Our Alumni

Leadership WA Alumni are a strong and influential network of today’s and tomorrow’s leaders, making real and meaningful difference in the community. Alumni are regularly invited to exclusive events featuring the most experienced and insightful leaders in the State. In 2018, Alumni heard from Richard Goyder AO, Chairman of Woodside; Christina Matthews, CEO, WACA; US Consul General Rachel Cooke; The Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC; and Dale Alcock.

Alumni are also invited to further professional development opportunities, including the Alumni Masterclass series. These events and network are an invaluable asset, ensuring Alumni continue to grow, exchange ideas, and foster a diverse and inclusive leadership community.

Leadership WA Alumni give back to the community through Skillsbank, an initiative, that matches Alumni skills to the strategic capacity building need of community and not-for-profit organisations and projects.

Alumni can also assist in making Leadership WA Programs and Courses more accessible by contributing to scholarship funds through the Leadership WA Foundation.

Some Alumni events from 2019

Women’s Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together

Alec Coles OBE, CEO, WA Museum

Mastering Data: Essential Intelligence for Leaders

Senator for WA Dean Smith

NAIDOC Week Event: Exploring the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart

Leadership WA Alumni Regional Grant

At Leadership WA, we strive to make our Programs accessible to candidates in all regions of Western Australia. Unfortunately, logistical challenges make it difficult for applicants in regional areas to attend our Programs.


For this reason, we have established the Alumni Regional Grant. Through our partners and donations from Alumni, we have raised $3,000 to provide the means for regional applicants to travel to and from Perth so they can participate in our Programs!

This creates a fantastic opportunity for regional Western Australia to develop its own leadership community.


Please note donations to the Grant are tax deductible, and you will receive a tax invoice upon submission.

Eligibility and grant inclusions


  • Applicants must have applied, been interviewed and accepted into either our Signature Leadership Program or Rising Leadership Program and reside in regional/rural Western Australia. The applicant will be required to provide evidence of living in a rural/regional area, a minimum of three hours drive from Perth.
  • The grant is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Selection is based on demonstrated financial need or hardship associated with travel required to attend Program experiences.

Grant inclusions

  • The Grant value will be provided on successful completion of the Program (including attendance) and on provision of evidence of travel expenses up to the stated value of the grant. Evidence is considered to be receipts for petrol, flights and purchased accommodation.
  • The Grant cannot be used to fund the Program.
  • This Grant is generously provided by Leadership WA Alumni

Alumni profiles

Each and every member of the Leadership WA Alumni has a fascinating story of how they got to their position, and their plans for the future. Read about the journeys of some of our Alumni through the below profiles.

Guy Chalkley, CEO, Western Power

Cate Rocchi, Chair, Linkwest

John Berger, Chair, WA Alliance to Endhomelessness

Dr Nicky Howe, CEO, Southcare Inc

Nick Wood, CFO & COO, Telethon Kids Institute

Linda Crumlin, former State Director WA, Australian Red Cross

Alumni Awards

The Leadership WA Awards recognise the exceptional contributions of leaders in Western Australia. The awards, established in 2013, recognise and acknowledge leaders who have shown exceptional levels of community contribution and/or support of the work and values of Leadership WA.

Distinguished Fellow Award
  • Alumni of Leadership WA who have actively engaged and made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community
  • Graduate of Leadership WA Signature Leadership Programs and maintained Alumni membership status for five years or more
  • Made outstanding and enduring contribution to the Western Australian community
  • Embody the core values of Leadership WA
Honorary Fellow Award
  • Western Australian leaders who have made a significant and enduring contribution to Leadership WA
  • Leader living in Western Australia
  • Made a positive impact on the work and/or governance of Leadership WA over five years or more
  • Embody the core values of Leadership WA
Year Distinguished Fellow Honorary Fellow
2013 Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise Network Dr Walter Cox, Former Chair Leadership WA
2014 David Thomas, CEO, R2R Services David Rose, Director KPMG
2015 Prof. Frank Daly, Chief Executive, Child and Adolescent Health Service Prof. Colleen Hayward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Edith Cowan University
2016 Dominique Mecoy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet Reece Waldock, retired
2017 Craig Spencer, GM Strategy & Performance, Royal Flying Doctor WA Richard Goyder AO, Chairman of Woodside
2018 Joel Levin, Aha! Consulting The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, former Governor of Western Australia
2019 Ashley Reid, CEO, Cancer Council WA Ian Carter AM