Meet our team

Meet the WA team

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

Members & Clients – WA

  • Suzanne Schultz FAICD – State Manager
  • Kristen Chiera MAICD – Account Manager

Our Member, Client and Guest Relations team deliver our extensive schedule of courses and events.

  • Lara Williams – Member, Client and Guest Relations Partner
  • Hayley Holmes – Member, Client and Guest Relations Partner 
  • Stacey Forward - Member, Client and Guest Relations Partner

Members & Clients – National (based in WA)

Our Membership Experience team are available to speak with you about membership, your ongoing professional development and questions you may have about being or becoming a director.

  • Gerard Deegan GAICD – National Manager – Development
  • Orla Fitzgerald AAICD – Membership Partner – Development
  • Arnold Nyamhamba GAICD - Membership Partner – Development
  • Amy Matson – Team Coordinator

Information Technology – National (based in WA)

  • Aaron Townley – Solutions Architect

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

With effect from February 22 2021, your WA Division Councillors are:

  • Paul Sadleir FAICD (Division President)
  • Maree Arnason FAICD
  • Helen Cook FAICD
  • Frank Cooper AO FAICD
  • David Craig FAICD
  • Jane Cutler FAICD
  • Derek La Ferla FAICD (Division Director, AICD Board)
  • Fiona Payne FAICD
  • Gillian Swaby FAICD
  • Andrew Thompson 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.

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.

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.

For further information or queries about our WA Corporate Partner Program, please contact Melanie Leach at


 Corporate Partner Logos

PwC Awards for Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Sector

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

The award will acknowledge a director who has exhibited leadership on director issues and promoted good governance to achieve a positive impact for society.

Past PwC Award for Excellence in Not-for-Profit Sector winners

  • 2013: Andrew Birch GAICD
  • 2014: Harvey Collins FAICD
  • 2015: Gaye McMath FAICD
  • 2016: Steven Cole FAICD
  • 2017: John Barrington FAICD
  • 2018: Erica Smyth AC FAICD
  • 2019: Caroline de Mori GAICD


WA Division Gold Medal Award

The Western Australian Division Gold Medal Award is presented annually to an outstanding director whose achievements go beyond business. It is awarded to one who exemplifies leadership values of excellence and integrity and encourages the highest ethical standards.

This is an annual award and seeks to recognise those in our community who have truly “given back” to the community in their role as a Director.

  • 1994: Harold Clough
  • 1996: Denis Cullity
  • 1997: Ron Cohen
  • 1998: Warwick Kent
  • 1999: Harry Perkins
  • 2000: Ian Mackenzie
  • 2001: Michael Chaney
  • 2002: Kerry Stokes
  • 2003: David Young
  • 2004: Trevor Eastwood
  • 2005: Gordon Martin
  • 2006: Patricia Kailis
  • 2007: Janet Holmes a Court
  • 2008: Rory Argyle
  • 2009: Prof Ian Constable
  • 2010: Tony Howarth AO
  • 2011: George Jones AM CitWA
  • 2012: Sam Walsh AO
  • 2013: Margaret Seares AO
  • 2014: Harvey Collins
  • 2015: Terry Budge
  • 2016: Fiona Harris
  • 2017: Eva Skira
  • 2018: Wayne Osborn
  • 2019: Neil Hamilton
  • 2020: Gene Tilbrook

Call for West Australia Division Council Nominations 2021

The current term of the following elected Councillors expires on 30 September 2021:

Jane Cutler FAICD
Gillian Swaby FAICD

Nominations are now called to fill two vacancies on the WA Division Council.

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

Jane Cutler FAICD
Gillian Swaby FAICD

Who can nominate – Eligible Members?
An Eligible Member is a member of any membership class of the AICD (other than Affiliate member); and who has been a member of one or more such classes for a minimum of three consecutive years prior to the date of this notice (Eligible Member). (By-Law 3.9.1)

An Eligible Member may nominate any other Eligible Member to serve on the Division Council, limited to two nominations per election.

The Board of the AICD is mindful of the importance of all Division Councillors bringing independent judgement to bear on matters considered by the Division Council. Having regard to guidance provided in Recommendation 2.3 of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (4th ed) with respect to factors relevant to assessing independence, the Board has determined that any person intending to nominate to serve as a member of the Division Council must obtain the approval of the Board if that person:

(a) is, or has been, employed in an executive or managerial capacity by the AICD;
(b) is, or has been, in a material business relationship (eg. as a supplier, professional adviser, consultant or customer) with the AICD or is an officer of, or otherwise associated with, someone with such a relationship; or
(c) has close personal ties with any person who falls within either of the above categories.

Timelines and how to nominate
Enquiries and requests for a Nomination Form can be obtained from Carl Cockerham, State Manager WA by calling 08 9320 1707 or email

Nominations must be:
Submitted on the Nomination Form and in accordance with the AICD’s By-Laws.
All nominations must be received at the offices of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as detailed on the Nomination Form by no later than 5pm AEST on Friday 13 August 2021.

The Election will be held on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

For further information please see our Constitution and By-Laws which govern the AICD’s Division Council Elections.

By Order of the Council.
AICD Division Council Elections 2021

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 members distributed across the following regions:

  • Albany
  • 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

  • Nadine Carter GAICD (Chair)
  • Wendy Duncan GAICD
  • Neema Premji FAICD
  • Michael Archer GAICD
  • Duncan Anderson MAICD

Great Southern Regional Committee

  • Trevor Hunt MAICD (Chair)
  • Andrew Sharpe MAICD
  • Asha Bhat MAICD
  • Tim Wither GAICD
  • Thomas Brough MAICD

Mid-west Regional Committee

  • Rebecca Davidson GAICD (Chair)
  • Robert Jefferies MAICD 
  • Tom Maina GAICD
  • Philip Melling GAICD
  • Barbara Thompson MAICD 
  • Kirrilee Warr GAICD
  • Nicole Batten MAICD