Stuart Hicks

Mindful Margaret River

Stuart has variously served as:

  • Chairman & CEO of Transperth
  • Executive Director of Marine & Harbours
  • Chairman, State Shipping Commission
  • Director General of Transport, WA
  • Chairman, East Perth Redevelopment Authority
  • Chairman, South West Development Commission
  • Deputy Chair, WA Regional Development Council
  • And as a Western Australian Planning Commissioner

He has also served for many years as Chairman of the Australian National Transport Commission and is an Executive Board member of Nature Conservation Margaret River Region. He has advised on policy and management matters to a wide range of organisations and individuals, including WA Police, Aboriginal groups, ALCOA, Rio Tinto, Department of Fisheries, Kings Park, Department of Housing & Works, and the WA Premier.

He is former Chair of Swan Cottage Homes and National President of Children’s International Summer Villages. In 2006, Stuart was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to industry, government and the community. Stuart and his wife live in Margaret River. They have three adult sons.

Miriam Avery

BOARD MEMBER Mindful Margaret River

She has seen, firsthand, the struggles that farming families deal with and the difficulty in receiving mental health assistance.

Miriam is a businesswoman, a mother and co-founder of the program “Open the Gate” – specifically created to educate and raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention in Scott River, Augusta, Karridale and Nannup and how these communities can get assistance and where.

“I am extremely passionate about my community and its welfare and am willing to do whatever it takes to improve mental health services cohesion in this beautiful corner of the world.”

Di Ritson

CEO, Lishman Health Foundation

With a health science, medical education and senior management background, Dianne Ritson has held leadership roles in health and disability across government and not-for-profit sectors in Western Australia and Victoria. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, she has held academic roles in allied health at Curtin University and at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame.

She formulated the strategy to lead the initial implementation of legislated Disability Access and Inclusion Plans across State and Local Government in Western Australia; and facilitated the supporting community awareness media campaign. She represented the State Government Disability sector on a strategy committee at the Department of Premier and Cabinet to develop a unified approach to the procurement of disability, health and community services.

As a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, she recognizes the principles of sound corporate governance and brings her clinical management background to guiding clinical governance, clinical risk and optimising safe clinical practice.

Having grown up in a rural area, she has recently moved to the South West and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Lishman Health Foundation. She is keenly interested in the significance of health research that is translatable to the health and well-being of regional communities and seeks to improve health outcomes for regional communities.

Martin Ringer

board member

Bio coming soon…

Dr Mike Wood


Bio coming soon…

Brian Middleton


Bio coming soon…


The board work with representatives from:

Shire of Augusta Margaret River

Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS)

Western Australia Primary Heath Alliance (WAPHA)

Mental Health Commission

Western Australia Police

Margaret River Senior High School

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