Smith Family's National Office in Sydney. Members of National Council carry out their roles in a voluntary capacity.
National Council is the governing body of VIEW and is responsible for decision making, growth, and the health and wellbeing of the organisation.
National Council consists of three Executive members (National President and two National Vice Presidents), and 15 National Councillors, each of whom is responsible for a specific VIEW area, divided on geographic lines.
National Council meets at least three times per year to:
- facilitate the smooth running of all clubs throughout Australia;
- consider matters of national or club importance, contributed by VIEW members or The Smith Family;
- formulate national policy for the organisation;
- actively work to enhance the relationship between VIEW and The Smith Family;
- provide learning opportunities that will further develop the capacity of members and the organisation;
- collaborate as part of a team and build capacity to further strengthen the organisation.
Each Executive member and National Councillor serves a fixed term of two years. Elections are held every two years and are completed by July, with the successful candidates announced in September.
The Board of The Smith Family and National Council are jointly responsible for determining the strategic direction of VIEW.
Other VIEW volunteer office bearers include Zone Councillors (a zone being a smaller geographical division within a larger Area) and Club committee members.
VIEW National Executive 2018-19
JAN ROBERTS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Jan joined VIEW in 1986, becoming a member of Penrith VIEW Club (NSW) when her mother was Club President. Over the years, she has held a number of club and councillor roles, culminating in her election as National President 2018–19. Having held managerial positions for organisations including David Jones, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, Jan brings a wealth of business, communication and leadership skills to the role, as well as compassion and enthusiasm.
“As a National Councillor, I have been fortunate to attend Learning for Life graduation ceremonies and celebrate the achievements of students supported by The Smith Family and VIEW. At every occasion it has been moving to see the smiles on the student’s faces and the joy and pride shown by their families. Knowing that VIEW is truly making a difference to the lives of these disadvantaged Australian children and their families is a humbling experience.
As a member of the VIEW National Executive 2018–19, my goal is to support our organisation to continue to grow and make a difference. Drawing on the National Executive’s 2018–19 theme, ‘Make Connections, Make a Difference’, I look forward to assisting VIEW members to connect with The Smith Family and others in their communities so we can grow our membership and enable better life outcomes for more disadvantaged Australian children and young people.”
PAT McRAE, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Pat joined Bega Evening VIEW Club in 2005 and quickly became a valued member taking on club committee roles with fervour and dedication. Having worked as a teacher and deputy school principal, Pat is passionate about supporting the education of disadvantaged children and young people so they can build a better future for themselves.
“I have so many fond memories of my experiences with VIEW. From feeling pride for the achievements of the students we support, to seeing the gratitude felt by families in need and witnessing the commitment and generosity of VIEW members through fundraising activities. The common thread woven in all these beautiful memories is the strong friendship network that underpins VIEW.
As a member of the National Executive, I am looking forward to having closer contact with VIEW members and clubs and celebrating the power of VIEW friendships. I aim to support our organisation’s potential to make an even greater difference to the lives of disadvantaged Australian children.”
ANNETTE SCHLAFRIG, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Annette joined Mulgrave Day VIEW Club in 2008 after relocating from Perth. She held a number of club committee positions before becoming Zone and National Councillor. Annette's passion for the work of VIEW and The Smith Family stems from her background as a social worker where she witnessed the effects of the cycle of poverty. She strongly believes intergenerational poverty can only be broken by giving young people an opportunity to achieve their potential through supporting their educational goals.
“My fondest VIEW memory is attending my first VIEW National Convention in Wollongong in 2015. There I met VIEW members from across Australia and realised what a dynamic and dedicated organisation I was privileged to be part of.
This year I'm looking forward to being part of a team that will support VIEW to continue to be a meaningful and effective organisation that makes a positive impact on the education of disadvantaged young Australians. With my fellow National Executive, I will look for new ways to grow our membership, better support The Smith Family and, most importantly, continue to make a difference to the futures of young Australians in need.”
VIEW National Manager
MARYANNE MAHER, NATIONAL MANAGER - VIEW
Maryanne joined The Smith Family in 2008 as Strategic Resource Manager, and in 2009 was appointed as National Manager, VIEW.
As National Manager VIEW, Maryanne drives the strategic direction and works closely with the VIEW National Executive and National Council of biennially elected office holders, all of whom are volunteers and represent the 16,672 VIEW members throughout metropolitan, regional and rural Australia.
Maryanne has accumulated more than 20 years experience in a corporate environment, the health industry and not-for-profit organisations. She commenced her career as a commercial lawyer and practised in leading law firms in Sydney and Melbourne before moving into business management. Her qualifications include: BA, LLB, MBA and Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law.