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 Committee 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.
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.
Janet Barnes joined Telstra in 2015 as the Director for Consumer & Small Business (WA, SA & NT) and in 2018 was appointed Regional Australia Executive, a national position accountable for Telstra’s regional segment.
Janet is an experienced executive with vast strategic and large-scale operational experience across complex and highly regulated industries including FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Banking & Finance, and more recently Telecommunications.
Graduating with an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Graduate Certificate Business Management, ECU. Janet is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and governing board member of the West Australian Opera.
Richard is the Chair of the AIM WA Finance Committee.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the West Coast Eagles Football Club (Indian Pacific Limited).
In 2006, Richard completed a Senior Management Program at Harvard Business School and in 2011 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, and a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee with the Waalitj Foundation.
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.
Simone 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 from 2018 – 2020.
Simone was appointed as CEO of Netball WA in April 2021, and is responsible for leading and developing the sport of netball across Western Australia. In addition, she is responsible for managing West Coast Fever, through its subsidiary West Coast Fever Netball Club Ltd, managing Glass Jar Australia, which delivers the Shooting Stars program to empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, and overseeing the running of the Gold Netball Centre.
Michael joined Activ as Chief Executive Officer in November 2021.
Michael has previously worked as COO at Hawaiian, CEO of the St Ives Group and Perth Racing and in senior executive management roles at the RAC for 16 years.
Michael has worked in Property, Finance, Aged Care, Sport, Operations and Senior Management over a 37 year career. He has a strong values-based approach with emphasis on safety, unity, data based decisions, action, governance and executive focus.
Holding an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management, Michael is also a Fellow of AIM and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. Michael has been a director of several not for profit organisations, and is currently a Director of MercyCare. Michael is also a Committee Member of 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 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.