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Board members

Anglicare WA Chairman, John Atkins

John Atkins AO
John Atkins joined the Anglicare WA Board recently after returning to Perth from London, where he had been appointed Western Australia’s Agent General to the UK and Europe. With an extensive career in law and commerce, spanning 40 years, John is well-respected and highly-regarded across the political and corporate divide. He has significant experience as a non-executive director of public, listed and unlisted organisations including a five year tenure as Chair of Lotterywest, ten years on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Board and nine years as Deputy Chair of the Committee for Perth. In addition to a Bachelor of Laws (UWA) and Masters of Law (University of London), John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon Axeworthy


Simon Axworthy
Simon brings to the Anglicare WA Board a high level focus on strategy and analytics. He currently oversees PACE Consulting in WA - the internal consulting group at Rio Tinto. Previously, Simon has been a Partner at Azure Consulting and a Senior Manager at Bain & Company in their Californian office. Simon has a wealth of experience advising established philanthropists and major foundations on their operating models to maximise their investment impact – including Atlantic Philanthropies, The Poses Family Foundation, and Social Ventures Australia. He has an MBA from INSEAD (Dean’s List) and a Bachelor of Economics (1st Class Honours) from UWA, graduating summa cum laude.

Julie Baker

Venerable Julie Baker
Julie currently serves as Archdeacon and Diocesan Administrator of the Bunbury Diocese of the Anglican Church based in Bunbury, which includes committee work with the Diocesan Executive. Prior to this, Julie was the Ordained Minister and Priest In  Charge  for the Parish of Pinjarra-Waroona which followed from her role as Priest Vicar in The Cathedral Parish of Llandaff, UK. Julie brings a wealth of expertise in pastoral care both from overseas and here in Western Australia and has made Mandurah her new home. Julie’s connections to the Church are complemented by the business skills she developed working in the aerospace industry before her ordination.   

Andrew Friars

Andrew Friars
Andrew is a part of the leadership of EY’s Asia Pacific Advisory Business and has worked around the world as a Management Consultant for almost 30 years.  Andrew has led many Strategy Implementations and the resulting transformations in critical areas such as Operations, Customer Service, Contact Centres, Risk, Finance, HR, Sourcing, Procurement and IT.

Erica Haddon 3

Erica is a non-executive director as well as the CEO of Navigating Innovation, her own advisory business. In addition to Anglicare WA, Erica is a member of the Governing Council of South Metropolitan TAFE. Throughout her career Erica has honed skills in audit and risk, innovation and culture change, and the connection of profit and purpose. She has worked for RAC WA, Wesfarmers Energy and Argyle Diamonds (Rio Tinto Limited). Erica is a CPA, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Management and is a member of the Nominations & Remuneration and Audit & Risk sub-committees.


John O'Connor (Treasurer)
John is a former partner of PwC where he spent 34 years, including 24 years as an audit partner. He retired from PwC in 2013 and now holds a number of Non-Executive director roles.  During his time with PwC, John was Managing Partner of PwC Perth and led the Assurance practice in Perth. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and also a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. John is Chair of the Audit and Risk sub-committee.


Sue Robertson
Sue brings over 40 years’ experience working in the disability sector. From 1984 to 2014 she was Managing Director and co-founder of EDGE Employment Solutions, for job seekers with disabilities. In 1987 Sue was co-winner of the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability’s National Research Prize. In 2005 she was awarded the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Western Region. In 2008 she won the List Inspire Woman of Influence Award. She entered the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame in 2011. Sue has served on national Boards and advisory councils in the disability sector and as a Board Member of the Disability Services Commission. Sue is Chair of the Service Quality sub-committee.  



Michelle Scott
Michelle was WA’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from 2007 to 2013 and is currently Director of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at the University of Western Australia. She has 30 years’ experience working in the non-government and government sectors including more than a decade as a chief executive officer. Michelle was WA’s Public Advocate for five years, has been the Senior Member of two Commonwealth Tribunals and a Director of Social Policy with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has extensive experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address contemporary, complex social challenges in our community. Michelle is a member of the Service Quality sub-committee.




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