Scouts WA Board
The Scouts WA Board is comprised of 12 elected members, one ex-officio member (Scouts WA Chief Commissioner) and up to a further two members appointed by the Board.
The role of the Scouts WA Board is to:
- Set the strategic direction for Scouts WA and oversee the formation and deployment of resources to achieve that strategic direction;
- Appoint key Scouts WA officers, including Chief Scout, Chief Commissioner, President, Vice President and Honorary Treasurer; and
- Ensure the overall organisational wellbeing of Scouts WA.
Greg Higham (Chairman)
Greg has retired from his nationwide Engineering Consulting practice – Structerre Consulting Engineers – after 39 years of practice as a Professional Engineer but retains a financial interest and regularly meets with his senior partners, providing advice and guidance as needed. He served as President of the prestigious Royal Perth Golf Club from 2012-2014, following two years as Vice President. He has been a Board Member at Golf WA, a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven State Sporting Organisation since March 2014 and has been its Chairperson since 2018. Greg has been a member of the Subiaco Scout Group since approximately 1998. He has been a Youth Leader there since 2002 – as a Scout Leader, Venturer Leader and Rover Advisor – and has been a member of the Group’s Committee as Deputy Chair since 2005. Greg has served on a Scouts WA Advisory Group in the review of all of the Branch’s real estate interests and he is currently the Scouts WA Honorary Engineer. He remains a passionate advocate for the organisation, its purpose and its achievements. Greg was appointed in 2019, with an appointment term is from 2019-2020.
Colin Murphy (Deputy Chairman)
Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Colin was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2010 Australia Day Honours. Colin served the Parliament Western Australia as Auditor General from 2007 until May 2018. Prior to that he held key leadership positions in State and Commonwealth government organisations. He is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia. Colin Murphy has a keen interest in youth welfare and development and assisting not for profit organisations. Colin was appointed in 2019 with an appointment term from 2019-2020.
Glenn Bourke (Honorary Treasurer)
Glenn is a director of MCK & Co Pty Ltd, a chartered accounting firm based in West Perth. Glenn has over 30 years of experience in chartered accounting providing accounting, taxation and corporate financial management advice to national and international growing SME entities and high wealth individuals. Glenn has a Masters In Applied Finance from Melbourne University and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand since 1989. Glenn is also a director of Zellebrate, a bricks and mortar retail search tech start-up.
Sheridan has run her own accounting practice since February 2008 after having worked in the industry for over 10 years when she began. Her practice specialises in compliance, superannuation and small business taxation and accounting. Sheridan also enjoys volunteering with ‘Share the Dignity’, amongst working and raising her 5 year old daughter. Sheridan McDonald was a Youth Member of Scouts WA as a Venturer and Rover, and has enjoyed the benefits and opportunities Scouting has given her over the years. Sheridan was appointed in 2019 with an appointment term from 2019-2020.
Ayden Mackenzie (Chief Commissioner)
For the past thirteen years, he has worked as a Youth and Community Development Officer for various local governments. Ayden is also a member of the Governance Committee for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. Ayden Mackenzie joined Scouts in 1994 as a Venturer Scout and is a Queen’s Scout awardee. In early 2014, Ayden was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Commissioner, Youth Program. He is WA’s representative on the National Youth Program Team and the Youth Program Review. Ayden is responsible for the implementation of the new Youth Program in Western Australia. In recognition of an outstanding contribution to Rovering, Ayden received the National Rover Service Award in 2010. He was awarded the Silver Koala in 2018 in recognition of his outstanding service to Scouting and the Black Swan Award for eminent achievement and meritorious service that has advanced Scouting in an extraordinary way. Ayden was appointed in 2016 with an appointment term from 2019-2020.
