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Western Australia Division Council Election 2017

The WA Division Council Election has now closed.

The voting period for the WA Division Council Election closed on 26 September 2017 at 5.00pm AEST. The Election was held on 27 September 2017.

The successful candidates are as follows:

  • Andrew Thompson FAICD
  • Fiona Payne GAICD

With effect from 1 October 2017, your WA Division Councillors are:

  • Helen Cook GAICD
  • Frank Cooper AO FAICD
  • 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

The AICD wishes to thank all those members who nominated, were nominated and participated in the voting.

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:

  • Erin Timu, Members & Directors Manager, Programs (Education)
  • Kwai Steinohrt, Members & Directors Manager, Programs/Executive (Events)
  • Gerard Deegan, Members & Directors Manager, Sales & Engagement
  • Amy Matson, Office Services Coordinator
  • Courtney Blechynden, BCML Coordinator


  • Dennis Samarin, Account Manager
  • Kristen Chiera, Account Manager
  • Kate Baune, Program Executive


  • Kirstie Ockenden, Members & Directors Coordinator


  • Orla Fitzgerald, Members & Directors Executive
  • Kay Solanki, Members & Directors Executive
  • Michael Bell, Members & Directors Executive


  • Sophie Newman, Members & Directors Executive
  • Rachel Heath, Members & Directors Coordinator

Contact details

Level 1 Allendale Square
77 St Georges Terrace

Phone (08) 9320 1700
Facsimile (08) 9320 1722

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 sixth consecutive 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 and is now in its seventh year.

We are committed to increasing the number of women on boards.

Unique to WA, this year-long 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 November 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.

Now in its seventh year, the DPP is pleased to welcome 40 women from a wide range of organisations, industries and backgrounds into the 2017 cohort.

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 Kwai Steinohrt at the WA office on 08 9320 1700 or email

Program Applications

Applications for the 2018 Director Pipeline Program will open toward the end of 2017. To enquire about applications or any other aspect of the program, contact Orla Fitzgerald at the WA office on 08 9320 1700 or email

Hear from our members on completing the Company Directors Course

Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities with the essential course for directors.

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.

Corporate Partner Program

Align yourself with AICD and make a difference to your organisation with the Corporate Partner Program.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors holds a unique leadership position in the Australian business community, representing the collective voice of more than 40,000 of Australia’s leading business decision makers. As a corporate partner you have the opportunity to connect with over 4,200 members within Western Australia.

The Corporate Partner Program offers you, your company representatives and/or clients the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to attend quality events and complete our highly regarded education courses, such as the Company Directors Course
  • An annual individual membership
  • Advance notice and bookings of our most popular events
  • Priority invitation for event sponsorship & the opportunity to put forward candidates for the Director Pipeline Program
  • The opportunity to submit articles for the quarterly WA Director Newsletter
  • Acknowledgement at WA events on the Corporate Partner Banner and listing in the quarterly WA Director Newsletter

Please find the information on the Corporate Partner Program for 2017/2018 and a detailed list of our valued Corporate Partners.

Should you have any queries or require further information about this program, please contact our Corporate Partner Coordinator, Kwai Steinohrt on 08 9320 1700.

Recognise an outstanding contribution - NFP Nominations

The PwC Director Award for Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Sector recognises the outstanding contribution of a director in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia.

Now in its fifth year, the award will acknowledge a director who has exhibited leadership on director issues and promoted excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for society. Nominations for this category are called to recognise the work and contribution of an outstanding individual.

Award criteria:

  • A board member, director or chair of at least one not-for-profit organisation in Western Australia;
  • Demonstrated contribution to the Western Australian community through their board work in the not-for-profit sector;
  • Embodies directorial values of excellence and integrity;
  • Leads by example on corporate governance.

Award inclusions:

  • The Award winner to receive a scholarship to attend a not-for-profit course scheduled by the AICD;
  • Award winner and their represented not-for-profit will be the charitable partner of the WA Division of the AICD for the following year for a period of 12 months and be invited to represent at key events including End of Year Celebration and the 2018 Gala Dinner;
  • Invited to contribute two articles and advertisements in the Australian Institute of Company Directors WADirector Newsletter;
  • Invited to be feature profiled in the Australian Institute of Company Directors WADirector Newsletter;
  • Engagement with PwC, including an opportunity to utilise PwC’s Innovation Hub, throughout the calendar year.

Nominations close on Friday 11 August 2017 and will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 12 October.


To make a nomination, please fill out the form here and submit it to the WA Division.

For more information, please contact Kwai Steinohrt on 9320 1700 or email

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.

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

  • Chair - Mr Mike Ansell GAICD, Director, RSM Bird Cameron
  • Dr Dennis Gee GAICD, Director, Quest Energy Ltd
  • Ms Neema Premji GAICD, Chair, Bunbury Port Authority
  • Ms Iain Massey GAICD, Chair, Davies Wear Plate Systems
  • Ms Diana Phillips GAICD

Goldfields-Esperance Regional Committee

  • Chair – Mr Chris Fyson FAICD, Managing Director, Kalgoorlie Professionals
  • Mr Glen Weir GAICD, CEO, CPC Engineering
  • Mr Bruce Harris FAICD, Director, Q Business Services
  • Ms Lisa Ellery MAICD, Managing Director, Ellery Brookman
  • Mr Ashton George MAICD, Regional Director, EBM Insurance Brokers
  • Ms Julia Shadlow-Bath GAICD, Chair, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Goldfields Esperance

Great Southern Regional Committee

  • Chair - Mr Murray Thornhill MAICD, Managing Director, HHG Legal Group
  • Ms Patricia Ryans-Taylor GAICD, CEO, Albany Community Legal Centre Inc.
  • Mr Mark Dowling MAICD, Director, Life Insurance and Super Pty Ltd
  • Mr Andrew Sharpe MAICD, CEO, City of Albany

Mid-west Regional Committee

  • Mr Robert Jefferies MAICD, Principal, Rob Jefferies & Associates (Chair)
  • Mr David Crothers FAICD, Managing Director, Crothers Construction
  • Mr Peter Klein GAICD, Chief Executive Officer, Geraldton Port Authority
  • Mr Darren Lee MAICD, Managing Director, Market Creations Pty Ltd
  • Mr Tom Maina GAICD, Finance Manager, Northern Agriculture Catchments Council Incorporated
  • Mr Jody Beven MAICD, Branch Manager, Geraldton Community Bank
  • • Rebecca Davidson GAICD, Principal, Progress Economics WA