The Family Centre Board
Jeff Newman OAM, Chair
Jeff Newman's career with Channel 7 spanned five decades, and his work garnered him five Logies. Jeff spent 38 years as the anchor for Telethon, the annual 24-hour fundraising event broadcast live to raise money for the sick children of Western Australia. His commitment was so unwavering that it earned him the title of Mr Telethon.
Jeff is a Telethon Trustee, and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1994 for his contributions to children's health and the community.
Bec Johnson, CEO
Diagnosed with type 1 in 2001, Bec is passionate about making positive change in the type 1 community. She has undergraduate qualifications in Law and Arts (UWA), a Masters in Public Health (USyd), and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University. Bec has worked in both chronic and communicable disease in Australia and internationally, in a variety of legal advocacy and public health project management roles.
Bec believes that there are no limits on a life with type 1 diabetes, and she has swum solo across the 20-kilometre Rottnest Channel, sailed across the Atlantic, and become a SCUBA dive guide to prove it. She thinks that people with type 1 should be empowered to choose management strategies that work for them, that physical activity is fundamental to good physical and mental health, and that peer support plays a vital role in sustainable and holistic diabetes care.
Rick Malone, Director
Rick practised law for over 35 years, and has been both a partner and Board member of national law firms. He is now a consultant with national law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery.
He has been a surf lifesaver for over 40 years, was Foundation Chairman of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Trust as well as the Hon Solicitor for his local surf life saving club for over 20 years. A keen golfer, Rick was Hon Solicitor for Women's Golf WA and assisted with the amalgamation of men's and women's golf in WA. He was an inaugural Board member of the amalgamated body, Golf WA. He has served on the Committee of his local golf club. A former A Grade rugby player for Cottesloe, Rick’s rugby is now limited to supporting the Western Force.
Rick has had a long history of supporting community sporting organisations and with eight young grandchildren he has a passion for children's health.
Rob Towner, Director
Following a successful stockbroking career spanning 20 years, Rob has founded several companies and is the Managing Director of ASX listed Triangle Energy (Global) Limited.
Rob has a passion for wine and in 2007, he established, with his family, the boutique Margaret River winery, Flametree Wines. The winery has achieved enormous success with many wine critic reviews, trophies and awards.
Rob has always been an active participant in his community. Not only is he a long-term member of several local sporting clubs but he has served two terms on the Christ Church Grammar School Old Boys' Association as a committee member.
Shelley Robertson, Director
Shelley is the mum of three children, and has been actively involved in the T1 community since her youngest son’s diagnosis in 2004. She is passionate in her belief that all children with T1 should have access to the very best support and care in the management of this chronic disease.
Shelley is CEO of listed junior exploration company Norwest Energy NL, with a career spanning over 30 years in oil and gas, renewables, mining and agriculture.
She is also active in the Arts, being Art Representative on the Guildford Grammar School P&F, and President of the Guildford Arts Supporters Group.
Shelley is the proud recipient of a Bravery Medal, awarded for rescuing three people in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
Maria Cavallo, Director
Maria has been in public practice since joining AMD Chartered Accountants as a Graduate Auditor in 2001 working her way up to being appointed a Director of the firm in 2012. Maria holds a Bachelor of Business Degree with a double major in Accounting and Public Practice, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is recognised as a Registered Company Auditor by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Maria is committed to the accounting profession and as such, is currently the Western Australian representative on the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Regional and Rural Advisory Committee. Maria is the current Audit lecturer and tutor at Edith Cowan University, South West Campus.
Maria is actively involved in supporting community being a community member on the Edith Cowan University South West Campus (Bunbury) Advisory Board; board member of the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Chair of the Finance sub-committee; council member of the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury Diocesan Finance Council; Treasurer of the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Old Grammarians’ Association Inc and Treasurer of the Catholic Parish of Donnybrook – Capel & Kirup.