Board and Management

Get to know our leaders

OUR BOARD AND MANAGEMENT

BTG Chair Les Haywood smiling at the camera.

LES HAYWARD

CHAIR

Joining the board in 2013, Les is our current Chair.  A Qualified Financial Adviser with over 20 years corporate, financial, and wealth management experience, Les commenced his corporate career in 1993 after serving in the Australian Army.  

Les’ experience includes senior executive and contract management roles in private and government sectors, including Department of Defence, Defence Signals Directorate, Foreign Government Diplomatic services and Federal Aviation services as well national roles in strategy, business development, training & operations management.

In 2009 Les established Prosperity Wealth Management, a successful WA based Financial Planning Practice, helping clients achieve their business and personal financial goals and aspirations. He is also a Corporate Authorised Representative of Elders Financial Planning Pty Ltd.   

Les’ dedication and commitment to best practice advice, customer service & business leadership was recognised in 2013 and 2017, with the prestigious Elders Financial Planning, “Practice of the Year Award”.

A local boy, Les grew up in Safety Bay before living in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, and now Perth, with his wife Leanne and two children.  Les has strong community and business links in the Rockingham / Kwinana area. He is a founding member, and previous President and Vice President of the Rockingham Chapter of Business Network International (BNI).

Les holds a BA in Political Science, Graduate Diploma of Business Admin, Diploma of Finance (Financial Planning), Diploma of Finance (Mortgage Broking) and Diploma of Training & Assessment.

TRISH BOTHA

VICE CHAIRPERSON

Trish joined our board in 2021, bringing a variety of professional skills from banking and finance through to community services. 

Trish co-founded multiple community programs including a WA based charity, where she served as CEO for seven years, supporting thousands of families in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Trish’s experience includes creating a nationally recognised Job Active program that transitions people from chronic unemployment into sustained and fulfilling vocations. 

After working in the federal government, Trish established her own business, pursuing her passion for creating economic development opportunities, particularly within the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island community.

Over the years Trish has worked to make a positive contribution to her community including seven years as the Committee Chair of the Wanneroo Christmas Lunch. 

THOMAS ROBERTSON

SECRETARY

Thomas Robertson is a lawyer and financial planner. He runs his own law firm, Plain Legal, practicing in the areas of commercial law, property, wills, estates and trusts. He is a financial planner practicing in a small firm.

Before returning to Perth in 2015, he was Company Secretary and Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance with OneVue Holdings Limited, and part of the management team at the time of its listing on the ASX. Previously he was Head of Compliance for IOOF Holdings Limited.

He filled a casual vacancy as a member of the Council of the University of Technology, Sydney for a term ending October 2012. The University Council is the peak decision making and governance body of the university. He was elected as a Councillor of North Sydney Council in May 2012 and served as the council’s representative on the Joint Regional Planning Panel for Sydney East. Planning Panels operate across NSW to provide independent, merit-based decision making on regionally significant development.

Thomas is a lawyer admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2013. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology, Sydney; a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Western Australia; and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance & Investment and Financial Planning from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Thomas is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin); Associate Practitioner Member of the Financial Planning Association (AFA) and member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

MARK CHASTON

TREASURER

Mark has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Polytechnic in the UK and an MBA from Edith Cowan University.

Mark’s career started in landscape contracting in the UK. He worked “on the tools” before moving into contracts management and estimating. He was one of six working directors on the board of the third largest contractor in the UK. During this time, the company won several national awards and worked throughout the UK as well as in France.

Mark moved to Perth in May 1996 where he worked as General Manager of a local landscape contracting business.

In 2002 Mark decided it was time for a career change and trained as a financial planner. After 18 years he sold his financial planning business – at age 60. His time as a financial planner was well spent as he enjoyed helping his clients find clarity and a way forward in their financial lives.

With a passion for fabric and craft Mark fell in love with embroidery and quilting many years ago. After selling the financial planning business, Mark set up Embroidermark to pursue this passion.

Embroidermark help their clients grow their business through brand promotion. They do this by supplying quality office and workwear and providing custom embroidery. Mark feels everybody should have access to good quality office and workwear and his aim is to help local, small businesses achieve this goal.

Mark is a founding member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Baldivis. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow. 

WAYNE MILNES

DIRECTOR

Wayne has a wealth of experience in the finance and commercial sectors, having spent 30 plus years with National Australia Bank, 15 of those in the position of Commercial Business Manager.

Wayne retired from the banking industry in 2009 to spend time with his lovely wife Suzanne, enjoying golf and basketball – a sport he has been dedicated to for 36 years.

 In 2012 Wayne re-joined the workforce on a part-time basis as a Business Agent for Harcourt Real Estate in Kwinana.

Wayne is also a West Australian Consultant for Melbourne Company Mortgagee Service.

 

EILEEN HEATH

DIRECTOR

Eileen is an accomplished Senior Executive who has enjoyed success with the Social Security, Commonwealth Employment Services and Not for Profit sectors including Bridging the Gap and Community First.

With extensive experience in operations and finance, it was a natural progression from Chief Operations Officer of Community First, to it’s CEO in 2016.

Eileen brings to our board over 30 years experience in both public and community services sectors in areas of Aged Care, Mental Health, Disability, and Employment Services.

 

Having previously worked at Bridging the Gap Eileen feels privileged to have been elected to the Board and she looks forward to contributing to a sustainable future as we approach our 40th year of providing services across communities, and  making a difference to people’s lives.

 

Board member Mike Arnold

MIKE ARNOLD

DIRECTOR

Mike has spent over 25 years in Senior Management roles across Australia in Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Financial Planning, Stockbroking, Business Development and Hospitality.

His various industry expertise is complimented by experience across a variety of geographical areas including Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Goldfields.

Currently running his own consultancy firm, his clients range from Mining to Healthcare and a variety of Financial Services.

Mike utilises his experience in combination with an extensive professional network to drive exceptional outcomes for stakeholders.

Married to Wendy, with two children at university, Mike is a passionate Fremantle Dockers Football Club Member, a motorsport competitor at the Australian Title level, and an enthusiastic cyclist.

Having previously served on numerous advisory boards and committees, plus actively involved at a seed investment level for start-up companies, Mike brings  broad commercial experience to our Board.

KARY MACLIVER

CEO

Bridging the Gap is led by CEO Kary Macliver Dip.Bus.(Gov) FICDA AFAIM. Kary is a highly skilled executive with comprehensive operational and business development experience, developed over her twenty-five years in the not-for-profit sector. Kary has specialist knowledge of:

  • employment services,
  • services for people with a disability (with a particular focus on psychosocial disability),
  • vocational education and training,
  • remote services,
  • and services for Indigenous Australians.

Kary is strongly committed to service excellence and seeks to embed the organisation’s values of caring, innovation, teamwork, challenge, and empowerment into every aspect of program delivery.

LAUREEN WEYELL

PROGRAMMES & WHS MANAGER

Laureen has a wealth of experience from a varied employment back ground, initially starting out as a PA to the Director of Employment & Training in the Northern Territory.

Laureen also worked in conjunction with MP Bronwen Bishop providing a voice for service families via the NCGSF. Laureen then owned and operated her own business in Waikiki for seven years. Following this Laureen qualified and became a successful real estate agent for LJ Hooker Rockingham.

During her time with BTG Laureen has successfully gained a Diploma in Employment Services, Cert IV Employment Services. Laureen is a qualified Indigenous Mentor, trains regularly in WH&S and is a registered member of Work Safe. 

Laureen says she has found her niche and is excited to be part of the of the new Bridging the Gap community moving forward.