Board of Directors
CHAIR – Peter Fitzpatrick AO, AM (Mil) FSAE, GAICD, JP
For five years he was a coach and mentor of a group of 18 high performing CEOs committed to leading profitable and effective companies. He is currently a director on eight Boards, chairing six. The boards are a mix of for profit and not for profit organizations. He is Chair of a transport company board, a start-up company in the agricultural sector, a consortium of 10 organisations operating in the youth at risk area.
He is the Chair of the Bravery Trust, a national organisation which provides financial and education support to veterans from the Navy, Army and Air Force who are in serious need and to widows and children of the fallen. He is also the Chairman of the National SAS Association and is the Chair of a new organisation that he has helped to set up to provide support to victims of domestic violence in rural and remote regions. He is an adviser and Patron to a number of other veteran and mental health organizations. He provides training as well as strategic and governance advice in the corporate sector, not for profit organisations and to the indigenous community.
He was previously a director and chair of the audit and risk committee of REMCO, the regulator for the gas industry in Western Australia. He also completed a four year Term as the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and was Chair of the Waste Authority.
He facilitates four modules on the Company Directors’ Course, as well as modules for local government and for not for profit and registered organizations on Governance, Board Performance Finance, Strategy, Risk and Leadership. He is a graduate of the company directors Course and has an Advanced Diploma in Company Directorship (Mastery of the Boardroom).
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2018 and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Military Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 1984. He was also a previous state finalist for Australian of the Year.
VICE CHAIR – Ms Fleur McDonald
Dr Mike Mears
Mrs Shelley Smith
SECRETARY – Ms Jenny Bloom
Mrs Bev Blakemore
In 2018 Bev completed her Honours in Psychology with her thesis being on the barriers to help seeking for people experiencing domestic violence.
Bev is passionate about helping people and giving everyone the chance to be heard and validated.
Mr Lachlan Hunter
Lachlan Hunter hails from a mixed cropping and livestock farm near Bruce Rock in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt region. He attended the University of Western Australia (UWA) with Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Political Science and International relations. Before attending UWA Lachlan completed a yearlong cadetship at InterGrain, as a plant breeding technician. This saw him travel to many of the grain growing regions in Australia experiencing new and innovative technology in genetic agriculture. A former Western Australian Young Nationals President, Lachlan also served as Principal Policy Adviser to the Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Regional Development and Lands, the Hon. Terry Redman MLA in the Western Australian State Government. He has also worked for Harmony Agriculture and Food as Manager of External Affairs. Lachlan has also worked for The Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Federal Minister for Agriculture. Lachlan is passionate about the future development of Regional and Rural Australia particularly in education, agriculture and technology.”
TREASURER – Kelly Starcevich
Kelly moved to Esperance in 2004 after returning to Australia from Canada where she lived for 13 years. It was very important for Kelly to return to Australia to be closer to her family and to raise her only child in a small community. Kelly is an active member of the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay, and has been part of the Banking industry for more than 10 years. Kelly is passionate about helping people, and has seen the devastation that domestic violence can have on families. Kelly has a personal insight into the impact of domestic violence, and understands the lasting emotional toll it can have on the survivors. Kelly believes that by connecting people with resources; and working together we can remove the social stigma that may prevent victims from reaching out for help.