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 homeless people generally.

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 (Chairperson, Treasurer)

David was an Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). David is experienced in external and internal audit services, accounting and broader business advice across a broad spectrum of industries covering resources, services, media, construction and engineering. David lead client focused teams in the provision of services to clients and has considerable experience reporting to Boards and Audit Committees. David is a director of Fremantle Port Authority, Royal Fremantle Golf Club Inc. and a former member of the Port Hedland Port Authority Risk Assurance and Audit Committee and University of Melbourne Audit and Finance Committees

Michael Brown BE, MBA, GAICD

Michael is the owner and Managing Director of Goldmont, a Kalgoorlie based steel fabrication business that provides services to the mining and construction industries. Previously, Michael worked in the mining industry where his work included strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions and operations performance improvement. He was Group Manager of Business Development for Iluka Resources in his last full time role in the mining sector. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in investment banking and in construction engineering.

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 – Paul has also done some real estate development around the Perth area and in Broome.

Max Kay AM CitWA

Max Kay is recognised as being one of Western Australia’s leading performers having owned and operated the Civic Theatre in Highgate for 25 years before closing the theatre to pursue other goals of a community nature. He served as a Councillor on Perth City Council for over four years. Max has been a tireless worker for the community, sitting on many Boards and committees; he is presently President of the National Trust, is a Member of the Perth Theatre Trust Board and is a Member of the Swan Bells Foundation. In 2003 Max was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry and for charitable works and is also a board Member of the Prostate Cancer foundation.

Tony Connors

Tony is currently a Director of GCM Advisory and of Karmac Developments specialising in management consulting and construction and property development respectively.  Previous to this Tony was the CEO of construction company CPD Group, National Operations Manager of NANA Australia and also the General Manager with PLWA Group one of the largest Indigenous businesses in WA with a long and proud record of execution in the areas of construction, environmental services, civil and earthworks solutions. 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 the northwest region of WA and has in-depth knowledge of the building and manufacturing markets in WA. Currently contracted to assist with St Bart’s completion of the Newman Retail Project.

Simon O’Sullivan

Simon O’Sullivan has over 25 years experience in the Australian Surf Industry in particular the Sales and Operations Management environment. Simon commenced Surf Retail in 1988, managed a premium Surf Retail operation with progression to own a Surf Agency representing leading Surf brands. Following a position as W.A. State Manager for Rip Curl, Simon took an opportunity 10 years ago to accept a senior management role after being approached by global surf company, Rusty. Recently vacating the Chief Operating Officer role at Rusty, Simon is now the General Manager at ASX-listed Company, Shark Mitigation Systems Ltd., a biotechnology company focused on developing scientific, non-invasive solutions to mitigate shark attacks.