Dart Centre Asia Pacific is Growing

Dr. Cait McMahon OAM, Managing Director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific (DCAP) and the DCAP Board of Directors are delighted to announce two new appointments to the organisation – one a new Board position and one a staffing position. “In these strange and worrying times, DCAP’s resources are being drawn on more than ever,” McMahon said. “So we are especially pleased to announce that our organisation is strong and robust. We warmly welcome a new Chair to the organisation, Mr Peter Boehm, and a new staff member and Deputy Director, Kimina Lyall”.

Peter Boehm is a highly experienced board director. In joining the DCAP board as Chair, he brings a wealth of board experience in the not-for-profit sector, business and finance and training sectors. “We are delighted that Peter has chosen to join DCAP, as he has proven experience assisting organisations to grow and develop,” McMahon said. “We are confident that Peter will help DCAP continue to expand its strong position as a thought leader in journalism and trauma and help us to grow our impact in the AsiaPacific region”.

Peter Boehm replaces Professor Matthew Ricketson, whose tenure had finished after approximately 10 years on the Dart Asia Pacific Board. McMahon said Ricketson’s contribution to DCAP over that period was enormous. “He helped shape the organisation’s strategy and vision,” she said, “as well as providing significant support to journalists, journalism educators and journalism students understanding the impact of trauma. I personally thank him for his friendship, mentorship and support over that period.”

DCAP would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Professor Mark Creamer, who has held the role as interim Chair for 4 months, during which time he guided the organisation and helped select and appoint Boehm. Professor Creamer, who is an internationally-acknowledged expert in trauma and mental health, will remain on the board as a director, joining journalist, broadcaster and National Indigenous Television presenter Rachael Hocking. The DCAP board intends to announce other board appointments in coming months.

DCAP also warmly welcomes former journalist Kimina Lyall to its ranks as Deputy Director. Joining Cait McMahon on the leadership team, Lyall brings a unique blend of skills to the role, as she is currently undertaking a doctorate of psychology (clinical). “Kimina is one of those exceptional people that merges a working understanding of journalism as a foreign correspondent and local journalist with formal psychological training and a lived experience of managing and healing from severe trauma exposure,” McMahon said. “No one could be more suited to this leadership role. With these two new appointments the future of DCAP is extremely bright” McMahon said.

For further information about Dart Centre Asia Pacific please contact Program Manager, Ms Aly Walsh on +61 411 771 181