Our Board

Phil Thick

Phil Thick BE (Hons) FAICD

Chairperson (from 2007)


Phil is the General Manager of Tianqi Lithium Australia, a company building a major lithium production facility in Kwinana.  He was previously Managing Director of New Standard Energy Limited, CEO and Director of Coogee Chemicals and before that had a 20 year career in the oil industry with Shell in locations around Australia and overseas.  Phil brings extensive corporate and commercial knowledge, direct experience managing large workforces and Board and Director experience across a wide range of small to large businesses. Phil joined the Board of Avivo in 2008 and became Chairperson in 2010. He has also served on the Board of the Disability Services Commission.  Phil is passionate about putting his experience and knowledge to good use to work closely with the dedicated people at Avivo to allow everyone in society to live the lives they choose to live.

Committee membership: 

Chairperson of Board of Director meetings

Dr Angus Buchanan

Dr Angus Buchanan BAppSc (OT) DSM DBA GAICD

Deputy Chairperson (from 2010)

Angus is an Associate Professor and Head of School at the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University. Working as an occupational therapist for the past 32 years, Angus is passionate about people being given authentic opportunities to reach their potential and participate fully in all aspects of their lives. Prior to commencing at Curtin in 2008, Angus held senior management and leadership roles at the Disability Services Commission of Western Australia. Angus is a published researcher focussing on inclusion and participation of adults with disabilities with the committees. An active member of the Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability (ASID) currently holding the position of Australasian President, Angus joined the Board in 2010.  As well has having a strong research background in contemporary disability practice he brings an extensive senior executive experience of working within the disability sector in Western Australia across policy, program and operational areas.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Deborah Pearson

Deborah Pearson BSc GAICD

Board Member (from 2011)

 

Deborah is the Group Coordinator Arts and Health for St John of God Health Care, a role established to refine and formalise SJGHC’s approach to Arts and Health and to establish further arts and health initiatives. Previously she was Group Manager Learning and Organisational Development for St John of God Health Care, also a role set up to establish a Group-wide framework for Leadership Development. She joined SJGHC in 2003 after 20 years of successful consultancy roles primarily within government and non-government sectors. She has experience in and knowledge of the mental health and disability sectors and has been involved most of her working life in work that aims to serve the community and enhance individuals' lives. Deborah has previous Board experience with three arts organisations and values being able to contribute to the direction and governance of Avivo.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Chairperson of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Member of the Foundation Board

Greg Madson

Greg Madson

Board Member (from 2012)

Greg has lived experience of disability, having lost his sight over 30 years ago. Greg has been fortunate to have had the opportunities from volunteering in the not for profit sector, with a special interest in governance within the disability sector in WA and nationally. Greg is currently President of People with Disabilities WA, Vice President of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, President of WA Blind Sports Federation and a member of the Lotterywest disability equipment Grant Sector Advisory Group. He has knowledge and expertise in the areas of information technology, adaptive technology (including training), public speaking, sport (competed in the 1996 Paralympics), business, recreation, transport, employment, education, governance and policy.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Stewart Hart

Stewart Hart

Board Member (from 2015)

 

As Executive General Manager Finance & Strategy at BGC Contracting, Stewart is charged with the responsibility of the coordination and delivery of financial services, leading and implementing growth strategies and initiatives, and overseeing marketing and accountability for all acquisitions, joint ventures and partnering opportunities. Stewart is a highly regarded financial and strategic leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in the resources industry. Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer at Western Power, with previous leadership roles at BHP Billiton including CFO Iron Ore (Global) and Commercial Vice President of the group’s Western Australia Iron Ore business.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee
Member of the Foundation Board

Gabrielle Trenbath

Gabrielle Trenbath

Board Member (from 2015)

 

Being interested in social and international issues Gabrielle has been given many opportunities to contribute to a more inclusive society. These include volunteering in India, Ghana, Thailand and Romania and participating in the United Nation Graduate Study Programme. She holds a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Trade through Monash University and has also undertaken internships in China and at the Australian High Commission in Malaysia. When Gabrielle is not travelling she sits on the board of Physical Disability Australia and aims to improve the lives of those with disability through capacity building and financial independence as well as challenging society’s perception. She is a graduate of Leadership WA’s Rising Leaders’ programme and LeadAbility course. In 2011 she completed a traineeship to become an Assistant in Nursing (a position she works in to this day) and through this she was able to become financially independent while pursuing interests and hobbies outside of work.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Jo Fletcher

Jo Fletcher BSocCc MBA GAICD

Board Member (from 2012)

 

Jo brings a broad scope of international strategic management experience to the Board. Since 2000 she has helped a variety of organisations develop sustainable growth strategies. Jo has lectured at Edith Cowan University in business strategy, international business, the cultural framework of business and organisational theory. Additionally, she has managed WA Department of Treasury programs in the area of economic reform. Jo has been a Board member for a WA public company during its globalisation phase. Her focus is on getting the best outcomes from complexity and diversity and values contribution, integrity and fun. Jo is also a Registered Nurse with current experience in the community mental health sector.

Committee membership:
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Chairperson of the Foundation Board
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee