Inner Circle Sages

Michael A Chaney, AO

Michael Chaney graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business
Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

After obtaining his Science degree, Mr Chaney worked for eight years as a
petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005.

Mr Chaney is Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited. He is also Chairman of the
National School Resourcing Board, a director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a Governor of the Forrest Foundation. Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to business and the community.

Professor Peter Klinken

Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).

Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians.

Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Christina Matthews

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer. She is the only woman in Australia to hold the position of CEO of a cricket association and is a well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community. She has proven herself to be an effective and courageous leader since taking on the role of CEO at the WACA in 2012 and has redefined the way the WACA approaches its business.

Christina brings with her 35 years’ experience in various management, coaching and development roles within sporting organisations, including cricket, hockey and Australian rules football.  A significant contributor to the development of cricket, she has spent many years supporting community cricket associations and sits on a number of boards and committees.

Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of GHD, a global professional services organisation comprising more than 10,000 people across 200 offices around the world. GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global market sectors of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

With a strong operational background as a professional engineer and business leader, Ashley has a passion for shaping strategy and a deep understanding on the importance of adapting to change. Over his career, he has held many executive roles globally including within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ashley applies a ‘constantly curious’ approach to his ongoing learning, as his many qualifications across global universities can attest; a Masters Engineering (Tech) Roads and Transportation, Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and a range of leadership courses which includes London Business School, Melbourne Business School and Harvard Business School.

Ashley was the founding member of the ROADS Foundation, a not for profit organisation tasked with building capacity in the road construction and maintenance industry through the development of underprivileged youth in regional Western Australia.

Ashley is married with two sons and is an avid kitesurfing and snowboarding enthusiast.