Vanessa Guthrie

Chair;Non-Executive Director; Council Member; Deputy Chair

Minerals Council of Australia,SANTOS, Curtin University, ABC, Western Australia Cricket Association

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Dr Vanessa Guthrie is a highly accomplished Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector, in diverse roles across gold, base metals, aluminium, oil and gas and uranium projects and operations. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.
Vanessa was the MD & CEO of ASX-listed Toro Energy, and is currently Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, Deputy Chair of the WACA, a Non-Executive Director of Santos Limited and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Council Member of Curtin University. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
In 2013, Vanessa was recognised by the mining industry as the Outstanding Professional Woman from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was one of the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining globally.

Prof Dawn Freshwater


The University of Western Australia

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Dawn became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia in January 2017. She had served previously for three years as The University of Western Australia (UWA)’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar, and as Acting Vice-Chancellor in late 2016.  In the role of SDVC, she led UWA through its most significant transformation in over two decades, with the aim of optimising UWA’s world class research, and further cultivating its exceptional educational outcomes and student experience.  She is committed not only to academic excellence, but also to the blend of social enterprise and industry engagement required of a contemporary research intensive university.   
A health professional by training and an academic of international repute in her own field, that of mental health, Dawn was Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds.  During this period she worked as a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, building a strategy that positioned Leeds to deliver innovative and leading edge solutions to global societal challenges.

Dr Linley Lord

Chair, Academic Board, Director,Co-Lead Athena SWAN Project

Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership;Curtin University

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Linley Lord is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Academic Board at Curtin University. She is Co-Lead of Curtin’s Athena SWAN Project and the Director of the Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership (MBC) at Curtin Business School. The MBC was established in March 2008 to promote and enable the increased representation of women in leadership roles.  
Linley’s current research interests include women in non-traditional areas of employment, women’s experience as leaders, and women on boards.  She is a member of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (WA) Gender Diversity Reference Group and a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal since its inception in 2005. 
Prior to her academic career, Linley gained considerable experience as a change agent through appointments which included Project Officer for Equal Employment Opportunity focusing on Local Government (WA); first Equal Opportunity Coordinator for the West Australian Fire Brigades Board (now FESA) and as national Equal Opportunity Manager for the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Rebecca Freeman

Chief Executive Officer, City Residential Perth

LJ Hooker

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Rebecca has been working with LJ Hooker since she was 17. She is regarded as a thought leader in the industry across sales, property management and business leadership.
She has been invited as a key note speaker to both LJ Hooker International Summits and Industry leading conferences such as the Australian Residential Property Managers Conference in August this year.
Her values are clear and her passion and enthusiasm for the industry is unwavering. She has been a member of the LJ Hookers Elite Captains Club for the past 4 years in a category that only 2 others are inducted. As the CEO her responsibilities are enormous. She was recently the recipient of the LJ Hooker Chairman’s award, an award only given out every 4 years to one person across the network. An award winning auctioneer, Rebecca also gives her time to many local charities. 

Natasha Atkinson

Chief Executive Officer

Fremantle Markets

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Natasha Atkinson is a dynamic, highly motivated, results driven and professional General Manager / CEO with broad experience in the consumer and retail industry. 
Natasha has held senior business development, strategic marketing and brand establishment roles at markets, hospitality and retail venues in both Western Australia and South Australia, including the Adelaide Central Market & Rundle Street Market, Mt Claremont Farmers Market & Fremantle Markets. Natasha has held board positions with Experience Perth & Events Industry Association and was the former chair of the Association of Perth Attractions. 

Lorna MacGregor

Chief Executive Officer

Lifeline WA

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Lorna MacGregor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline WA in January 2016 where she is focused on increasing the capacity of the organisation to support more people in crisis and at risk of self harm. 
She is an experienced senior executive who has held senior roles in government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations including HBF, healthdirect Australia, Activ and Perth North Medicare Local.
Lorna’s commitment to working for social benefit has also seen her take up many voluntary directorships in community and NFP organisations, and participate in cross sectoral working groups.
Lorna has a MBA, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Fabian Ross

