Board of Governors
President: Bruno Camarri AM LLB
“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.
Treasurer: 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.
Vice President: Fiona Lander
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.
Board Member: Dr Helen Grzyb
Director of Helen Grzyb and Associates since 1997, Dr Grzyb is an expert in the field of governance, stakeholder engagement, executive coaching and strategic planning. Boasting a substantial client list including: Department of Finance (WA), Landgate International (WA), Northern Development Taskforce for the Department of Industry and Resources (WA), Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Australia, Federal Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and most recently Clough Projects Ltd, Dr Grzyb’s advice is highly sought after throughout Western Australia.
Prior to starting her own business, Dr Grzyb held numerous senior policy positions in the WA Government.
As well as being Director of her own successful company, Dr Grzyb also works as a cabinet-appointed member of the Western Australian Charitable Collections Advisory Committee.
Aside from these professional positions, Dr Helen Grzyb continues to find time to contribute her expertise in a variety non-governmental organisation (NGO) board member roles. Dating back to 1988, Dr Grzyb has sat on the board of NGOs such as: Rosewood Care Group, Open Gardens Australia, WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rocky Bay Inc., Quadriplegic Centre Inc., Presbyterian Ladies College, and the list goes on.
With a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development, a Master of Commerce and a Doctor of Philosophy to name a few, Dr Grzyb brings an equally impressive list of academic qualifications to her position on the board of Meerilinga.
Through these industry roles and her academic experiences, Dr Grzyb has contributed to broader industry development, advocacy to governments and the development of partnership opportunities, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprises in their key relationships with the corporate sector.