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 of Management 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 Pauline McMullan
Member since: 2008

Position/Roles: Secretary
Pauline has extensive experience in administration, board administration and event management, having held senior administrative roles in the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Rottnest Island Authority. In 1991, Pauline became involved with FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism), firstly on a voluntary basis, prior to becoming the Executive Officer, and then supported FACET for some 29 years. Pauline joined the Rottnest Foundation in 2008, bringing with her knowledge and experience of Rottnest gained whilst working for the Rottnest Island Authority and through many years of wonderful holidays on the Island.

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. 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.

Ms  Phoebe Carre
Member since: 2020
Position/Roles: Board Member
Phoebe is a Content Producer at an internationally owned creative agency. She is passionate about local tourism, having produced over a hundred content pieces to promote Perth and Western Australia intrastate, interstate and overseas. She previously worked in Digital Media and Media Strategy, where she helped develop integrated campaigns for Tourism Western Australia. She was motivated to join the Board of the Rottnest Island Foundation, to ensure the essence of the Island she learnt to cycle, swim and snorkel at is preserved and celebrated for generations to come.

Mr John McMath
Member since: 2020

Position/Roles: Board Member
John is a Non – Executive Director with over 30 years of experience on listed company subsidiary boards, not-for-profit boards and member based industry organisations. He is currently Chair of the Western Australian Youth Orchestras Inc. board and a board member of Awards WA, the WA Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee and the Rottnest Foundation. He was born and raised in Papua New Guinea, where his family lived for over 26 years, and has a passionate interest in the development of sustainable commercial and community resources in developing countries. John has also gained a strong understanding and appreciation of cultural differences through having been involved in projects in PNG, Timor L’Este, Indonesia, China, Japan and remote and regional Australia. John has been holidaying annually at Rottnest with family and friends since arriving in WA in 1997, visits regularly for both extended and short stays and has taken many friends there for the first time, including international visitors from the UK, Europe, Japan, China, India, and the US. He is aware the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of the island and is conscious of our responsibility to preserve and enhance those assets out of respect for previous generations and for the enjoyment and understanding by future generations. John is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts and a post-graduate Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

Mrs Rosalie Ritchie
Member since: 2018

Position/Roles: Board Member
Rosalie has a bachelor’s degree from Murdoch University with a major in Tourism Management. She started her career in hospitality before dedicating herself to Rottnest Island for eight years, firstly working at the Rottnest Island Authority, in projects and administration and then moving into a secondment role focused on grants and sponsorship with the Rottnest Foundation. She gained extensive experience advocating for and engaging with stakeholders to support and progress Rottnest Island’s cultural, environmental and heritage assets. She acquired and managed grant projects between $1-$500k, including for the development of the Wadjemup Walk Trail and the progression of the conservation/interpretation of the Island’s Aboriginal history. Following her Rottnest focused positions, she worked for Reconciliation WA where she assisted to grow the pool of people engaging in reconciliation and currently holds a grant writing position within a mentoring organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. She joined the Rottnest Foundation Board in October 2020 to continue the Rottnest Foundation’s important work in making the Island better for future generations to enjoy.

Ms Vicki Taylor
Member since: 2020

Position/Roles: Board Member
Vicki has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia and over 30 years’ experience as a Director of private companies involved primarily in commercial property investment and management. Vicki is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors course and is currently Chair of Richmond Wellbeing, a leading WA mental health service provider. She also serves on both the Richmond Wellbeing Finance and Governance committees. As an Executive of her husband’s heritage architectural practice, John Taylor Architect, Vicki has assisted in the provision of conservation architectural services on buildings and sites across the state. Vicki has enjoyed an involvement with Rottnest for over 40 years both on the island and as boat owner with a mooring at Rocky Bay. Vicki has a keen interest in native WA flora and fauna conservation and was a volunteer garden carer at the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens for several years.

Rottnest Foundation Life Members

Mrs Pat Barblett, AM

Mr Courtney J. Wheatley

Rottnest Foundation Staff

Mrs Pauline McMullan
Position: Executive Officer
Tel: 0432 847 968
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 309
North Beach
WA 6209

Mrs Pauline Casey
Position: Finance Officer

Email:  [email protected]