Chief Executive Officer

WA Super

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Fabian Ross has over 20 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector, holding high profile Executive positions, including Acting Chief Executive Officer & General Manager - Wealth Management at GESB, Director and Board member of GESB Wealth Management Pty Ltd, National Head of Wealth Management for HBOS Australia (St Andrews Australia) and a variety of positions with the Commonwealth Bank Australia, across retail, corporate /commercial and private bank. 
Recently appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at WA Super, Fabian previously held numerous senior positions across BT Financial Group (BTFG) such as State Manager WA /SA for Securitor and Licensee Select; Head of Executive Leadership Enterprise Managing Director Licensee Select and Regional Executive Manager Workplace Superannuation. Fabian is also a member of the David Williams Fellowship which is an exclusive leadership program for BT leaders. On a personal level, Fabian has held numerous positions including WA Ambassador of Future 2 Foundation, Board member of Leeuwin Ocean Adventures and executive roles for the Whitford Hockey Club in which he remains engaged.

Andrew Hadley

Chief Executive Officer

P&N Bank

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Andrew’s knowledge of the financial services industry is derived from more than twenty-five years working in a broad and diverse range of banking and insurance positions
In his early career he ran the retail banking network for Australia’s largest customer owned financial institution before taking on other group executive roles in strategy, marketing, business transformation and operations. 
He specialises in strategy development and execution and is absolutely passionate about business transformation, talent development and the delivery of unsurpassed customer experiences.  
After a short stint in the insurance industry, Andrew joined P&N Bank in 2014 and oversaw the creation of a five-year plan to establish the organisation as a genuine alternative to the major banks. Having successfully repositioned the brand and with a revamped customer value proposition, the bank was independently recognised in 2015 by Roy Morgan as “Bank of the Year”.  In 2016, P&N established itself as the fastest growing customer owned bank in Australia.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia (1990), a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia (2004) and has also completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School (2009).

Gavin Taylor

Chief Executive

West Australian Football Commission

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Gavin Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC), which is responsible for the leadership, growth and development of football in Western Australia, management of football competitions across the State, and ownership of WA’s two AFL teams.
Since commencing as WAFC CEO in 2016, Gavin has led and finalised negotiations with the State Government to secure long term funding for WA football, undertaken a major structural review of football, and finalised a five-year strategic plan to ensure football in Western Australia remains successful and sustainable for the next generation of football participants, fans and volunteers.
From 2010 to 2016, Gavin was the General Manager of Subiaco Oval, which under his leadership increased and diversified content at the Stadium whilst becoming the first stadium in Australia to achieve international customer service standard certification, whilst also winning National and State awards in Customer Service and Human Resource Management. 
Prior to joining the WAFC, Gavin held several senior roles in both the private and public sector relating to sport facility and event management in Western Australia and Victoria.
Gavin has a wealth of experience in venue operations, with demonstrated ability to deliver industry leading management and services, as well as experience in the design, commissioning and opening of major leisure projects in WA.
Gavin is now enjoying the exciting opportunity to lead WA Football through a period of significant reform whilst capitalising on its popularity to remain the number 1 sport in the State.

Alison Seinor

Chief Risk Officer

WA Super

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Alison was appointed to the role of Chief Risk Officer in April 2017 and has over 25 years’ in the financial services industry, predominately in the areas of superannuation and financial advice which included roles in administration, business analytics, compliance and risk. Alison leads the governance, risk and compliance team at WA Super.

Over recent years Alison has been principally involved in enhancing the governance, risk and compliance frameworks in an environment which has negotiated significant regulatory change and scrutiny.   Alison is passionate about effectively managing risk to protect member retirement benefits.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Curtin University, an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

Darren Lewsen

Partner and Western Region Assurance Leader


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Darren Lewsen is the Western Region Assurance Leader for Ernst & Young, leading an audit division of 14 partners and over 150 employees.
With more than 18 years’ experience providing assurance services and advice across a diverse range of industries, Darren is highly regarded in the Perth business community for providing practical and pragmatic solutions to his clients. 
Having a strong focus on gender equity, Darren is regarded as a champion of change in relation the development of EY staff. In August 2017, Darren received EY Oceania’s top award in the category “Creating Exceptional EY Experiences”. 
Darren is a current Board member of WA Opera and takes an active role in a range of charities, including The Adventurers, which raises funds for childhood brain cancer treatments in Subiaco, WA. 
Darren is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Linda Albano

