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

  • Carl Cockerham – 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 WA Council

The WA Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a WA 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 and duties of the Council is are set out in clause 2 of the Division Council Charter. Key Division Council governance documents can be found here.

Council Members

With effect from 1 October 2021, your WA Division Councillors are:

  • Paul Sadleir FAICD (Division President)
  • Maree Arnason FAICD
  • Helen Cook 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 generally consists of at least five and not more than eleven members, with up to six Councillors elected by the members of the Division. Each Council appoint a President who serves for a period of up to three years at the discretion of the Council. Each Council also nominates one of its members, often the Division President, for appointment to the Australian Institute of Company Directors board for a period of up to three years. If the Councillor is appointed by the board to serve as a Division Director, that Councillor will also continue as a member of the Council (as the Division Director Councillor) while they hold the position of Division Director.

Elected Council members must retire at the end of their three-year term; however, a retiring member may be eligible for re-election. Generally, the maximum time a Council member may serve on the Council without Board approval is nine consecutive years.

For more information on the role of the Council, please view the Division Council governance documents available above.

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.

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

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 FAICD (Chair)
  • Michael Archer GAICD
  • Duncan Anderson MAICD
  • Brian Piesse FAICD
  • John Barratt MAICD
  • Kelly Hick GAICD
  • Mal Osbourne GAICD

Great Southern Regional Committee

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

Mid-west Regional Committee

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