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The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia

Our Board

Mr Warren Harding – ChairWarren Harding

B.Sc Hons; Grad Dip. Media; Brit Council Scholar LSE; Adjunct Professor, CBS

Warren Harding was appointed to the Board in 2018/19. Warren has over 25 years of strategic management consulting and other NFP board experience. He was the former Ministerial adviser to a state Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and held various senior government roles including Treasury.

Warren has a very broad international experience with PwC, Deloitte and Accenture at Managing Partner level in Asia Pacific serving some of the worlds largest companies in energy, mining, telecommunications; life-sciences, health and public sector.  He has been an External Adviser to McKinsey & Company. He has led major organisational transformations involving complex OPEX/CAPEX budgets; major technology change and has a track record of building culture and developing talent.

He was a co-founder of the Future of Work Institute in WA and has been a regular speaker on future work skills, and the human factors of digitisation; AI and Automation and is working closely with the World Economic Forum.

He is the Minister for Health’s Nominee on the Sustainable Health Review and has strong views around financial sustainability, addressing inequity of regional access and delivery, the opportunity for digital health and assistive technology to support care in the home, and importance of workforce training. He has real-lived experience with dementia as a carer.

Warren holds a Bachelor of Science ( First Class Hons) from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Media (AFTRS); was a British Council Scholar at London School of Economics; and holds an Adjunct Professorship to the Curtin Business School.


Dr Sean Maher

Dr Sean Maher – Deputy Chair and Honorary Medical Director


Dr Sean Maher is a Geriatrician and recent Head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He graduated from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was the Federal Secretary for the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) from 2008 – 2012 and is a current Federal Councillor. He has interests in delirium and dementia and coordinated the ANZSGM’s Position Paper on delirium, as well as assisting to develop the WA Department of Health’s Model of Care for Delirium and the Older Person. He was a senior lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at Edith Cowan University, and Honorary Research Fellow at Curtin University. He helped initiate the successful Vascular Geriatrics perioperative care program and is assisting with implementing the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program at SCGH.


Mrs Jenny Rogers – Company Secretary

Jenny Rogers is Director and shareholder of R M Black Morgan Management Pty Ltd, the company that trades under the licence of Paterson’s Wealth Management with management of Corporate and Private clients for over 32 years.

She is also a Director of 197 Adelaide Terrace Unit Trust, a Director and shareholder of a family company for the past 49 years, Director and board member of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for the past 4 years. Jenny has chaired the NBCF Global Illumination Committee in Perth for 13 years.  She has for the past 11 years held the position of Vice Chair on the Board of Alzheimer’s WA and chaired the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference Planning Committee in Perth in 2014. In November 2017, Jenny became Director of the Claremont Football Club part of the Western Australian Football League.

Jenny also was a Director of Lotterywest for 8 years and while a Director chaired their Medical Research program. She has previously held the position of President of Women Chiefs of Enterprise WA.

Jenny has a passion to support the work of Alzheimer’s WA, bringing her personal experience of dementia and her business skills to serve in her role as a Director.


Mr Matthew Budge – Finance Director

Matt Budge joined PwC in 2001 and has over 17 years’ experience in providing tax advice to Australian and multinational companies. Matt was appointed partner in 2012 when he returned to Perth six years ago after eight years on secondment in Melbourne and Sydney.

Matt has a very broad range of experience in diverse industries having worked on transactions in the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney markets serviced by PwC. Matt focuses on assisting clients through transformative transactions involving major acquisitions, restructures, refinancing and investments into significant infrastructure.

Matt successfully led a global reorganisation involving similar transaction steps from initial planning phase to the end of an audit of the reorganisation by the ATO.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Masters of Taxation from the University of Melbourne, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Member of the Tax & Regulatory Committee for the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies of Australia and Chair of the Council at University Hall, University of Western Australia.


Ms Ella Dachs – Director

Ella Dachs is the Principal of a strategic consulting firm and has 20 years of international experience in organisational/human capital strategy; specialising in aligning people with strategy; leadership and talent development; executive coaching; and culture/change management.

She has had an extensive consulting career specialising in strategic change and business transformation across multiple industries and sectors to develop and implement transformation initiatives.

Ella holds a B. Bus. Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management (University of Cape Town) and a Post Graduate Diploma Marketing (IMM).