Caitlin Arcus finished Rover Scouts at Subiaco in 2018 and has nearly 20 years of experience as a Scout, commencing in Cub Scouts and holding multiple leadership and event roles, including roles as Rover Crew leader and on the WA Rover Council Executive. She was a Scout leader for nearly 2 years and has steered the Youth Empowerment portfolio since 2016, initially as a Branch Commissioner, then moving into the role of Deputy Chief Commissioner – Youth Empowerment in 2018, sitting on Swan Patrol since then. She participated in a range of events and activities throughout her time as a youth member including WA Branch Youth Council member and Chairman, producing reports outlining youth members’ of Scouts WA (and Australia’s) ideas, decisions and opinions on a range of matters. Attending Iceland World Rover Moot and the World Scout Conference in Azerbaijan in 2017 were definite highlights and assisted in the educated, broad-minded and resilient person she’s become. Caitlin is a Senior Physiotherapist working in the tertiary hospital system, including supervision and training of students and other staff members, along with service co-ordination and co-curricular activities within the department including Environmental sustainability within the workplace and the Mental Health and Wellbeing team. She has lead Scouts WA during the Covid-19 pandemic as Acting Chief Commissioner from 1 March – 30 June 2020. Her experience and drive for Scouting will bring energy and passion to the Board, wishing for Scouting to be the best it can be, now and into the future.
In addition to working as the practice manager at a physiotherapy clinic, Fiona enjoys volunteering with her children’s school P&C committee and she is a member of the local Community Progress Association. Scouting and Guiding always have, and always will be, part of her life. Fiona Shannon has been a Guide and Scout since she was 7 years old. Her Father was a Scout Leader and her Mother was a Brownie Leader, both brothers were Scouts too. She went through all the Guide sections and when she was in Rangers she was also a Guide Leader and a Rover. She achieved both her BP Award and Queens Guide award. She met her husband while in the cast of Perth Gang Show. When her boys decided to join Cubs, she became an AGL at Bibra Lake and then at Coastal Plains District Leader, then ADC for Melville. She has been the DC for Beeliar since 2017. She is also on the School P&C and member of the local community Progress Association. She is the Practice Manager at a physiotherapy clinic Scouting and Guiding have been and always will be part of her life. Fiona has been a Guide and Scout since the age of seven, participating in all Guide sections and acting as a Guide Leader and a Rover. She achieved both her BP Award and Queens Guide award. When her children decided to join Cubs, Fiona became an Assistant Group Leader, followed by Coastal Plains District Leader and then Assistant District Commissioner for Melville. Since 2017, she has been District Commissioner for Beeliar. Fiona was appointed in 2018 with an appointment term from 2019-2020.
A chemical engineer with additional degrees in Arts and Mineral Economics, Miriam has worked for major resources and contracting companies in a variety of roles including engineering, project management, diversity policy, project controls, marketing, technical development and innovation. Miriam currently works for Monadelphous as Group Manager – Productivity and Innovation. Miriam Stanborough is an experienced manager and non-executive director who currently sits on two additional not-for-profit Boards (SHINE Inspire Achieve Belong Inc and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council) and the Board of a statutory authority (the Minerals Research Institute of WA). Miriam was appointed in 2019 with an appointment term from 2019-2021.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Notre Dame and is currently studying a Master of Education at Edith Cowan University. Rebecca is currently Deputy Principal – Administration and Operations at Communicare Academy, a school for at-risk and disengaged youth, where she operates the school’s Venturer Unit. Rebecca Morse joined Scouting in 2005 after moving to Australia from Scotland with her family. Rebecca started in Venturers, after having been a Brownie and a Guide in Scotland, and continued right through to Rovers and was booted in 2017. During her time in Rovers, Rebecca held many committee positions for WARC, the governing body of the Scouts WA Rover Section. After two terms as WARC Public Relations Officer, Rebecca became Vice Chairman – Membership and Training position; she then served as WARC Chairman. Rebecca was awarded the Special Service Award in 2016, recognising her service as WARC Chairman and the growth of the Rover section. For her last year of Rovers, Rebecca was WARC Secretary and completed her Baden Powell Scout Award. Rebecca was appointed in 2017 with an appointment term from 2017-2021.
