Board of Directors

We are so grateful for the time, effort and generosity of our Board of Directors.

 

MAURICE SPILLANE (Chairman)

Maurice graduated in Law in Ireland in 1978 where he practiced for 10 years before coming to Perth in 1988 with his family. In Western Australia he practiced mainly in the areas of Medical Law, Professional Indemnity, Planning and Local Government Law. Maurice was appointed a full time Member of SAT at its inception in January 2005 and in June 2011 he was appointed as a Senior Member.  In addition to his position as Chair of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Maurice is also currently Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, having previously been the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for many years. He is also a past board member of Mercycare and a past Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research on Children’s Environmental Health. Maurice is an accredited mediator with a particular interest in the role of facilitative dispute resolution generally and the application of ethical decision making in the clinical context.

 

BOURBY WEBSTER

Bourby is a graduate of Oxford University in Music, the Royal College of Music in London in music performance (viola), and the University of Western Australia with an MBA for which she was awarded the Charles Harper Prize for contribution to the course and a Director’s letter for academic achievement.

She has been a recording artist, professional musician, and worked in several corporate roles in Marketing and Business Development for both private companies including Moore Stephens, DTZ, BBC Television, and MWH Global; and not for profit organisations such as the WA Institute of Sport and the Perth International Arts Festival.

In 2008 she left employment to set up North Street Consulting and North Street Music, the former generating income to support the latter. North Street Music founded the Perth Symphony Orchestra which first performed in November 2011.

Bourby is on the Committee of the Oxford University Society in WA, plays viola in the Western Australian String Quartet, and lectures business skills to musicians at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She is in demand as a producer, presenter and guest speaker.

 

JOANNE PALMER

Joanne Palmer is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and currently an audit partner at Pitcher Partners in Perth. chartered accountant.  She was previously at EY for 19 years, seven as an equity partner, and led EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team in Perth.

At EY, prior to her role leading the Financial Accounting Advisory Services team, Joanne worked principally in the field of assurance and audit services.  Joanne has over 22 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services on company listings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and has significant experience in auditing the operations of mining companies, particularly those that have international operations.

 

ALEC O’CONNELL 

Dr Alec O’Connell commenced as the 7th Headmaster of Scotch College in June 2011. Before taking on the role of Headmaster at Scotch College, Dr O’Connell was the Assistant Director at the Catholic Education Office of WA where he held the portfolio of People and Organisational Services. He graduated as a teacher in 1982 and since graduating has worked across K-Tertiary, including holding a variety of both teaching and administrative positions.

Alec was the foundation Head and CEO of Trinity at the University of WA and held the positions of the Executive Director, Vice Chancellery and Executive of Academic and Student Services at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He was the WA Chairperson and a member of the National Board of the Australian College of Educators.

Alec is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Institute of Management and the National Association of University Colleges and Halls and a Life Member of Trinity Residential College at the University of Western Australia.

Alec has a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia where he investigated the concept of Values Congruence and its effect on Organisational Commitment.  He also holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor and Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Language Studies and Diploma Royal Society of Arts London.  He has provided a number of guest lectures on the topic of Leadership and Values.

He currently is a member of the Board of Kidsafe Western Australia, the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Committee and has recently been appointed to the Forrest Foundation Committee of the University of Western Australia.

 

SIMON JOYNER 

Simon has over 30 years of advising, corporate and investment experience in Western Australia. Simon founded and ran his own advisory firm Keysbrook Financial Services for 13 years. He subsequently sold the firm into Shadforth Financial Group and stayed on as State Manager of the merged group for 3 years.

After that Simon formed Aberfoyle Partners, a boutique consulting and business development firm. Aberfoyle Partners has worked with a number of ASX listed companies as well as a variety of private firms.
Simon has been on the Board of Kidsafe WA for 11 years including holding the position of Chairman for 8 years. He was previously Treasurer of the MS Society of WA for 7 years.

He currently sits on the Boards of ASX Listed companies Westoz Investment Company and Ozgrowth Investment Company. Simon was previously on the Board of Shadforth Financial Group. The group was listed on the ASX prior to be taken over by IOOF Holdings Limited.

 

SUZANNE ARDAGH 

Suzanne is a professional director and leads the Board Advisory Service for Executive Search Firm Lester Blades.  Her career has spanned diplomacy, corporate affairs, tertiary education and professional associations. She has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia where most recently she established the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ international division.

As a Director, Suzanne has served on both international and national Boards.  In addition to current roles with West Coast Fever Board and the Cancer Council, she is also the independent Chair of Stanley College, a private VET provider and Councilor of HBF Health Fund and a WA Committee member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.

 

NIAMH O’CONNOR 

Niamh is the Director of Donald Cant Watts Corke’s business, a multi- discipline advisory and project delivery firm that delivers strategic and innovative solutions in high risk projects in Western Australia and nationally. From commencement of her role as director in 2017, Niamh has trebled the size of the WA PM Business through the principles of LEAN Six Sigma into an industry leader and long-term sustainable business. Niamh is a member of Curtin University Project Management Advisory Board and a member of the Australian Institute of Company directors. Her skills include:  Strategic Planning, Governance, Project Management, Contract Negotiations, Procurement and Contract Management, Dispute Resolution, Risk Management, Independent Certification.