Board and Committees

Board Members

Andrew Edwards (Chairman)

Andrew joined the Board in October 2008 and was re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Andrew was elected President and Chair by the Board in 2011. A chartered accountant by background, Andrew is a professional company director whose career has included 25 years as a partner in PriceWaterhouseCoopers. His business experience has embraced a wide range of commercial activities, including mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and project reviews, as well as management and Board of Directors leadership roles.

He is a past National Vice President of the (then) Securities Institute of Australia (now the Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and past President of the Western Australian division of that Institute. He is a past State Councillor of the (then) Institute of Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand), past State Chairman of the Institute’s local Education Committee and a past member of its National Education Committee. He currently serves on the Boards of MMA Offshore Limited and Nido Petroleum Limited and is Chairman of MACA Limited. 
Andrew is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee and the Activ Council.

   
     

Ian Brown (Deputy Chair)

Ian was appointed to the Board in March 2013. Ian is an experienced and successful entrepreneur, having taken various innovative technologies and business models and turned them into successful businesses. Ian has an MBA and he is an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD (Europe’s #1 Business School) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. Ian is also a non-executive director at: Recce Limited a company focused on Soluble Synthetic Polymer Antibiotics; Cytomatrix Limited a company focused on Cord-Blood Stem Cell Therapeutics; HeiQ (Aust) Pty Ltd a company focused on Nanofiber Textile Product; InterGrain Pty Ltd a company focused on Wheat And Barley Seeds Breeding and Ian is Chairman at Morrgul Pty Ltd a company focused on Aboriginal Businesses Development across the Kimberley.

Ian is the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

 
   
     

Stephanie Black 

Stephanie Black was elected to the Activ Board in 2008. Stephanie is the Executive Director, Government Procurement in the WA Department of Finance. She was previously Executive Director responsible for ICT Commissioning, at the Fiona Stanley Hospital. Stephanie has a broad background in Government and the private sector and was Chief Executive Officer at United Credit Union until its merger in 2009.

Stephanie is a Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

 
     

Neil Guard (Deputy Chair)

Neil was appointed to the Activ Board in 2011.

Neil is the current Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Wellbeing, an organisation that operates in the area of mental health recovery.

His career includes more than 20 years in executive roles in both the corporate sector in the UK and public sector in Western Australia. Until July 2015 Neil was the Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Office, a position he held for 7 years. During this period he was seconded by the Minister for Mental Health for 6 months in 2010 to lead the establishment of the WA Mental Health Commission. Before joining the Drug and Alcohol Office in 2008, he held the position of Executive Director of Healthway for 5 years, with previous senior roles including 4 years as Director of Accommodation Services in the Disability Services Commission.  

Throughout his career Neil has focused significantly on improving public health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged populations. He is highly experienced in change and program management and has an extensive record in planning and successfully managing organisational reforms.

Neil is also the Chair of the Service Advisory Committee and a member of the Activ Council. 

 
     

Craig Knox Lyttle 

Craig was appointed to the Board in June 2014 to fill a casual vacancy. Craig is a Principal with Nous Group, a leading Australian management consultancy. He focuses on helping government-controlled or funded organisations such as universities, utilities providers and purpose-driven organisations transform their operating models to become more commercial and customer-focused. He has also worked in mining, mining and oil and gas services, telecommunications, consumer goods, healthcare and government. 

Craig’s expertise includes growth strategy, infrastructure planning, customer-led transformation, commercial due diligence, enterprise performance management and sales and marketing.

Prior to moving to Nous, Craig was a partner at PwC and led PwC's strategy consulting practice in Western Australia. Craig was previously a strategy consultant with A.T. Kearney in North America, and led strategic planning and transformation functions at Telstra in Sydney. He began his career in the federal government as a policy advisor in the human services sector. 

Craig is also a member and deputy Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. 

 
     

Julie Cox (Grace Juliette) 

Julie was appointed to the Board in November 2014 to fill a casual vacancy. Julie is an experienced finance professional with over 30 years’ experience covering mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, project evaluation and strategy development. 

Julie is currently General Manager – Business Development with Craig Mostyn Group, a leading agribusiness company in Western Australia. Prior to 2012, she was a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ corporate valuations, transaction support and consulting teams.

Julie is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

 
     

Andrew Lefroy 

Andrew was appointed to the Board in July 2015. Andrew has a BA in Philosophy from Murdoch University and is currently undertaking his Masters. Andrew has worked for many years as a stockman in his family business and has volunteered in a drug rehabilitation centre. Andrew is legally blind/vision impaired and uses technology and his positive attitude to assist him in his university studies and life in general. 

