Bruce Watkins, Chair
“It was an honour and a privilege to accept the late Barry Knowles’ invitation to succeed him as Chairman of the Reflections board. Barry’s energy and inspiration in raising awareness of asbestos related lung disease and his desire to support medical research that would find a cure or treatment for mesothelioma is what drives all of us at Reflections”
Bruce is a strategic business adviser, leadership team facilitator and change management consultant to small and medium sized businesses across Western Australia. Bruce’s skills and experience in organisational development, with a focus on people, systems and leadership have helped over 120 SME businesses during the past 18 years.
He has lectured in Entrepreneurship at Murdoch University to Masters level and has been a senior mentor with Curtin University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship for the past 20 years. His experience as a non-executive advisory board member to numerous clients and various not for profit organisations, combined with his graduate status in the AICD’s Company Directors course, have contributed to Bruce’s skills in the key areas of strategy, organisational development and corporate governance.
In addition to Reflections Through Reality, Bruce is actively involved in other not for profit organisations, including:
- Baptist Churches of Western Australia Inc. (Council Chairman)
- 98.5 Sonshine FM Community radio (Board Member)
- Blue Sky Pilbara Pty Ltd, a Pilbara community development NFP (Board Member)
Jo Morris, Co-founder and MD
“Prior to Dad’s diagnosis, I knew very little about asbestos and had never heard of mesothelioma. Sadly, I believe this is not uncommon and without more community awareness, people will continue to suffer the loss and devastation that my family have experienced firsthand through something that is preventable.”
Co-founder and Director, Joanne (Jo) Morris is the driving force behind Reflections. Jo’s passion for the cause was shared with her father, Barry Knowles, who passed away from mesothelioma in December 2016. Jo is proud to carry on his legacy.
With a background in public relations, sales and marketing, Jo is confident to take on whatever challenge comes her way and to complete it with pride and integrity. Jo’s creativity is demonstrated in her role as Design Consultant in the Perth-based building design company she has operated with her husband since 2003.
“With the late Barry Knowles being a long-standing client and friend of mine, his incredible strength and will to help those around him, even as he struggled with his own health, led to my natural desire to be involved with Reflections. It is a cause with a message that needs to be brought to the forefront of everyone’s mind via ongoing education and awareness.”
Justin provides taxation, accounting and business advice to a diverse client base at Hall Chadwick, with a focus on the engineering, financial and medical sectors. He has extensive experience within the agribusiness sector, particularly in the viticulture sector. He also plays a lead role is within the medical industry providing comprehensive advice to owner/operators.
Justin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and has been providing proactive business service advice for 20 years. Justin is a CA SMSF Specialist and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.
Through Justin’s sport management experience, he lead’s Perth’s suite of services which are designed to assist talented athletes achieve their potential and secure a financial future beyond their sporting life. He has enjoyed significant success in managing and promoting four-time, three weight division boxing world champion, Danny Green.
Justin is an inaugural Board Member of the Jackman Furness Foundation established by Hugh Jackman and Deborah Lee Furness to provide financial security for the WA Academy of Performing Arts. He also sits on the Boards of WA Charity Direct, Danny Green’s Fight Chance and Cowards Punch Foundations as well as the Reflections Through Reality Foundation.
“Asbestos remains ubiquitous in our environment, and we continually need to ensure people are aware of the dangers this poses. From the first time I met Jo (Morris) I have been impressed with the commitment that Reflections, as an organisation, has in raising awareness about asbestos and in supporting research into asbestos-related disease.”
Peter Franklin has a strong interest in, and understanding of, asbestos exposure and asbestos-related disease from both a research and policy point of view. He works in asbestos research at UWA, and asbestos policy at the WA Department of Health.
Peter is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist with a strong research interest in both occupational and non-occupational exposure to asbestos. Other research interests include mining exposures, indoor and outdoor air pollution and children’s environmental health. For the past 10 years he has worked in the Occupational Respiratory Epidemiology (ORE) research group at the School of Population and Global Health, UWA. He also teaches environmental and occupational health within the Masters of Public Health program.