Vice President – Power & New Markets

Woodside Energy

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Linda Albano is currently Vice President, Power and New Markets with Woodside Energy Ltd, based in Perth, Western Australia.
Linda has 18 years’ international experience in the oil and gas industry, with a strong focus on leading commercial activities for multi-billion-dollar deals.
JoiningWoodside in 2010, she has held a number of senior positions, including roles of Senior Commercial Manager for multi-billion- dollar capital projects such as the Browse LNG Development in Western Australia and General Manager in the Corporate Development team, leading deals to expand Woodside’s portfolio and create shareholder value from external merger and acquisition opportunities.
Prior to her tenure with Woodside, she spent 11 years with Eni, spanning diverse roles and international assignments, with progression of responsibilities. Her last role in Eni was Global Manager Upstream Contracts and Procurement Services for South Europe, Central Asia and Australasia, responsible to provide project procurement and contracting services and contribute to the investments definition for 20 Eni affiliates around the world.
Linda holds a Master Degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, awarded Summa cum Laude, a Master of Business Administration of Energy Industry and a Master in Management Development.

Jillian Terry

Vice President Geoscience

BHP Billiton

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Jill Terry completed a BSc Honours in Geology at the University of Melbourne in 1984 and post-graduate Mineral Economics (Macquarie University) in 1987.
She commenced employment as a mine geologist with Newmont Holdings at Telfer Gold Mine in 1985 and has worked in various senior, chief and manager roles in mine, project, resource and exploration geology at Boddington Gold Mine, OK Tedi Mine (PNG) and Sepon Mine (Laos) before commencing a global BHP Billiton resource evaluation role in 2006.
Since joining BHP Jill has worked across all assets and commodities, is accountable for public reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves and has held the role of Vice President Geoscience since 2014. 
She is passionate about optimising extraction of orebodies through excellence in mine geology incorporating technology developments where applicable.
She has been a member of the JORC Executive committee since 2011.
Jill is a strong advocate for diversity in teams and retention of mothers in the workforce.  She has raised 4 children whilst developing her career; enjoys travel and exercise and has recently completed her first half marathon in Sweden.

Prof Lyn Beazley AO

Former WA Chief Scientist

WA Australian of the Year 2015

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After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Lyn Beazley built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken at The University of Western Australia. Currently Lyn is the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Science at Murdoch University.
As Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, Lyn advised the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as fulfilling the role of science ambassador locally, nationally and internationally. Lyn is honoured to be patron of both the Science Teachers Association of WA and of LabNetWest, the Association of School Laboratory Technicians.
In 2009, Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and was honoured to be inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame.  Lyn was amazed and delighted to be named the WA Australian of the Year for 2015.

Tania Cecconi

Executive Director

CEOs for Gender Equity

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Since 2016, Tania has been thrilled to work with CEOs for Gender Equity as its inaugural executive director. 
Working with progressive CEOs their goal is to turn the dial on gender equity in WA; WA lags on every national gender equity indicator. Her job is to help them lead the transformation of their workforce by eliciting and sharing their stories of what works and doesn't work to drive and improve gender equity further.
Daily she enjoys conversations with CEOs and leaders who lead purposefully and intentionally about how they have committed to gender equity as a strategic priority. 
Along the journey she has had her own unconscious biases challenged, continues to add to her toolbox of powerful CEO-led initiatives (that are incidental to policy & process) and have had reaffirming moments with national leaders and advocates such as Liz Broderick AO, David Morrison AO and Diane Smith-Gander. 
As an executive, she is resolutely committed to delivering impact and results; being strategic and pragmatic helps get the job done. Being committed to community impact whilst being commercial is the balance she strives to bring. 
She is also absolutely committed to helping businesses lead transformation, improve organisational and individual performance, working cross functionally, developing high level networks and attracting resources to get things done.

