Meet Our Board

Laurie
Chairman

Hon Laurie Brereton

The Hon Laurie Brereton joined the RAA Board in 2006 and became its Deputy Chairman in 2011.

Laurie retired from public life in 2004 after a distinguished parliamentary career spanning 34 years. In NSW he served as Minister for Health, Minister for Public Works and Ports and as Minister for Roads. Nationally he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister for Industrial Relations and as Minister for Transport.

He was a member of the Board of Directors at Airbus Aust. Pacific Ltd 2008-2019 and is presently a Director of John Curtin House Ltd.

Laurie was appointed Chairman of RAA in September 2019.

MM Alexandra Club
Deputy Chairman

Maria Myers AC

Maria Myers is Deputy Chairman of the Kimberley Foundation Australia. She is a director of the State Library of Victoria and Chairman of the State Library of Victoria Foundation. She is a director of Dunkeld Pastoral Company Pty Ltd and Loreto College Ballarat. She is a member of Council at St Mary’s College at the University of Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy’s Advisory Council and member of the board of Old Parliament House. She is a supporter of and advocate for the Burnet Institute and Patron of the Australian String Quartet. Maria was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours for the advancement of the understanding of Indigenous rock art and for her service to the community through philanthropic leadership. Maria joined the RAA Board in 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board from November 2009 until 25th September 2019.
Brenda Shanahan
Director/Treasurer

Brenda Shanahan

Brenda Shanahan has served in senior executive and board roles in Australia and overseas primarily in stockbroking, funds management and investment consulting and is widely acknowledged for her expertise on boards and management. Brenda is the Chair of the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. She is currently a non-executive Director of Phoslock Ltd, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd, SG Hiscock, DMP Asset Management and a member of Swinburne University’s Inaugural Research Advisory Committee. In 2017 Brenda was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne University of Technology. Brenda is a recent past Chair of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and is currently a member of the SVI Foundation. She is a former member of the Australian Stock Exchange, former director of Challenger Limited, Bell Financial Group Ltd and partner of May Mellor Laing & Cruikshank and principal of Investment Consulting and worldwide partner at WM Mercer. Brenda joined the RAA Board in 2009 and has been the Treasurer since 2011.
Susan Bradley
Director

Susan Bradley OAM

Susan Bradley has lived in the Kimberley for 50 years. She arrived in 1969 to work on Fossil Downs Station and together with her husband owned a number of cattle stations including the iconic Carlton Hill and Ivanhoe Stations in the East Kimberley and in later years she managed Doongan, Theda and Ellenbrae Stations in the north Kimberley.

In 2018 Susan was recognised for her service to the Kimberley community with an Order of Australia Medal. Her community service includes being a founding member of RAA which started as the Bush University in 1998 developing into the Wandjina Foundation. Susan was the inaugural Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission, Chair of the Ord Development Council, and Chair of the Kimberley Water Resources Development Strategy. She was a Councilor and President of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. She served on the Federal Council of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian Maritime Authority, and Horizon Power. She is presently a member of the Regional Development Australia Kimberley Council and an advisor to Boab Health Services. She is a Justice of the Peace and a Civil Celebrant.

Susan credits her love of the region to its powerful natural beauty and what she has learnt from her aboriginal friends. She has been inspired by them with the responsibility to look after and care for the ancient country. Her passion has not waned with her retirement in 2019 and move into Broome. Susan has been a board member since 1998.

Bruce Cameron
Director

Bruce Cameron

Bruce Cameron is a graduate of Monash University and holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws. Bruce has broad experience in commercial law and is a Principal at Piper Alderman in Melbourne which merged with boutique corporate and commercial firm Norton Gledhill a firm Bruce helped established in 1986. Bruce has experience in a number of sectors including the health industry, venture and development capital, funds management, manufacturing, and tourism and hospitality. He is a director and trustee of a number of private companies and trusts which are involved in matters of business and the care of others. Bruce joined the RAA Board in 2010.
Andrew Gleadow
Director

Professor Andrew Gleadow AO FAA

Andrew Gleadow is an Emeritus Professor of Geology and former Head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he was awarded an AO for distinguished service to the earth sciences and to education, as an academic and researcher in the field of thermo- chronology and landscape evolution, and to professional geological and scientific societies.

