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ChemCentre 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.

The ChemCentre Board reports to the Honourable Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water, Fisheries, Forestry, Innovation and ICT; Science.

Meet the people who define our strategic direction.


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.



Dr David Blyth, Deputy Chair

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. 

Mark Thomas, Board Member

Mark 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.


Dr Ian Harrison, Board Member

Ian is a research scientist with over 30 years experience managing R&D programs and projects.  Until his retirement in 2017, Ian was Director of R&D for Alcoa’s Global Refining system, leading a team of about 60 scientists and technicians providing R&D for the world’s largest alumina refining system.  Prior to joining Alcoa Ian was a research leader with CSIRO and prior to that with Eastman Kodak.

Ian has held leadership positions with a range of industry and academic committees, including a Board role with the Parker Centre for Hydrometallurgy, and an Adjunct Professorship with RMIT University.  Ian was also Chair or member of a number of industry advisory panels and Chair of the Alumina Technical Panel and AQW Inc. which are collaborative alumina industry groups.

Ian has a PhD in photoelectrochemistry and an Honours Degree in Soil Chemistry and Chemistry.  In 2015 Ian was awarded the prestigious RK Murphy award for his contribution to industrial chemistry in Australia.

Ian is known for his passion about the role of science in society and particularly the role of R&D and for his strategic, scientific and leadership skills.

Tresslyn Walmsley, Board Member

Tress is the CEO of InterGrain, a leading national wheat and barley breeding business.  This role involves managing the research and commercial relationships.  The business is science based that licenses and sells its IP. She has a high level of knowledge and understanding of Australian agriculture and established working relationship with Australian grain industry stakeholders. InterGrain is jointly owned by WA Government and GRDC, therefore Tress has experience with operating a commercial company with government ownership.

Tress commenced the role as CEO in 2012 and prior to this was InterGrain’s Commercial Manager. InterGrain was formed in 2007 and her initial task was to establish the businesses financial and governance systems and manage the commercial operations of the business.

Tress started her career in the small WA wheatbelt town of Three Springs working for the Department of Agriculture Western Australia as an agronomist. She then moved to managing the TOPCROP program in WA. During this time she had the opportunity to explore a personal passion of involving women in the grains industry.  In 1999, Tress won the Telstra Young Business Women for WA.

In 2000, Tress changed career focus, moving into intellectual property and commercilisation. Tress played a key role in the development of the National End Point Royalty system used in the grains industry across Australia.   This value capture system paved the way for private investment in wheat and barley breeding in Australia and the establishment of companies such as InterGrain.

In 2015, Tress was named the WA Rural Woman and in 1999, WA Telstra Young Business Woman.  In recent years, Tress has been active in promoting the grains industry as a career opportunity to school students and a strong advocate for increased women’s participation in the grains industry.

Assistant Commissioner Kylie Whiteley, Board Member

Kylie Whiteley has been a WA police officer for more than three decades, serving across most facets of policing, but predominantly as a detective. More recently she has held leadership roles with WA Police, previously as Commander within the Crime Portfolio and currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Judicial Services Portfolio.

Assistant Commissioner Whiteley is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management’s Leadership in Counter Terrorism and Police Leadership Strategy Programs; holds a Masters in Leadership and Management from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Certificate of Business (Leadership) and an Associate Degree in Social Science (Police Studies) from Edith Cowan University. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 in recognition of her Services to Policing.

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