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Patron, board members and executive team


The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

Prior to becoming the 33rd Governor of Western Australia in May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated nearly thirty years to a career in Federal Government, representing the Western Australian seats of Brand and Swan.

Mr Beazley was appointed as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010, and served until January 2016. Upon his return to Australia, Mr Beazley was appointed as President of the Australian institute for International Affairs until 2017, Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue until 2018, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and a Director and Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.

Board members

Susan Male


Susan originally trained as an occupational therapist, working in health, rehabilitation and occupational health in Australia and the United States.

Following completion of a Master of Business Administration, Susan has worked as a management consultant and senior executive in the banking, insurance and utilities industries. She has considerable experience as a non-executive director in social purpose organisations, commencing in 2006 with Child Australia and joining the Rocky Bay Board in 2007.

Chris Ryan Board Member

Chris Ryan

Deputy Chairperson

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.


Chris 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

An experienced brand economist and business strategist executive with over 25 years experience across a diverse range of industries.  Establishing her brand consultancy City Hall in 2016, Carolyn specialises in how companies grow their market share, launch new products, position and differentiate their offerings and engineer culture to meet the constantly changing international business landscape.

Carolyn has previously held leadership roles in both banking (Citibank, Mellon Bank, Deutsche Bank) in London, and as Senior Vice President of McCann Erickson in New York.  In this capacity, she led a large global team in the development of cutting edge marketing solutions that harnessed a broad spectrum of communication, planning and strategic technologies.

Miriam 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 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. In addition to his role as CEO of Steel Blue, Garry 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 through his work with the HBOSA Foundation, and more recently with the partnership programs established with Breast Cancer Care WA, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Beyond Blue.Garry is currently Chair of the Risk Committee at Rocky Bay.

Lui Pangiarella Rocky Bay Board Member

Lui Pangiarella

Lui has over 20 years’ experience in mergers, acquisitions and integrations, project management and finance, having worked for the Wesfarmers Group and as an independent consultant. His experience spans the hardware retail, transport and logistics, fertiliser and chemicals manufacturing and distribution, heavy construction, professional services and insurance industries.

An Honours graduate in Commerce from Curtin University, Lui is a Chartered Accountant and AICD Company Directors Course graduate.

Executive team

Michael Tait - Chief Executive OfficerMichael 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 - Chief Financial OfficerAdam 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.

Michelle Dillon
Director Clinical Services

Commencing in 2019 at Rocky Bay, Michelle has served in executive roles with Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth Children’s Hospital and Royal Perth Bentley Campus.

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

Trevis Lawton - Director Strategy

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 Ressources

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 Edmonds - Director Home and 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 - Director Leisure and Independence

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 community supports, lifelong learning and employment readiness.

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 and a Master of Business Administration through University of Western Australia.

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