A Foundation for St Bart’s

St Bartholomew’s Foundation was established in 2004 to raise, invest and manage money for the purpose of strengthening the financial bases of the House and focus on developing a funding basis for future activities and projects as well as promoting the interests of St Bart’s and those experiencing homelessness.

The demand for services is always changing and expanding in complexity and shows no sign of diminishing.  To the contrary there appears to be an increasing need in our society to care for people who are, for whatever reason, unable to cope with the stresses or changes in daily living.

Depending on Government sources to fund our operations is a key concern. There is continual scrutiny on all phases of our operations. Longer term trends suggest an increasing load on social security budgets and a shrinking workforce to support this need with consequent stress on funding.

It became essential for St Bart’s to consider ways to assist in attracting funds to the House that would help ensure the longer-term stability of our institution. To this end, a separate Foundation with matching objectives to the House was formed in 2004.

The Foundation Board

DAVID SMITH BComm, FCA, MAICD

Chair

A long term Board member with seven years serving St Bart’s, David’s expertise in auditing, accounting and broader business advice is most welcome. He has also served as Treasurer of the Board.

A former Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), David is also a director of Royal Fremantle Golf Club Inc., a former director of Fremantle Port Authority and a former member of the Port Hedland Port Authority Risk Assurance and Audit Committee, and University of Melbourne Audit and Finance Committees.

PIERRE DREYER BComm, PG Dip Acc, FCA

Treasurer

Pierre is a registered company auditor and Assurance Services specialist, and his capabilities in information analysis and business decision make him an asset to our Board. His previous experience as treasurer/honorary auditor for a number of not-for-profit organisations further enhances our capacity in those areas.

Pierre is currently an audit partner with Ernst & Young in Perth, having worked in four large professional services firms for the past 28 years in South Africa, the UK and Australia.

TONY CONNORS

Tony is currently a Director of Buildwell Group, GCM Advisory and of Karmac Developments. These businesses specialise in construction, management consulting and property development respectively. With over 20 years’ experience in the resource and construction sectors Tony has developed a significant network at all levels of the major organisations in these markets. Tony has significant experience working with all the major mining and resource companies in WA and has in-depth knowledge of the building and manufacturing markets in the state as well.

MICHAEL BROWN BE, MBA, GAICD

Michael’s broad experience across the engineering, mining and financial sectors means he brings considerable business experience to his work with St Bart’s. His commitment to using his strategic and problem solving skills to making the world a better place ensures he also brings empathy, commitment and creativity to his position.

Michael is also the owner and Managing Director of Goldmont Engineering, a Kalgoorlie based steel fabrication and engineering business that provides services to the mining, transport and construction industries.

PAUL GRIFFIN

Paul Griffin is now retired after 45 years in the retail fashion industry. He ran his own business for 35 years which involved women’s fashion stores in Perth and a menswear store in South Hedland. Paul was a founding member of the WA Retailers Association, which was responsible for the Commercial Tenancy Act in WA. He is a charter member of the Heirisson Rotary Club in East Perth, and has also been involved in real estate development around the Perth area and in Broome.

HAMISH MILNE BA(Hons), MPhil, MBA, FAIM, FLWA, FRSA, GAICD

A management and governance specialist, Hamish has a long history of working with not for profit organisations. He has held numerous positions in Anglican organisations, including the Anglican Church Diocese of Perth, from 2004-2015 and is currently WA State Manager of The Royal College of General Practitioners.

In addition to a strong interest in history, contemporary art, ethics and governance, Hamish has been a lay member of hospital research ethics committees for almost 20 years. A member of the Board since 2010, Hamish was appointed Deputy Chair in March 2019.

MEL ASHTON BCom, FCA, GAICD

A professional Company Director and specialist in Corporate Restructuring and Finance, Mel adds over 35 years of varied experience to the St Bart’s Board. He holds a number of Non-Executive Director roles in different sectors, and he is currently Chairman of Venture Minerals Ltd.

Mel is a former Chairman of the Gryphon Minerals Ltd, Resource Development Group Ltd, Empired Ltd and Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd, and previous Acting CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service. He has also been President and Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Vice President and Director of Fremantle Football Club Ltd.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.