Meet the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of WA Charity Direct work within a range of professional industries and all donate their time and expertise.

For the Year 2022, the Trustees are:

Simon Birkhead

Simon is the General Manager of the Homebuyers Centre and has been with the ABN group for over 25 years. In 2014, Simon completed his coaching accreditation and currently coaches a number of ABN Group employees.

Simon joined the WA Charity Direct Board in 2008. Simon is a passionate about helping people, whether it be the dream of home ownership, career progression or self-development. In his spare time Simon loves getting out of town and off grid camping with his wife, 3 daughters and fur baby Frankie the dachshund.

Andy Brown

Andy is the Director of Real Estate Express, which is a one-on-one mobile service. He has been in real estate since 1986 and has been awarded top selling representative from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia many times.

Andy is one of the first members of WA Charity Direct and has been a Trustee since June 2008.

When he’s not busy selling houses you’ll find him busy with his other loves cars, kids and music.

Peter Carter

Peter has been a trustee of WA Charity Direct since 2007, taking on the Chairpersons role in 2015.

Peter’s business interests include him being the Managing Director and shareholder of Crosby Tiles (ceramic wall and floor tiles) and being a director and shareholder of Steel Blue (safety boots) and Offsite (offsite timber framed housing construction).

Peter was also a Director and Vice-Chairman of the West Coast Eagles from 2011 to 2019.

He obviously loves his football and is partial to a nice red.

Simon Cherry

Simon is a Director of Termico Group.

Ron Dwyer

Ron joined WA Charity Direct 16 years ago as a Trustee and derives a great deal of satisfaction from the Charities great achievements in assisting people in desperate need.
Ron is a building industry professional, retired Managing Director of leading West Australian manufacturing company where he remains a Director and part owner.
Ron is a past National and State President of the Housing Industry Assoc and past chairperson of the Housing Industry Charitable Foundation.

Ron as two daughters and four grandchildren who absorb any free time he has.

Pauline Eves

Pauline holds a Bachelor of Commerce and commenced her career in marketing with prominent multi-national companies such as McDonalds and the Mars Group.  She has been a Trustee of WA Charity Direct since 2012 and has undertaken various roles including managing the operations of the charity. Pauline currently sits on the Engagement sub-committee of WA Charity Direct.

Professionally, Pauline now works as the Grants Manager for the Fremantle Foundation. Pauline believes in the power of Community and the positive impact of connecting Donors with Recipients.

John Goodall

John is a qualified civil engineer with a 32-year career in rail transport with the final four years as part of the Westrail executive team with responsibility for the freight business. This was followed by a further 12 years running his own consulting business.

John is a Member of Institution of Engineers Australia; a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Life Member of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia.

Now retired, John has been a trustee for WA Charity Direct since 2018. He is also Treasurer of the Kate Mullin Association.

In both roles he is very committed to giving something back to the wider community.

Karron Johnson

Karron has over 20 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance, the last 17 years with group roles at the ABN Group. She has maintained the financial records for WA Charity Direct throughout her time at ABN and has been a Trustee since 2017.

Karron became involved in WA Charity Direct because she could see the direct impact the assistance had on the lives of those less fortunate, in many cases where people were unable to access funding from any other source.

Justin Manolikos

Justin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Governance Institute of Australia and has provided proactive small to medium business service advice for over 25 years. His expert advice comprises expert knowledge in strategic advice, taxation, accounting and superannuation. As well as being a trustee for WA Charity Direct he is also a Founding Director of Danny Green’s Coward Punch Foundation.

Justin joined WA Charity Direct to help other less fortunate than himself and loves that the charity is 100% giving, ie. No leakage to overheads.

Brad Martyn

Brad became a Trustee in 2018 after being a member for a number of years. Brad joined the Board as he had little more time on his hands and was keen to make a bigger contribution.

Brad believes in the philosophy of WA Charity Direct as it makes a real difference helping WA people in desperate need that would otherwise largely fall through the gaps of government and institutional assistance.

Jeff Miller

Jeff is a finance professional with over 35 years’ experience, including over 30 years with the ABN Group (Property, Construction and Finance specialists turning over $1.2 billion per annum). His current role as CFO sees him responsible for all financial matters of the Group, supported by over 100 accounting and finance staff.

Jeff was also a founding Trustee of WA Charity Direct and has been Treasurer since the beginning. He joined WA Charity Direct to provide specific support directed at their need, rather than giving money to larger charities and not really knowing the impact it had.

Cheryl Simatos

Cheryl is a Contract Specialist with a strong commercial background providing value and cost saving initiatives for project and contract stakeholders. Cheryl is currently employed in the mining sector overseeing a portfolio of contracts worth $1.1B and has previously held roles in government, utilities, hospitality and small business both in WA and internationally.

Cheryl joined WA Charity Direct as an opportunity to give back to the WA community. In particular it was WA Charity Directs’ ongoing commitment to 100% giving that inspired her to join the Board in a voluntary capacity.

Scott Stanley

Scott is the Managing Director of Richmond Wealth Pty Ltd. He has been providing financial planning and investment advice to clients since 1993. Prior to forming Richmond Wealth, he was a Director and part owner of Alliance Investment & Retirement Services Pty Ltd (now Redwood).

He holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (SIA). He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Scott Joined WA Charity Direct as a member over 10 years ago, being very attracted to the model of 100% Giving. His business is now a Corporate member of WA Charity Direct and Scott has served as a Trustee since 2012.

Sandra Ursino

Sandra is a HR professional with over 25 years working in Human Resources. Her strength is in establishing HR best practice processes and procedures in small to medium sized businesses.

Sandra was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List for her volunteer work with Radio Lollipop. She is currently an active volunteer with Camp Quality WA and was appointed to the Board of Trustees for WA Charity Direct in July 2020.

Sandra enjoys spending her spare time with her 6 nieces and nephews.

Tina Williams

Tina Williams is CEO at Volunteering WA. Tina holds numerous executive and leadership roles, including Convenor of the Minister for Volunteering’s Volunteering Community Reference Group, a member of the State Government’s Community Partnership Roundtable and Trustee of WA Charity Direct. Tina has proven experience in both the NFP and corporate sectors driving organisation and industry performance through people-focused leadership with a staunch commitment to continuous improvement, learning and development.

Tina holds degrees in finance, business and marketing from the University of Westminster, and is completing the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) MBA program. With a belief that there is a volunteer in all of us, Tina feels privileged to be in a position to help people realise their passions and purpose through volunteering and helping them and our communities to thrive.