The Institute prides itself in being close to the industry sectors, organisations and communities it serves. This is reflected in the diverse range of highly skilled people who serve on the Board, Advisory Council and staff.

  • Gary Martin
    Emeritus Professor Gary Martin FAIM Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director Australian Institute of Management Western Australia

    Emeritus Professor Gary Martin commenced as CEO and Executive Director of AIM WA at the beginning of 2012.

    Prior to his appointment to AIM WA, Gary held several executive level appointments at Murdoch University in Western Australia, including Executive Dean, Pro Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, the most recent of which was that of Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor.

    Gary is a learning and development specialist with expertise in adult learning development and he has a particular interest in action learning and mentoring as management and leadership development strategies. He has had extensive experience in the design and delivery of learning and development programs in Western Australia and internationally, with both government and non-government clients.

    He is currently Chair of Telethon Speech and Hearing in Perth, Western Australia, and is a former Chair of Study Perth (2008-2011).

    Gary was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2015, and is currently an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University’s School of Management and Governance, and Zhejiang University of Technology (Zhejiang Province, China), as well as an Honorary Professor at Guangdong University of Business Studies (Guangdong Province, China).

  • Ms Alison Gaines
    Dr Alison Gaines FAIM President Managing Partner, AsiaPac - Gerard Daniels

    Dr Gaines is a member of the leadership team of international search and consulting firm Gerard Daniels. She has led its Board Consulting practice since 2006. She was previously CEO of the Law Society of Western Australia for nine years, following a substantial career in the Western Australian and Commonwealth Public Services. During her career she has worked at three Australian public universities.

    Alison has a lifelong interest in education and training. She is currently a Governor of the College of Law Ltd. (Australasia) and Chair of its WA subsidiary; and a Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA Division). She is Chair of the Murdoch University Foundation and a past Deputy Chancellor and long time member of the University Senate. She is a former Chair or Non Executive Director of various skills formation organisations including two industry training councils and Leadership WA. Alison is a former National and State President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In the 1990’s she was a leader of management development in the public sector; and in the 2000’s led reforms to legal education.

    Alison was awarded a Doctorate (hon causa) by Murdoch University. She holds a Masters of Arts (Public Policy), Bachelor of Arts (Politics hons), Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from three Australian universities. She recently graduated from the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance and is an INSEAD Certified Director 2013. Alison is an Adjunct Professor of the Murdoch University Law School.

    She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

  • Mario D'Orazio
    Mr Mario D'Orazio FAIM Managing Director Channel Seven Perth

    Mr Mario D’Orazio was appointed to the role of Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth in June 2011. He is also on the Board of the Channel Seven Telethon Trust, which has raised more than $133 million, including a record of $16.8 million in 2012, for the betterment of the health and welfare of children in Western Australia.

    Mario commenced his working life as a School Teacher, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia. He spent time teaching in country areas in Western Australia, where he taught Aboriginal children.

    A life-changing decision resulted in Mario establishing a career in media. In newspapers he spent many years covering State politics, writing a weekly political column for the now defunct Daily News, weekly restaurant reviews and football match reports. He has been a contributor to many general and specialist publications both as a writer and as an editor.

    Mario gained live radio experience at the ABC in the 1980s, as a presenter and newsreader, presenting a variety of programs including current affairs, lifestyle and music programs.

    He subsequently moved into commercial television at Channel Seven Perth, where he worked as a reporter in news and public affairs in local and national programs, spending 15 years behind the camera as an executive producer.  In recent years, he was also a relief presenter on daily talkback programs on Radio 6PR, interviewing Australia’s leading political and business figures on topics of the day.

    Mario is Chairman of the Perth Art Foundation, the City of Perth’s not-for-profit public art fund. During the past year he has restructured the Foundation’s Board and strategies, leading to the appointment of the Foundation’s inaugural General Manager in July 2013. He also is a member of the Greater Curtin Town Committee which advises Curtin University Council on plans to develop and diversify activities on its 114 ha of land in Bentley.

  • Simone Ellul
    Ms Simone Ellul FAIM State Manager, WA Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd.

    Simone Ellul was appointed to the role of Western Australia State Manager for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in November 2013. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Banking and Financial Services industry, leading retail and commercial banking teams across the central and western states of Australia.

    After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from Adelaide University, Simone began her working life with Commonwealth Bank in a number of management roles in their Business Banking division. In 2007, Simone made the move to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as the Head of Business Banking based in Adelaide. She held a number of senior roles in Adelaide before making the move to Perth where she was appointed the State Manager for Western Australia.

