Rocky Bay welcomes new Chair

Jul 5, 2021

A head shot of incoming Chair Trent smiling, and in a dark suit and colourful tie

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Board member, Trent Bartlett, to the position of Chair effective from 1 August 2021.

Trent will replace Susan Male, who has been on the Board since 2007, having held the position of Deputy Chair, prior to being appointed Chair in November 2018.

Trent has over 30 years’ experience in Chair, Non-Executive Director and CEO roles in publicly listed, private and for-benefit companies in sectors including disability, retail, import and export, manufacturing, automotive, banking, financial services, insurance, tourism and agribusiness.

He is currently Chair of Good Samaritan Enterprises, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, and Travellers Choice, and is a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Bank Australia and the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation.

Susan said “I congratulate Trent on his appointment as Chair. He is highly experienced with a deep understanding of not-for-profit, public and private sectors, and Rocky Bay will benefit from his understanding of the disability sector and the environment it now operates in in Western Australia.”

During Susan’s time on the Board, she has overseen delivery of a significant growth strategy and supported the organisation in key decisions and improvements to position Rocky Bay as one of Western Australia’s leading not-for-profits in the sector.

Susan led Rocky Bay into Ability First Australia as a founding member and developing opportunities for lobbying on a national level in support of people living with disability. She also oversaw the acquisition of Valued Independent People in 2016, the acquisition of Baptistcare disability homes, and the large scale acquisition and transfer of government supported accommodation homes to Rocky Bay.

In more recent years, Susan oversaw many significant decisions made by Rocky Bay, including embracing the NDIS; Rocky Bay’s governance changing from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee; the development of Shift Accessible Homes, and establishing Rocky Bay’s first regional hub in Geraldton.

Michael Tait, thanked Susan for her valuable contribution and commitment to Rocky Bay for the past 14 years.

“Susan has shown enormous dedication to Rocky Bay during her time on the Board, as a Member, Deputy Chair, and as Chair for the past three years. I thank her for her unwavering commitment and service, and wish her every success in her future endeavours”.

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