Meet our team

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
  • Gerard Deegan, Members & Directors Manager, Sales & Engagement
  • Amy Matson, Office Services Coordinator
  • Rachel Heath, BCML Coordinator


  • Dennis Samarin, Account Manager
  • Kristen Chiera, Account Manager
  • Kate Jordan, Delivery Executive


  • Kwai Steinohrt, Members & Directors Executive
  • Courtney Blechynden, Members & Directors Coordinator


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


  • Lisa Francis, Members & Director Executive
  • Sophie Newman, 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:

  • Frank Cooper AO FAICD President
  • Alison Gaines FAICD Vice President
  • Rick Crabb FAICD
  • David Craig FAICD
  • Paul Sadleir FAICD
  • Helen Cook GAICD
  • Derek La Ferla FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD
  • Gillian Swaby 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 fifth 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 it's fith 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 January to December 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 fifth year, the DPP is pleased to welcome 40 women from a wide range of organisations, industries and backgrounds into the 2016 cohort.

Corporate Support

The DPP wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and Corporate Partners. Many thanks go to ANZ for their support of the 2016 DPP Launch event. 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 2017 Director Pipeline Program will open toward the end of 2016. To enquire about applications or any other aspect of the program, contact Orla Fitzgerald at the WA office on 08 9320 1700 or email

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 36,000 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 2016/2017 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, Lisa Francis on 08 9320 1700.


Bankwest Foundation Community Leader Scholarship Program


The Bankwest Foundation and the Australian Institute of Company Directors support the Australian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by generously offering scholarships for those living in WA and working for not-for-profit organisations in WA.

Apply now


WA Division Council Election 2016

The WA Division Council Election has now closed.

Voting for the WA Division Council Election closed on 20 September 2016 at 5pm. The Election was held on 21 September 2016.

The successful candidate is as follows:

  • Gene Tilbrook FAICD

With effect from 1 October 2016, your WA Division Councillors are:

  • Frank Cooper AO FAICD President
  • Alison Gaines FAICD Vice President
  • Rick Crabb FAICD
  • David Craig FAICD
  • Paul Sadlier FAICD
  • Helen Cook GAICD
  • Derek La Ferla FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD
  • Gillian Swaby FAICD
  • Gene Tilbrook FAICD

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

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
  • Mr Robert Zdravevski GAICD, Principal, Karri Asset advisors
  • 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
  • Mr John Keron MAICD, Bank Manager, Westpac Kalgoorlie
  • Mr Jon Price MAICD, Managing Director, Phoenix Gold Ltd

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
  • Ms Nicky Byrne MAICD, Manager, Community Inclusion, Uniting Care West
  • Mr Chris Pavlovich MAICD, Managing Director, Leeshontren Pty Ltd
  • Mr Andrew Sharpe MAICD, CEO, City of Albany

Mid-west Regional Committee

  • Chair – Mr Colin Dymond FAICD, Principal, Geraldton Property Valuers
  • 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 Kenneth Diehm GAICD, Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Geraldton
  • Mr Jody Beven MAICD, Branch Manager, Geraldton Community Bank

Upcoming courses and events in the regions

Keep up-to-date with the latest courses and events near you.