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.
Emeritus Professor Gary Martin commenced in the role of chief executive and executive director in 2012. He has overall responsibility for leading all aspects of the Institute's business, which is focussed on building leadership, management and workplace capability both in Australia and internationally, and across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sector.
Prior to joining AIM WA, Gary held numerous executive appointments at Murdoch University, the most recent of which was Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Gary is a workplace specialist who focuses on key issues and challenges trending in our workplaces. He is a regular columnist in a variety of publications across Australia and internationally.
Gary was board chair of Telethon Speech and Hearing in Perth from 2016 to 2020, and a chair of Study Perth from 2008-2011. He now sits on the board of the Council for the Ageing, Western Australia (COTA WA).
A Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Gary is Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University’s Business School and Zhejiang University of Technology in China, and Honorary Professor at Guangdong University of Business Studies, China.
Dr Alison Gaines is the founder and Managing Director of Gaines Advisory.
Alison was recently the global CEO of international search and consulting firm Gerard Daniels and led its Board Consulting practice from 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). She has been a Director of the global Board of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consulting (AESC) and its APac & Middle East Council; Deputy President of the INSEAD IDN Board (a global club for alumni) and 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 Chair of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (WA), Chair 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 Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia 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.
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), Karrinyup Shopping Centre and One the Esplanade (Chevron Office).
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, and he is also a Director of Scitech. 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.