    Simone has been a Director on the Board of Foundation Housing for over 2 years.

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    Mr Richard Godfrey FAIM Chief Operating Officer West Coast Eagles Football Club

    Richard Godfrey has been with the West Coast Eagles Football Club since 1993, during which time he has risen from the Club’s Accountant to Commercial Manager to Chief Financial Officer to General Manager - Commercial Operations. In 2008, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

    In 2006, Richard completed a Senior Management Program at Harvard Business School and in 2010 a Senior Executive Program at London Business School.

    He is currently also the Company Secretary of both Indian Pacific Limited and the West Coast Eagles Supporters Club Limited, a Director on the Board of the Wirrpanda Foundation and on the Finance Committee of St George’s College, University of Western Australia.

    Richard graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant and has considerable experience in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors, public companies and in non-executive director roles.

  • Mr Michael Gollschewski
    Mr Michael Gollschewski FAIM Managing Director, Pilbara Mines Rio Tinto Iron Ore
    Mr Michael Gollschewski was appointed Managing Director, Pilbara Mines for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in May 2013. In this role, Michael has accountability for operational mine sites across the Pilbara, as well as the Fleet Strategy and Delivery, Mine of the Future and Technical Services functions.

    Michael is also a member of the Iron Ore Executive Committee.

    Michael has been with Rio Tinto for six years, with General Manager roles in Pilbara Mining and Infrastructure Projects and at Greater Brockman operations. Most recently he has been Chief Operating Officer Pilbara Projects, playing a lead role in the development of the contracting and procurement strategy for our Pilbara expansion, and initiating a key safety programme which has now been widely deployed.

    Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Michael held a wide range of engineering, supervisory and management and project roles with CSR and Alcoa.

    Michael graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology with honours in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin University, Perth.
  • Dean Hely
    Mr Dean Hely FAIM Managing Partner Lavan

    Dean Hely is the Managing Partner of Lavan. He is also the Lead Partner of Lavan’s Commercial Advice and Litigation Group.

    Dean Hely was admitted as a partner of Lavan’s predecessor firm, Phillips Fox Perth, in November 1999 and prior to that was a Partner of Hely Edgar. Dean was Deputy Managing Partner of Phillips Fox and then of Lavan from 2002 to 31 January 2013. Dean became Managing Partner of Lavan on 1 February 2013.

    Dean has over 25 years’ experience working in corporate reconstructions, insolvency, commercial litigation and general corporate advice has worked for a large number of the major banks, insolvency practitioners, directors and corporations in Western Australia.

    Dean is a Board member of Youth Focus, RugbyWA and he is on the fund raising committee for City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club. Lavan is a proud supporter of Youth Focus, The Salvation Army, The Ability Centre, The Starlight Foundation and a diverse range of Aboriginal organisations through the firm’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

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    Ms Fiona Kalaf FAIM Chief Executive Officer Youth Focus

    Ms Fiona Kalaf was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Youth Focus in February 2016. Previously she held the position of CEO of Lifeline WA for a period of four years where she oversaw the growth and expansion of the organisation into online crisis support services, mental health research, and increased community education programs to raise awareness and understanding of the risk and preventative factors of suicide.

    She is a management professional who has held senior executive and board positions in commercial, corporate and not-for-profit organisations and has worked with local, national and international clients across a broad range of sectors.

    Fiona was a winner of the Business News 40 under 40 awards in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Architecture, a Graduate Diploma of Business and a Master of Business Administration. She is currently a member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Board and is former Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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    Mr Chris Palandri FAIM Regional Managing Director Multiplex Australasia

    Chris Palandri was appointed Regional Managing Director of Brookfield Multiplex Constructions & Engineering WA in December 2009. Chris also sits on the National Board of both of these companies. As Managing Director, Chris has ultimate responsibility for Multiplex projects in Western Australia, including projects such as Brookfield Place Tower 2, Perth Stadium, Midland Health Campus and City Busport for the Public Transport Authority.

    Chris has been with Multiplex for a total of 26 years. During that time, his roles have varied from Contracts Manager, Development Manager to Sector Managing Director - Apartments. Chris has a strong track record in the management of major projects and has lived and worked throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    In 2014, Chris became the President of the Property Council in Western Australia and he is also a Board member of the Property Council of Australia. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.