Janet Holmes à Court AC, Founding Patron
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.
Board of Directors
Nicola Forrest AO, Chair
Co-founder and Director of 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 Award winner (community category) and awarded the University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services and Philanthropy. Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Western Australia. Nicola was appointed an Officer of the Order for distinguished service to the community through philanthropic support for education and the arts, to business, and to the community.
Alan Cransberg, Deputy Chair
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.
Felicity Gooding, Treasurer and Company Secretary
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.
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.
Professor David Shirley
David is the Executive Director of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
A professional actor with extensive experience in theatre, film, television and radio, David trained at the Arts Educational Schools and at RADA.. The founding Chair of the Conference of Drama Schools Research Forum and a former Co-convenor of the 20th/21st Century Performer Training Group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), David is actively engaged in promoting research initiatives across the HE performer training sector. His own research includes published articles/book chapters related to Stanislavsky and Russian Naturalism, British Actor and Director training, the American Method, the work of Samuel Beckett and Postdramatic Theatre.
David was formerly the Chair of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
David is an Associate Editor of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT) published by Routledge.
He is also on the Advisory Board to the Stanislavsky Research Centre.
Ivan Vella is the managing director Supply Chain and Services for the iron ore business at Rio Tinto. He has accountability for the end to end supply chain moving iron ore from 16 mines across the Pilbara through the rail network and on to customers via four ports terminals at Dampier and Cape Lambert.
Ivan is also responsible for the Core Services function which provides the support infrastructure, utilities and associated services across the iron ore operations. Prior to this role, Ivan was chief operating officer — Coal, with accountability for Rio Tinto’s five coal operations in New South Wales, Queensland and South Africa. Before this, Ivan worked at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia – a $6bn start-up copper and gold operation and one of the top three copper mines in the world.
Since joining Rio in 2003 Ivan has led a number of large business improvement and transformation projects across various areas of the business. He previously worked with Deloitte Consulting.
Ivan holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business in Operations and Quality Management from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from University of Edinburgh.
Francois Witbooi, Chair Artistic Reference Group
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.
Artistic Reference Group 2019/20: Clare Watson (Artistic Director), Zoe Atkinson, Barry McGuire, Sisonke Msimang, Rob Brookman, Wendy Martin and Rob McKenzie.