Board Members

Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Chair of Royal Disability Steering Committee

Sheldon was appointed to the Activ Board on the 30 August 2019 to fill a casual vacancy.

Sheldon holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Murdoch University and is a corporate lawyer with expertise in acquisitions and divestments, major transactions and strategic corporate and commercial legal advice across a range of industry areas.

Sheldon’s current role is General Manager – Legal at Wesfarmers, a top-10 ASX listed diversified conglomerate. At Wesfarmers he is responsible for advising on major transactions and leading legal teams supporting the Bunnings, Officeworks, Kmart and Target business units. He also has an active interest in operational efficiency and technology, particularly in the corporate legal sector.

Sheldon is also a member of the Royal Disability Steering Committee and appointed Committee Chair from the 29 November 2019.

Michelle smiles at the camera
Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Audit and Risk Committee

Michelle was appointed to the Activ Board in June 2019 to fill a casual vacancy.

Michelle holds a Bachelor Business from Edith Cowan University.  She has a passion for the important role Media plays in society along with a keen interest in driving business transformation and a real curiosity in digital technology. Michelle has strong commercial skills with a focus on delivering positive business outcomes.  Michelle’s communication skills deliver a reputation for strong client & stakeholder engagement, with over 6 years Managing Director responsibility & over 20 years Media experience internationally & domestically.

Michelle is Deputy Chair (NED) of Fashion Council WA and Variety the Children’s Charity. Previously, Michelle was the Chairman of Community Newspaper Group WA and prior to the sale of The Sunday Times and Perth Now to Seven West Media in 2016 Michelle was the managing director of News Corporation Australia, Western Australian operations.

Michelle is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee since November 2019.

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director – Non-Independent

Danielle is a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Secretary (ACIS) and has over 15 years’ experience working in senior finance and corporate roles, with more than five of these years at senior executive level within the disability sector.

Danielle joined Activ in November 2011 and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in April 2016. She strongly aligns with the customer perspective and Activ’s purpose of enabling people living with a disability to pursue a better life. Prior to taking on the role of CEO Danielle led the development of Activ’s Strategy.

Danielle is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Governance & Nomination Committee, Activ Grants Committee, Disability Royal Commission Steering Committee and the Service Advisory Committee.

Danielle brings a wealth of experience in strategic governance gained from 10 years of serving on voluntary Boards across education, community services and the arts. Danielle is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Danielle is an elected director of the National Disability Services National Board, a Director on the Workability International Board and has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Council Board on Disability in WA.

Bevan Smith smiles at the camera.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Deputy Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Bevan was appointed to the Activ Board in October 2018.

Bevan is a Senior Investment Adviser with over 30 years’ experience in the banking, finance and investment sectors. He currently manages investment portfolios for a range of retail, wholesale and institutional clients. Bevan has qualifications in both Psychology and Finance and has tutored at Edith Cowan University and the Australian Stock Exchange in finance and stock market education. He has also presented market updates, commentary and interactive discussion on stock market issues for the ABC, Sky Business News and 91.3SportFM.   Bevan was a Non-Executive Director of St Bartholomew’s House and Chair of the St Bartholomew’s Foundation for the years 2008 to 2018.

Bevan is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and has been the Deputy Chair since November 2019.

Lisa Palmer smiles at the camera.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Lisa was appointed to the Board in September 2018 as a Casual Vacancy and reappointed in October 2018.

Lisa brings to the Board over 20 years of experience from executive management positions in finance, strategy, risk and compliance, governance, internal and external audit and corporate finance advisory at BHP, Woodside, Deloitte and PwC in Australia and the UK.

Lisa’s experience covers mining, oil and gas, health, superannuation, government, heavy manufacturing and FMCG. She has led finance and analysis teams internally and on transactions, governance oversight of major capital projects and management system implementations and leading investigations into risk management failings. Her current executive role is as Co-founder and Director of a Perth based private engineering company as well as providing consultancy services in strategy, risk and company secretarial.

Ms Palmer holds an honours degree in mathematics and business. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the UK, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute in Australia.

Ms Palmer is currently a Board Member and Treasurer at North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, and an immediate past Director of HBF Limited, serving on both the Group Audit and Group Risk Committees.

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

Matt
Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Chair of Service Advisory Committee

Matt was appointed to the Board in September 2016.

Matt is inspired by those that live with disabilities and passionate about assisting them to achieve their dreams. 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 is the West Australian State Manager for Airmaster Australia Pty Ltd and has a demonstrated history of lifting organisational performance and employee engagement. Locally, he has advanced the development of Quality, WHS and performance initiatives that support best practice and build a compliance culture.

Matt is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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

Andrew Lefroy smiles at the camera.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Deputy Chair of Service Advisory Committee

Andrew was appointed to the Board in July 2015.

Andrew has an Honours Degree in Philosophy from Murdoch University. 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 and Deputy Chair of the Service Advisory Committee.

 

Dale Calhoun

Joint Deputy Board Chair

Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Chair of Governance and Nomination

Dale was appointed to the Board in September 2016.   Dale is currently Director of Tower Human Capital, a Strategic Human Resources consulting practice she established in 2008. Tower works with management teams and boards on Strategic Human Resources, Organisation Development and Career Management initiatives. Tower consults to a large cross section of WA organisations across all market sectors.

Coupled with her consulting background, Dale has extensive senior executive experience across a wide range of sectors including resources, FMCG, building materials, industrial products and automotive components, retail and health. During this time Dale worked for a number of large listed organisations with an Australian and International footprint.

Dale is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute and served on the Board of Lifeline WA from 2010-2014.  Dale has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations.

Dale is also Joint Deputy Board Chair, the Chair of the Governance & Nominations Committee and also a member of the Activ Council.

Craig Knoxlyttle smiles at the camera.

Joint Deputy Board Chair

Independent Non-Executive Director
Committee - Deputy Chair of Governance and Risk

Craig was appointed to the Board in June 2014. Craig is a Principal with Nous Group, a leading Australian management consultancy. He focuses on helping highly regulated 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 Joint Deputy Board Chair and deputy Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee.

Neil Guard

Board Chair

Independent Non-Executive Director

Neil was appointed to the Activ Board in 2011 and was elected as Board Chair in October 2018.

His career includes over 25 years in executive roles in the corporate sector in the UK and public and community services sectors in Western Australia. Until December 2018, Neil was Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Wellbeing, an organisation that operates in the area of mental health recovery services.

Previous roles include Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Office, a position he held for 7 years and during which 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, Neil held the position of Executive Director of Healthway for 5 years and 4 years as Director of Accommodation Services in the Disability Services Commission.

Throughout his career Neil has focused significantly on improving 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 Board Chair, and also a member of the Activ Council, Governance & Nominations Committee, Service Advisory Committee, Audit & Risk Committee and Royal Commission Steering Committee.