Board of Directors

The Board of Curtin Care oversees the activities of the organisation and ensures all major decisions, strategic directions and financial oversight are maintained to keep Curtin Care running efficiently.

The Board aims to:

  1. Continually strive to provide the highest level of residential care services that meets the specific needs of the local community.
  2. Respond to the ever changing aged care environment.
  3. Maintain financial viability and sustainability to ensure that we can provide care for generations to come.
  4. Promote and protect the heritage buildings of Wearne Cottesloe.
  5. Look to future solutions to meet the evolving needs of the aged care market. 

Tim Humphry
BE (Civil) (Hons), FAICD

Curtin Care Committee(s)

Chair of Curtin Care, Chair of Project Steering Committee


Since 2003, Tim has been a Principal of Evans & Peck, an infrastructure - based advisory company that supports governments and private organisations in the initiation, development and delivery of projects throughout Australia and Asia. Prior to 2003 he had 31 years experience in design, construction, marketing and general management with a major construction company.

Tim's extensive boardroom experience includes, Executive Director Clough Engineering Limited 1988-2003, Director PT Petrosea Indonesia 1993-2003, Independent Director Harvey Water 2005-2008, Trustee Clough Superannuation Limited 1988-2003, Councillor and Building Committee Chair Presbyterian Ladies' College, and Deputy Chair Australian Indonesian Business Council.

Tim completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1998, and a Professional Certificates in Arbitration (2004) and Mediation (2006). He is a Registered Builder, Fellow of Engineers Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

Tim had had experience in the retirement housing and aged care sector through development and operations directorship of the St Louis Estate Claremont, between 1987 and 2003. Tim was appointed to the Division Council of the Royal Australian Air Force Association of WA (RAAFA WA) in 2010 where he also contributes as a member of the Planning and Development Committee.

Board Strengths

  • Capital Development Planning & Commissioning
  • Project Management
  • Governance Processes

Michael Jones

Curtin Care Role

Deputy Chair, Chair of Finance & Audit Committee, Member of Project Steering and Governance Committees


Michael is an experienced financial executive and Chartered Accountant, with 23 years of; corporate accounting & finance, company secretarial, governance and commercial experience - combined with 15 years senior management in the food and beverage, accommodation, theatre, and entertainment industries.

During his varied career, he has gained experience in negotiating and influencing outcomes through knowledge gained from business ownership, professional practice and working in the corporate sector – across oil and gas, financial services, professional tax and business services, health & aged care, education and hospitality industries - in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Michael has previously held executive roles as a CFO at Coretrack Ltd, and as Commercial & Contracts Manager at JP Kenny. He has also worked in senior accounting, risk and compliance roles with Sealcorp Holdings (ASGARD), HLB Mann Judd, and Edith Cowan University.

Michael has extensive Board and Directorship exposure and has considerable experience in the aged care industry having been a member of the Curtin Care Board for 10 years.

He currently runs his own business consultancy, acting as a virtual-CFO, company secretary and commercial strategist where Michael is exposed to a wide range of organisational and operational complexities across a variety of industries.

Board Strengths

  • Commercial Strategy & Negotiation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Accounting, Business Controls & Financial Reporting
  • Treasury
  • Branding Strategy & Management
  • Public Relations

David Cox

Curtin Care Role

Managing Director of Curtin Care, Member of Project Steering Committee


David has close to 25 years’ experience within the healthcare sector with extensive and varied clinical, operational and executive roles in both public and private healthcare and biotechnology.

More recently, David owned and/or operated a number of aged care organisations. His experience has given a strong skill set and robust understanding of financial, managerial and operational systems within an aged care context.

As a past Partner and Head of Operations Strategy with Ansell Strategic, David provided consulting services on business planning, service delivery modelling and operations management. David also provided strategic advice on building developments and funding systems within the aged care industry.

He is a well-recognised thought leader on aged care service model design, change management, culture and human resource management. 

David was the Chief Operating Officer of Enrich, one of Australia’s largest and well known providers of in-home care services.

He was previously Director and Governance Chair of Therapy Focus, one of Australia’s largest providers of specialised therapy services in the Disability Sector, an advisor member to the aged care peak body Leading Aged Services Australia and sits on a number of industry and provider advisory committees.

Board Strengths

  • Strategy
  • Operational Management
  • Clinical Governance
  • Capital Development Planning & Commissioning

Rachel Thomas
BA (Personnel Management) MIPD (UK)

Curtin Care Committee(s)

Member of Governance Committee, RiverSea Village and Member Liaison


Rachel undertook university studies in the United Kingdom, specialising in Personnel Management. Rachel has worked in human resources for a number of major companies including Smiths Industries, J. Sainsbury, IPC Business Press, ICL and Reuters. She has senior management experience in industrial relations, management development, internal communications and expatriate remuneration. Her experience includes five years based in Hong Kong for Reuters.

