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Call for Western Australia Division Council Nominations 2018

Nominations are now called to fill three vacancies on the Western Australia Division Council.

The current terms of the following elected Councillors expire on 30 September 2018:

  • Derek La Ferla FACID
  • Gillian Swaby FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD

Nominations are now called to fill three vacancies on the Western Australia Division Council.

Being eligible to stand again, the following Councillors offer themselves for re-election:

  • Derek La Ferla FACID
  • Gillian Swaby FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD

Skills and Experience of Nominees

The Division Council aims to have an appropriate mix of skills and experience. The Division Council is seeking candidates with a background in Government (both State and Local) or experience in SMEs. We aim to have Council representation from a range of diverse backgrounds.

The Western Australia Division Council is advisory, not governing, in nature and the role of Councillor is voluntary.

Who can nominate?

An eligible member is any member who has been a member of any one or more membership classes of the AICD for a minimum of the last three consecutive years prior to the date of the notice calling for nominations (other than Affiliate member class) Any eligible member may nominate any other eligible member to serve on the Division Council provided that no eligible member may nominate more than two eligible members in any one election. (By-Law 3.9.1)

Timelines and how to nominate

Enquiries and requests for a Nomination Form can be obtained from Jody Nunn, State Manager by calling 08 9320 1700 or emailing

Nominations must be:

  • Submitted on the AICD’s Nomination Form and in accordance with the AICD By-Laws; and
  • Received at the offices of the AICD as detailed on the Nomination Form by no later than 5:00pm AEST, Friday 27 July 2018.

The Election will be held on 11 September 2018.

Please see our Constitution and By Laws which govern the Western Australia Council Nominations.

By Order of the Council.

Meet the WA team

We have a dedicated team of staff to assist with any member queries and requests for information.

The Western Australian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a dedicated team of staff to assist with any queries and requests for information. As a member you will be assigned your personal Member Relations Executive to provide membership support.

Please find our staff members and contact details below:

State Manager

  • Jody Nunn GAICD, State Manager, Western Australia Division
  • Amy Matson, Office Services Coordinator

Membership Team (Sales & Engagement)

  • Gerard Deegan, Members & Directors Manager
  • Orla Fitzgerald, Members & Directors Executive
  • Arnold Nyamhamba, Members & Directors Executive
  • Kay Solanki, Members & Directors Executive

Programs Team

  • Erin Timu, Members & Directors Manager
  • Lara Williams, Members & Directors Executive (Events)
  • Kirstie Ockenden, Members & Directors Coordinator (Events)
  • Sophie Newman, Members & Directors Executive (Education)
  • Rachel Heath, Members & Directors Coordinator (Education)


  • Dennis Samarin, Account Manager
  • Kristen Chiera, Account Manager

Business Centre & Member Lounge Team

  • Courtney Blechynden, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator

Further details on Business Centre and Member Lounge can be found here

Please find our contact details below:

Level 1 Allendale Square
77 St Georges Terrace
Phone (08) 9320 1700

During business hours 8.30am - 5.00pm

Meet the WA Council

The Council assists in providing guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division.

The Western Australian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a Western Australian Council to assist in guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division. The Council also approves all membership applications and subsequent upgrades of membership.

The role of the council

The role of the Council is defined in Article 9.3 of our Constitution. To give effect to that role, the objectives of the Councils are:

A. To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:
i) Policy matters affecting the role of directors
ii) Australian Institute of Company Directors membership matters
iii) The strategy and policies of the Australian Institute of Company Directors itself and management issues that may arise from time to time.

B. To administer the membership of the Division, approving new members and upgrades.

C. To represent the views and aspirations of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Division’s territory and to develop relationships with leaders in directorship, regulation and politics who reside or are active in the territory.

