The WCH Foundation is an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985 and is governed by a Board of Directors. Directors serve in an honorary capacity and receive no financial benefits.
Dr Nicholas Begakis AO Chairman
Nick has more than 30 years' experience in senior management roles in manufacturing industries, as an entrepreneur in his own enterprises, in venture capital, merchant banking and corporate recovery roles. He currently has various State and National roles as an independent, non-executive Company Director and Chairman. In particular, he is Chairman of a number of Boards including Statewide Superannuation Trust, a Director of Business SA and the Australian Chamber Alliance. Awarded Doctor of the University, honoris causa, DUniv Flin, April 2012
Michael O'Connor Deputy Chairman
Michael graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1984. Since then he has carved a significant career and business in the building industry in South Australia. In addition to his role on the WCH Foundation board, Michael is also a member of the Master Builder's Association and the Young Presidents Organisation.
Since 2002, Morry has been Managing Partner of Tindall Gask Bentley, having joined the firm in 1988. Immediate Past President (2014) of the Law Society of South Australia, he is also a Director of the Law Council of Australia, a member of its Finance and Risk Committee, and a Director of Lawguard Management Pty Ltd. Morry specialises in criminal law and association matters, is the principal legal advisor to the Police Association of SA, and several other associations in South Australia.
Nicole’s experience in senior management, executive and director roles in multinationals, national and state based organisations as well as former CEO of one of South Australia’s largest not for profits brings a unique and valuable perspective to both individual and team development. Driven by making a positive difference though connecting strategy to individual team members led Nicole Swaine to establish Explore Potential Consulting in 2014. Nicole was named as CPA’s Top 40 Leaders in Australia in 2014 and has been included on the South Australians Women’s honour role.
Dr Tony Bourne
Tony studied Medicine at the University of Adelaide from 1964-1969 and subsequently trained in pathology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Tony took up post as a Consultant Pathologist at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1977, a position which continued with the Women's & Children's Hospital until he retired in 2007.
Wee Keat Chan
Wee is a Partner of Bray Chan Chartered Accountants and his areas of expertise include the manufacturing, fashion and services industries. Wee Keat was formerly the National President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council. In 2007, in recognition of his meritorious service and contribution in further strengthening the trade relations between Australia and Malaysia, Wee Keat was conferred the honorary award of Johan Mangku Negara (J.M.N.) (Companion in the Order of the Defender of the Realm) by the King of Malaysia, His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.