Our Board

Workpower’s Board of Directors unites industry professionals from a range of backgrounds. Our Directors’ wealth of executive experience, combined with their passion for disability services, enable them to provide strong leadership and governance for our organisation.

Melanie Cave

Chairperson

Melanie is an experienced non-executive director, serving on government and not for profit boards. Previously, she was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, with over 20 years’ experience providing legal advice on the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and natural resources, health and mining industries.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Law/Arts from Murdoch University.

Melanie joined our Board in 2018, and was appointed Chairperson in 2019.

Leanne Karamfiles

Finance Director

Leanne is a Deloitte Partner with over 25 years’ experience in risk management, financial management, external audit and board, corporate and operational governance. Industry segments she has worked with include healthcare, insurance, mining, education, mining services, property and government. Leanne is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Leanne joined our Board as Finance Director in 2018.

Danny Cloghan

Director

After nearly 8 years as a Commissioner in the Fair Work Commission, Danny Cloghan has established and developed his own workplace relations consultancy.

Danny has a Masters of Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australasian Mutuals Institute, an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.

Danny joined our Board in 2015.

Geoff Blades

Director

Geoff Blades has been employed in management consultancy and executive search and selection since 1989.

He is a founding Partner of Lester Blades – Executive Search, Selection and Retention in Perth. Geoff’s consulting assignments are predominantly senior executive appointments across all industry and professional sectors, including for public and private companies, state and local governments, and within the community and not-for-profit sectors.

Geoff joined our Board in 2015.

Angelo Chiappini

Director

Angelo commenced working with Woodside Energy Limited in 2010 and is currently Project Manager – Projects.

Over the last 19 years, Angelo held several key management positions with various engineering companies spanning key industries of oil and gas, mining, marine, and power generation, including General Manager for Barclay Engineering. Angelo holds a diploma in Management, Project Management and is completing an MBA.

Angelo joined our board in 2019.

Linda Dawson

Director

Linda is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience working in large Australian and multinational organisation’s across the resources and utilities sectors.

Linda currently works with the State Government with Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation as Deputy Director General Industry, Science and Innovation. She also serves as Vice Chairperson with Midland Women’s Health Care Place and is a member of the Sir Charles Gardiner and Osborne Park Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

She holds a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resource Institute. Linda joined our Board in 2020.

Garth Walter

Director

Garth is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience across multinational private and local public organisations in the mining, utilities, project investment and facility management sectors.

He is presently Director and CEO of The Walter Group, a boutique engineering and project consultancy, and enjoys drinking wine from his family wine business, Red Gully Wines.
Garth holds a Masters of Business Administration, Assoc. Degree in Viticulture, and a Bachelor of Engineering.

He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Engineers Australia and the Australian Water Association where he is a past Board member and current State Committee member.

Garth joined our Board in 2020.