D. To support the Division Manager with regard to:
i) Events
ii) Member service, member recruitment and retention and member grade matters
iii) The general conduct of the Division, including Director and Board Development programs

Council members

Current members of the Western Australian Council are:

  • Helen Cook GAICD
  • Frank Cooper AO FAICD (President)
  • David Craig FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD
  • Alison Gaines FAICD
  • Derek La Ferla FAICD
  • Fiona Payne GAICD
  • Paul Sadleir FAICD
  • Gillian Swaby FAICD
  • Andrew Thompson FAICD
  • Gene Tilbrook FAICD


Council procedures

A Council consists of at least five and not more than ten members elected by the members of the Division. Each Council elects a President who serves for a period of up to three years at the discretion of the Council. Each Council also appoints one of it’s members, usually the Division President, to the Australian Institute of Company Directors board for a period of up to three years.

One third of Council members retire each year, although a retiring member may be eligible for re-election. The maximum time a Council member may serve is nine years, or three terms if less.

For more information on the role of the Council and it’s directive please view the Australian Institute of Company Directors by-laws

Board Diversity

The West Australian division of AICD is proud to continue the Director Pipeline Program for the eighth successful year. The aim of DPP is to create a pipeline of “board-ready” executive women in the WA business community, and to complement AICD’s national board diversity initiatives.

Supporting WA’s female executives

The Western Australia division of Company Directors launched the Director Pipeline Project (DPP) in 2011. We are committed to increasing the number of women on boards. Unique to WA, this program complements our National Board diversity initiatives.

The aim of the DPP is to create a pipeline of “board ready” executive women in the West Australian business community.

The DPP provides participants the opportunity to extend networks with other senior executives and directors, raise their profiles through exclusive events and functions, and attend a range of workshops and professional development programs.

The program runs from February to September each year, and there is no cost to participate in the program, although some DPP events may have a cost associated to attend. Participants must be members of AICD and have either completed the Company Directors Course or have it scheduled in their professional development plan for the year they participate in the DPP.

The DPP is pleased to welcome 44 women from a wide range of organisations, industries and backgrounds into the 2018 cohort. Our 2017 Director Pipeline Program Graduates represent some of WA’s leading woman and the next generation of WA Directors. We are pleased to present them to you in this booklet.

Download the 2017 WA Director Pipeline Graduation Booklet.

Corporate Support

The DPP wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and Corporate Partners. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for DPP, please contact Erin Timu at the WA office on 08 9320 1700 or email

Program Applications

Applications for the 2019 Director Pipeline Program will open in October 2018. To enquire about applications or any other aspect of the program, contact Orla Fitzgerald at the WA office on 08 9320 1700 or email

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Western Australia Newsletters

Our quarterly WA newsletter keeps members up to date on the activities of the AICD and the director community in the state.

Benefit from the insights, experiences and expertise of directors from a local perspective, and learn about events and professional development opportunities in your region.

WA Corporate Partner Program

Become part of something bigger.

The WA Corporate Partner Program offers a unique opportunity for your organisation to invest in a rewarding relationship with AICD, enabling your people to connect and collaborate with a community of leaders.

The Program now combines greater value and more flexibility than ever with three partnership tiers to choose from – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Whichever tier you choose, you are making a powerful investment in the professional development of your people.

  • Our information brochure details more information on the WA Corporate Partner Program 2018/2019
  • View a detailed list of our current valued Corporate Partners
  • Have a question? See our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

For further information or queries about our WA Corporate Partner Program, please contact Erin Timu on 08 9320 1700 or


Q. How do I join as an AICD WA Corporate Partner?

A. Applying is very easy – simply complete the registration form here.

Q. Why have you introduced multiple Corporate Partner tiers and how can I work out which tier best suits my organisation?

A. We have created three different tiers – Silver, Gold and Platinum to create more flexibility and greater value of offerings for organisations wishing to become aligned with AICD WA. Take a look at our information brochure (hyperlink) and compare the benefits on offer across the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers on page two.

Q. How can we make sure we use all of the benefits on offer?

A. As soon as you sign up as a Corporate Partner, we can talk you through how to plan your usage of benefits. Our Benefits Checklist (hyperlink) and regular fortnightly email communication are both also a good reminder of the benefits you have remaining throughout the year.