Ella has worked for international professional service firms EY (London), KPMG (Sydney), Korn Ferry (Perth), Heidricks (Perth), and BDO Spencer Steward (Cape Town).

She was an architect of the Ministerial “Art of the Possible” industry engagement around digital health, medical research and innovation as part of the recent WA Sustainable Health Review convened by the Minister for Health. She has since been working with the digital health industry in the creation of the Indo-Asia Centre for Digital Health, Innovation & Commercialisation and is a Director of IDHC Ltd, a not-for-profit company chaired by Professor Fiona Wood.


Mr Arnold Stroobach – Director


CEO Mineler Pty Ltd

Arnold Stroobach has 27 years of experience in the field of (medical) technology, innovation and high-knowledge/high-grow companies of which 18 years as director/CEO. Furthermore he is an active player in the field of commercialisation of new ideas, Venture Capital and setting up new businesses.

In Australia Arnold managed Technology Park in Bentley (WA), Technology Park in Brisbane (QLD) and was Director of the ICT Incubator EiR in Perth. He is one of the founders and Chairman of the successful co-working space organisation Spacecubed in Perth, where teams and individuals can grow their businesses in a supportive, collaborative environment.

In 2009, Arnold was appointed as the Honorary Consul of The Netherlands to Western Australia. In this role he actively supports the economic development and cultural ties between the two countries.

Arnold holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics (combination of Medical School and Computer Science) from the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He also holds an Executive MBA from IBO in Zeist, The Netherlands. He was in 2008 appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University Business School.


Ms Mellisa Teede – Director

Mellisa Teede has extensive experience working in the Western Australian public sector, including as Manager of the State Training Board, Managing Director of the Goldfields Institute of Technology and more recently CEO of the Southwest Development Commission.

In her capacity as a senior public servant, Mellisa chaired and participated on several government boards and committees including Goldfields Esperance Workforce Development Alliance (Executive Director) and Peel Development Commission (CEO/ Executive Director).

Mellisa has participated in several not-for-profit boards including Futurenow Industry Training Council; Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council; Goldfields Senior College Governing Council; and Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation Board.

She has significant high-level strategy and policy skills and experience in the education and training sector and in the regional economic and social development sector.

She has established long term relationships with representatives of industry and government and more recently worked as Senior Policy Adviser Women’s Interests to Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services and Senior Policy Adviser Family and Communities to Senator Louise Pratt.


Mr Leo Tsaknis – Director

Leo TsaknisLeo Tsaknis has over 35 years of legal experience in government, academia and private practice. He has provided legal and policy advice, risk assessment and dispute resolution services to the Federal Government, ministers, statutory authorities, local governments, boards and senior management of private and publicly listed companies, parliamentary bodies, and committees of inquiry in commercial and administrative law matters.

As a legal adviser in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department Leo has been a member of, and participated in intergovernmental committees, including the Committee for the Determination of Refugee Status, the Joint Federal and State Committee for Censorship and Film Classification, and State Counter-Terrorism Taskforce.  He has prepared policy papers for, the Committee of Australian Governments and the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.  Leo has been responsible for the drafting and passage of legislation through the Federal Parliament.

Leo acted for the Federal Government in relation to the Ratification of the International Conventions for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Rights of the Child and the Elimination of All Forms of Torture.

Leo appears as Counsel in the High Court of Australia, Supreme Court, Federal Court of Australia, administrative tribunals, and disciplinary and investigative bodies.  He has been a member of the Fisheries Objections Tribunal.

Leo has lectured in Ethics and administrative law and is a speaker at professional development seminars.  Leo holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Leo is married with three adult children and enjoys travel, cooking, 70’s music, writing and (trying to) keep fit.


Mrs Majo Merriam – Director

Majo MerriamMajo Merriam is a recently retired experienced social worker with extensive knowledge of the aged care field, dementia and related community services. Having worked over twenty years in aged care, she is familiar with the experiences of people living with dementia and that of their carers.

Majo was an accredited assessor and delegate to the Aged Care Assessment Team at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as well as being an aged care specialist in social work. Throughout her career, she had a special interest in assisting people with dementia and their carers. Developing and maintaining good working relationships with aged care providers were central to this role.

Majo holds a B.A ( Psych) and Master of Social Work from the University of Western Australia.

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