Board of Governors

Bruno Camarri AM LLB


Bruno Camarri"I am involved with Meerilinga because of its commitment to the advancement of children, particularly, within their family and the community."

Since 1969, Bruno has worked as a corporate lawyer, primarily representing clients in energy and natural resources, construction and technology industries. From 1979 to 1987, Bruno was the managing partner of the Perth office and a member of Freehills' National Board. He is now a senior member of Freehills' national Energy and Resources team.

He has advised both private industry and government in relation to joint ventures, sale, purchase and delivery of assets and commodities, financing, construction, foreign and local takeovers, taxation, capital raisings, due diligence, titles (including native title), corporate governance and technology transfer. Between 1994 and 1996, he was Senior Counsel for the Western Australian Commission on Government.

Bruno is also a private investor in farming, engineering, land subdivisions and tourism and actively participates in these businesses.

He has been the Chairman of Board of Governors of Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc since 1994, is the Patron of United Way (WA) Inc. and is a Trustee of The Royal Institute for the Blind Foundation. Bruno is a Member of the College of Law Advisory Board, University of Notre Dame Australia and was awarded the Butterworth's Lawyers Community Service Award (1998), the St. Georges Rotary Community Services Award (1999) ), named a Paul Harris Fellow (1999) by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and honored as a member of the Order of Australia 9 June 2008.

Penny Melsom


Penny MelsomSince 1989 Penny has worked as an Occupational Therapist, initially in NSW, then back home to WA. Penny commenced working exclusively with children in 1991 and has enjoyed the opportunity to help children and families overcome hurdles and achieve their goals ever since.

Penny has held positions and completed projects with a number of organisations including The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Therapy Focus, and Princess Margaret Hospital, before establishing Skillbuilders Therapy Services for children in 1995. In 2002 Skillbuilders purchased a second business to supply therapy products and developmental resources nationwide. She has also provided supervision to many students on clinical placement and worked for Curtin University as a Student Fieldwork Coordinator.

Penny has been an active member of several organisations devoted to the wellbeing of children, including Noah’s Ark Toy Library, the Early Intervention Association of WA, the Cerebral Palsy Association of WA, and Developmental Occupational Therapists (WA).

Currently Penny focuses on managing Skillbuilders Therapy Services and enjoys juggling this role with managing three delightful and busy children (Sophie and Fraser 9 years, and Lachlan 11 years) and a patient husband, Stephen.

Graeme Sheard


Graeme started his tertiary qualifications at the University of Western Australia and combined that with full time employment upon joining KPMG partway through his academic life in 1984.

He has now been a partner for 19 years and has over 29 years experience working for KPMG in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Thailand.

During his professional life, he has spoken widely about taxation matters, worked on a voluntary basis in community organisations and maintained a highly active lifestyle participating in a range of sports over many years.

Graeme is in the Perth Office, Partner in Charge of the KPMG Private Enterprise division, which provides a range of audit, tax and advisory services to private companies and family-owned businesses. He has a broad range of clients, but has a particular focus on the mining, mining services and energy and natural resources industries as well as the property sector. 

Fiona Lander

Vice President

Ms Fiona Lander is the Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs & Organisation Development of Perth Airport Pty Ltd.  As the premier international, domestic and regional gateway to Western Australia, Perth Airport is Australia’s fourth largest airport in terms of passenger traffic and plays an integral role in the State’s economy.

Prior to joining Perth Airport in August 2010, Fiona was the Executive Director Policy & Learning with the State Government’s Department for Child Protection.  In this role, she was responsible for the policy and procedural foundation of child protection operations across the State, family & domestic violence response coordination, legislation and media management.

Fiona began her career working for State and Federal Members of Parliament, then entered the WA public service and held a number of senior roles in a range of human services portfolios.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and an Executive Master in Public Administration.  She was appointed to the State Government’s Women’s Advisory Council in 2011, the Youth Focus Board in July 2012 and the Fremantle Port Authority in August 2012.

Fiona is committed to working to ensure that all children and young people have opportunities afforded to them, and that families and communities are able to nurture and support their development.

Patricia O'Sullivan O.A.M.

Founding President and Life Governor

Patricia O'Sullivan"I have seen young children blossom when they are loved and cared for, and when their parents gain confidence in their parenting. I hope that the spread of knowledge about children's needs reaches more households and those who make the decisions about them."

 I have trained, worked and have been influenced all my life by the people at Meerilinga. Firstly with the Kindergarten Association and PreSchool Board. Later with the voluntary organisations and the children that came with their parents to play and work there. In 1989 I was honoured to be elected as President of the newly established Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc. by the members of the preceding Meerilinga Council, since dissolved. I remain as a Board Member of this not-for-profit organisation, which has always had children at its heart.