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CAN is governed by a Board of Directors who are leaders in their industries and have diverse academic, social and career backgrounds and experiences.

Our Directors are responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of CAN and are charged with policy development, compliance and overall accountability. Board members are elected following nomination and the board is comprised of a maximum of 12 individuals.

Adam Marr deputy chair

Adam Marr


Qualifications: Master of Science (Sustainability), Bachelor of Business, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (In progress), Diploma of Project Management, Social Return on Investment Accreditation (In progress), Project Management Professional, Prince 2 Practitioner

Adam Marr has been involved in the full spectrum of strategic delivery services for over 20 years. Most recently, Adam established and heads up the Sustainability and Project advisory services of management consultancy StepBeyond. Adam’s expertise is in working with leaders and their teams to develop, road test and deliver the 3-5 year strategic plan in the context of a significantly broader 15-30+ year outlook.

Adam’s corporate, not-for-profit and public service understanding and experience includes: futures thinking and strategic planning, materiality analysis and stakeholder engagement, social impact analysis, enterprise wide sustainability assessment and integration frameworks, business improvement, facilitation, benchmarking and reporting, business case development, and portfolio management and delivery.

Adam has a firm vision of the future where our lifestyles and livelihoods result in vibrant, diverse, creative, equitable and resilient communities. He is extremely passionate about creating a shared future we can all be proud of – one project at a time.

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Gloria Zhang director

Gloria Zhang

Board Secretary

Qualifications: Dip FP, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration (Curtin)

Gloria is the Managing Director of Intlang Consulting Group. In the past 20 years she has acted as an international business advisor on cross-cultural communication and marketing services. Gloria is the elected Council Member of the Western Australian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Hon. Secretary of WACPPRC and Vice President of Western Australian Oriental Art and Culture Association. Gloria’s interests are travel, history, art, philosophy and humanitarian and environmental protection.

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Scott Bywaters Treasurer

Scott Bywaters


Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, CPA MBA

Scott is a Certified Practising Accountant and an experienced strategy and operations consultant. He held senior finance and accounting roles with organisations including Woodside Energy and BHP Billiton before establishing himself as an independent management consultant in mid-2011.  Scott has undertaken an extensive range of projects in the resources, education and not-for-profit sectors, primarily on the spectrum of integrated performance management.

Scott has previously served on the boards of the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance WA) and in addition to being a director of CAN, currently serves on the Mount Hawthorn Primary Schools Board and as Treasurer of Sensorium Theatre Inc.  Scott regularly provides pro bono support to small organisations and mentors postgraduate students and social entrepreneurs.

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Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson

Sally is a director, writer, dramaturg, producer & consultant working in the performing arts in Australia.  As the Artistic Director of Steamworks Arts (since 2001) she has created over 20 new works for contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry & circus. A past board member of the Australia Council Theatre Board 2001-5 & Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and is a member of the Helpmann Awards Theatre panel since 2011. She is a past Director of Playworks & Stages WA & was a core artist with Performing Lines WA 2008-16. In 2016 she launched new circus theatre company MAXIMA: Circus beyond Limits.

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Roslyn Elmes

Board Member

Qualifications: RN, BSc Nursing, MBA, GAID

Ros is currently the Executive Director, Public Health and Ambulatory Care, North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) WA Health.

Ros has a clinical background in Emergency Nursing and has been involved with the WA Nurses and Midwives Board as part of Professional Standards and was Chair of the Impairment Review Committee. When able the committee facilitated nurses and midwifes back into the workforce after recovering from impairment.

Ros is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently undertaking the Leadership WA program.. Priority areas are governance, leadership and strategy development and ensuring equity and access to services. She is passionate about making a difference and living her values.


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Rebecca Ball

Board Member

Qualifications: Master of Business (Victoria University), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(Political Science)(UWA), MAICD

Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), Government of Western Australia. For over 15 years she has undertaken senior advisory and management roles in government in international trade and community engagement in a wide range of cross-cultural settings which has included appointments in Indonesia, India and Vietnam. Leading and managing teams often in complex environments and operating across both commercial and social services sectors, she has specific portfolio experience in a range of industries including education, agribusiness, creative industries, professional services, ICT and tourism.

Rebecca strives to strengthen and leverage networks to realise greater potential from the breadth and depth of cultural and linguistic diversity in Western Australia and works to optimise both social and commercial outcomes through developing strategies that take a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach.

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