Maya Vanden Driesen

Group General Counsel

Wesfarmers Limited

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Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel - Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010 Maya was appointed General Manager Legal - Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation.
Maya holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member and former secretary of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (WA Chapter) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. She sits on the Executive Committee for the “GC 100” representing the General Counsel of Australia’s top 100 ASX listed companies within the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.
She is a member of the UWA Law School’s Advisory Board and she has been a Director for the Committee for Perth since 2016.

Julie Adams

Managing Director

chemo@home; 2016 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year

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Julie Adams graduated from Curtin University in WA with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1986. She went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Pharmacy in 1995, and in 1999 she successfully obtained Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy (US). Julie has worked in the area of oncology and haematology for over 25 years, in a number of hospitals (both public and private) in Western Australia.
In 2000 she obtained funding to initiate and develop a service which enabled oncology and haematology patients to receive their chemotherapy and supportive care therapy at home. Julie managed this service for 12 years.
In 2013 she has started her own health service, chemo@home, which administers chemotherapy to cancer patients and immunotherapy to patients with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
chemo@home has won numerous business awards for its innovation and disruption of the health service sector, with Julie being awarded the 2016 WA Telstra Entrepreneur and Business Woman of the Year.
Julie co-ordinates the education program for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Committee of Specialty Practice in Cancer Services. She is also a passionate advocate of “conscious shopping” and environmentally sustainable housing, and built her own eco-house in 2007.
When Julie is not managing chemo@home she can be found (or not found!) camping somewhere sunny and warm, near a beach.

Anne McCormack

Executive General Manager Business Transformation and People Services

Silver Chain Group

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Joining Silver Chain Group on 18 July 2011, Anne is the EGM of Business Transformation and People Services.  Anne is a successful and experienced business professional with a background in corporate services and business re-engineering.  Anne has worked in USA and Europe in predominantly global organisations in IT, telecommunications and Banking.  Her skills lie in communication, quickly sizing up business situations, and influencing and managing large-scale change.  Anne is passionate about serving clients and the community.

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Perth

Herbert Smith Freehills

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Liz is the section head of Herbert Smith Freehills Perth Disputes team.  She has worked in Herbert Smith Freehills Perth and Sydney offices, and has advised and represented clients in both court based litigation, and domestic and international arbitrations.  Liz has particular experience in the mining and resource sectors specialising in corporations law, corporate crime and investigations, and anti-bribery and corruption.
Liz is a member of numerous organisations including, AICD, AMPLA, the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia Working Party on Foreign Corrupt Practices and Corporate Crime and Corruption, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Users Council, the Steering Committee of the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration and the Western Australian Regional Council of Redkite.
Liz’s expertise has been acknowledged in numerous guides including ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’, Doyle’s Guide and Chambers.
In a profession dominated at senior levels by men, Liz attributes her advancement to partnership at Herbert Smith Freehills to a combination of hard work, focus and commitment, the conscious choices that she has made since a very early stage in her career and the attitude of Herbert Smith Freehills to promotion and the promotion of women in particular.

Lynsey Warbey

Senior Assistant State Solicitor, State Solicitor's Office

Department of the Attorney General

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Lynsey Warbey is a career public servant and lawyer who has worked in the Western Australian and Victorian Public Sector for nearly two decades.  She is currently a Senior Assistant State Solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office and recently Legal Counsel to the WA Police Commissioner. Lynsey’s diverse career has ranged from representing the State in Royal Commissions to running large commercial litigation.  It has taken her around the State and the country in various capacities.  She has been particularly fortunate to work on significant inquiries concerning indigenous child abuse and family violence and emergency response and management.  Lynsey will offer her perspective on how to generate opportunities for a fulfilling career and the merit in pursuing a non-linear career path.  Lynsey can also talk about the challenges and advantages of being a working parent.

Jahna Cedar

Executive Officer

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation; 2017 40under40 First Among Equals Winner

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Jahna Cedar is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader.

She has worked for over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people, both nationally and internationally.

As well as having obtained a Bachelor of Business, Jahna Cedar has Cert IV’s in Training and Assessing, Indigenous Leadership, Career Development and Employability Services. Jahna is a current board member of Pilbara Aboriginal Corporations and Enterprises (PACE), Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO) and the Curtin University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

Jahna is currently the Executive Officer of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.