Professor Gleadow has researched and published widely on the development and application of radiometric dating techniques, particularly in fission track analysis and thermochronology. His work has included dating of hominin fossil sites in East Africa. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a former President of the Geological Society of Australia. He was appointed Chair of the Science Advisory Council in November 2013 and joined the RAA Board in 2014.

Cissy Gore Birch
Director

Cissy Gore-Birch

Cissy Gore-Birch has Jaru heritage through her grandmother’s country and is connected to Nyikina and Balanggarra country. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management and has worked in the community development sector for the past 20 years, She grew up on Balanggarra country in the East Kimberley region where she was Chair of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation for nearly 5 years.

Cissy is the Chair of Arrnja Pty Ltd and North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management (NAILSMA). She sits on the board of the Kimberley Development Commission and is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Department of Environment. Cissy is passionate about country, people and sustainable livelihoods. Cissy is currently the National Aboriginal Engagement Manager at the Bush Heritage Australia. Cissy joined the RAA Board in June 2018.

Steven Gregg
Director

Steven Gregg

Steve is Chairman of Caltex, a director of Challenger Limited, Challenger Life Company Limited, Lorna Hodgkinson Foundation, Tabcorp Holdings Limited and William Inglis & Son Limited. He is the Chairman of Unisson Disability Limited and a trustee of the Australian Museum. He has previously served as Chairman of Goodman Fielder Limited and Austock Group Limited, and was a member of the Grant Samuel non-executive advisory board. Steve joined the RAA Board in June 2018.
Warwick Hemsley
Director

Warwick Hemsley

Warwick has had a career in property and finance and is a graduate of both the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

He had a 25 year involvement with Peet Limited including 17 years as CEO. During his time with the company it expanded from its WA base to being a major listed national property company.

Warwick is a past President and Life member of both the Urban Development Institute (WA) and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Keenly interested in the arts, Warwick served on the Council of The National Gallery of Australia and chaired its Finance and Risk Committee. He is also a Life Governor of its Foundation. He chaired and is a Life member of the WA Opera company and chaired the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture for 3 years. He has also served on the Curtin Business School Advisory Council and UWA Centenary Campaign Committee.

Currently he serves on the National Board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Chairs the Art Gallery of WA Foundation and is a Life Governor of the Foundation. Warwck joined the RAA Board in September 2018.

Nolan Hunter
Director

Nolan Hunter

Nolan Hunter is CEO of the Kimberley Land Council, an organisation representing Traditional Owners in the Kimberley. Nolan is a Bardi man with strong links to his people and culture across saltwater country in northern Western Australia. He spent 14 years with various Commonwealth agencies specialising in Indigenous affairs, and has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia. Nolan is Chairman of the National Native Title Council as well as an Indigenous Leader representing the Kimberley in Empowered Communities, a group of Indigenous Leaders informing policy development to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Indigenous Affairs. Nolan was appointed to the RAA Board in 2014.
Director

Wal King AO

Wal King holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of New South Wales. Wal has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years and was CEO of Leighton Holdings Limited from 1987 until December 2010. He is Chairman of TerraCom Limited and Built Holdings Pty Ltd, and was, up until May 2017, one of the longest-serving Directors of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management), the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Wal joined the RAA Board in 2008.
Director

Sam Lovell AM

Sam Lovell lives in Derby in the Kimberley. He has been employed by Aboriginal Economic Development (AED), Department of Industry and Resources as an Aboriginal Tourism Project Officer since 1995 and works as an indigenous consultant for Western Power. Sam has a background in tourism and established his own business ‘Kimberley Safari Tours’ in 1981. A tourism award in his name is presented annually by the Kimberley Tourism Association. Sam is regarded as the ‘father’ of Indigenous Tourism in WA and is affectionately known as ‘Mr Kimberley’. Sam is also a musician and travels across the country to Queensland every year to play at the Tamworth Music Festival. Sam joined the RAA Board in 2009.
John Mullen
Director

