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The BOARD

Chair

Sherry Duhe

Appointed on a non-voting basis April 2019

Elected August 2019

Appointed as Chair August 2019

Expertise: Financial Management, Strategy, Capital Allocation, Complex Commercial Negotiations, Energy, Executive Leadership and Governance

Sherry joined Woodside in December 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer following previous finance and senior roles with ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, JM Huber and most recently with Royal Dutch Shell, where she was Vice President Finance Unconventionals.

Woodside accountabilities include the Finance, Commercial, Business Development and Growth, Contracting and Procurement, Investor Relations and Strategy, Planning and Analysis functions.

From Louisiana in the United States, she grew up and attended Louisiana State University majoring in Accounting and Internal Audit. Following graduation, Sherry commenced her career with ExxonMobil, where she worked for six years. Following this, she then completed an International MBA program at the University of South Carolina and in Paris, France, where she also interned with Citibank. Upon completion of her MBA program, Sherry held senior positions at Duke Energy and J.M. Huber Corporation.

In 2004, Sherry joined Royal Dutch Shell and undertook a range of roles globally, including Plant Finance Manager for the Convent Motiva Refinery (US), Global Finance Manager of Lubricants Baseoils and Waxes (UK), Strategy, Planning and Business Finance Manager (Qatar), Group Senior Strategy and Competitive Intelligence Advisor (Netherlands), and most recently Vice President Finance Unconventionals (US).

Sherry also sits on the WA State Advisory Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and other various professional leadership organisations.

Deputy Chair

Ingrid Puzey

Appointed February 2018

Elected: April 2018

Expertise: Philanthropy, Fundraising, Strategy & Governance

Elected as Deputy Chair May 2021

Ingrid is a Non-Executive Director with 25 years’ experience in philanthropy, fundraising, and strategy. She is the Deputy Chair of West Australian Ballet. She is a Director of The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Chairs the Fundraising and Development Committee , Sheila Foundation Inc., and is Chair of both the UWA Centenary Trust for Women and Equus Bonding Inc.

Ingrid is an Ambassador and Mentor for Kilfinan Australia, having worked to develop the WA growth strategy, actively assisting many Not for Profit organisations. She worked at Deutsche Bank in Sydney before returning to Perth to join her family’s small to medium enterprise in the surgical and medical industry where she worked for 15 years, the last six as Managing Director.

In 2019 and 2018 she was a judge in both the Western Region and National EY Entrepreneur of the Year Australia awards. In 2017 she was awarded Citizen of the Year in her local community.

Board Director

Margit Mansfield

Appointed August 2015

Expertise: Psychology, Organisational Design, Human Resources & Project Management

Margit is a registered psychologist with extensive experience working in Africa, Britain and Australia in oil and gas, energy, mining, engineering, freight, fishing, and financial services. Her strengths are organisational design, change management and culture transformation, but she also has a wealth of experience in human resources, project management, employee engagement, talent development and executive coaching. She also has a keen interest in neuroleadership and utilises neuroscience techniques extensively in her work.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from University of Cape Town, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) Psychology from University of Cape Town, and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Industrial Psychology from University of South Africa. Margit’s inherited her love of dance from her grandmother, who was also her first ballet teacher. While she no longer does ballet, she continues to participate in many other forms of dance.

Board Director

Amy Nielson

Appointed: March 2018

Elected: April 2018

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Management and Governance, Dance

Amy is an engineering and management professional with more than 15 years professional experience in the Oil and Gas industry. Amy has experience in asset management, business planning, strategy leadership, and risk, compliance and assurance.

Her qualifications include an MBA with Distinction from Curtin University in WA, as well as Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from University of WA. Amy is a graduate of the AICD.

She is also a Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing ballet teacher with extensive performance experience. Amy is a keen supporter of West Australian Ballet through private giving as a member of our Endowment and Campione programs.

Board Director

John Palermo

Appointed December 2020

Elected: May 2021

Expertise: Philanthropy, Finance, Strategy & Governance.

John has over 20 years’ experience in public practice, with expertise in corporate transaction execution, strategic business management and business structuring.

John is Chair of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a non-executive Director of Alterra Ltd, Director of Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research

Foundation, Council Member of Wesley College and Honorary Consul of Uruguay in WA. John is also Chair of the West Australian Ballet
Investment Committee.

Board Director

Megan Wood-Hill

Appointed February 2021

Elected: December 2021

Expertise: Market Research, Branding, Strategy, Audience Development, Grassroots Ballet Education and Pathways, Regional Performing Arts Context

Megan is the first regional based West Australian Ballet Board Member and is extremely excited by this prospect.

Megan has 15 years market research experience and is a specialist in Qualitative Research. When based in Melbourne, Megan was an Executive Member of the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations and a Senior Research Consultant, Client Managing several ASX listed companies while with Sweeney Research, now EY Sweeney. Motivated by a focus on her young family and career opportunities for her husband, Megan returned to her hometown, Karratha, WA, in 2008.

At this point, she had to reinvent herself, resulting in an eclectic collection of experiences. Dancing since the age of three, and passionate about ballet, she completed her Certificate in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and established a ballet school, Ovation Performance Company in 2010 until 2016, with former students accepted into fulltime programs at John Curtin, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, The Australian Ballet School and the pre-professional program at the Victorian State Ballet. These experiences provide Megan with insights into the challenges of educational pathways for regionally based, career minded ballet students, and the importance of West Australian Ballet’s presence in regional areas.

Megan has also had heavy involvement in community dance programs, and was the 2014 recipient of the Ausdance WA West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance for the WA Future Landings community dance project, produced for the Red Earth Arts Festival in 2013, Men of the Red Earth. She was also a panel presenter at the Regional Arts Australia Summit: Arts and Edges held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 2014.

Alongside managing a small trade business with her husband, consulting to organisations such as Woodside and the City of Karratha, Megan continues to be commissioned for various Performing Arts Projects. Megan has worked with Performing Lines Australia, Barking Gecko, Ausdance, and the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

Megan is currently an elected member of the Arts Development and Events Advisory Group for the City of Karratha.

Board Member

Basil Mistilis

Appointed: August 2021

Elected: Elected May 2022

Expertise: Finance and Governance

Basil is a partner with EY, an international professional services firm. He has 30 years professional experience advising corporate clients in relation to taxation matters, corporate transactions and compliance. Basil has experience in budgeting and planning, executive leadership and government policy consultation.

Basil holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Board Director

Carl Black

Appointed: May 2021

Elected: To be elected May 2022

Expertise: Legal, Strategy, Finance

Carl is a lawyer who advises public and private sector clients on complex transactions across the real estate, finance, liquor and hospitality industries.

He has extensive experience advising on the different stages of a project life cycle, from the establishment of the development entity and preparation of terms sheets, achieving required pre-commitments, project financing and building arrangements, land acquisition, development management agreements, asset management and marketing agreements, plus the preparation and negotiation of pro forma and customised lease and sales agreements.

Carl manages portfolios for large property developers and asset owners. This includes providing strategic advice as well as transactional support and day to day operational assistance.

Carl has extensive experience in liquor licensing and hospitality lead mixed use projects. He leads his firm’s hotels practice nationally.