Board of Directors

Graham Dowland – Chairman, B.Comm, CA
  Mr Dowland has over 25 years corporate finance and management experience predominantly in the oil and gas industry. He has previously held director or senior management or advisory positions in Australian, Canadian and UK-listed companies within a variety of industries including oil and gas, biotechnology, mining and aquaculture.
 
Andrew Thompson – Deputy Chairman LLB FAICD M AusIMM
  Andrew is a Consultant at Minter Ellison’s Perth office and formerly a senior partner and member of its Corporate Energy & Resources team. He has over 35 years business and commercial legal experience working for, and advising, leading Australian and international companies.   He is recognised as a leading lawyer in the Asia Pacific region in energy and resources (The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global). He has served as President of the Western Australian Branches of the Australian Mining & Petroleum Association and Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, and as President and Honorary Life Member of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA Inc.
 
Geoff Anderson – Chair Investment Committee B.Comm, FAICD 
  Mr Anderson has spent over 20 years in the stockbroking and financial services sectors where he served as a Director and Manager of the Private Client divisions of both Hartley Poynton Ltd and Eyres Reed McIntosh Ltd. He also served on the Board of Silver Chain Nursing Association for 11 years from 1997. During this time he was appointed Chairman of their Finance and Audit Committee from 2002-2004 and Chairman of the Board from 2004-2008. Geoff is currently Chairman of a private Perth property developer, Gold Estates Holdings Pty Ltd, which has been developing property in Western Australia for more than 100 years. He also chairs the Finance Committee at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club.
 
Tom Atkinson, FAICD, FCITL     
  Mr Atkinson has over 35 years’ experience in senior management in materials handling, mining and logistic services operations throughout West Australia and the Northern Territory. He was a senior executive of Bramble Industrial Services in Western Australia before retirement. He has served on the board of Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. for 11 years, including a role as chair of the finance and investment committee. He is chairman and director of several private investment companies.
 
Emeritus Professor Frank Christiansen, MB, BS, MD, FRACP, FRCPA
   Dr Christiansen, a recently retired Emeritus Consultant at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and Emeritus Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, pursued a career spanning nearly 40 years as a clinical immunologist, medical researcher and teacher. He served for 12 years as Head of Department at RPH and was the PathWest RPH Site Director until his retirement. He has an international reputation for research in immunogenetics and serves on numerous national and international medical and scientific committees.
 
Dr Elizabeth Davis – Chair Medical Advisory Committee, MBBS, FRACP PhD
  Associate Professor Liz Davis is head of the Diabetes and Obesity services at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children with adjunct positions at The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. She is a paediatric endocrinologist and hormone specialist and is actively involved in research in the areas of diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome in children.
 
Kim Pervan, FPRIA
  With 20 years experience in government, NFP, corporate, regional and rural environments, Ms Pervan specializes in external affairs and stakeholder engagement, in order to underpin the achievement of corporate objectives. Most recently, Ms Pervan was General Manager of Community and Government Relations with the Mitsubishi-owner Oakajee Port and Rail project. She worked for BHP Billiton Iron Ore and on the restructuring of the CBH Group of Companies. Ms Pervan was the inaugural Chair of the National Breast Cancer Foundation WA Board and a Director of Shakespeare WA. She is Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 
Melissa Price – Chair Strategic Planning Committee, MP LLB (Hons) GAICD
  Ms Price is a lawyer with more than 20 years experience in the private sector. She has worked in the mining and grain industry in a variety of commercial and legal roles. She was recently elected to the Federal Parliament representing the seat of Durack. She is a director of the Cancer Council (WA) in addition to BrightSpark Foundation.
 
Professor Michael Quinlan MB BS MD FRACP
  Professor Quinlan is the Professor of Medicine and former Chancellor at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and an Emeritus Consultant Physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is a Trustee of St John of God Australia, past Chairman of the St John of God Foundation and serves on the board of many organisations. Prof Quinlan was awarded the College Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1998, the Federation Medal in 2003 and the Hippocratic Bust by the Australian Medical Association (WA) in 2006.
 
Trish Ridsdale, BA FAICD
  Trish Ridsdale is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a director educator and a strategy, risk and corporate governance consultant. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and currently serves on the board of the Arty Gallery of WA, and Travellers Choice Ltd in addition to BrightSpark Foundation.
 
Tony Barber – Secretary, B.Bus, CA
  Tony Barber is an accountant with his own Chartered Accounting practice and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) as well as being a Chartered Accountant.   After growing up on a farm, Mr Barber worked in a large rural-based chartered firm, in a variety of roles in towns throughout Western Australia. In 2000 he started his own practice in Perth which provides services to small business in a variety of industries, including farming, professional, service, trade, wholesale and retail businesses.