Our weekly appointments wrap includes Graeme Morissey, Celina Chew, Jason Leeder, Nolan Hunter, Carol Innes, Pennee Osmond, Katie Winterbourne, Brooke Draper, Robert Taylor, Pat Furlong and Brian Rafferty.
Graeme Morissey has been appointed as chief financial officer of copper exploration and development company Culpeo Minerals, taking over from outgoing Pennee Osmond. Mr Morissey is a chartered accountant with more than 15 years of experience assisting clients within the mining exploration and development industries through his previous roles at accounting firms EY, KPMG and Grant Thornton.
ASX-listed biotechnology company Argenica Therapeutics has hired Celina Chew as vice president of business development. Ms Chew is a lawyer and worked in China at pharmaceutical company Bayer for 19 years, first as general counsel for 14 years before serving as president for the Greater China area from 2014 to 2019. Ms Chew was named in Forbes’ China 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen Lists in both 2017 and 2018. She will commence her new role with Perth-based Argenica Therapeutics from December 1 in a part-time capacity.
The Australian Nursing Federation Western Australia has made Jason Leeder redundant seven months after appointing him as chief executive. Mr Leeder was recruited in April to replace long-serving ANF WA chief executive Mark Olson. ANF WA state secretary Janet Reah said making Mr Leeder redundant was part of several changes being implemented by herself and the council to improve the state nursing union and ‘smooth operations’.
Reconciliation WA has appointed Nolan Hunter as co-chair following the resignation of long-serving Carol Innes. Ms Innes had served as co-chair of the not-for-profit for the past seven years and was closely involved in its reconciliation outcomes. Mr Hunter, a Bardi and Yawuru man, has commenced as Reconciliation WA Aboriginal co-chair after two years as a board member. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous positions as Uluru Dialogue head of engagement, Rock Art Australia director, Kimberley Land Council chief executive and National Native Title Council chair.
Katie Winterbourne has been announced as a partner at law firm Piper Alderman, bringing her more than 25 years of experience in strategic commercial law. Ms Winterbourne has worked within the resources, energy and infrastructure industries, providing legal advice on project planning, development, operations and closure. Prior to this, Ms Winterbourne was Lantegy Legal director for nearly eight years, and before this she has held roles with Ashurst, BHP and Blake Dawson.
Activ Foundation has promoted Brooke Draper as chief operating officer, effective November 27. Ms Draper has been working as Activ head of strategic operations since December 2022, applying her more than 25 years of experience in the disability sector. Prior to joining Activ, Ms Draper was Ability WA general manager social enterprise for two years and before this, she held positions at Mission Australia and Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.
Australian Tourism Export Council has recruited Robert Taylor as a board member, bringing his vast experience as the chief executive of Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council to the national board. Mr Taylor has been WAITOC boss for nearly eight years. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, starting his career as a chef, and has been a business partner of Max’s Black Gourmet Bush Foods since 2015.
Monford Group has appointed Pat Furlong as chief operating officer and transitioned the former COO Brian Rafferty into a newly created role as chief technology and innovation officer. Mr Furlong has 35 years’ experience in construction management and project delivery and has held senior executive positions for national and international contractors. He has delivered a range of high-value projects including the $280 million Sunraysia Solar Plant in New South Wales and various new gas processing facilities for Australia Pacific LNG valued at $800 million. Mr Rafferty joined Monford in June last year after about 15 years of experience working as a project or site manager at a range of companies in Australia and the United Kingdom.