Jahna was awarded “first amongst equals” in the Business News 40 under 40 awards for 2017, 2016 AIM WA Emerging Leader award was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame.

Wayde Keyser

Head of Markets; Chair State Leadership Council; Board Member Regional Council WA

National Australia Bank, Finsia


Caroline Chan

Head of Institutional Bank WA


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Caroline Chan is a 2017 40 Under 40 winner and currently heads up Westpac’s Institutional Banking business in WA, providing banking services and solutions to customers across a range of industry sectors including Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Property, Public Sector and Corporates. 
Caroline was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Westpac’s global Corporate & Institutional Banking business and actively involved in all aspects of the business, including strategic initiatives, Marketing and Operational Risk & Compliance. Caroline is an advocate for a strong corporate inclusion and diversity agenda, and on the Committees for Westpac’s Cultural Diversity Leadership and Women of Westpac Employee Action Groups. 
Before joining Westpac, Caroline held a variety of roles including M&A at Deutsche Bank, Acquisition Finance at NM Rothschild, and Commercial roles at Singtel Optus and Perth Airport. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Brianna Peake

General Manager Grower & External Relations

CBH Group

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Brianna Peake joined the CBH Group in 2010 as the Grower Service Centre Manager before transitioning into Corporate Affairs as a Marketing Communications Advisor. In 2013 Brianna took on the role of CBH's Government & Industry Relations Manager and in 2015 became General Manager Grower & External Relations. Brianna's role is responsible for all Corporate Affairs, Government & Industry Relations and Grower Relations portfolios, including DailyGrain and the Grower Service Centre.
Prior to working for the CBH Group, Brianna was the Business Development Manager for DailyGrain and an Executive Officer of grass roots grower research, development and extension organisation, the Liebe Group.
Brianna holds a Bachelor of Science (Natural Resource Management) from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Jessica Barber

General Manager Austral Bricks WA

Brickworks Building Products; 2016 40Under40; 2015 Telstra Business Woman

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Jessica Barber joined BHP Billiton in January 2009 prior to which she gained experience in mining operations, financial modelling and mine planning in a variety of different commodities and locations throughout North America. In 2011 Jessica was appointed BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s first female Mining Manager at its Mt Whaleback Mine in the Pilbara. Jessica has now followed her passion for leadership out of the Resources sector and into another traditionally male-dominated area, the Building and Construction industry, where she joined Brickworks as the General Manager for Astral Bricks WA in July 2016.

Sandra De Kock

General Manager People and Culture

Perth Airport

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Sandra de Kock is happiest when working with entrepreneurial, action oriented teams to solve complex business problems. A skilled culture and change management specialist with a broad commercial leadership background in general, operations, executive and governance level roles, Sandra has a history of commercial and people leadership success with complex organisations in sectors that are often undergoing significant disruption. Her career spans Southern and Central Africa, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia and across a wide range of industries including professional services, engineering, manufacturing, distribution and information technology. The past 10 years have seen Sandra leading strategy and change with high growth international technology businesses. She currently heads up the People and Culture portfolio at Perth Airport. Sandra holds post graduate and masters level qualifications in HR Management and Business, and is a chartered member of HRINZ. 

Robert Woolmer

Senior Business Development Manager

LJ Hooker

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Robert Woolmer is regarded as one the top Business Development Managers in Australia, signing in excess of 300 managements over the past 2 years.
Robert has been a member of the elite LJ Hooker Captains Club – Multi Million Dollar Chapter for the past three years, awarded W.A. Business Development Manager of the Year twice & most recently was invited as a key note speaker at the International LJ Hooker Summit.
Operating with a highly structured business plan and an innovating, market disrupting prospecting strategies, Robert operates with a conversion rate of over 90%.

Robin Moustaka

Senior Account Director Healthcare & Government


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As Sr. Account Director Healthcare and Govt, Robin Moustaka is responsible for Microsoft’s healthcare management in Western Australia. She assists her Healthcare customers optimize their investments in the company’s platform and provides guidance with their digital transformation. 
Robin is passionate about all things Healthcare, technology and design thinking. She is a strong advocate for the importance of business and technology working together to ensure outcomes that are pertinent to executives, boards as well as their clients or patients.
Prior to coming to Australia from the United States, Robin melded technology and her experience as a Registered Nurse throughout the past 20 years for companies such as Cisco, large software companies as well as private Healthcare systems to drive business outcomes through technology.
Robin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Nursing from the University of San Francisco and she is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She resides in Perth Western Australia with her husband and three children.

