Board of Directors

MEL ASHTON BCom, FCA, GAICD

Chair

A professional Company Director and specialist in Corporate Restructuring and Finance, Mel adds over 35 years of varied experience to 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.

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

Deputy Chair

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.

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.

FELICITY MOREL-EDNIEBROWN PhD, BA(Hons), BComm, FAIM, MAICD, MPRIA

Felicity brings over 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors to our Board, bringing specialist skills including strategic policy development, project management, community and stakeholder engagement, change activation and integrated communications planning. She has served as Chair of our Building Committee, and currently sits on the Governance and Risk Committee since joining our Board in 2015.

In addition, Felicity has served on a number of government, academic and community boards and committees as a member, chair or deputy chair. She is also principal of strategic consulting group Culture + Context.

DAVID SMITH BComm, FCA, MAICD

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, and he has 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.

SANDRA HACKETT M.ENG (Hons), MAICD

Chair of our Governance and Risk Committee, Sandra has over twenty-five years consulting experience in strategy, risk management, project management and governance. Her experience in the implementation of risk management programs and assisting Boards, Executive management and stakeholders to understand and use risk information as an integral part of their oversight, strategic planning or operational management function, is invaluable.

Sandra is a Partner in the specialist management consulting firm, Riskwest, which provides risk and business continuity advisory services to a range of corporate, government and community service organisations and major state infrastructure projects.

JAN STEWART PSM, BA, MSW HonDLitt.WAsust, FAIM, GAICD

A former Chief Social Worker at Perth’s major paediatric teaching hospital, as well as past CEO and Director of Grants and Community Development at Lotterywest, Jan has a deep understanding of the issues our consumers deal with.

She has held many voluntary board positions both locally and internationally for many years, and her current board positions apart from that at St Bart’s includes the Perkins Medical Research Institute, West Australian Opera, MercyCare, as well as Chairman of the Raine Study Board, and as a trustee of the Feilman Foundation. Jan is Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact and is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Sports Advisory Committee.

ROBERT COLE BSc, LLB (Hons) (ANU)

Rob’s skills in leadership, strategy, human resources, public and community affairs, audit, risk management, economic evaluation, legal and commercial affairs and corporate governance bring strength and experience to our board.

A former Executive Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, and a former Managing Director of Beach Energy Limited, Rob also had a 20-year legal career. He is Chairman of Synergy, Chairman of Southern Ports, a non-executive director of Iluka Resources Ltd, and a non-executive director of Ausdrill Ltd. He is also a former Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Rob has held other directorships in the not for profit sector, including a role as Deputy Chair of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

PIERRE DREYER BCom, PG Dip Acc, FCA

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.

DEAN DELL’ORO BE, Dip Ed. MBA (Ed), GAICD

Dean brings a powerful understanding of education and the fast-changing youth culture, gleaned from his experiences at Geelong Grammar School, and his current role as Headmaster of Hale School, to our Board.

He also brings extensive business experience, having worked as an Engineer with Exxon-Mobil on their Bass Strait operations in Victoria.