John Mullen AM [Leave of absence]

John Mullen is the Chairman of Telstra and Toll Holdings Ltd and until recently was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Asciano Ltd. He has worked for more than two decades in a multitude of senior positions with different multinationals in the logistics industry. John is passionate about maritime exploration and the Kimberley WA. He spends his spare time diving for colonial shipwrecks and is an avid collector of historical material from early maritime voyages to the Pacific.

Directorships of listed companies (past three years) and other directorships/appointments: Director, Asciano Ltd (2011-2016), Brambles Limited (2009-2011). Other: Member, Australian Graduate School of Management (from 2005) and Councillor of the Australian National Maritime Museum (from 2016). John joined the RAA Board in 2016.

Lyndall Stoyles
Alternate Director

Lyndall Stoyles

Lyndall Stoyles is Telstra’s Group General Counsel and Group Executive Legal, Regulatory, Government and Sustainability, joining the company on 1 April 2020.

Prior to this position, Lyndall was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Asciano where the team managed the commercial and regulatory issues in the rail and ports industries during a time of fundamental industry change. She was previously at Patrick, part of the Asciano group of companies. She has a background in competition law and access regulation and spent 15 years at Clayton Utz in the Corporate and Competition law teams.

Born in regional NSW but growing up in Sydney, Lyndall studied law at the University of Sydney. Lyndall has balanced her corporate career with an interest in a range of social justice issues and has worked in the not-for-profit sector with organisations involved in the indigenous community and asylum seekers.

Lyndall joined the RAA Board as alternate director to Steve Gregg in March 2020.

Director

Deidre Willmott

Deidre Willmott is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australia Post and former Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA. Deidre holds law degrees from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She has been a senior executive at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia. Deidre joined the RAA Board in 2010.

RAA Patrons and Emeritus Directors

Andrew Nicola Forrest

Andrew Forrest AO & Nicola Forrest AO

Andrew and Nicola Forrest are philanthropic leaders and strong community and arts supporters. They believe a collaborative approach encompassing the arts, education and health is essential to build sustainable empowerment in individuals and communities. They are passionate about the Kimberley’s rock artand support RAA’s goals to research and protect it. Nicola is CEO of the Minderoo Foundation which she and Andrew established in 2001.
Calvert John
Emeritus Director

John Calvert-Jones AM

RAA Board 2010-2016.

John Calvert-Jones is the Executive Chairman of Seafirst Australia, a family investment company. He is a Trustee of the McClelland Gallery. He is a former member of the Australian Stock Exchange Limited, former Chairman and Managing Director of Prudential Bache Securities (Australia) Ltd and has been a director of several public and private companies.

Emeritus Director

Christina Kennedy

RAA Board 1997-2017.

Christina Kennedy and fellow RAA Director Susan Bradley established RAA in 1997 and together remain the longest serving members. Christina is a physiotherapist and operated a private clinic in Sydney for 25 years. She is now a farmer in Bodalla NSW. She is a director of a number of private companies and a former Director of Film Australia and The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts. She is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Rock Art Research +Management Advisory Board.

Henric Nicholas
Emeritus Director

Hon Henric Nicholas QC

RAA Board 2000-2016

Henric Nicholas, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, is also a former director of NSW Cultural Management Ltd., a former chairman of St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney, and an honorary councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. He is an arts/ law graduate of Sydney University. Henric was Chairman of the Board from February 1, 2000 until November 2009.

Jim Ross
Emeritus Director

Dr Jim Ross AM

RAA Board & Chair of Science Advisory Council 2007-2013

Jimis a leader in geoscience education in Western Australia. He chairs the John de Laeter Centre for Mass Spectrometry at Curtin University, a joint venture with UWA, and has a long standing interest in hominid evolution. In the last five years he has commenced a research program following his appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

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