Sue Boyd

Chair WA and Executive Business Coach

Foresight Global Coaching Partnership

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Sue is Chair WA for Foresight Global Coaching, which has provided senior executive business coaching since 2004. She is a retired diplomat, with 34 years in the Australian Foreign Service behind her.  She was Head of Diplomatic Missions in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Fiji.  She also served at the UN in New York, Portugal and East Berlin.  Returning to WA in 2003, Sue started her second career, as a non executive company director, Executive Business Coach and, from 2004 to 2013, as President of the AIIA Western Australian Branch.  Sue continues on the AIIA Board as Immediate Past President and member of the Program Committee and Bursary Committee.  She is currently a member of the UWA Senate, and the Boards of   St Catherine’s College.  She is a fellow of the AIIA and is inscribed in the WA Womens Hall of Fame. She is an honorary life member of the UWA Student Guild, mentors students and coaches senior business leaders.  She loves theatre, opera and music and was once a good golfer.

Sue A Slavin

Strategic Leadership Consultant & Coach

Sue A Slavin

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Sue works with current and emerging leaders, with particular interests in the challenges for women and tackling workplace transformation. As well as working as a consultant, she is an accredited coach and MBTI ® practitioner and enjoys working with a diverse range of clients whether a CEO, an organisation or aspiring individuals in local government, finance, technology, health, mining, architecture, universities and TAFEs, social enterprise, media and politics. Prior to her current work, Sue was a CEO of a large training organisation, seeing her key achievement as overseeing the development of a vibrant, innovative workplace culture, along with leading a 42% financial turnaround and 50% growth in the delivery of government training. Sue also has a background in journalism, public relations and marketing, including at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Kaye Butler

General Manager of Human Resources


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Kaye Butler is the general manager of Human Resources for Chevron Australia. Butler is responsible for people services including: recruitment; onboarding, benefits administration, organisational leadership and personnel development, industrial relations and medical services.
Prior to her appointment in 2007, she worked in a number of roles in the resources industry, most of which were for global alumina producer Alcoa.
Butler's previous roles include manager of health and safety in a large alumina refinery and senior manager of human resources responsible for multisite integrated mining and refining operations with a workforce of approximately 5,000 people.
She also held senior corporate positions in health and safety management, change management and human resources management.
Butler has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) and Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology. She is a Director on the Boards of the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), Scitech and the EON Foundation.

Naveen Unni

Managing Partner

McKinsey & Company


Hon. Jacqui Ellen Boydell MLC

Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia

Parliament of Western Australia

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Jacqui was elected into the Legislative Council in the Mining and Pastoral Region in March 2013. She was born and raised in Carnarvon and she has been a life-long supporter of regional WA.
After studying media journalism at WAAPA, Jacqui returned to Carnarvon to work as a radio announcer and in human resources for a major mining operation. Her career has included roles at Centrelink Carnarvon, manager of the Carnarvon Civic Centre and the Northern Guardian Newspaper.
Jacqui understands small business and has been closely involved in a number of family businesses, ranging from hospitality to horticulture.She is an ardent community supporter, having spent time on the committee of the Carnarvon Junior Cricket Association, the Carnarvon Tropical Festival and the local school.Jacqui served as the Parliamentary Nationals Party’s executive officer from 2009. She has held key positions in the Party, including policy director and State Executive member, and was appointed as State Director of the Nationals WA in 2010.
In her parliamentary roll, Jacqui will work to ensure Royalties for Regions continues to transform regional WA.Jacqui was elected deputy leader of the Parliamentary Party following the 2017 State election.