Ramsay Main has been continuous in service with the Subiaco Scout Group and Scouting since he joined as a Cub in 1968. He continued through the Group as a Scout, Venturer and Rover until becoming a Cub Leader in 1979. Ramsay attained his Wood Badge in 1990. He later served as a SL in 1997 and then as the GL of the Group in 2013 until present. In recognition of an outstanding contribution to Scouting, Ramsay was awarded the Silver Koala in 2013, and in 2018 he received Life Membership to Scouts Australia, and received his 40-year Service Decoration as a Leader in 2019. Ramsay believes in being a real role model for all members of the Group. He is passionate about the value Scouting offers and continually encourages and motivates both youth and adult members to extend their goals, and to seek achievement at the very highest levels. Ramsay is a highly motivated and enthusiastic person and has worked in both the Private and Public Sector. Currently he is employed with the WA Police Force.
Matthew is a partner in an international law firm and has over 15 years of professional experience. His legal practice involves advising on the development of resource and infrastructure projects, along with the resolution of disputes. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia and across Australia and moved to Western Australia in 2011 to help establish the Perth office for his firm. He manages a team of 20 lawyers and is responsible for setting and maintaining a budget for his team, and has responsibility for, amongst other things, compliance issues, marketing, human resources and training. Within his firm, he is the deputy head of the innovation team globally and leads this team in Australia. He has undertaken training on identification and management of risks, and a part of his practice involves advising clients on mitigating risk through contracts, insurance, and/or corporate governance. All four of Matthew’s children, currently aged 9, 11, 13, and 14 are actively engaged in Scouts at Pelican Point. They are involved in sailing, diving, night hikes, and through their time with Scouts, they have made friends, gained practical skills, and developed resilience. His Scouting skills are rather lacking (not having attended Scouts as a child), but nonetheless he would like the chance to assist the Scouting cause in some way. Matthew was appointed in 2019 with an appointment term from 2019-2021.
Dr Genevieve Honen is an entrepreneur and academic with a background in both government and the law. She holds a Bachelor of Law/Arts (Hon) and a PhD in international relations and has been a longtime leader of community organisations. Dr Hohnen was the Head Coach of the Australian Synchronised Ice-skating team and has been involved with building up a number of community organisations from the ground up. She is the former President of the Western Australian Professional Skaters Association and currently serves as a Board member and director for a number of businesses both in the corporate and not for profit fields. She is experienced in governance and accountability as well as dispute resolution. Dr Hohnen was a girl guide during her childhood and youth and sees serving on the board as a way to give back to an incredible organisation undertaking important work in the community. Genevieve was appointed in 2017 with an appointment term 2019 to 2021.
David Chamberlain (Board Secretary)
David is a police officer in the Western Australia Police Force, where he has served in a range of regional and metropolitan areas for over 13 years. He successfully completed detective training and has worked as a detective for 8 years, 3 as a Detective Sergeant. He has a strong knowledge of Criminal law and legislation, and is capable of interpreting and researching complex matters of law and procedure. In previous roles he oversaw large caseloads involving complex and serious crime investigations which required managing human and physical resources, media management, large volumes of information and high risk to the community. As a detective David has worked at the Child Abuse Squad and strongly advocates for the protection and safety of children. A significant number of the investigations he managed at Child Abuse Squad were in the online environment, dealing with offending through use of social media with investigations regularly crossing state and international borders. He feels fortunate that he can share some of his expertise in the area of child protection, to educate youth and leaders involved in Scouting to actively prevent harm to youth and unwarranted allegations against adults.As a Detective Sergeant in his current role in the State Intelligence and Command Division, David performs an oversight role, managing daily activities and focusing on strategic direction within the unit. His role requires a strong legal and management focus which he incorporates with his leadership skills. David is married and the father of five children, four of whom attend scouts weekly in the Cub, Scout and Venturer units – the fifth will be a keen participant as a Joey Scout! He is an active adult member of the Carramar Scout Group assisting on the group committee, as the group Quartermaster. David actively participates in fundraising events, committee meetings, and assists with weekly Scout nights and planning of camps and other events. In applying for a role on the board, David is committed to the ongoing development of Scouting which brings a “fun filled adventurous journey of learning and skills building” to the thousands of youth members in Western Australia. By utilising his leadership skills and understanding of Scouting, David believes he is capable and can effectively contribute to the improvement of Scouts WA as a board member.