Q. The information brochure says that we can access various benefits at a special Corporate rate. What is this rate?

A. The Corporate rate is equivalent to the AICD member rate. It is only valid for an employee or board member residing in Western Australia who is not already an AICD individual member.

Q. What is the Director Pipeline Program?

A. The Director Pipeline Program delivers a year-long series of events, education and other activities for female executives to develop their knowledge of directorship and raise their profiles within the director community. The Program has the long-term aim of assisting promising women to develop their governance skills and prepare for Board opportunities. Our Gold and Platinum Corporate Partner organisations will be given the opportunity to put forward up to one potential Director Pipeline candidate each year that will be selected based on merit.

Q. Can you please tell me more about the Advisory Panel (included as part of the Platinum category) and what its role will be?

A. The Advisory Panel will provide non-binding advice, ideas and insight on key topics raised by AICD. Gold tier Corporate Partners will contribute via an electronic Annual Survey and the Advisory Panel members will influence the outcomes of this survey, which will include:

  • General program offerings and content themes
  • Panellist, hosting, speaking and facilitation opportunities
  • Article submission opportunities in WA Director Newsletter

Q. What is the duration of the Corporate Partnership this year?

A. 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.

Q. When do we have to pay the amount due? And how do I pay?

A. Payment must be made prior to 31 July 2018. On the registration form [hyperlink], you can provide credit card details to make payment, or request a tax invoice for payment.

Q. What happens if I don’t renew my Corporate Partnership on time?

A. Please contact our team if you cannot finalise payment by 31 July 2018.

Your place to meet in Perth

Exclusive and complimentary for members, the lounge area is a modern multi-functional space which can be used for informal meetings, private work or simply to unwind. For meetings that require more privacy we also provide a variety of different size rooms that can be hired on an hourly, half day or full day basis

Regional focus

We support regional members and directors through courses, events and our regional committees.

WA Regional Offer

We’re levelling the playing field.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors recognises the importance of supporting our regional directors and businesses. So we are pleased to offer up to eight scholarships for five nights’ accommodation in Perth CBD, including all meals, when you participate in our world renowned Company Directors Course.

For further information and to apply please complete this registration form.

Regional focus

The Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Division's presence continues to grow in regional centres.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Division's presence continues to grow in regional centres with close to 500 members distributed across the following regions:

  • Albany
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Geraldton
  • Bunbury

We recognise the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally and understanding local needs and issues through our Regional Committees.

We invite you to explore the benefits of membership with us and learn more about our focus in your region.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Division is committed to ensuring there is an active support of members in regional WA which includes Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West, Great Southern and South West regions.

Regional committees

Our regional committees are our connection with regional communities and members. We have committees representing each key region and committee members with a range of business and industry backgrounds.

The role of the committee is to help raise the awareness of the Company Directors brand in the region and also to offer support to its local directors.

South West Regional Committee

  • Mike Ansell GAICD (Chair)
  • Nadine Carter GAICD
  • Neema Premji GAICD
  • Iain Massey GAICD
  • Diana Phillips GAICD

Goldfields-Esperance Regional Committee

  • Chris Fyson FAICD (Chair)
  • Glen Weir GAICD
  • Bruce Harris FAICD
  • Lisa Ellery MAICD
  • Ashton George MAICD
  • Julia Shadlow-Bath GAICD
  • Allison Golsby MAICD

Great Southern Regional Committee

  • Mr Murray Thornhill MAICD (Chair)
  • Patricia Ryans-Taylor GAICD
  • Mark Dowling MAICD
  • Andrew Sharpe MAICD
  • Asha Bhat MAICD
  • Marcus Hodge MAICD

Mid-west Regional Committee

  • Robert Jefferies MAICD (Chair)
  • David Crothers FAICD
  • Peter Klein GAICD
  • Darren Lee MAICD
  • Tom Maina GAICD
  • Philip Melling GAICD
  • Jody Beven MAICD
  • Rebecca Davidson GAICD