Annual Report 2016

Andrew Edwards

 

 

Andrew Edwards (President and Chair)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Andrew joined the Board in October 2008 and was reelected 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.

 

     

Ian Brown

 

 

 

Ian Brown (Joint Deputy President and Joint Deputy Chair)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ian was appointed to the Board in March 2013 and was re-appointed in 2015. 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 Joint Deputy President, Joint Deputy Chair, and is the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee.

     

Neil Guard

 

 

 

 

Neil Guard (Joint Deputy President & Joint Deputy Chair)
Independent Non-Executive Director

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 well being 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.

     
Tina Thomas
 
 

Tina Thomas
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tina was appointed to the Board in October 2006 and re-appointed in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Tina is a management consultant and company director with a career spanning more than 20 years’ experience in the
oil and gas industry. Her business experience has included a wide range of leadership roles including strategy, human resources; mergers and acquisitions; corporate affairs; indigenous affairs; health; safety and environment; security and emergency management and sustainability.

Tina is a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee and was a member of the Activ Council until 23rd May 2016.

     
Leonie Walker
 
 

Leonie Walker OAM
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

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.

     
Stephanie Black   

Stephanie Black
Independent Non-Executive Director

Stephanie Black was elected to the Activ Board in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014. 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.

     

Craig Knox

 

 

Craig Knox Lyttle
Independent Non-Executive Director

Craig was appointed to the Board in June 2014 to fill a casual vacancy. Craig leads PwC’s strategy consulting practice, Strategy&, in Western Australia. Craig’s expertise includes growth strategy, infrastructure planning, customerled transformation, commercial due diligence, enterprise performance management and sales and marketing.

Craig has over 22 years of global consulting and industry experience in strategy development and performance improvement in mining, utilities, mining and oil and gas services, universities, telecommunication, consumer goods, healthcare and government. Craig has also served not-for-profit organisations with a focus on  homelessness. Prior to moving to Perth, Craig was 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.

     

Jolie Cox

 

 

Julie Cox
Independent Non-Executive Director

Julie was appointed to the Board in November 2014 to fill a casual vacancy and was confirmed by the Council in 2015. 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 Lefroy
Independent Non-Executive Director

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.

     

Danielle Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Newport (Chief Executive Officer)
Executive Director - Non-Independent

Danielle was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2016. Prior to Danielle’s appointment to the role of CEO 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 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 is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Governance & Nomination Committee and Service Advisory Committee.

     
 Tony Vis  

Tony Vis (Chief Executive Officer)
Executive Director - Non-Independent

Tony was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2007 and resigned on 31 March 2016. He was previously elected to the Board as a metropolitan elected member in October 1998 and served as President from 2001 to September 2007. He has extensive executive and commercial experience with a diverse range of organisations and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony was a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Governance & Nomination Committee and Service Advisory Committee.

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