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Patron, board members and executive team


Governor K SandersonPatron
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia


Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC was installed as the 32nd Governor and the inaugural female governor of Western Australia on 20th October 2014. Prior to becoming Governor she has had a distinguished career both in business and in the public sector, and has chaired as well as served on a number of boards including chairing the State Emergency Management Committee and Gold Corporation, and been a non-executive director of two listed companies, and a director of not-for-profit and charitable and community boards. She is also currently the patron of a number of charities.

Mrs Sanderson was Agent General for the Government of Western Australia from November 2008 until December 2011. Based in London, the Agent General represents the Government of Western Australia in Europe and Russia and promotes investment in Western Australia and Western Australian exports to Europe. Mrs Sanderson was Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports from 1991 to 2008, a period during which container trade quadrupled and Fremantle Ports was awarded the prestigious Australian Business Excellence medal. Prior to this she was Deputy Director General of Transport and also worked in the WA Treasury for 17 years, the last five of which she was Director of Treasury’s Economic and Financial Policy Division.

In 2016, Mrs Sanderson was given a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the people of Western Australia, to the promotion of international investment, scientific research and export opportunities, and through roles with maritime, mining, emergency management and not-for-profit organisations. In 2004, she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport in Western Australia. She was the inaugural inductee to Lloyds List Transport and Shipping Hall of Fame in 2005 and also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Australia in that year. In 2008 she received and Export Hero Award from the Institute of Export and she was the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year for Western Australia in 1996. She received a centenary medal in 2001 for service to the maritime industry. In 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Murdoch University.

Board members

Graham McHarrieGraham McHarrie

Graham is a former partner of Deloitte and an experienced board member with a professional background in financial reporting, compliance requirements, transaction due diligence, risk assessment and corporate governance. He has over 35 years professional experience as a Chartered Accountant and has held senior leadership roles as a partner of Deloitte to 2011, working in Perth, Brisbane, New Jersey and New York.
Graham is a former member of the Deloitte Australia Board and a former Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accounts, WA Council.

Susan-MaleSusan Male
Deputy Chairperson

Susan has been employed in strategic consulting and executive management roles and has a background in Occupational Therapy. Susan was elected Deputy Chair in November 2012.

Chris-CatlowChris Catlow

Chris is an experienced executive in the international resources industry with over 25 years experience. He has held various senior roles in major operating companies and has considerable experience in raising both equity and debt for large resource projects. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Durham, UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Chris and his wife Helga are the parents of a long term client of Rocky Bay.

Paul-KleinPaul Klein

Paul is a Deloitte partner and leader of the WA Technology consulting practice, with over 20 years consulting experience across a diverse range of industries. Paul specialises in IT strategy and planning and the implementation of technology-enabled solutions. Paul’s Australian industry experience includes mining, oil and gas, utilities, Government and financial services. His prior UK experience also included consumer products, retail and manufacturing.

Carolyn HallCarolyn Hall

As Director of Business Strategy at Block Strategy, Carolyn focuses on working with clients to grow their company’s market share, launch new products, position and differentiate company offerings, attract and retain staff, and engineer company culture to meet the constantly changing business landscape.

Moving back to Perth in 2006 after living abroad for nearly two decades, Carolyn took up the position of Brand and Communications Director of the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia. In 2008, Carolyn was also nominated as Ad Person of the Year by Campaign Brief, the only client to ever be nominated for this award.

Before RAC, Carolyn served as Senior Vice President for the McCann World Group in New York City. Her previous experience also extends to the financial industry, where she held a number of key management positions working on B2B marketing programs for London firms including Citibank, Mellon Bank and Bankers Trust.

miriam webMiriam Borthwick

An experienced journalist, corporate communications and media relations professional with more than 25 years working in the media, government and corporate sectors.

Senior positions in journalism include working as State Political Reporter for ABC TV News, Senior Reporter for The 7.30 Report and Political Panellist on ABC Radio. Fifteen years corporate sector experience in media issues management, crisis communications and media training, working as a media advisor to CEO, Executive and Board members in major corporations, regulated entities, organisations in the energy, health and education sectors.

Veronica Parish_webVeronica Parish

A professional background in corporate governance, financial reporting, internal audit, external audit, compliance requirements and risk assessment.

Over 25 years professional experience as a Chartered Accountant, working in Worcester and Bristol in the UK then Perth, Australia holding senior leadership roles as a Principal of Deloitte to 2010.

Jeff_500pxJeff Holloway

Jeff joined the Board in February 2016 and is experienced in the development initiation, management and delivery of commercial, residential, and industrial property in Australia. He has over forty years of experience in development activities, property management and major construction projects around the country.

garry johnson webGarry Johnson

Garry is highly experienced in Banking, Finance and Accountancy, and in addition to his role as CEO of Steel Blue Ltd, he also sits on the Steel Blue Board and Audit & Risk sub-committee. Garry has previously held leadership roles at Bankwest and Westpac and has shown his commitment to the charity sector having worked with the HBOSA Foundation, and more recently with the partnerships programs established with Breast Cancer Care WA, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue.

Chris Ryan Board MemberChris Ryan

Chris is an experienced executive, director and consultant with over 25 years in human resource management roles, including many years leading the human resources function at Wesfarmers.

