Our Structure

The Rottnest Foundation is an incorporated voluntary body comprised of people who feel passionately about conserving Rottnest Island for future generations to enjoy!

The affairs of the Foundation are managed exclusively by a Board comprised of up to 12 members who meet approximately 6 times a year. The Foundation Board has representation from a variety of community and business leaders, many of whom have had considerable experience and direct involvement with Rottnest Island. All Board members must hold membership with the Rottnest Foundation.

ROTTNEST FOUNDATION: PATRON

Janet

Ms JANET HOLMES à COURT, AC

Janet Holmes à Court is a leading patron of the arts in Australia. The Holmes à Court Gallery houses a collection of 4,000 artworks with a program of lending to galleries around Australia. Janet Holmes à Court was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to business, the advancement of Western Australia’s musical and theatre culture, to the visual arts, and to the community. She has been a strong promoter of public ethics in corporate life, her own philanthropy inspiring other business people to invest in the arts. She has been Chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation since 1986 and the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Janet Holmes à Court is also patron and board member of a wide range of cultural and arts organisations in Australia with interests ranging across theatre, art, music, and urban design and architecture. Janet Holmes à Court was Pro-chancellor at the University of Western Australia (1990-94) and a Senate member at both Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. She holds honorary doctorates from three Australian Universities. In 2003 she developed the Perth ‘Day of Ideas’, now run in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Western Australia and with Manning Clarke House where she is also patron. This has allowed exploration of a number of socially progressive themes (such as ‘living in a time of fear’, ‘beyond sorry’ and ‘refuge’) and demonstrates Holmes à Court’s hands-on, practical and involved approach to numerous intellectual and creative projects. She 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. Janet is also Chair of the John Holland Group, and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre of WA. She is a Board Member of Vision 2020 Australia, Rio Tinto WA Future Fund, Australian National Academy of Music, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Major Performing Arts Group and Chamber of Arts & Culture WA.

ROTTNEST FOUNDATION: BOARD MEMBERS

Mr JEFF KING

Member since: 2009

Position/Roles: Chairman

Jeff King has accomplished skills in organisational management, sales and business administration, attributed to being a business proprietor since 1975. Jeff ran a tennis coaching business until 1986, overlapping with running his wholesale sporting goods and promotional company from 1981 to the present day.  In addition to this, he led the Hopman Cup Ball Kid Program for 24 years from 1988-2012.  Needless to say sport, and in particular tennis, is a passion of his, which has also led him to serve time as a lecturer for the National Tennis Coaches Accreditation Course and as the President of Tennis Professional Association of WA, of which he remains a life member. Jeff has been a frequent visitor to Rottnest Island since he was a toddler. He is a keen golfer and has participated in the annual Rottnest Cup for over 25 years.

Mrs PATRICIA BARBLETT, AM

Member since: 1985

Position/Roles: Founder/Deputy Chairperson        

Pat has contributed significantly to the sustainable development of cultural and natural tourism in WA. Pat founded FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural & Eco Tourism) in 1991 and chaired the organisation until 2004. Pat was the first woman appointed to the Rottnest Island Board (RIA) in 1977.  She served on the RIA Board for 16 years, retiring in 1993.  The last 3 years of her term as Chairperson of the Authority.  She was responsible for the first Environmental Interpretation Plan for the Island, establishment of the Rottnest Museum, converting the Kingstown Army Barracks into the Rottnest Environmental Education Centre and Youth Hostel, establishing the Rottnest Voluntary Guides and Chairing the Rottnest Island Hospital Board for 8 years. Pat is also the immediate past Chair of the Conservation Commission, where she has been a member for nearly 17 years.  Pat was awarded the Sir David Brand Medal in the WA Tourism Awards in 2003 in recognition of individual excellence and contribution to WA Tourism.  She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for her service to environmental conservation and management, and to the development of ecotourism opportunities in Western Australia and also received the Prime Minister’s Medal in 2004.

Mrs PAULINE MCMULLAN

Member since: 2008

Position/Roles: Secretary/Executive Officer

Prior to 1996 Pauline held positions as Executive Assistant for the CEO of the Department of Cabinet and the Rottnest Island Authority. Since leaving the public service to raise her family, Pauline has built up a clientele base for which she provides administrative support whilst working from home.  Pauline is currently the Secretary to the WA Chapter of the National Speakers Association of Australia and the Executive Officer for FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural & Eco Tourism). Her skills include event management, administration & office management, planning, marketing, website maintenance and financial management.

