Our Board

John Rothwell AO
John Rothwell has played a major role in the development of the Australian aluminium shipbuilding industry and is a Founding Director of Austal Ships. In January 2004, John Rothwell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian shipbuilding industry through the development of trade links and for significant contributions to vocational education and training. In March 2010 John accepted the role of Patron of Cystic Fibrosis WA (CFWA), taking over from Harold Clough who retired in 2008. John has been a major financial contributor to cystic fibrosis (CF) research and continues to provide sound mentoring and advice to the organisation despite having no direct connection to CF.
Damien O'Reilly
Damien O’Reilly was appointed Board President in June 2022, having served on the Board since September 2019. Damien brings valuable insight from diverse experience in business strategy and governance, compliance and regulatory management, and accounting and financial management. Currently a Senior Manager with Herbert Smith Freehills, Damien successfully leads transformation initiatives for global and national businesses. His role involves overseeing large and complex business transactions and programs, which enable Damien to stay abreast of emerging business challenges and risks. Damien is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a member of the Business Law section of the Law Council of Australia, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Turnaround Management Association and Insol International. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and a Juris Doctor, as well as post graduate qualifications in financial analysis and investigation, mediation/dispute resolution and insolvency.
Sally Rose
Vice President and Treasurer
Sally is an accounting and finance professional with more than 18 years’ experience. Formally a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young (EY) Sally worked in Perth, New York and Toronto. Sally is currently the Group Financial Controller of ASX listed Australian Finance Group Ltd (AFG), Outside of this role, Sally is currently on the Curtin School of Accounting, Economics and Finance - Accounting Discipline Advisory Panel, for Curtin University. Sally holds a Bachelor of Business Degree, Double Major in Accounting and Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Secretary (CSA) and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) graduate. Sally Joined the Board of CFWA in October 2020.
Carolyn Boyd
Board Member
Carolyn has over 40 years’ experience with CF, having been diagnosed with CF in 1971 and undergoing a successful double lung transplant in 1994. Carolyn works as a Personal Assistant for an Associate Clinical Professor of Endocrinology, and for a Doctor of Immunology. She joined the Board of CFWA in 2010 being elected as Vice President in 2017. Carolyn is a regular speaker and advocate for people living with CF and a tireless fundraiser. Carolyn was elected as President in 2018.
Feliciano Sanchez
Board Member
Feliciano is an executive level engineer with experience in project delivery and business management. Feliciano has experience in managing company business units and project delivery with engineering companies, resource companies and public utilities as well as reporting to boards of management. Feliciano joined the Board of CFWA in 2006 and held the position of President from 2008-2012 and vice President from 2012-14. He is currently serving on the Board of CFA as a special skills Director and is a parent of a child with CF.
Rowena Smith
Board Member
Rowena is a master’s qualified Human Resources professional with 19 years’ experience in strategic HR. She also holds a Bachelor of Psychology. Her background is in talent strategy, workplace culture, employer brand development and performance optimisation. She spent more than 15 years abroad, living in the UAE and working across 6 continents, before returning home to Australia in 2021, where she is currently a senior consultant. She supports global brands with workplace transformation goals and is passionate about developing future focussed workforce strategies and authentic employer brand identities. She has strong ties to the CF community as the aunt of a young niece living with cystic fibrosis. She joined the Board of CFWA in October 2021.
Linda Smith
Board Member
Linda is a Chartered Accountant with 18 years’ experience in advisory, audit and restructuring in both Australia and the UK. Linda is a Director at advisory and restructuring firm, McGrathNicol, with extensive experience in leading complex restructuring and investigation matters, working with directors and lenders to assist businesses in distress. Linda holds an Honours Degree in Finance and Marketing, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (being a professional member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland) and member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association. She has previous governance and board experience being the Treasurer for a not-for-profit organisation for several years. Linda has family connections to CF and is passionate about lung health and chronic respiratory conditions having bronchiectasis. Linda joined the Board of CFWA in September 2022.
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