Nicole Duncan

Chief People and Legal Officer


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Nicole commenced in the role of Chief People and Legal Officer in July 2017. Prior to that she held the positions of Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary. Nicole is accountable for the Human Resources functions across South32, as well as the Company Secretariat, Legal and Compliance teams.
Prior to South32, Nicole was Vice President, Company Secretariat for BHP Billiton. Nicole also held the position of Vice President, Supply, Group Information Management from 2011 to 2013. During her career, she held various legal roles in Australia, the United States and the Netherlands.
Nicole graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of History (Hons).
Nicole’s work in the diversity space is driven by her belief that mining companies should be a direct reflection of the communities in which they operate. As a strong advocate for women in leadership, Nicole is a firm believer in the power of diversity within teams and is committed to working towards having a fair system with equal opportunities for everyone.

Max Clarke

General Manager Contact Centres


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Max joined Bankwest in 2013 in his current role as General Manager of Contact Centres, leading a team of more than 250 people based in Perth and Sydney. 
His leadership journey started at the young age of 21 when he became Team Manager for Nationwide Building Society in the UK. He has almost two decades of banking and finance experience and has held numerous leadership roles in Investments, Pensions, Home Loans, Insurance, and Central Operations, and is highly passionate about customer service and making a positive difference for the customer.
Max has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UWA, a Graduate Certificate in Business, and has recently undertaken his Companies Directors Course. 
Max is an avid traveller and has visited more than 40 countries on every continent with the exception of Antarctica (it’s on his list!). He’s a passionate dad and husband looking after his three year old son Jack. 

Kendal Drew


Strategic Career Management

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As a founding Director of Strategic Career Management, Kendal Drew is passionate about increasing occupational wellness within organisations via career management and leadership coaching programs. These programs increase engagement, productivity and joy in the workplace across organisations, while working at the individual level to increase ownership in careers.
Kendal is an advocate for career ownership and continuous learning with a track record of achievement in both.  She has over 30 years’ experience across a range of industries including the Defence Force, Mining, Education, Finance, Local Government and Not for Profit sectors. 
In recent times, Kendal has worked with a range of individuals and groups across blue chip organisations and SME’s, delivering leadership coaching, career counselling, executive, change and transition coaching.  Witnessing the successful transformation of clients in taking ownership and leading authoring their career success, is the ultimate reward of her work.
Kendal’s approach is a combination of enthusiasm, compassion and pragmatism.  She collaborates with individuals in recognising where they are now and constructing a clear vision of where they need to get to.  
Kendal works with her clients to develop a clear vision, identify and execute actions and work through their present-day challenges to increase performance, achieve goals, strengthen career satisfaction and own their own careers while contributing to achieving their organisational outcomes.  With Kendal by their side, clients can move forward with confidence and composure.
Kendal holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Career Development, is a Professional Member of the CDAA and a qualified administrator of a range of psychometric assessment tools.

Jo McNeilly


Facilitating Possibilities


Guy Chalkley

Chief Executive Officer

Western Power

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Guy commenced at Western Power in December 2011 as Operations Commercial Manager. He was later appointed Head of Business Planning and Reporting before joining the Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.  
Guy brings a wealth of international, financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors operating and residing in a number of continents including Asia, Africa, Europe,   North and South America, and Australia. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Liz McCoy

Founder and Director

iWant Enterprise

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Founder and Director of iWant Enterprises, Liz has a lifetime of experience in the leadership space and is determined to share this knowledge with the people who truly believe in their own purpose and ability to influence the future of the planet in a positive way. Recognised for her direct and no-nonsense approach, she challenges current thinking patterns and skillfully works with individuals to create ecological, purposeful and innovative vision for the future. Coupled with her expertise in human behaviour, Liz empowers her clients to become influencers and powerful persuaders in their
Having spent over a decade as part of international executive teams in the healthcare industry; leading a virtual team across multiple countries, Liz knows a thing or two about building exceptional leaders and outstanding workplace culture. Well known for her ambition, passion and drive, Liz brings twenty five years emergency nursing experience to create a blend of crazy human encounters, with a solid understanding of the power of your brain to create change and
the willingness of the human soul to connect with others on a level that nourishes its core.
Liz currently sits on the Advisory Committee and Leadership Team with Business Women Australia, and is an active Board member with both Consumer Credit Legal Services WA, and Meta Dynamics™ Associated Limited. She is passionate about making a contribution to developing tomorrow’s leaders using a model of thinking that fosters the growth of generous, compassionate human beings.

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