Board Members

boardandrewthompson_w.jpgAndrew Thompson (Chair)
Andrew is the director of Theme Solutions, a Perth-based organisation with business interests including software and website development, music journalism, artist management and events promotion. Andrew is currently Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability.

boardjancooper_w.pngJan Cooper (Vice Chair)
Grew up on a WA farm which nurtured a passion for quality WA produce.
After completing a degree majoring in Anthropology, Jan commenced work with the WA Government in labour relations.  In 2000, after a 20 year career in the public service, she started her own consulting company specialising in labour relations, government relations and services to the not for profit and industry sectors.  Jan is involved in several community organisations and has a strong belief in giving back to society wherever possible.

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A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, I have over 20 years of accounting experience. I have worked in diverse industries across the US, Europe and Australia including manufacturing, financial services, real estate and oil and gas. I am currently working as an accountant for the Perron Group in East Perth where I have been for the last 3 years.  I have a strong social conscience and I believe in helping those in society that have not had the same opportunities that I have had.

boarddavidgilmour_w.pngDavid Gilmour (Culinary Director)
Had a passion after making a chocolate cake when I was 14 (make a cake, lick the spoon and have the first slice, that’s the life for me).
Attended high school home economics class then went on to 2 years in catering and hotel management at Fremantle TAFE.
Then 3-year apprenticeship, starting at Royal Perth Hospital in the mid 70’s, finishing of at Ruby’s Transit Inn Perth. Thought I would get some ideas in remote cooking and save money to travel the world. Work Koolan Island for 3 months, then brought a ticket around the world. Spent 2 years travelling the world, working in New Zealand, USA, UK, Germany, Brussels and Greece. Came back to Perth not sure of what to do.
Finally got back into food, after 6 months off. Ran Mulberry Farm Function centre. Worked the restaurant scene in Fremantle and Perth and the hills of Perth. Worked casually for Mustard catering for 6 years, doing events such as Leeuwin Estate corporate dinner, World Yacht race, Rally Australia, as well as the big business people in Perth’s private parties.
Worked as casual and relief chef at Government House for 6 years, cooking for the Governor, overseas royalty and dignitaries, including the Queen and Prince Charles on two occasions.

boardmartineade_w.jpgMartin Eade
Freelance writer & photographer. Company secretary. Social media.
Martin started his 22-year IT career in software development before progressing to operations management. He spent ten years in an ASX-listed mining and IT company serving as Chief Technical Officer, Executive Director and Company Secretary. In 2016 he changed careers to become a freelance journalist and photographer, focusing on food and travel. He is a regular contributor to Broadsheet and provides content for organisations such as City of Perth.

boardnataliemiller_w.jpgNatalie Miller – Bella Events
Freelanced through her ABN with renowned chefs and Perth hospitality heavy weights Peter Manifis, Don Hancey, Vince Gareffa and Sophie Budd across a range of events including the Signature Dish Competition, Gourmet Escape, backstage catering to the Adele concert, The Fremantle Seafood Festival, Nannup Garden Festival, along with cooking classes and bespoke weddings.
In her spare time Nat helped to set up a not for profit and run a soup / training kitchen at 100 Hampton Rd Fremantle and is a regular volunteer for the Perth Homeless Support Group.
Natalie has set up her own events company Bella Events with a focus on the Bespoke, Experiential, Limited, Local and Artisan. Her first ticketed event in Perth; Tales of the Artisans, a lunch to remember sold out and received stellar reviews.
Currently Natalie writes the produce notes for Black Pig Deli’s Cheese and Charcuterie Club and is writing a feasibility report for artisan cheese producers Halls Family Dairy.

boardmarcellecoakley_w.jpgMarcelle Coakley
Come from Mullewa, farmers daughter.
Loved growing up with fresh produce my mum would turn into delicious food we would share around a big loud table every night.
Moved into hospitality after school doing commercial cookery at Carine TAFE then a couple of restaurants later I headed off to the Pilbara for eleven years. Helped grow a community and school garden and was awarded Pride of Australia medal for community spirit.
Headed back to Perth and spent 7 years coordinating the WA, Qld, NT SAKGF program and Indigenous projects travelling all over Australia.
Now consulting and delivering kitchen garden workshops with community empowerment at the heart of it for Maryn Dadja. I’m loving every minute of it all!

boardmurrayriley_w.pngMurray Riley
Coordinator – Indigenous Programme
My name is Murray Riley and I am a Noongar man from Wadjuk Country – I am currently working for Crown Perth as a Coordinator – Indigenous Programs, within my role at Crown I assist Indigenous candidates find suitable and stable jobs within Crown, I have also  held various position across Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth over the last five years. I am also an active board member for Victoria Park Primary School.

boardwendytriplett_w.jpgWendy Triplett
Wendy has 15 years experience as a trainer, including teaching roles in regional, WA and the United Kingdom as well as lecturing at South Regional TAFE Katanning. Wendy is passionate about local and regional foods and producers.

boardcatherinemacdougall_w.jpgCatherine MacDougall (Co-founder)
Chef, Educator, trainer and passionate global citizen. My journey was influenced by my parents who lived in remote areas of the world. Their love of culture and people and the unique are things that influence me today.

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Originally worked for about 10 years as a geologist within both the minerals and petroleum sectors before moving into sales and marketing in the consulting of the world oil and gas industry.
Sales and marketing covered Europe, UK and the ME whilst based at Henley on Thames, UK. A change of direction for the company saw a re-location back to Perth in 2001 with a focus on the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and taking on more Business development and Project Development roles but continuing to maintain interests in sales and marketing. Currently working in various roles in sales and marketing in a variety of industries following the recent downturn in the petroleum industry.