Mrs PAULINE CASEY

Member since: 2009

Position/Roles: Treasurer

Pauline is an expert in financial management having successfully completed a course in Medical Database Management and Accounting Systems and acquiring a certificate in Quality Management & Assurance.  These credentials, matched with her MYOB bookkeeping skills (including BAS lodgment and payroll) has led her through a working history in financial administration, keeping track of the finances of various sporting institutions, and serving on various school boards as Chairman and Treasurer. Besides being the Treasurer for the Rottnest Foundation, Pauline also currently works as the Accounts Officer for KC Sports

Mr COURTNEY J. WHEATLEY

Member since: 2002

Position/Roles: Acting Chairman/Secretary/Treasurer

Courtney’s current occupation is the Executive Director of a private engineering R&D company, of which he cofounded. Previous experience has seen him involved with livestock, working and managing cattle stations, including working as a stud & commercial livestock breeding consultant throughout Australia. His practical ‘on the ground’ leadership abilities, management and negotiation skills (including legal) means that he is able to easily move around both the public and corporate world. Courtney has an affinity with the outdoors and nature; piloting, participating and sometimes even leading volunteer activities on Rottnest Island. To top things off, Courtney is also a helicopter pilot.

Mrs MONICA RADOMILJAC

Member since: 2009

Position/Roles: Board Member

Monica holds a Diploma in Teaching and has fine-tuned her skills in property management, viticultural management, tourism, food production and function co-ordination due to running a successful family owned vineyard, called ‘Pemberley of Pemberton’. Monica has a producer’s licence from the Department of Liquor and Gaming and is a board member on the Wine Industry Association of Western Australia. Besides being a producer of Premium Wine Grapes and Fine Wines, Monica can also lay claim to harvesting potatoes, growing cattle and breeding Labrador retrievers and Bengal cats on her property.

Mr ALESSIO CAPELLI, CPA

Member since: 2014

Position/Roles: Board Member

Alessio is a qualified professional with significant professional and managerial experience over 25 years working with a range of sectors, both industry and government. Over that period he has worked as a Financial and Management Accountant in shaping and managing business operations as well as shaping and managing change strategies. In line with this experience he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the planning and implementation of financial and business management systems for a range of business clients. He is currently a Director of a practice delivering professional business and financial services to both local and international clients.

Mr JOHN SMOKER

Member since: 2015

Position/Roles: Board Member

John is a successful project coordinator with experience in management, administration, and staff training. He has excellent communication, motivational and team building skills with the ability to interact effectively in cross cultural settings with people from all levels. He is known to be a lateral thinker, innovative and highly creative. John is an effective collaborator with highly developed analytical and research skills having completed a research doctorate for Main Roads WA which proposes the CED Strategy (Communicate Engage Deliver) in order to improve engagement processes and partnerships between Government departments and Aboriginal people of remote communities.

Mr GILES THOMSON

Member since: 2015

Position/Roles:  Board Member

Giles has a broad educational background including a Masters in Urban Design, a Bachelor of Design, a BSc and Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies. He has worked in a variety of roles including strategic planning, urban design, research and project management in both private practice and the public sector. Giles is currently a researcher at Curtin University investigating sustainable cities with a focus on how we can best deliver highly liveable and sustainable environments at the neighborhood scale. In early 2015 as part of a small team he helped prepare a Climate Adaptation Plan for Curtin University which is the first Climate Adaptation Plan for an Australian University. Giles has a longstanding passion for the environment and Australia’s biodiversity wealth and enjoys the authentic sense of place found on Rottnest Island.

Mrs DENISE HILSZ

Member since: 2015

Position/Roles:  Board Member

Denise has worked over 40 years in education as a classroom teacher, education consultant, deputy principal and 24 years as a principal. Denise won the public and government sector award in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in 1990 for her outstanding leadership in education. As a senior principal she has been involved in the provision of professional development for administrators, mentoring and support roles with the WA Principal’s Association and is currently a Board member of the Smart Future Foundation. Denise enjoys an active lifestyle, having completed two marathons, walked the Bibbulmun Track end to end twice and the Coast to Coast in England. Her enthusiasm and love of the environment inspired her to join the Rottnest Foundation.

ROTTNEST FOUNDATION: STAFF MEMBER

Miss ROSALIE SMALL

Staff member since: 2013

Position/Roles: Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator

Rosie acquired a university degree in Tourism, majoring in Tourism Management in 2005. Between 2006- 2010, Rosie worked in the hospitality industry: managing and supervising restaurants, clubs, pubs & cafes, fine tuning her skills in merchandising, team management, coordinating functions & events, financial administration and customer service. Between Oct 2010- Sept 2013 Rosie worked within the Rottnest Island Authority as a Projects & Administration Officer where she developed her abilities in grant writing & acquittal and fine-tuned her project management, organisational and office administration skills. Since Oct 2013, she has worked within the Rottnest Foundation in the capacity of Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator to assist the Foundation in raising money for environmental & heritage projects that ‘Conserve the Essence of Rottnest’.