MEL ASHTON

Chair

BCom, FCA, GAICD

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

Deputy Chair

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 human research ethics committees for over 20 years. A member of the Board since 2010, Hamish was appointed Deputy Chair in March 2019.

MICHAEL BROWN

BE, MBA, GAICD

Michael brings business acumen to his work at St Bart’s from his broad experience across the engineering, mining and financial sectors.  He is committed to creating opportunities for a better life for people who have been disadvantaged.
Michael is 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, FRSA, MAICD, MPRIA, MRI

Felicity brings 25+ years’ experience as a non-executive director and committee member with international and cross-sectorial board level expertise in governance/risk, policy, strategy, innovation and sensitive stakeholder consultation/cultural alignment and marketing.
She has served as Chair of our Building Committee, and currently sits on the Business Development Committee and the Nominations, Governance and Remuneration Committee.
Felicity is Principal of strategic consultancy Culture + Context and Morel Consulting.

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.

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 Chair of Synergy, Chair of Landgate, a non-executive director of Iluka Resources Ltd, and a non-executive director of Perenti Global Ltd. He is also a former Chair 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 an Assurance Services specialist, and his capabilities in information analysis and business decision-making 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 Big Four professional services firms for the past 30 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.