Board of Directors
Chair: Nicola Forrest
Deputy Chair: Alan Cransberg
Treasurer: Craig Yaxley
Directors: Felicity Gooding, Rob McKenzie, Kellie Parker, Vicki Robinson, Linda Savage and Francois Witbooi
Founding Patron Janet Holmes à Court AC
Janet Holmes à Court is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is Chairman of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She is a Board Member of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA), the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF) and the New York Philharmonic International Advisory Board. Janet is also a member of the Centenary Trust for Women Board of Advisors at the University of Western Australia and State Buildings Advisory Board, Western Australia.
Janet is a science graduate from the University of Western Australia and taught science for a number of years before working more closely with family business matters. She has won numerous awards recognising her contribution to the community and to business, including a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder Minderoo Foundation. Member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, Collaborate for Kids Advisory Council and Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation. Patron of the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation and Impact 100WA and Life Governor Sculpture by the Sea. Director of Minderoo Group and Managing Director of Minderoo Station. 2014 Western Australian of the year (community category) and awarded the University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services and Philanthropy. Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Western Australia.
Board memberships – John Swire and Sons Australia; Chairman of the Wirrapanda Foundation, Deputy Chair Black Swan State Theatre Company, Director of the University of Western Australia Business School, Director SAS Resources Trust. Former Chairman and Managing Director Alcoa of Australia and Vice President of Alcoa Inc (retired April 2016). Former Chairman West Coast Eagles Football Club.
Ms Gooding is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Minderoo, encompassing the philanthropic and private business holdings of Andrew and Nicola Forrest.
Ms Gooding is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with over fifteen years’ experience specialising in due diligence, mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing across various sectors in Washington DC, Singapore and London. Ms Gooding has held senior positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diageo Plc and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd where she was instrumental in the raising of over $5bn expansion financing. Prior to joining Minderoo, Ms Gooding was an executive at potash development company Sirius Minerals Plc. Exploration Companies Inc.
Rob McKenzie is a member of the Takeovers Panel and a director of Keystart Loans Ltd. He was a partner of major national law firm Clayton Utz for 22 years, Jackson McDonald and co-managing partner of McKenzie Moncrieff. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in state funded theatre companies. He is a former director of West Coast Eagles and former commissioner of the WA Football Commission. He has been national and state chair of several Law Council of Australia BLS committees and has sat on several federal government reviews.
Kellie Parker has been part of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Executive team since 2014 and was appointed Managing Director, Planning Integration and Assets in January 2016. Kellie has accountability to optimise the production system to maximise value from ore body to market. Her portfolio includes all future iron ore developments covering ore body knowledge, technology, asset management, technical services and sustaining capital. She also has direct impact on the ability of every other part of the operation to deliver against their objectives through the integration of plans and our Operations Centre. Through whole of system visibility, improved access to information and collaboration Kellie is delivering increasing value to the Iron Ore business. Kellie joined Rio Tinto 2001 and has held a number of safety, operational and leadership roles across Iron Ore. Prior to joining Rio Tinto Kellie worked in Health Care both internationally and in Australia. Her love of learning and new challenges has allowed her to transition her career into Mining. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Science and a Health and Safety Diploma from Curtin University Western Australia and is a board member for the Rio Tinto Community Investment Fund.
General Manager – Legal (Corporate) Wesfarmers Limited. Previous positions include Legal Counsel Wesfarmers Limited, General Manager Energy Generation Pty Ltd, part of Wesfarmers Energy and Senior Associate with Clayton Utz. Holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Member of the Advisory Board of the Curtin Law School and the Advisory Council of the Curtin Business School.
Linda is a former member of the Western Australian State parliament, Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Linda has a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Australia and Law degrees from the University of Cambridge and UWA. She has been active in law reform, social justice and establishing legal services for women and children for over three decades. She has served on a diverse range of boards including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Women Lawyers of Western Australia and the Reproductive Technology Council of WA. She is currently on the board of the Youth Legal Service, and the Board of Management of the National Drug Research Institute. Linda is the Convenor of the “Valuing Children Initiative” established in January 2016 by Centrecare (Inc) and Parkerville Children and Youth Services.
Senior Tax partner with KPMG and over 30 years corporate tax experience primarily focussing on the mining and resources sector. Chartered Tax Advisor, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and Member of the Board of Taxation. Previously Executive Councillor, Treasurer and Chairman of Tax Committee of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc and previously Treasurer of the Friends of the Ballet (WA).
Francois Witbooi has worked as a senior executive in a range of industries across 4 continents. A classically trained concert pianist and winner of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship in 2002, Francois graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a Master’s in Arts management before taking up positions at the Arts Council England and the National Foundation for Youth Music UK. More recently he worked in micro enterprise development in a number of communities across regional and remote Western Australia. He is a co-founder of Redspear Safety and was most recently included as a winner of the 40under40, an award which celebrates Western Australia’s leading entrepreneurs under the age of 40. Francois also serves on the board of directors for Aboriginal Choice, a charity aimed at supporting and giving emotional strength to elders in their communities.