With a health science, medical education and senior management background, Dianne Ritson has held leadership roles in health and disability across government and not-for-profit sectors in Western Australia and Victoria. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, she has held academic roles in allied health at Curtin University and at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame.
She formulated the strategy to lead the initial implementation of legislated Disability Access and Inclusion Plans across State and Local Government in Western Australia; and facilitated the supporting community awareness media campaign. She represented the State Government Disability sector on a strategy committee at the Department of Premier and Cabinet to develop a unified approach to the procurement of disability, health and community services.
As a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, she recognises the principles of sound corporate governance and brings her clinical management background to guiding clinical governance, clinical risk and optimising safe clinical practice.
Having grown up in a rural area, she has recently moved to the South West and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Lishman Health Foundation. She is keenly interested in the significance of health research that is translatable to the health and well-being of regional communities, and seeks to improve health outcomes for regional communities.
Robert is Managing Partner of Azure Consulting and Chairman of Azure Capital. He has been a management consultant for more than 23 years, with extensive strategy and performance improvement experience in multiple industries including health care, aged care and disability care. Robert is a Board member of Silver Chain Nursing Association and CSIRO appointed Director on the Coogee Titanium JV. He is an external co-optee on Edith Cowan University’s Resources and Nomination Committees.
Robert has a B.Sc(Hons) from Rhodes University (South Africa), M.Sc(Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), MBA (cum laude) from Wits Business School (South Africa), and attended the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at Cornell University (USA).
Robert is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mino has held a number of senior positions across a range of organisations in the State Public Sector, including General Manager Building Management and Works (Dept of Finance), Executive Director, Department of Child Protection and Assistant Commissioner at the State Revenue Office. He has participated on a number of senior Government committees (including the role of Chair) and has also worked internationally providing advice to the Western Samoan and Australian Governments on matters of foreign aid. Mino is currently Director of Regional Programs at Western Australian Government, Treasury and Finance.
Mino’s expertise are in the areas of procurement, finance, infrastructure, governance, human services and information management.
Priya Cooper OAM
Priya Cooper is a 9-time Paralympic Gold medalist, business woman and mother of two. Ability WA is an organization close to her heart because her son has CP and accesses services at Ability WA.
Priya aims to use her passion for improving the lives of people with disabilities across WA to enhance her contribution to Ability WA’s Board. Since retiring from international competition, Priya has taken on a role on a number of Boards and runs a successful business in training and development with her husband Rod.
Melissa is the Chief Finance Officer at GESB and provides leadership and strategic direction and has overall responsibility for GESB’s Finance, Tax, Procurement and Investment Operations areas. Prior to this she held senior roles in Banking and Finance
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Taxation and is a current professional member of CPA Australia.
Melissa is also member of GESB’s working group against modern slavery, which aims to help identify risks within our operations, supply chain and investments.
Melissa is legally blind and has been living with disability her entire life and has a strong passion for ensuring that everyone with a disability has thr same opportunities and support as the able bodied.
Roland is the General Manager of Operations for INPEX's New Energy Business in Australia. He brings with him industrial, employee and stakeholder relationship expertise and a comprehensive understanding and genuine appreciation for the community.
Tony is an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Consultant. Tony has led organisations, business units and consulted to several industries including banking & financial services, mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, agribusiness, technology and utilities for most of his career. His experience includes strategy, governance and risk and he was formerly a Partner of one of the global consulting firms managing an Asia Pacific business.
Tony has worked and lived internationally. He has Chaired a number of listed and private companies and is currently Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee for a listed company. He has also postgrad qualifications in an MBA, Blockchain Strategy from Said Business School at Oxford University and Australian and UK Executive Coaching qualifications. Tony is a Facilitator and Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has recently attended Harvard to complete the “Making Boards More Effective” course.
Vito brings considerable directorship experience to the Ability WA Board, having held various board positions at ECU, the Australian Computer Society, AARNET Advisory Council and the CAUDIT Council. He has also held senior executive leadership positions, notably the Director and CIO at Edith Cowan University, a Key Account Director at Oracle, General Manager and CIO of Fortescue Metals Group, and WorleyParsons.
Vito holds several professional qualifications in management from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Institute of Management, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University. To add to his impressive resume, Vito has been a finalist for several IT industry leadership awards.
Joining the Ability WA Board in November 2022, Vito has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee since December 2021.