More recently Chris has established an advisory business providing support to Boards and CEOs on strategic human resources issues, particularly in the areas of executive remuneration, succession and development.

Richard Diermajer

Mr Diermajer is the former Chairman of Valued Independent People (VIP) who merged with Rocky Bay earlier this year. Richard holds a degree in Legal Studies and has an extensive background in mining law and administration. He has over 40 years’ experience in the junior mining sector in exploration and management, capital raisings, project generation, acquisitions and Native Title access negotiations. Mr Diermajer has previously held Board positions and been involved in the successful ASX listings of Eagle Bay Resources NL, Geographe Resources Ltd, Falcon Minerals Ltd, and more recently, Robo 3D Limited.”

Richard has a son with disability, which has led him to campaign, and advocate for the improvement of conditions and increased funding within the disability sector in Western Australia. In addition to his role at VIP, Richard’s previous not-for-profit experience include senior positions at Identity WA and the Developmental Disability Council.

Martin Wandmaker

Mr Wandmaker brings considerable experience and expertise in the field of Human Resources. Martin is currently Head of Human Resources at Automotive Holdings Group, having previously held positions of Executive General Manager for Sydney Ports Corporation and various HR roles for DHL Worldwide Express in Australia, Singapore and Germany.

With a Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney, Martin’s experience extends across talent acquisition, remuneration, reward and benefits planning, training and development, workplace health and safety along with succession management and employee/industrial relations.


Executive team

Michael TaitMichael Tait
Chief Executive Officer

Michael is Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Bay, an organisation that has been providing community services in Western Australia for over 75 years. Prior to taking the role, Michael spent over 25 years in senior management positions within the health, hospitality, property development and disability sectors. During this time he operated in Polynesia, Indonesia, Australia, UK and Europe for both national and internationally based organisations.

Since joining the community services sector in 2006, Michael has been actively involved in many projects and committees within both the more specific disability services and also the broader community and not for profit arenas. Michael is the current deputy chair of the Western Australian peak body National Disability Services. Rocky Bay is a founding member of Ability First Australia, an association of Australia’s leading disability services organisations and as a member CEO, Michael sits on the Board and is therefore involved and exposed in many national disability issues.

Adam maxwell_webAdam Maxwell
Chief Financial Officer

Adam is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 year’s commercial experience and a passion for customer service, which was forged at an internationally renowned airline group. His career has spanned a number of sectors including marketing, retail and strategic consultancy and he has over 5 years of experience in the care sector, where, prior to his most recent role, he was Finance Director of the UK’s largest privately owned care home group. With his strong background in developing strategic and tactical change initiatives Adam has also been involved, as Non-Executive, in a number of ambitious not for profit Boards.

Adam is excited to be joining Rocky Bay as they meet the challenges and opportunities brought about by the NDIS.


Linda ChuiLinda Chiu
Director Clinical Services

Formerly a senior physiotherapist with Disability Services Commission, Linda started at Rocky Bay in June 1999 as Manager Clinical Services and in 2007 became Director Clinical Services.

Clinical Services offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing, social work, specialist postural management, technical services, refurbished equipment and hydrotherapy to West Australians of all ages living with disability.




Trevis Lawton

Trevis Lawton
Director Strategy

Trevis commenced at Rocky Bay in 2011 as Manager Infrastructure, becoming Director Strategy in 2013.

With over 25 years of management experience across Western Australia Trevis has worked in areas including strategic planning, ICT, information management, business intelligence and infrastructure management, leading change & innovation and managing enterprise-wide projects across government and the commercial sector.

The Strategy Division delivers a wide range of corporate services including strategic planning, governance, risk management, business improvement, quality, customer engagement, information management, marketing and communications.


Allison Adams
Director Human Resources

Allison is a seasoned HR generalist and leader with over 20 years of experience working across different industry sectors, including financial services, construction and telecommunications. Prior to joining Rocky Bay in 2017, Allison was Head of HR for iiNet Limited leading teams across HR, Payroll, Administration, Health and Safety functions globally.  Allison also led the HR function and sat on the Executive Leadership Team with Broad Group Holdings.

Allison is passionate about creating a working environment that facilitates capable, engaged employees to deliver quality outcomes for our customers and the wider community.



Jane Edmond
Director Home & Community

Jane commenced at Rocky Bay in November 2013 to take up the new role of Director of Home and Community; created due to a period of significant expansion over the previous three years.

Prior to this, Jane worked in a variety of management positions in the not for profit disability services sector in the UK for over twenty years.

Jane has a passion for providing high quality, person centred services, putting the individual first; delivered through a supportive and coaching focused management structure by well trained, and enthusiastic teams of people with a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire for continual improvement.


Kylie Murphy

Kylie Murphy
Director Leisure & Independence

Kylie Murphy commenced with Rocky Bay in 2013 as the Director of Leisure and Independence; this role is responsible for the Alternatives to Employment, recreation and employment portfolios.

Kylie has well over twenty years experience in working in the human services sector, predominantly in disability services and holds a BA, Women’s Studies and Legal Studies (Hons), from Murdoch University. Kylie is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Administration through Deakin University.


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