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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Authority Members

Our Board

Members of the Rottnest Island Authority are appointed to oversee the management and control of Rottnest Island.

Meet the Board  

John Driscoll

John Driscoll - Chairman - appointment expires on 30 June 2015

John was appointed in 2010 and became Chairman in July 2012. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marketforce. John is also Chair to the Senior Advisory Panel of Marketing for the Curtin Business School, past Chairman of the Communications Council of Western Australia, Board Member of Trinity College, and Board Member of Wheelchair Sports WA. John has been holidaying at Rottnest for almost 50 years and is an active member of Rottnest’s boating community.  He is a past Committee Member of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association and is a regular competitor in this event.

Stephen Lauder

Stephen Lauder - Deputy Chairman - appointment expires 30 June 2017

Stephen was appointed Deputy Chairman in July 2012. He is an experienced and passionate Western Australian based businessman. He was the founder and owner of AHS Hospitality, Australia’s largest provider of outsourced labour services to the Australian accommodation hotel industry. Previously a state winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and more recently, a regional judge for this award event in 2012, Stephen now owns and is chairman of a private boutique private investment company. Stephen consults to many private and public companies and has been a member of Young Presidents Organisation since 2004. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rob McDonald

Robert (Rob) McDonald - Member - appointment expires 30 June 2015

Rob was appointed in 2011. Rob spent 32 years working in a variety of different roles across the State public sector, including more than 20 years in senior executive positions. His previous positions include Executive Director, WA Police; Chief Executive Officer, State Supply Commission; Director, State Treasury; and Director of Finance, WA Police. Rob is a CPA and MAICD. Rob currently provides consultancy services in the fields of management, business case review, financial and budgetary advice and has completed a number of public sector agency organisational reviews. Rob is Chair, Governing Council, North Metropolitan Health Service; Chair, The Centre for Cerebral Palsy; and Non-Executive Director, Community First International Ltd.

Suzanne (Suzie) Hunt - Member - appointment expires 30 June 2015

Suzie was first appointed in 2010. She is an architect with over 25 years experience and is principal of a boutique architectural and interior design practice.  Suzie has experience in architectural design, documentation, contract administration and strategic management on contemporary and heritage developments in all sectors.  Suzie has been involved with architectural conservation and adaptive reuse on the refurbishment of listed industrial buildings into residential apartments. She has worked as the Project Architect for the Fremantle Prison Conservation and Future Use Projects and a Project Leader for the Supreme Court Building and Parliament House studies in Perth. 

Sally Hollis

Sally Hollis - Member

Sally was first appointed in 2010. She has worked in tourism, hospitality and event management industries in Western Australia and the United Kingdom. She was a founding director of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Association and the Executive Officer of Tourism Council of Western Australia. She is currently the National Project Manager of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program and Projects Manager with the Tourism Council. Sally has worked with the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee. She is a regular participant of the Rottnest Channel Swim.

Peter Hick

Peter Hick - Member - appointment expires 31 July 2015

Peter was first appointed in 2011. He is a retired CSIRO Environmental Geoscientist, who specialised in spectral and biophysical research for terrestrial and aquatic environments. He has specialist skills in the understanding of the environmental effects of resource extraction, mining and agriculture and has more than 140 publications. His PhD was awarded in the field of Marine Physics and his recent research has concentrated on the statistics of localised effects of climate. Peter is a yachtsman, keen diver and surfer and enjoys fishing and has published books on sailing and maritime history.