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 was appointed Board President in June 2022, having served on the Board since September 2019. A highly qualified practitioner holding advanced qualifications in Business Administration and Law, Damien is a turnaround practitioner, qualified fraud examiner and an accredited mediator registered with the Law Society of Western Australia with 15 years of professional practice experience. Damien synthesizes a deep understanding of the accounting, legal, financial and business aspects of corporate operations. Damien has worked across all Australian jurisdictions (including Indigenous corporations for the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations) as well as conducted a number of in depth fraud investigations for the Office of Fair Trading (QLD). His professional portfolio spans SME, institutional and ASX-listed entities.
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 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 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.
Amanda is a 50-year-old woman with cystic fibrosis. Born in an era when CF treatments were minimal, Amanda has defied the odds in becoming a registered nurse, living in some of the most remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region for 17 years and recently moving to the Pilbara region. Amanda has significant experience in woman’s and sexual health, hepatitis and HIV and public health. She is a passionate advocate for the CF Community, sitting on a variety of CF and Respiratory Committees. Amanda brings to CFWA a personal perspective around CF, including issues that may arise living rural or remote communities, as well as providing experience around medical issues; particularly pertaining to CF patients, family, and partners.
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.