Kerry Sanderson AC CVO
Kerry Sanderson AC is the Chairperson of the Western Australian Cook Society. Kerry has held many senior leadership positions including CEO of Fremantle Ports Authority, Deputy-Director General of Department of Transport, and as Agent General for Western Australia in the UK. She has been appointed to a variety of board positions in the WA and nationally, including Austrade, Australian Wheat Board, and severing as President of Ports Australia. In 1996 Kerry was Tesltra Business Women of the Year in Western Australia.
Kerry was appointed Governor of Western Australia’s serving from 2014 to 2018 in a role which she severed the state and as patron of many not for profit organisations. Kerry is currently the Chancellor of Edith Cowan University, appointed in 2019, and Chair of St John of God Health Care Group.
Tony is currently the Managing Director of the University of Western Australia’s Student Guild providing services, support and communication of over 25,000 students. His previous positions include CEO of Australia’s Chamber of Commerce (UK), CEO of G’Day UK, Director of The Australia Day Foundation (UK & Europe), COO and Owner of TNT Magazine (UK & Australia), and Head of Marketing at Trader Media Group.
Tony has worked across many industry sectors, including media, government, finance and education, he has also been a journalist He specialises in working in organisational environments that are undergoing transformation, building organisational creativity, and undertaking change management.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Western Australia (UWA), a Post-Graduate Degree in Marketing from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, and a MBA from Henley Management College (University of Reading) UK. He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Kevin Skipworth CVO
Kevin represented the Government of Western Australia as the State’s Agent General for Europe based in London from February 2012 to August 2015.
Since returning to Perth, Kevin has been appointed as Chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau and sits on seven other Not for Profit community and charitable Boards and Committees.
John had been a Justice of the Peace (JP) since 1986 and is a life member or member of numerous community, arts, business and sporting organisations.
John Inverarity AM MBE
John Inverarity is a former Australian Test and Sheffield Shield cricketer, John played in six Tests between 1968 to 1972 and played Shield cricket for Western Australia and South Australia between 1962 to 1985. In his five years as captain of Western Australian, John won four Sheffield Shield titles.
John was captain of Western Australia’s Centenary XI 1985 and Team of the 20th Century 1999/2000 and he was inducted into the WACA Gallery of Greats in 2006.Following his retirement from First Class cricket, John was named as the new full-time Chairman of Selectors for Cricket Australia in 2011.
John’s other passion is teaching and is well know for his support of education right across Australia. His teaching career saw him teach at various prestigious independent schools in the UK, Adelaide and Perth. He was Headmaster at Hale School from 1989 to 2003, and later Warden of St Georges College at UWA. He was a member of University of Western Australia .He also leading leading Teach for Australia in Western Australia
Mike is a Partner in the Perth office of Minter Ellison. He advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on international and multi-jurisdictional cases.
Mike is admitted as a solicitor in Western Australia, New South Wales and the Australian High Court. He also is a solicitor advocate in England and fully accredited mediator, former co-chair of the International Bar Association’s litigation committee and is a member of the ICC’s nominations committee for Australia.
Ainslie de Vos
Ainslie de Vos has had extensive experience in the private and public sectors during a lengthy career in corporate communication and community relations. She was Manager External Affairs at Fremantle Ports from 1996 until 2018 and was previously Public Relations Manager at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. She has an earlier background in radio and television journalism.
Ainslie now works on a voluntary basis as a communication consultant to the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science and the Western Australian Parks Foundation.
She and television producer husband, David, are keen international travelers, particularly in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Richard’s background is in stockbroking, banking, M&A, financial markets and foreign exchange,
mainly in the London square mile and Sydney. Much of that time was with Montague’s, HSBC and
British & Commonwealth. Richard retired from the UK FCO in 2015 having also been Perth lead on
CHOGM and AUKMIN. He now advises companies on commercial diplomacy, stakeholder
engagement and dealing with government at all levels particularly in the areas of Energy, Mining,
Resources, Planning and Environment.
Richard was a member of 4 Australian Americas Cup Challengers, the last as Team Manager. He has
multiple World, National and Regional titles in One Design, maxi yachts and motorsport. He was a
member of Jaguar and Ralliart Motorsport teams. He is regularly a member of the International
Jury at many World Sailing Titles.
With nearly two decades of experience in digital transformation, web and app development, digital marketing and business process improvement, Trish is an advocate for innovation, technology, women in STEM and community service.
Trish is Marketing Committee Co-Chair of 100 Women, a Perth-based grants fund providing funding for projects benefiting disadvantaged women and girls locally and around the world. Having lived and worked in the UK, Trish’s connections with, and love for the UK remain strong and through involvement with the WA Cook Society, hopes to continue to develop and build on those relationships, and promote the great work of the WA Cook Society.