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.
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.
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.
Barbara de la Hunty (Scouts WA Chief Commissioner)
Barbara holds a Pathology degree (Honours) from The University of Western Australia and currently works within the defence sector. She has a wide range of sporting interests and achievements, but over the last 10 years has focused on sailing and karate. Barbara was appointed Scouts WA Chief Commissioner in 2016, but her Scouting journey began in 1995 through her children. After volunteering as a Waylen Bay Sea Scouts’ Sea Scout Leader, Barbara was appointed Branch Commissioner, Program Initiatives in 2009 – a role that saw her responsible for programs including Indigenous Scouting, Multicultural Scouting, Special Needs Scouting and Lone Scouts. In 2013 she was appointed as the inaugural Regional Chief Commissioner for Perth South Region. Barbara is passionate about delivering Scouting programs that empower young people, and investing in the development of Scout WA youth members and leaders to promote opportunities for their personal growth. Barbara was appointed in 2016 with an appointment term from 2019-2020.
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.
Brian Macauley has been involved in Scouting for many years, having commenced as a Youth Member in Scouts in 1982, and continued through to Venturers and Rovers. He recommenced Scouting in 2008, and over that time, has served as an ACSL, ASL, SL, and now GL. In late 2014, Brian commenced the formation of Carramar Scout Group, which in a short space of time has grown very strongly. Carramar runs an active and engaging program for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, and the game of Scouting is well supported by a dedicated and effective Group Committee looking after the business side of our Group. Brian is passionate about the unique value which Scouting offers in terms of youth development, having gained tremendously from both his own experience, as well as helping the next generation of youth to enjoy their own journey. Whilst the activities may develop and change over time, Brian is a committed supporter of the Fundamentals of Scouting, and believes that they serve us very well today in delivering the ‘Education for Life’ of our program. Brian was appointed in 2015 with an appointment term from 2019-2021.
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 Kelly has a Graduate Certificate in Business and is currently undertaking his MBA at the University of Western Australia; he is a Member of the Australian institute of Company Directors and a Member of the International Society of Explosive Engineers. Professionally David has significant experience leading a number of organisations and businesses within the mining services industry both in Australia and overseas having lived in Hong Kong & Jakarta. David is currently the Managing Director of Aquirian Pty Ltd. and its group companies TBS Mining Solutions & TBS Workforce. David joined Scouting in 1993 as a Venturer. During his time in Scouting he was a founding committee member for the inaugural Mission Impossible in 2001, before becoming the Chair of Mission Impossible in 2003. He was a member of the National Rover Council in 2003, 2004 and was also the Logistics Director at the 14th Australian Venture in 2009 and the Arena Manager for the 19th Australian Rover Moot in 2014. David was appointed in 2019 with an appointment term from 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.