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. . She was formerly a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, and has more than 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.

Angelo Chiappini

Deputy Chairperson

Angelo Chiappini has held key management positions over the past 21 years with various engineering companies spanning key industries of oil and gas, mining, marine, and power generation, including 11 years at Woodside in Projects and General Manager for Barclay Engineering. Angelo has recently commenced as Production Manager for VEEM Marine to build a globally competitive business for the offshore commercial and luxury yacht industries. He is currently completing an MBA and holds a Diploma in Business Management and Project Management. Angelo joined our Board in 2019.

Leanne Karamfiles

Director

Leanne Karamfiles is a Deloitte Partner with over 30 years’ experience in external audit and board, corporate and operational governance. Industry segments she has worked with include healthcare, financial services, mining, education, mining services, property and government. Leanne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Affiliate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Leanne joined our Board in 2018.

Danny Cloghan

Director

After almost eight years as a Fair Work Commissioner, Danny Cloghan established his own workplace relations consultancy in 2016. 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 both the Governance Institute of Australia and the 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 & Board Advisory in Perth. Geoff’s consulting assignments are predominantly CEO and other senior executive appointments across all industry and professional sectors, including public and private companies, state and local governments, and within the community and not-for-profit sectors. Geoff joined our Board in 2015.

Linda Dawson

Director

Linda Dawson is a senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience working in large Australian and multinational organisations across the resources and utilities sectors. Linda currently works for the WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, as Deputy Director General Industry Science Innovation. Linda currently serves as Vice Chairperson of Midland Women’s Health Care Place, is a Member of the Sir Charles Gardiner and Osborne Park Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, and a Board Member of Scitech, AROSE, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, and the UWA Defence Security Institute Advisory Board. She holds a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Western Australia, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resource Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Linda joined our Board in 2020.

Garth Walter

Director

Garth Walter is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience across multinational private and local public organisations in the infrastructure, mining, utilities, project investment and facility
management sectors. He is presently Managing Director for Sacyr Water Australia, and is a Director of The Walter Group, Partner at Red Gully Wines, Vice President of FamilyHistoryWA and on the Management Committee of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. Garth holds a Masters of Business Administration, an Associate Degree in Viticulture, and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Water Association, where he is a past Board member and current State Vice President. Garth joined our Board in 2020.

Frances Buchanan

Director

Frances Buchanan is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history in the human services industry, and qualifications in health and business management. She is highly skilled in non-profit organisations with a focus in leadership, community engagement, and strategy. Frances has previously held senior roles at Rocky Bay and National Disability Services, and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of WA Blue Sky, a community services organisation that supports people with disability to achieve independence through personal and home assistance and accommodation options. Frances joined our Board in 2021.