Silvana Gaglia, Chairperson & Founder
Silvana is one of the founders of Autism West, which was developed out of the parent run group FOCAS (Focus on Children on the Autism Spectrum), established in 2001. A parent of a child with autism, she is a passionate autism advocate, working tirelessly to improve services for families affected by autism. Silvana was recently one of the winners in the Impact 25 awards 2016.
Karl Paganin, Deputy Chairperson
Karl has been a Board Member since 2008 and currently holds the position of Deputy Chairperson. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and corporate and commercial Law. Karl holds degrees in law and arts, and is an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia. Karl is the parent of a child with autism.
Adam Shephard, Treasurer
Adam joined the Board in 2010, and is the Managing Director at Amex Corporation. He has had over 15 years experience in the property and finance industries, and is an Australian Chartered Accountant (ACA), holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and a MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Jennifer Grove has more than 12 years of experience working with CEOs of some of Australia’s largest organisations as a trusted adviser in executive search. She has substantial experience in the health, research, aged and community care, Government, membership and financial services industries as well as many years working with NFP Boards. Jennifer was a former political adviser to a Federal Attorney-General and a political journalist with The West Australian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Politics and History, from The University of Western Australia.
Steve joined the Board in February 2016, and has worked extensively within the non-government sector, holding policy positions in mental health and primary health care sectors early in his career. Steve is now working as a management consultant across the health, ageing and disability sectors. He holds Science and Arts degrees from the Australian National University.
Nicole Kerr was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and has over 9 years’ experience as a director of numerous not-for-profit organisations. She has a thorough understanding of corporate governance and extensive experience working with membership organisations. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Business Administration, an Advanced Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Andrea Jones joined the Board in January 2015, and is currently the Director of Marketing Services at Curtin University. With more than 15 years experience in marketing and communications, Andrea has worked with some of the world’s top brands throughout the UK, South Africa and Australia. She has special interest in creating brand awareness for not-for-profits and has helped a number of small charities grow their brands in Western Australia. She has a Masters degree in Marketing accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an alumni of Leadership WA.
Alison Davis, Chief Executive Officer
Alison joined Autism West in July 2014. She has experience working in the public sector, as well as for not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Alison was most recently the National Copyright Manager for the TAFE sector. She holds an arts/law degree from the University of WA and a Masters degree in law from the University of NSW.
Gabriella La Bianca, Executive Officer
Scott Sadler, Administrative Assistant
Louise Sheehy, Operations Manager
Tania Rodwell, TOBY Project Manager
Janine Ripper, Marketing Specialist
Professor Lyn Beazley, AO FTSE
After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Beazley built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia. Currently Lyn is the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Science at Murdoch University.
As Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, Professor Beazley advised the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as fulfilling the role of science ambassador locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2009, Professor Beazley was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. More recently, Professor Beazley was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and was elected as a Fellow of the College of Educators. In 2012, Professor Beazley became the second recipient of the Governor’s Award for Giving, in recognition of her enthusiastic philanthropy through her outreach activities promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Western Australian community.
In 2013, Professor Beazley was honoured to be inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and to become a Companion of the Institute of Engineers. Lyn was amazed and delighted to be named the WA Australian of the Year for 2015.
Michael Malone founded iiNet Limited in 1993 and continued as CEO until retiring in 2014. During his tenure, iiNet grew to service one million households and businesses, with revenues of one billion dollars and a market cap of over one billion dollars.
Michael is a former Maths teacher, was a member of the State Training Board advising the Education Minister, the Australian Institute of Management, and a director of Scitech, WA’s leading centre for the promotion of STEM for children (and enthusiastic adults!). He was a founding director and deputy chairman of Autism West, which developed out of FOCAS (“Focus of Children on the Autism Spectrum”), an organisation with a long history of assisting families who are familiar with ASD. Mr Malone presently sits on the boards of ASX listed SpeedCast, Seven West Media, Superloop and is a founder of Diamond Cyber, an IT security firm in Perth.
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