Andrew is a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

 
     

Dale Calhoun

Dale was appointed to the Board in September 2016.  She has extensive experience as a senior executive and consultant, working with management teams and boards on strategic human resources matters, major change initiatives, organisation review, strategic capability, remuneration, talent and leadership related agendas in both Australia and internationally. Prior to consulting, Dale has previously held Executive General Management roles across a wide range of sectors including retail, health, automotive components, food, wine, diversified manufacturing, building materials, FCMG and resources in a number of large listed companies.

Dale established Tower Human Capital; a strategic human resources practice in February 2008 and in June 2008 established DirectioneeringWA. Over the last five years, Dale has built the Tower Human Capital and DirectioneeringWA into leading HR and career management practices in WA.

Dale is a member and Deputy Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee.

   
     

Matt Wisniewski

Matt was appointed to the Board in September 2016.  He has gained relevant sector experience by living with, and advocating for, two family members with disabilities.   Matt has contributed to the external service delivery network supporting these family members by working with numerous providers in planning individualised programs, including tailoring risk management plans that address their specific challenges and needs. 

Matt has worked as the Service Manager (WA) for Airmaster Australia Pty Ltd since 2009, and has a strong record of achieving results whilst retaining key personnel and maintaining high customer service delivery. He has a proven ability to develop and implement coaching models that improve effectiveness and productivity to drive continued relationship development between customers and staff. Matt adopts innovative thinking to “pivot” against typical management strategies based on validated learning outcomes, and embraces change.

Matt is also a member of the Activ Council & Audit & Risk Committee. 

   
     

Danielle Newport - Chief Executive Officer

In her role as CEO and Managing Director of Activ, Danielle is committed to upholding Activ’s purpose of enabling people living with disability to achieve a better life.

Prior to Danielle’s appointment to the role of CEO and Managing Director of Activ in April 2016, she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer (2011 - 2013), General Manager of Strategy and Finance (2013 - 2014) and General Manager Strategy (2014 - 2016). These roles have provided Danielle with a unique and varied perspective into the state's largest disability service organisation and she has committed to assuming her current role of CEO with the determination, passion and enthusiasm worthy of an organisation that has provided such a valued service to the community for over 65 years. 

In addition to Danielle’s roles at Activ, she is also Director/Company Secretary of Perth Theatre Company, a proud Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Secretary (ACIS) with over 15 years’ experience working in senior corporate and finance roles. 

Danielle sits on the Board of Activ, and is a member of the Audit & Risk and Governance & Nominations Committees.
   

Committees

The Board has established standing and ad hoc Committees which assist in carrying out its responsibilities. Each Committee has board-approved Terms of Reference setting out its role, composition, powers responsibilities, structure, resourcing and administration.

Audit and Risk Committee (Chair: Julie Cox)

The Committee assists the Board in the effective discharge of its fiduciary, stewardship, leadership and control responsibilities by reviewing and monitoring internal control, risk management and compliance and ensuring the delivery of an effective and efficient audit function within Activ.

Governance and Nomination Committee (Chair: Ian Brown)

The Committee provides advice and assistance to the Board in relation to maintenance and continuous improvement of governance processes and the Board.

Employee Advocacy Committee (Chair: Kathy Turley)

The Employee Advocacy Committee advises the Board on matters of concern for employees with disability and ensures those employees are involved in decision-making processes. The Committee meets monthly. The Committee membership is comprised of representatives from each of Activ’s Business Services operations. Directors attend the Employee Advocacy Committee on a rotational basis.

Service Advisory Committee (Chair: Neil Guard)

The Committee, established in 2011, assists the Board in its understanding of the expectations of customers and families and their relationships with Activ; current service levels and issues; the potential need for change in service requirements and the impact of policies and strategic directions on customers and families.

Awards and Recognitions Committee (Chair: Murray Blanchard, AM JP (Past President 1993 – 2001, Past Board Member 1986 - 1993))

The Committee is comprised of the Honorary Life Governors of Activ and recommends individuals for internal and external awards.

 

Council Members

Murray Blanchard (Chair)
Murray is a parent of a daughter with Intellectual Disability and was appointed to the Board of Activ Foundation in 1986, serving as Treasurer and Senior Vice President. He was appointed President in 1993 and remained until his retirement from the Board in 2001. Murray was appointed an Honorary Life Governor in 1999.

John Francks (Deputy Chair)
John has been involved with Activ since 1996, and was an Activ Board member from 1998 until 2008. John has been involved with the Finance Industry for many years involved with large international corporations at Senior Management levels. In more recent times John has been involved in running his own finance company. John was appointed an Honorary Life Governor in October 2013.

Dennis Barton
Dennis Barton was one of the first two non-family member directors of Activ appointed in 1995.  He served as a director, including 2 years as treasurer, until 2003.  He has been a director of the Future Living Trust from 1993 and its Treasurer since 1999.  He is the director of an actuarial practice, Barton Consultancy, and of a financial advisory practice, Andep Investment Consultancy and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Aspen Group Ltd.

