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.
Professor Gary Martin commenced as CEO and Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) at the beginning of 2012. In this role, he has overall responsibility for leading all aspects of the Institute's business, which is focussed on building leadership and management capability both in Australia and internationally, and across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.
He is currently Chair of Telethon Speech and Hearing (TSH) in Perth and is a former Chair of Study Perth (2008-2011).
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 Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Gary has considerable expertise in leadership and management development. As a regular columnist in The Sunday Times and Perth Now he contributes regular pieces on current and emerging workplace matters including leadership and management, and human resource management topics.
Additionally, he promotes thought leadership in the area of leadership and management through regular opinion pieces in newspapers across Australia, and through various social media platforms.
A learning and development specialist, Gary 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 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).
Dr Alison Gaines is the global CEO 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 as a researcher and academic 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 a new Director of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consulting (AESC) APac & Middle East Council. She is Deputy President of the INSEAD IDN Board (a global club for alumni). She was previously chair of the Murdoch University Foundation and the Veterinary Trust 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, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA) Council 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 and is a Distinguished Alumni. 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 graduated from the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance and is an INSEAD Certified Director 2013. Alison was 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.
Mr Mario D’Orazio was appointed as a Director of Australia Post in March 2019. He has extensive executive and Board experience in the corporate, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors.
He is also the Chairman of the Perth Public Art Foundation, Board Member of the WA Academy of Performing Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts, and Trustee of the Channel 7 Telethon trust.
Mario has strong experience in communications and managing business transformation.
Simone was appointed as State Manager, WA of Aussie Home Loans in January 2018. She has over 18 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 State Manager for Western Australia. Simone served in this role from 2013 - 2017 before her appointment as WA State Manager for Aussie Home Loans.
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.
Michael Heath joined Hawaiian as Chief Operating Officer in November 2016. With a background in developing and implementing strategy, he has day to day responsibility for the WA operation.
His current role as COO of the Hawaiian group involves responsibility for managing a portfolio of Retail, Office and Hospitality assets with a value exceeding $1B.
He was the former CEO of St Ives Group and Perth Racing, prior to which he held senior Executive management roles at RAC for 16 years.
Michael has worked in Property, Finance, Aged Care, Sport, Operations and Senior Management over a 36-year career. He has a strong values-based approach with emphasis on safety, unity, data based decisions, action, governance and executive focus.
Michael has an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He has been a director of several Not for Profit organisations, and is currently a Director of MercyCare. Michael is also a Committee Member for the Carbine Club of WA.
Dean Hely is the Managing Partner of Lavan. Dean Hely holds a bachelor of commerce and a bachelor of law from the University of Queensland and has been admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and Supreme Court of Western Australia.
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 numerous charities including 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.
Linda O’Farrell is a senior executive with extensive experience in the Western Australian resources sector. Linda has shaped people strategy for leading resource companies including Newcrest, BHP, Mount Gibson Iron and since 2013 has led the People and Infrastructure Services teams for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).
After gaining a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia, Linda commenced her career with CCIWA. Moving into the resources sector sparked her interest in leadership development, Aboriginal employment and building workplaces which support people and families.
In 2015 Linda was honoured to be awarded the CME Women in Resources Champion award and has continued to contribute to empowering women through her involvement with Dress for Success WA (2017) and Chief Executive Women.
Chris Palandri was appointed Regional Managing Director of 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 Karratha Bay Village, Perth Museum, Next DC (Data Centre) and Karrinyup Shopping Centre.
Chris has been with Multiplex for a total of 29 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.
From 2015 - 2017, Chris was the President of the Property Council in Western Australia and during this time he was 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.