Ross Kelly

AM, BE (Hons), FAICD


Ross brings management, strategic and global expertise to the Clontarf Foundation Board. He is a professional Company Director who was previously Director of Operations - Asia Pacific for PA Management Consultants. Ross is currently Chairman of Wood & Grieve Engineers.

Gerard Neesham

OAM, Dip.Ed.

Chief Executive Officer

Gerard has been Chief Executive Officer of the Clontarf Foundation since 2000. He is a qualified teacher and has spent seven years teaching in WA and NT. He brings to the Board an educators perspective as well as a rich sporting background. Gerard's previous experience includes Executive Officer WA Water Polo Association, Coach Fremantle Dockers Football Club, Coach Claremont Football Club and Coach Water Polo WA Institute of Sport.

Brian Tyson


Brian is the Managing Partner of Newgate Australia and senior counsel to Newgate Research. Brian is one of Australia’s leading communications practitioners with expertise in strategic issues management, government relations, media management, financial transactions and community campaigning.
He is involved with many of the leading industry advocacy bodies in Australia including Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Transport and Tourism Forum, Property Council of Australia and the Sydney Business Chamber. Brian is a Director of the Sydney Swans and the Committee for Sydney. Previously he was Managing Partner of Kreab Gavin Anderson. Prior to his career in consultancy Brian was a political adviser to the Greiner Government in New South Wales.

Danny Ford

BA (Soc.Wk), Dip.Teach


Danny brings to the Board considerable understanding of the WA State Public Service as well as experience in Indigenous Affairs. He is currently an independent consultant, a Board Member of the Polly Farmer Foundation and currently works part-time with BGC as a Community Relations Manager. Mr Ford has been involved in numerous community groups and sporting initiatives, especially for youth, over the past 30 years.

David Neesham



David is a dentist who has considerable experience in the State Public Service, serving as a Member on number of Dental and Health Services Boards. He brings to the Clontarf Board a health industry perspective and expertise. He also was an Australian Olympic Water Polo Player (four times, twice as Captain).

Ennio Tavani

FCA, M.Bus, Grad Dip (Accounting)


Ennio brings accounting and financial services expertise to the Board. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a founding partner of Moore Stephens, Chartered Accountants. He is also Chairman of Variety Australia Ltd and Chairman of the Tom Hoad Cup International Water Polo Competition Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the Board of numerous organisations in a range of industries.

Harry Neesham

B.Com, F.C.P.A.


Harry is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He is the immediate past Chairman of Charity Link Inc and current Board Member. He also brings to the Board considerable expertise in the area of workers compensation having been an Executive Director of Workcover Western Australia, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Commission, Member of the Premium Rates Committee and Chair of the Public Service Task Force on Workers Compensation.

John Gillam



Mr Gillam is a professional Company Director. He worked for 20 years within the Wesfarmers Group where he was the CEO of Bunnings from 2004 to 2016 and the Chairman of Offi ceworks from 2008 to 2016. Other roles during Mr Gillam’s Wesfarmers career included Managing Director of CSBP and Company Secretary. Prior to Wesfarmers, Mr Gillam was General Manager of Medical Corporation Australia Ltd and he also worked in KPMG’s corporate recovery and corporate fi nance areas. Mr Gillam is a non-executive director of CSR Limited as well as a board member of the Heartwell Foundation and Ruyton Girls’ School.

Marilyn Morgan

B.App.Sc. (Physio), Grad. Dip. (Comm. Ind. Health)


Marilyn adds depth and diversity to the Board as a representative of a number of Indigenous Corporations and Committee's on a national level. She is a physiotherapist and is also a Director of AFL SportsReady, National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists, Kaitijin Mia Mia Aboriginal Corporation, 'the Bush University'. Marilyn is also currently a representative to the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee and the National Health Leadership Forum and a consultant to St John of God Health Care.

Tom O'Leary

LLB, B.Juris


Tom O’Leary is Managing Director and CEO of Iluka Resources Limited, an ASX-listed mineral sands company with international exploration activities, operations in Australia and the US and a global sales footprint. Tom was previously Managing Director of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers division, having been appointed to the role in 2010. Tom joined Wesfarmers in 2000 in a Business Development role and was then appointed to Managing Director, Wesfarmers Energy in 2009. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Tom worked in London for 10 years in finance law, investment banking and private equity.