Matthew Battrick
Matthew was a member of the Activ Board from 2001 to 2011 and he has an adult daughter with intellectual disability.  Matthew is a petroleum geologist who has 34 years of experience working internationally for a range of oil & gas companies, including as Managing Director of Sun Resources NL, an ASX-listed oil and gas company with assets in the USA, from 2008 to 2013.  His passions are his family, the intellectually disabled people of Western Australia and the field of geology.

Ken Booth
Ken has been a member of Activ since 1991.  His family was associated with the Fremantle Branch from the early 1960s onwards. Ken has served on the Board of the Future Living Trust (Inc.) [formerly the Hawkevale Trust] since 1995. He served on the Board of Activ in 1999 – 2002. He was made a Life Member of Activ in 2005 and Honorary Life Governor in 2013. Ken is a Civil Celebrant, who had a 35 year career in education in WA. His brother David lives in an Activ group home.

Andrew Edwards
Andrew joined the Board in October 2008 and was re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Andrew was elected President and Chair by the Board in 2011. A chartered accountant by background, Andrew Edwards is a professional company director whose career has included 25 years as a partner in PriceWaterhouseCoopers.   
             
His business experience has embraced a wide range of commercial activities, including mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and project reviews, as well as management and Board of Directors leadership roles.

He is a past National Vice President of the (then) Securities Institute of Australia (now the Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and past President of the Western Australian division of that Institute. He is a past State Councillor of the (then) Institute of Chartered Accountants (now the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand), past State Chairman of the Institute’s local Education Committee and a past member of its National Education Committee. 

He currently serves on the Boards of MMA Offshore Limited and Nido Petroleum Limited and is Chairman of MACA Limited. Andrew is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee and the Activ Council.

John Groves
John was the Executive Director of Activ Foundation from June 1995 until his retirement in May 2007. John has more than 20 years’ experience in executive management and in chairing the Board of various organisations. He has maintained his interest in people with disability through his ongoing membership of National Disability Services (NDS, formerly ACROD.) John has served on the State Committee and the National Board of NDS, and has been its National President.

Neil Guard
Neil was appointed to the Activ Board in 2011 and was re-appointed in 2013 and 2015.  Neil is the current Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Wellbeing, an organisation that operates in the area of mental health recovery services.  

His career includes more than 20 years in executive roles in both the corporate sector in the UK and public sector in Western Australia. Until July 2015 Neil was the Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Office, a position he held for 7 years. During this period he was seconded by the Minister for Mental Health for 6 months in 2010 to lead the establishment of the WA Mental Health Commission. 

Before joining the Drug and Alcohol Office in 2008, he held the position of Executive Director of Healthway for 5 years, with previous senior roles including 4 years as Director of Accommodation Services in the Disability Services Commission.  

Throughout his career Neil has focused significantly on improving public health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged populations. He is highly experienced in change and program management and has an extensive record in planning and successfully managing organisational reforms.

Neil is the Joint Deputy President, Joint Deputy Chair, Chair of the Service Advisory Committee and a member of the Activ Council.

Laurence Iffla
Larry has been a member of the Future Living Trust Board since 1993 and was appointed as chairman in 1996 to 2015. 

An experienced lawyer, he has practised commercial property law for over 30 years and is a partner at the legal firm Iffla Wade. Prior to that he was a partner with national legal firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. 

He is also a non-executive Director of the Perron Group and is the Chairman of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research Inc. 

Larry has a strong association with Activ - his brother, Harold works at Activ, his father Mel was on the Activ Board and his late mother Quentin was involved in Activ’s branch activities.

Leonie Walker OAM
Leonie was elected to the Board in 2006 and re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.  Leonie joined Activ in 1975.  She has two adult sons with Intellectual Disability. Living on a farm in Wongan Hills, Leonie was active in establishing homes for special needs children. She now resides in Dunsborough with her husband and has a long association with local support groups in the area. 

Leonie was awarded the Centenary Medal for Community Services in 2001 and received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours.

Leonie is an elected member of the Future Living Trust Board.  Leonie is an Honorary Life Governor, Trustee and Council member of Activ.  Leonie is also a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee.  

Penelope Willems
Penelope was a former Board Member serving on the Activ Board from 2011 to 2013. She is the guardian to her brother who works at Activ Business Services and lives in Activ supported accommodation. Penelope hopes to use her role on the Council as an opportunity to further connect Activ’s services with the customers and families they support. 

“As a representative for the family members supported by Activ I look forward to the opportunity to being an integral link between customers and the organisation during a time when the disability sector is going through one of its most substantial reforms,” she said. 

Penelope is also a member of the Service Advisory Committee and has strong connections with Activ - her husband has worked for Activ since 2000. Her personal time is spent travelling, a passion she shares with her brother.


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