Our Structure

The Rottnest Foundation is an independent, for purpose organisation, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2016 (WA). The Foundation is endorsed by the Australian Government as an Environmental Organisation and holds Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

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

Rottnest Foundation: Patron

JanetMs 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 three years of her term were 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 eight 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. She was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

Mrs Pauline McMullan
Member since: 2008

Position/Roles: Secretary
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 was previously 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.

Ms Kate Atkins
Member since: 2018
Position/Roles: Board Member
Kate has over fifteen years in the tertiary education sector, as an academic in the School of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) and a Masters of Clinical Science. She has been involved in the Augusta Trails and Interpretation Community Reference Group in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River since 2012, having a keen interest in history and the benefits of walking trails. Kate first became connected with the Rottnest Foundation whilst living in London in 2015 where she became a member of the London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation, assisting to organise annual fund raising events. The London Chapter provides a strong and unique connection for West Australians living in London, as Rottnest and its preservation has a unifying effect for West Australians of all ages wherever they may live. In 2020 Kate paddled to support one of her children participating in a team in the Rottnest Channel Swim.  

Ms Melissa Beresford
Member since: 2017
Position/Roles: Board Member
Melissa has had a 30 year career in medical imaging in Australia and overseas, in both the private and public sectors. Melissa grew up in Perth and enjoyed countless trips to Rottnest Island as a child. As the mother of three daughters, Melissa was motivated to join the Board of the Rottnest Foundation  to help her children and future generations enjoy and appreciate the natural wonder and heritage of Rottnest island. Melissa holds a Private Pilot’s licence and a Skippers ticket which she has used to great effect over the years to enhance her knowledge of the geography of the Island. Since joining the Board, Melissa has been actively involved in all of the Foundation’s initiatives.

Ms Sue Campbell
Member since: 2018
Position/Roles: Board Member
Sue is a regional development professional whose career over the past 20 years has focused on tourism and economic development. Sue has held leadership, management and specialist roles in the planning, management, development and marketing of tourism destinations including Peel, Great Southern and Perth’s Eastern region. Sue’s tourism knowledge and experience has been gained through managing her own tour business, leading an industry marketing body and through design and delivery of programs as a public servant. Sue holds an MBA and additional tertiary and technical qualifications in the fields of Social Work, Health Education, Public Sector Management, Project Management and Tour Guiding. Sue’s industry and regional experience have been recognised with her appointment to the inaugural Trails WA Board and as a judge for the Top Tourism Town Award program. Sue participates in planting days on the Island and is also a Volunteer Tour Guide with the Kings Park and Botanic Garden Authority and Secretary of the Friends of Inglewood Triangle Bushcare Group.

Mrs Denise Hilsz
Member since: 2015

Position/Roles: Board Member
Denise has worked for over 48 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 in Western Australia. Her commitment to education continues in her work as a Support Principal with the WA Principals’ Association and as a Mentor for the Fogarty Foundation EDvance Program supporting school leaders. Denise enjoys an active lifestyle, having completed two marathons and two half marathons, and numerous walks including the Bibbulmun Track end to end twice and the Coast to Coast in England. Her enthusiasm for the natural environment and commitment to the preservation of our natural and historic culture inspired her to join the Rottnest Foundation. As a member of the Rottnest Foundation Board, Denise takes a strong interest in promoting Rottnest Island to schools, supporting the development of effective strategic planning and assisting with all areas of fundraising.

Mr Courtney J. Wheatley
Member since: 2002

Position/Roles: Board Member 
Courtney’s current occupation is the Executive Director of a private engineering R&D company, 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 leading volunteer activities on Rottnest Island. To top things off, Courtney is also a helicopter pilot.

Rottnest Foundation Staff

Mrs Pauline McMullan
Position: Executive Officer
Tel: (08) 9448 8150
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 309
North Beach
WA 6209

Mrs Pauline Casey
Position: Treasurer