Board Members

Pearl Proud

Pearl Proud

Chair


Pearl Proud was born in Durban, South Africa and migrated to Australia in 1987. Pearl is the Clinical Lead at headspace Armadale. She is trained in Psychology and has held various roles in trauma focused work and this is an area of continuing interest to her. She is an Affiliate for the National Trauma Centre. She is an Accredited AHPRA Clinical Supervisor with extensive experience in supervising individuals, prospective Psychologists and multidisciplinary teams. Pearl’s work in the public sector work has included roles as a Recruiting Psychologist with the WA Police Service and in a program support neo-natal women with PND at King Edward Memorial Hospital. She has also run a psychology private practice and managed a medical practice. She is Member of the Institute of Company Directors as well as a Cranlana Leadership alumni with a keen interest in Governance spanning 12 years. Pearl’s current directorship is with ConnectGroups as a Director of 7 years and as Chair for the last four years. She is part of a governance mentorship programme run by the Office of Multicultural Interests, the Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Management. Her interests in art include being the Founding Patron for the Perth Writers Festival and a Medici Donor and a 50th Anniversary Patron to the Perth International Arts Festival. She was awarded an Inaugural National Living legend’ award making a professional and civic contribution as an African-Australian to the broader Australian community. Pearl is a Zulu Traditional Healer and continues to engage with her culture and broader African traditions.

Prof. Dorothy Jones

Prof. Dorothy Jones

Vice Chair


Dorothy is a citizen, consumer, independent consultant and clinician who works in and on improving healthcare. She also works in patient safety and healthcare communication research at Curtin University.

Dorothy has 30 years experience in the Australian public sector as a clinician and senior executive. She works in the NFP sector as a volunteer Board director.

Rosemary Roach

Rosemary Roach

Secretary


Rosemary is an experienced legal practitioner who advises on all aspects of employment law, industrial relations and safety. Rosemary regularly works with clients with large and diverse workforces, advising on a range of issues from disciplinary matters to dealing with complex industrial strategies and litigation. Rosemary strives to ensure that legal issues are communicated in a manner which makes sense to her clients and addresses their objectives. Rosemary is known for adopting a thoughtful, practical and pragmatic approach to the issues which confront her clients.

Rosemary joined the ConnectGroups Board in 2015. She is married with two young daughters.

 

Brian O'Keefe

Brian O'Keefe

Treasurer


Brian O’Keefe is an experienced senior executive who has worked in different business environments across a number of financial services organisations building and managing successful teams to achieve desired outcomes. He has experience in business development (sales), client relationship and change management, strategy development and implementation and risk management and has qualifications in commerce, finance, investment and mortgage broking management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Brian is currently working as a State Sales Manager with an ASX listed company, a leading Australian provider of financial services, meeting the needs of niche consumer and commercial markets.

Emilia Hay

Emilia Hay

Member Executive


Emilia Hay was born in Italy and came to Australia with her family when she was five years old. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past 13 years.

Emilia has held various positions as counsellor, group therapist, program coordinator and Clinical Manager of a leading Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service. She is currently the Support Group and Outreach Coordinator for WA for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Emilia is an experienced workshop facilitator, trainer and presenter and has a particular interest in group work, both in the therapeutic and peer support settings. She contributed to the development of the Support Group Leader Training Modules for The Prostate Cancer Foundation and was a member of the External Advisory Committee for the School of Counselling at the University of Notre Dame.

Emilia joined the ConnectGroups Board in 2014. She also has a private practice working primarily with distressed relationships.

Emilia is married with two adult children, enjoys travelling, keeping fit and maintaining a rich and fulfilling life.

 

Faye Baxter

Faye Baxter

Faye joined the Grants Team at Lotterywest in 1996 after moving to Perth from Esperance, where she was involved in a range of regional community organisations. Since joining Lotterywest she has continued her strong commitment to the community sector and support for the role played by not for profit organisations in delivering services.

Godfrey Baronie

Godfrey Baronie

Godfrey is a passionate advocate for mental health and empowering people. He is the Chief Executive Officer of MATES in Construction WA Limited. Previous to this role he was the Case Manager assisting construction workers and their families overcome personal difficulties in their lives.

Godfrey's background is diverse, beginning his working life in civil engineering across the resources, mining, construction and production industries, throughout Western Australia and South-East Asia in management roles on projects of various sizes.

Godfrey's true passion is people. Obtaining degrees in Counselling and Behavioural Science and a Masters in Applied Science, his education enabled him to work in a number of senior roles in Non-Government Organisation and Employee Assistance Programs.

Conrad Pires

Conrad Pires

Conrad Pires has a passion for technology. He's worked in diverse industries such as the Internet, digital television and oil and gas, and he's benefitted from a decade spent overseas. Taking a strategic view, he's focused on developing commercial solutions and driving growth through the emphasis of the value proposition.

Conrad has completed an MBA at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015. He currently sits on the Graduate Management Association council, a NFP association that provides networking and professional development opportunities for the postgraduate alumni from the UWA Business School. He's also a mentor with the UWA Career Mentor Link. He is currently completing the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Conrad is using his new found MBA and governance skills to take the next steps in his career. He joined the ConnectGroups Board in 2015.

Nicola Nolan

Nicola Nolan

Nicola Nolan is a Reinvention Coach and a Director in her Health and Career Coaching practice based in Perth. Her experience prior to Coaching spans 19 years across Finance, Corporate HR and Executive Search Recruitment.

Nicola is a fiercely proud Dublin born, Irish woman who left Ireland bound for Australia in 2007 where she has since lived with her husband and two furbabies. She loves to travel as often as her funds allow as she adores learning about different cultures, lifestyles, and food. Nicola is always quick to laugh as she recognises the importance of coming back down to earth when our stress levels rise and the going gets tough.

Her passion is diversity and she has coached many clients to realise their hidden potential, to be proud of their contributions and to stand up and be counted. She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, member of the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Andrew Bannon

Andrew Bannon

Andrew is a well known leader in strategic technology and transformation with over 22 years of experience in the development and delivery of strategic solutions across Government, Defence, Intelligence, Resources, Utilities, Financial and Telecommunications sectors for organisations including PwC, BAE and BHP.

Highly respected in the Australian and British IT and technology industries (a Fellow of BCS), his focus includes strategic technology delivery, process and change optimisation, leadership of technology-focused innovation, data analytics and intelligence, cloud solutions, and enterprise architecture.

Andrew has led multi-national initiatives across Resources, Defence, Utilites and Government sectors, leading large scale and complex portfolios in excess of $100m. He is a recognised industry leader in enterprise transformation, where an alignment of business strategy and information technology strategy are critical to clients' strategic advantage.