Rachel has been a councillor for the Shire of Peppermint Grove since March 2009 and Shire President since October 2011.

Rachel is actively involved in the community. She is a volunteer with Shine Community Services and with the Activ Foundation. Previously, she has been on the Parents and Friends Committee for St Hilda’s Anglican School and was a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau whilst living in Auckland for two years.

Rachel was appointed a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) in the UK, sitting in the Youth Court in South London.

Board Strengths

  • Board Governance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Retirement Living Policy
  • Local Government Liaison

Peter Jeanes

Curtin Care Committee(s)

Secretary, Member of Governance Committee


Peter is a journalist who worked in the media industry for 40 years, most of it as a senior executive.

He was Chief Sub-Editor of The West Australian from 1984-88, Editor of the Kalgoorlie Miner from 1990-95 and Editorial Manager of WA Newspapers from 1996 to 2009. Peter was a member of the Australian Press Council from 2000-2009 and he served on the Cottesloe Council for eight years.

Peter’s other community interests include more than 12 years membership of the Salvation Army's Media and Events Committee and a long standing membership of Rotary.

Board Strengths

  • Local Government
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Governance
  • Public Policy

Michele Rosano
B.Ec (Economics & Japanese), MBus (Finance & Marketing), PhD (Resource Economics)

Curtin Care Committee(s)

Chair of Governance Committee, Member of Finance & Audit Committee


Dr Rosano is a leader in economics and sustainability, having completed a PhD in resource economics and worked in a number of expert industry and university roles.

Michele has held senior roles with Rio Tinto (Borox) in the UK and Singapore, ICI Ltd in Singapore and the CSIRO in Australia.

Michele has lectured at the University of Western Australia during her PhD studies and currently works as the Director of the Sustainability Engineering Group (SEG) at Curtin University, where she leads an internationally renown research group in industrial ecology.

Michele sits on a large number of industry advisory panels and technical committees. She is also an experienced public speaker, having been invited to lecture at a large number of international conferences on resource and environmental economics.

Michele has held a number of community engagements and is currently a Board Member of Tamala Park Regional Park. Michele has been a councillor with the City of Joondalup and Board Member of Western Australian Waste Authority.

Board Strengths

  • Strategy
  • Environmental & Sustainability Policy
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Capital Development
  • Public Policy

Debra Barnes

Curtin Care Role

Member of Governance Committee


Debra has more than 25 years’ senior executive and management experience within the health and community care sectors having worked in varied roles in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, in clinical, management and executive positions in acute care, primary care and disability care.

Debra’s previous experience in roles such as the CEO of Western Australian General Practice Network, CEO Primary Care WA and Director of Business Development, MercyCare, Deputy Chair, HeartKidsWA and the Chair of the Sensory Council, Department of Education School of Special Education- Sensory, has given her a depth of expertise in strategic planning, change management, business development, corporate governance, people and culture, sales and marketing and stakeholder management.

As the Chief Operating Officer for VisAbility Ltd, Debra has developed innovative strategic initiatives and led complex transformational change in preparation for both disability and aged care reforms. Debra has a strong understanding of service planning and design, service delivery, customer-driven approaches, consumer-directed care and person-centred practices. Debra has a MBA from the University of Western Australian, a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Board Strengths

  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Operational Management
  • Clinical Governance
  • Business Development
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • People and Culture
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Stakeholder Management

Robyn Ahern
MBA, BA (English)

Curtin Care Role

Board Member


Robyn has more than 20 years’ senior executive and management experience within the retail, banking and financial services sectors.

Robyn worked at Aherns for 25 years and held the position of Managing Director for the last 5 years before David Jones bought Aherns in February 2000.

Robyn’s extensive boardroom experience includes, Non-Executive Director Smith Coffey, Non-Executive Director RACWA Holdings, Non-Executive Director Bank of Western Australia, Board Member Takeovers Panel, Chair PLC Foundation, Board Member PLC Council, Board Member Good Samaritan Industries, Board Member National Council of Australian Retailers Association, Board Member Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Robyn has sat on a number of committees including the RAC Investment Committee, PLC Finance Committee, Bank of Western Australia Member Investment Committee and Due Diligence Committee.

Board Strengths

  • Strategy
  • Policy and Planning
  • Governance
  • Marketing