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Introducing our Board

As a statutory authority enabled under the Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007, ChemCentre is governed by an experienced Board, delivering the leadership that maintains our position as WA’s leading chemical analysis services provider. Meet the people who define our strategic direction.

For information on our board members please see below:



Denise Goldsworthy, Chairperson

Denise Goldsworthy, FTSE, FAIM, GAICD, is the founder of Alternate Futures Pty Ltd, a company that works with senior teams from both research and industry, to challenge the status quo.  By addressing cultural and system drivers and barriers, we create tailored strategies to promote engagement and collaboration within and between organisations, enabling connections between the world’s problems and the world’s solutions.

Prior to this, Denise worked as an executive for Rio Tinto, with roles including Chief Commercial Officer Autonomous Haul Trucks, Managing Director of Dampier Salt Limited and Managing Director HIsmelt Corporation.  Prior to her career with Rio Tinto, Denise spent 17 years with BHP Steel at the Newcastle Steelworks.

Denise is also an Independent Non-Executive Director for Aquila Resources, an ASX 200 company; a member of Council at Edith Cowan University; and a trustee for the Navy Clearance Diver’s Trust.  Among Denise’s honours is being named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

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Dr Lianne Cretney Barnes

Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes, Deputy Chair

Lianne Cretney-Barnes has held senior positions in both private and public sector organisations for over 20 years and has considerable experience in strategic marketing, branding and business development.
Lianne is also a Board Member and Chair of the Integrity Assurance Committee for Racing & Wagering WA and the WA Partner for Women on Boards.

Lianne has been recognized for her business development skills and commercial acumen, with awards for enterprise and market development including the Edith Cowan University Vice- Chancellor’s Award for Enterprise in 2003.

Lianne has a professional doctorate in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Marketing Institute. She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Lianne has her own company, Board Connexions, and focuses on helping boards and directors find their way through the maze of governance, performance, people and strategy issues.

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Dr David Blyth, Board Member

David is Director/Principal of a consulting practice working with senior executives and boards on strategy development and execution, organisation design, and executive talent management. He has more than 30 years’ experience in business, industry associations (Chamber of Mines WA) and business schools. Prior to his successful consulting career, he was Executive Director of IFAP (a safety based industry association) and launched an Executive MBA program for Curtin University. David's career reflects successful growth from technical specialist to profit centre manager, operations manager and ultimately as a successful MD of a technical services business. He has also spent four years as Program Director on Curtin’s Executive MBA.

David is known for his skills in guiding strategy development and the translation of the strategy into programs and initiatives, and for working with, and evaluating, executive teams. These skills are underpinned by strong investment analysis, executive judgement and communication skills. He is also widely consulted on organisational design, operating models, and strategic leadership. His doctoral research explored organisational barriers to transformational leadership.

David has worked widely in Australia and on assignments in China, South Africa, Ghana, the US and UK over the last five years. 

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Bruce Brennan, Board Member

Bruce Brennan was a WA police officer for 39 years, serving in most facets of policing but predominantly as a detective. He completed his Officer Training at the Victorian Police Officer College in 1986 and the Australian Police Staff College in NSW.
In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner and State Commander and held this position until his retirement in 2003. In 2004 he worked on an AUSAid project based in Fiji as strategic adviser to the Police Chiefs of the 14 Pacific Island Forum Countries.
In 2006, he was appointed to the FESA Board and Chaired the Bush Fire Service Consultative Committee. In his role as Deputy, he served on many committees both local and national. He has a long involvement and understanding of working with Government and was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1998 for Services to Policing.

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Dr John Farrow, Board Member

Dr John Farrow is the Site Manager for CSIRO’s Australian Minerals Research Centre at Waterford, in Perth, Western Australia.  In addition to ~70 CSIRO staff, the site hosts ~45 technical staff from AMIRA, BASF, Curtin University, Direct Nickel, MPS, Nalco and Western Areas.  Dr Farrow is also a senior manager within the CSIRO Mineral Resources Flagship “Processing Australian Ore” Program. 

Before joining CSIRO in 1984, Dr Farrow worked as a post-doctoral fellow, researching the mechanism of the iron oxidation stage used in the Becher Process (invented by a forerunner of ChemCentre) for the production of synthetic rutile.  Since joining CSIRO, his main research interests have been in the areas of surface chemistry and solid-liquid separation, especially flocculation, thickener technology and tailings disposal, with a strong industry focus.

He studied at The University of Western Australia, Perth, completing a Bachelor of Science (Hons I) with a double chemistry major in 1977, followed by a PhD in physical chemistry in 1983.

Dr Farrow and the CSIRO Improving Thickener Technology team were awarded the CSIRO Medal for Outstanding Research Achievements in 1999, the CSIRO Business Excellence Medal in 2004 and the CRC Association Technology Transfer Award in 2007.  In 2002, Dr Farrow was also the joint winner of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy's Mineral Industry Operating Award for ‘services to the minerals industry, through revolutionising the development and implementation of new thickener technology for mineral processing’

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Mark Thomas, Board Member

Mr Thomas was appointed Company Secretary of Fortescue Metals Group Limited in June 2010. Mr Thomas joined Fortescue in April 2004 in the role of Group Financial Controller and went on to become Head of Finance and IT and then Group Manager Finance. With more than 15 years experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mr Thomas has also held senior finance positions with the Goldfields Australia Group and with a number of professional service providers.

He has extensive experience in accounting and finance, IT and business administration in the mining and professional services industries. Mr Thomas has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

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Wendy Malcolm, Board Member

Wendy Malcolm is a Senior Project Manager with Saab Systems Australia and has an extensive background in defence, logistics and program management.

Wendy joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1987 and studied at the University of New South Wales, completing a Bachelor of Science (Physics) in 1989, followed by a Masters in Commercial Law at Deakin University in 2001.

Wendy had a diverse career in the Navy including operational service in East Timor, program management in shipbuilding, upgrade and sustainment, and experience in commercial and project management in logistics, weapons upgrade and operational planning. Her most recent role saw her responsible for program management and sustainment of the Navy’s ANZAC Warships based in Perth and Sydney.

Her leadership and strategic approach whilst the ANZAC Systems Program Office Director delivered a complete rethink of the commercial approach to supporting and upgrading the warships, resulting in significant savings and better operational availability to the Royal Australian Navy. Wendy left the Navy having completed 28 years service and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List 2015. 

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