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Our People

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Our team often say working at Good Sammy feels like being in a family. Like a family, we consider our values, we enjoy being together and we support each other. Our work is important because we make a meaningful difference to the lives of so many people and their families.

We have more than 290 supported staff at Good Sammy, who work alongside our employees and volunteers in all their daily tasks. Our focus is to create an engaging culture, brimming with opportunity to gain new skills, build confidence and achieve our individual and company goals.

Part of what we do is to reflect on our achievements and find ways to create an even greater impact.


Organisational Structure

The Board of Good Sammy Enterprises combines a wealth of experience from the private, public and community service sectors. The Board's primary role is to ensure ethical corporate governance whilst over-sighting implementation of the organisation’s mission, in accordance with sound business principles. The Board works through the Chief Executive Officer and her senior management team. All Board members provide their services on a voluntary basis and some Board members have been with Good Sammy Enterprises for more than 10 years:

Trent Bartlett

Trent Bartlett
Chair

25 years’ experience in senior executive roles in Australia’s large retailers; experienced CEO and Company Director (ASX and NFP), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Mr Bartlett joined the Board in September 2011.

 

Chris Walker

Chris Walker
Deputy Chair

Joined the Good Sammy Board in 2016 and works as a Senior Electrical Engineer with Bechtel Australia. He has held a number of Chairperson roles within the Uniting Church in Australia and in local Service clubs. Chris is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Justice of the Peace for Western Australia and brings a wealth of strategic and safety knowledge to the Board.

 

Dom Del Borrello

Dom Del Borrello

Mr Del Borrello is an experienced CFO & Commercial Advisor with over 25 years’ experience in the natural resources and property sectors in senior executive roles, both in Australia and Europe.  He joined the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

 

Tamsin Eldridge

Tamsin Eldridge

Wesfarmers Legal Counsel, Tamsin has extensive experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions specialising in energy, gas insurance, industry and safety. Tamsin is also a board member of the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation.

 

Elisa Fear

Elisa Fear

B Comm; MBA; GAICD.  Elisa has held a wide variety of positions within the financial sector, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. This includes three years with Macquarie Bank’s Project and Structured Finance Division, providing advice in relation to infrastructure assets in Western Australia and over 10 years’ experience in small business at director level. Elisa served as a Non Executive Director on the Board of the Port Hedland Port Authority for 3 years, is currently a Non Executive Director on the Board of the Kimberley Ports Authority and joined the GSE Board in January 2014.

 

Ian Thubron

Ian Thubron

Ian graduated from Cambridge University in 1987.  After a stint in Corporate Finance at JP Morgan in New York he returned to London and embarked on a 25-year career in the Communications Industry.  He worked with some of the world’s largest Advertising Agencies and some of the world’s most admired brands, predominantly in Asia Pacific region.  Ian moved to Australia in 2015.  He is a modern Non-Executive Director, with expertise in Growth Strategies, Asia, Marketing and Digital Transformation as well as overall Governance. 
 

Mark Weller

Mark Weller

Mark joined the Board in February 2022, bringing a wealth of experience with him. Mark is currently Group Chief Operating Officer of RAC WA, with responsibility for over 700 people within the Operations Division, comprising Group IT, Data & Analytics, Facilities & Commercial, Sales & Member Service, as well as the commercial Motoring & Home Services Division.
 
Mark is also a member of the Group’s Inclusion Council, responsible for leading the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives across the RAC and is Executive Sponsor for the DisAbility stream within RAC, which seeks to improve the employment of people with disability.

Amanda Gell

Amanda Gell

Amanda has over 15 years consulting experience with PwC, both in Australia and London. As current Partner with PwC – Government Incentives and Grants WA , Amanda's expertise in identifying risk, Government funding and advising clients through investments within the sector is an invaluable addition to the Board. Amanda also brings strong commercial acumen across a variety of disciplines, including emerging technologies, IT, recycling and clean technology, engineering, manufacturing, mining and MedTech.

Amanda’s experience as the Perth Partner lead for Disability Engagement has deepened her understanding of the need to drive more diverse and inclusive organisations and communities.

Sarah Jarman

Sarah Jarman
Sarah brings specialist professional skills to the Board and over two decades’ experience in the disability and community services sector. Her professional career is far-reaching with experience across Community Legal WA, the National Disability Service WA, WA Primary Health Alliance and Richmond Wellbeing, to name only a few of the most recent positions held.

She also brings strong Government experience working with the Department of Communities and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her work with the former Disability Services Commission to pilot a public sector disability employment program has direct relevance to Good Sammy’s mission to provide employment and pathways for people with disability. 
 

Kane Blackman

Kane Blackman
CEO 

Kane has 15 years’ experience as a senior executive in financial services, disability care, Government service delivery, and the resource sector. 
 
His prior role was with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, where he had executive responsibility for strategy, customer engagement, public relations, governance and corporate services. 
 
Kane’s passion is working in commercial environments to drive improved outcomes for vulnerable people, which is informed by his experience as a father of a child with a rare disease. 
 
Kane holds the following Board roles:

  • Chair, Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability 
  • Deputy Chair, Rare Voices Australia 
  • Non-Executive Director, Therapy Focus
  • Deputy Chair, Angelman Syndrome Association Australia 
  • Member, Future Health Research and Innovation Advisory Council 
  • President, Leederville Sporting Club 

 
He has a Bc Science, a Masters Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Corporate Governance. Kane is also a member of the Australia Institute ot Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia, and is a chartered company secretary. 


Management Team

Kane Blackman

Kane Blackman 
CEO

 

Megan Keeffe, Chief Financial Officer

Megan Keeffe
Chief Financial Officer

 

Tom Tolchard, Chief of Academy Enterprises

Tom Tolchard
Chief of Academy Enterprises

 

Roy Barnett, Chief of Academy - Programs, Partnerships & Participants

Roy Barnett
Chief of Good Sammy Academy - Participants, Programs & Partnerships

Kathryn Laferla

Kathryn Laferla
Chief of People and Culture

We know our team:

  • enjoy what they do and being part of a team
  • know we are part of creating a greater good and delivering a social and environmental impact
  • have daily meaningful interactions, and
  • find pleasure in the details.

If you would like to join our team, call us today or email hr@goodsammy.com.au.

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