Our Board

PBF Board

David Gilchrist

Board Chair

Professor David Gilchrist, BA BBus PhD FCA,  is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia and is founding convenor of the Not-for-profits UWA Research Network.

He has taught at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK and at several Australian universities. David is also a member of the Asian Civil Society Research Network and Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel.

Broadly, his work focuses on human services’ sustainability, efficiency, public sector and private nonprofit financial reporting and policy frameworks. David was made a Fellow of the Western Australian Parliament in 2021.

Simon Bedbrook

Director

Simon is the grandson of the founder of PBF, Sir George Bedbrook. Simon began his career in the Management Consulting and the Financial Services Industry.

He is a financial planner with Bedbrook McCarthy which offers investment and retirement planning advice. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning (Financial Services).

Esme Bowen

Director

Esme is a Director of Volunteering Australia, and Chair of the WA Carers Advisory Council reporting to the Minister; and a member on both the Ministers Community Volunteering Reference Group and the Ministers Single Use Plastic Action Group.

She is an RAC Honorary Life Member, RAC past President and Council member retiring in March 2020, and previous director of the Australian Automobile Association. Esme is also a life Member of Wheelchair Sports WA – now Rebound WA .

Esme has been a company director of, and remains involved in, a Perth-based family surf business. She has been involved in tourism and hospitality ventures in the Kimberley region of WA. Esme has almost 30 years of nursing and disability experience and has worked as a community road safety advocate for many years. She holds BSc (Nursing), FAICD.

Steve Maxwell

Director

Steve Maxwell is a practiced and successful corporate executive with extensive experience in operating and managing enterprise technology. He has specialised in the development of innovative and high performance technology solutions across government, banking and gaming sectors.

A global CIO at organisations in Australia, Europe and the UK, he is prominent in the technology industry worldwide, with a career spanning more than 30 years. Steve is Managing Director of BWT, a company delivering technology and business solutions to the betting, gaming and technology sectors in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Robin Piesse

Director

Robin has held senior management and executive roles within State Government and the Non Profit sector, specialising in the service delivery of product, marketing communications and customer facing functions.

She is currently responsible for the strategy and governance of programs and projects at WA Parks Foundation. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts (Geography) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business.

Craig Serjeant

Director

Craig Serjeant has been associated with PBF for over 15 years; either as a Board director or consultant, and recently as acting Chair person. He has Chaired the Compliance committee for the majority of his time on the Board.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Pharmacy), however he has spent the last 30 years working as a financial advisor,  now retired.

Jane Spring

Director

Jane Spring is a non-executive director with leadership and governance experience across government, education, infrastructure, health, and sport sectors.  Over 30 years lived experience of paraplegia following a car accident in 1990 coupled with a powerful combination of executive and non-executive roles. Extensive civic and community contribution – passionate about sport, opportunities for women and people with disability and delivering an environment where people thrive.

 Jane is currently Chair of the University of Sydney Sport Foundation and on the board of Sydney University Sport & Fitness. Previous non-executive roles include University of Sydney Senate, Western Sydney Local Health District, Venues NSW and Wheelchair Sports Australia. Recent executive roles include Assistant Commissioner NSW Public Service Commission and Deputy CEO, Jobs for NSW.

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