Mrs Tonya McCusker AM is a Trustee and the Administrator of the McCusker Charitable Foundation.
Mrs McCusker studied ballet in Monte Carlo and in WA, and danced with the Australian Ballet Company before obtaining a Law Degree from the University of Western Australia. She worked in Hong Kong and China, then returned to WA as the Business Development Manager of the Leeuwin Youth Development Foundation, where she oversaw programs in leadership, team building and development of young people’s self-esteem.
Her dedication to improving the lives of young Western Australians has seen her take up the role of Trustee and Administrator of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, which provides funding of up to $5 million each year to organisations working to improve the lives of Western Australians. The Foundation focuses on medical research and education, and also supports the arts, environment, aged care, youth and 'excellence' programs.
Mrs McCusker’s dedication to reducing alcohol-related harm for children and young people has led her to become an advisory board member and active advocate for the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.
From 2011 to 2014, as wife of the Governor of Western Australia, she was Patron of more than 100 organisations. She is currently Patron of the Breast Cancer Care Association WA and Fremantle Press, and a board member of the Australian Ballet Foundation, Celebrate WA and Giving West. She is married to the Honorable Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC and has two sons and a daughter.