Nicki Mckenzie


Nicki joined the 12 Buckets team in 2016 and has over ten years’ experience in the community sector. She is driven by her passion to help others and inspired by those who pour themselves out to fill others up. She is committed to the 12 Buckets Vision and enjoys engaging with the children in the mentoring programs.

She loves Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Nicki is happily married with two beautiful daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren.


Richard Bentley

Chairman and Board Member

Richard is the CEO of Airscope Industries, a leading asset visualisation and digitisation company. He has over 40 years’ experience in the spatial industry, owning and building several privately held technology companies. Richard has 20 years’ experience as a Company Director and Secretary. His extensive experience, professional skills and knowledge support the 12 Buckets organisation to continue developing and growing strategically and sustainably.

Richard joined 12 Buckets as a mentor in 2019 and has seen firsthand the impact mentoring has with school students. He then joined the 12 Buckets Board early in 2021 and was appointed Chair in the October of 2021.

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Jade Thompson

Board Member

Jade is a mum to three deadly sons whom give her husband and her the greatest sense of purpose and joy. They inspire them daily to help prepare young people for the world, and the world for them. She is a recent Murdoch graduate with a BA in Education Studies, and committed to the pursuit of reconciliation in the state and country.

In her personal and professional capacity, she promotes education and the power of connection as drivers on the road to empowerment and the actualisation of potential. She is energised when working alongside dedicated people in roles that truly align her ‘head’ and ‘heart’ work, for the benefit our children, families and communities. 12 Buckets provides one of those rare opportunities which allows Jade to do just that.

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Helen Bathurst

Board Member

Helen is a chartered accountant and partner at PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms. She joined the 12B Board in 2015.

Helen brings her expertise in areas of financial accounting, reporting, financial audit, contact compliance, risk, and controls advisory and transactional support into her governance role at 12B.

Helen has supported charities in the UK with strategic direction which made her aware of the significant differences some children experience and the impact that mentoring can have to a child’s life.


Astrid Bierer-Cooper

Board Member

Astrid has more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing leadership roles across Europe and Australia, in both the public and private sectors, in industries such as defence, travel, tourism, property development, mining software, Aboriginal and NFP sectors. She owns her own company where she utilises sustainability frameworks to build strong community connections and strategic partnerships with a social and environmental conscience. She develops solutions to simplify organisational chaos and identifies optimum sustainable strategies and outcomes for businesses. Astrid is a Certified Practicing Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute. Astrid joined the 12 Buckets Board in 2022.


Simon Munrowd-Harris

Board Member

Simon has 25 years’ experience in the corporate banking and accounting industries. He is

currently Managing Director at Arrowsmith Finance Pty Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Simon began mentoring with 12 Buckets in 2019 and joined the Board in 2022. Simon’s financial and corporate background, coupled with his hands-on experience of the mentoring program are well-suited in helping 12 Buckets to achieve its goals.

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Larissa Muir

General Manager, Operations

Larissa Muir has worked in the community services sector for the last 10 years with experience working in disability, mental health, youth, and homelessness. Larissa uses her curiosity to understand how we connect in community to break down barriers and make the world around us more accessible for all. Larissa is an avid Richmond Tigers supporter with her weekends committed to supporting her beloved Tigers from the west. Larissa is excited to connect, share her knowledge and experiences with everyone.

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Lucy Angus-Twynham

Program Manager

Lucy started out in Childcare and Child Development before diversifying. Through further study, she progressed into the disability and mental health sector for 8 years and loved every minute of it. Lucy has worn many hats and feels she has learned and developed so much from spending time with individuals from all walks of life.

Lucy has gained much life experiences from her many travels. From living in the outback on a station, sleeping in an aeroplane hangar while mustering cattle on horseback, to digging trenches on a station and sleeping under stars. Her attitude is “give it your best shot”

Lucy believes in finding a positive in most situations and communication is paramount. She is passionate in the work that she does and about helping others. Naturally chatty, Lucy enjoys getting to know people and it’s a joke within her family that she could probably talk under water if she tried.

Lucy is now happily settled in Perth and a busy mum, but still enjoys adventuring whenever she can.


Tania Thomas

School Liaison, Koondoola Primary School

Tania comes from a 20 year teaching background where she has taught in both Primary and Secondary schools. She also teaches ballet at a local ballet school in Perth.

Tania loves the connections she makes with students whilst teaching and is passionate about helping them to be the best version of themselves they can be.

Tania recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling which led her to reaching out to 12 Buckets to see how she could be involved in this fantastic organisation.

In her spare time Tania volunteers at her own children’s schools, loves taking her dogs to the beach and enjoys travelling to different places in WA.


Nikki Ruscoe

School Liaison, Balga Primary School

Nikola comes from a background in Office Administration but recently discovered her passion for working with children and families. This led her to complete her Diploma of Community Services.

Nikola loves to travel and experience different places and cultures and loves listening to music.

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Nick McKeig

School Liaison, Boyare Primary School

Nick is passionate about helping young people find their place in the world. He strives to do this by creating welcoming environments where people can explore their passions… and have a fun time doing so!

He has worked in disability support over the recent years and graduated from a degree in psychology. Through his support of young people in both disability support, and community work, Nick has seen the importance of mentoring and the difference that it can make to young people’s lives. In his downtime Nick enjoys writing music and weightlifting. He brings his experience to share with everyone at 12 Buckets.

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Mabel Brooks

School Liaison, North Balga Primary School

Mabel has worked as an administrator for over twenty years in a myriad of industries, including finance, media, social services and not-for-profit, before joining 12 Buckets. Her biggest passion is empowering people she meets and supporting them to bring a positive change to their lives.

Mabel is happily married to her husband, Dan, for the 15 years and together, they have a son, Isaac. Mabel is an avid reader who also enjoys learning, cooking, baking, doing art projects, reading and writing.


Lauren Pickering

Operations Support Officer

Lauren comes from a 15-year background in Real Estate. She is also a singer, artist and has been a children’s Entertainer and face painter for the past 4 years. She is passionate about human connection and personal development and is always looking for ways to learn and grow in life. Lauren believes it is important to share your gifts to bring others joy.


Natalie Coelho

Marketing Specialist

Natalie has 20 years of experience in Marketing and Communications, specialising in professional customer services. She has extensive knowledge of all areas of the marketing function from strategy development and external marketing campaigns to internal launch events and brand management. Natalie is passionate about animal and child welfare and believes that teaching kindness is fundamental to creating an inclusive and tolerant society.

Originally from South Africa, Natalie has happily made Perth her home. As a mom and a sports fanatic her weekends are largely filled with kids sports and watching her favourite sports teams.


Georgia MacLeod

Youth Coordinator

Georgia is a FIFO wife and mum to a toddler and 5 chickens. She loves to spend her free time with her family, cooking, gardening, dabbling in multiple crafts, and is always seeking learning opportunities. Georgia spent several years working in the disability sector, during which she attained her Certificate IV in Disability. She then went on to achieve a Bachelor of Social Science. Her studies and life experiences ignited a passion for working in the human services sector and empowering communities with a strengths-based approach.


Laura Craig

Partnership Consultant

Laura joined the team in 2022 and has over 10 years of experience in people and culture services to the Perth not-for-profit and business community. Laura is passionate about forming partnerships with corporate and philanthropic organisations that are like-minded to 12 Buckets and wish to make positive changes in the lives of school children. She particularly likes that the 12 Buckets programs allow children to have a safe place to lay down any pressures and troubles they have going on in their everyday lives during their mentor sessions. Laura attends Subiaco Church of Christ with her computer-obsessed husband and teenage son. Her favourite hobbies are baking and walking her dog.