Chair of Perth College Foundation
Karen Field B Ec (UWA), FAICD
Karen is a professional Non Executive Director currently on the boards of ASX listed companies Aurizon Holdings Limited and Sipa Resources Limited. Before assuming Non Executive Directorship roles, Karen spent over three decades in the resources industry and has a strong background in strategic planning, project management and human resources. She has held executive roles in a variety of industry sectors throughout Australia and in South America where she was President of Minera Alumbrera Ltd, a Buenos Aires based company established by Joint Venture partners to develop and operate Argentina’s first large scale copper/gold mining project in the north- west provinces. Karen is a West Australian, was educated at Perth College and the University of Western Australia and, following her retirement from an executive career, returned to live in Perth. In addition to her professional work, Karen continues to be involved in community-based organisations mainly by way of voluntary board participation, including Amana Living Inc and UWA’s Centenary Trust for Women.
Nick has been associated with investment grade real estate for 35 years, both as an Asset Manager for an Asia/Pacific Institution, and for the past 27 years as an advisor to major investors in real estate projects and assets. In partnership during 1994, Nick launched and was Managing Director of NSC Corporate, a commercial real estate practice that grew to be one of the State’s leading advisory and management groups, which in 2007 was acquired and subsequently merged with the international real estate business, Jones Lang LaSalle. Nick assumed the role of Managing Director of the merged entity and was appointed to the national executive until June 2010. Since his departure, Nick has focused his time on assets and a project associated with family holdings and continues to provide advice to a select group of clients. Nick's two daughters are both graduates of Perth College.
After graduating from the University of Western Australia, Bev’s first job was as a tour guide in the United Kingdom at Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. She later taught at a private school at Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. After returning to Australia, Bev was employed part-time in state primary schools, initially as an administrative relief teacher and then as a classroom Music teacher, where she integrated the subject with Drama. The immediate past President of the Old Girls’ Association (which she led for five years until mid-2014), Bev has always maintained a connection to Perth College and was a committee member of the OGA for many years, having also served on the School Council for nine years. With two children and two grandchildren, Bev is enjoying her retirement and is proud to be the Founding Patron of the Jacaranda Society.
Robert Garreffa is a qualified Chartered Accountant and the Managing Director of Mondo Di Carne, where he has overseen substantial growth of the business since 2005. He has a Bachelor of Business, previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has also held committee roles for not-for-profit organisations. Robert has extensive experience in management and financial accounting, compliance, IT security and business information systems. He is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance through the Governance Institute of Australia. Robert and his wife, Wendy (1993 Leaver), have three daughters.
Jane Scott is Professor of Public Health Nutrition Research at Curtin University. Jane trained as a nutritionist/dietitian at (then) WAIT and went on to complete a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at Curtin University. She has worked as a University academic for most of her career first at Curtin University and then at the University of Glasgow and Flinders University in South Australia, before returning to a research position at Curtin University in 2013.
Jane has served on a number of professional boards and committees and in 2013 was inducted as a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession.
Tony Gooey has held the role of Director of Finance and Administration at Perth College since 2000. A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce. Tony is a member of the Finance, Facilities and Risk Committees. He has two daughters who graduated from Perth College in 2012 and 2014.
Jenny Ethell has been Principal of Perth College since 2003 and has a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma in Education and is a Member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE). Prior to this position, Jenny was the Acting Principal (2002) and Deputy Principal (1998 – 2001) at Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth. Jenny has also taught in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania and has a background in Boarding.