Board of Directors

Jo Barker

Member of the FARM Committee

* Emeritus Professor Jo Barker
* Diploma Occupational Therapy (NZ)
* Graduate Diploma Health Sciences (WAIT)
* Master in Health Sciences (WAIT) PH’d Murdoch
* Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Jo trained as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand and worked clinically there and at Fremantle Hospital and Claremont Psychiatric Hospital before becoming Principal Occupational Therapist in Mental Health for the State. She joined WAIT, now Curtin University, as Head of the Occupational Therapy School, then became Dean of Health Sciences.  After thirty years in health care, Jo was appointed joint fundraiser for the $30m John Curtin Centre and was later appointed as the inaugural Dean of the John Curtin Institute, part of the John Curtin Centre.

Jo was the first female board member of Perth’s Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and subsequently its first female Chair and was the first elected Australian President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

She was awarded the Alcoa Business Award for Enterprising Women and the John Curtin Medal for her leadership in Occupational Therapy and for her extensive contribution to developing cultural and educational opportunities in Mandurah.  In 2019, Jo was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia.

Since retiring to Mandurah in 2001, Jo’s community work includes:

* Chaired the Board of the Performing Arts Centre – 10years
* Ambassador – Patron’s program MANPAC – 4 years
* Chair of the John Tonkin College – 4 years
* Ambassador Alzheimer’s Association WA -3 years
* Chair of the Coolibah Care Board- 3 years to present.

Paul Morrison

Deputy Chairperson
Chair of the Governance Committee

* Registered Nurse
* Bachelor of Arts PhD (Psychology)
* Post Graduate Certificate in Education
* Graduate Diploma Counselling

Paul has had a long and distinguished career in the health area as a practitioner, educator and applied researcher. He held academic posts at the University of Wales in Cardiff, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and the University of Canberra before moving to Murdoch University. At Murdoch he held positions as Professor and Dean in the Schools of Nursing, Health Professions and Psychology and Exercise Science at various times over a 10-year period. He recently retired from the university. He is a registered nurse and a registered psychologist.

David Prattent

Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

* Bachelor of Science (Economics)
* Masters of Science (Economics)
* Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales)

David is the current Executive Manager Systems and Projects for the City of Mandurah where he was previously the Manager Financial Services. He has many years’ experience in general and financial management, both in Australia and overseas, in the health care and tertiary education sectors.

He has extensive Board experience, having previously been on the Board of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, and is currently on the Boards of Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and Westaus Crisis and Welfare Services as well as Chair of the Audit Committee for the Peel Development Commission.

Syd Allan

Member of the Building and Maintenance Committee

Syd was the Director and registered builder for Fielden Homes and Commercial for over 13 years until his retirement in 2007.  Prior to that, he worked with the Department of Public Works for nearly two decades before starting his own business, SG & SJ Allan & Co.


Suzanne Crouchley

Member of the Building and Maintenance Committee

* Masters Management
* Post Graduate Diploma Energy Studies & Sustainable Energy
* Masters Networking & Systems Administration
* Bachelor of Applied Science Information Technology

Suzanne is an experienced ICT manager with a proven record of accomplishment in reform and innovation.

She has held leadership roles at the City of Mandurah and WA Government Departments, as well as running a successful ICT consultancy business for a number of years.

Suzanne retired in early 2019 and is currently the Chair of the Board of the Mandurah Wildlife Rescue Centre.


Michelle Sidebottom

Member of the Governance Committee

* Diploma of Business (Marketing)
* Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
* Advanced Diploma Tourism
* Boardroom Leadership (Governance Program)

Michelle is a consultant and project manager specialising in the tourism, hospitality, outdoor recreation, lifestyle village, caravan park, vocational education & training, Aboriginal tourism development and workforce development sectors.

She is the current Managing Director for Breakaway Tourism and board member of the Peel Development Commission and Visit Mandurah, an independent local tourism organisation. Michelle is also a Senior Project Consultant for Brighthouse, a strategic research, marketing, and development consultancy specialising in regional projects throughout Australia.

Stuart Tuckey

Member of the FARM Committee

* Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology)
* Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Stuart Tuckey is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and has held executive management roles within Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. He was a non-executive director of West Coast Radio Pty Ltd, owner of the Mandurah FM and Digital radio stations, since 2007.

Stuart has a good knowledge of the local community through family and business interests and his involvement with West Coast Radio provides an excellent conduit to maintaining a good understanding of the status of both the social and business activity within the Mandurah region.

He has a high level of financial accountability and a good understanding of financial management and governance requirements.

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