In 2012 Peter took a position as a science and policy officer at the Environmental Health Directorate, WA Department of Health. In this role he has been involved in the review and update of the public health asbestos regulations. He also provides advice to the public and local governments on asbestos-related issues and helps in developing material to improve the public’s awareness of asbestos in the built environment.
“My entire career was about the wellbeing of Western Australian citizens. Joining the board of Reflections continues this passion.”
Retiring in 2019, Lex held various positions within Government including acting CEO of the Pilbara Development Commission, Director General Indigenous Affairs, and Assistant Commissioner Youth Justice Services for the Department of Corrective Services. He was the acting executive director of the WorkSafe Division and acting commissioner of WorkSafe Western Australia for the final seven years of his career.
Lex began his career with the Department for Community Welfare in Moora as a field officer. Two years later, he was appointed Manager of the Kimberley Division being responsible for departmental service delivery. In 1984, Lex transferred to the Goldfields as the supervisor and in 1987 was appointed to the senior executive service of the WA Public Service as the Director North Country based in Port Hedland and responsible for the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. In 1991, Lex transferred to Perth where he held several positions including Director Human Resources, Executive Director South Metropolitan and Executive Director Service Delivery, until leaving the department in 2006.
Born and raised in the Wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin, Lex completed his Leaving Certificate at Merredin Senior High School whilst boarding at St Michaels Hostel, prior to moving to Perth in 1974 to undertake a Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Work) at the WA Institute of Technology, now Curtin University, completing his degree in 1978.
“Having spent my career working in the health and medicine space, I have become quite passionate about giving back some of the value of my experience, especially in the not-for-profit sector, and am delighted to be on Reflections board.”
Cate’s career spans over 30 years where she has gained experience in a variety of roles and sectors, whilst also raising her family.
She worked in clinical research for several years in both hospital and university environments, and ran a private business tutoring mostly Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathophysiology, while starting her family. After moving to Perth and making WA home to raise her four sons, Cate set up a private health clinic which she ran for several years.
Cate has spent the most part of her career working in the not-for-profit sector, as WA State Manager for Prostate Cancer Foundation, and consulting for other charities. This has provided her management experience with charities as well as small business, and board experience in national organisations.
Cate is passionate about building effective relationships, and currently helps organisations in building effective stakeholder relationships, developing workable strategies, and creating valuable opportunities in a variety of environments.
“Barry always found it amusing that I found difficulty in pronouncing ‘mesothelioma’, but I have mastered the pronunciation and am eagerly looking forward to helping raise awareness of asbestos in our community and, thereby, reduce the incidence of this avoidable cancer.”
Graham, who was born in Canada and educated in England, has qualifications in building and quantity surveying. His experience includes major projects in Britain and over 30 years in Australia and has been professionally involved in a range of projects including apartments, schools and colleges, defence facilities as well as involvement in the completion of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Bunbury Cathedral.
Graham has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Perth since 2005 where he has been involved in a number of worthy causes involving vocational and cultural issues, homelessness issues, health and sustainability. Graham is a past president of the Rotary Club of Perth and is a past District Governor of Rotary District 9455 here in WA. It was in his role as President in 2015-16 that Graham first had the privilege to meet Reflections Founder Barry Knowles.
“I have the honour of knowing Jo Morris and her father, (the late) Barry Knowles, and have watched the amazing work they have done in bringing Reflections to where it is today. Having lost my Aunty to mesothelioma, I appreciate the crucial role played by Reflections in raising awareness and providing support.”
Lorelei has over 25 years’ experience in strategic communications, public relations and marketing across a range of industries in Australia and overseas. Her extensive experience includes working in a range of industries across corporate communications, issues and crisis management, brand positioning, digital communications, employee and stakeholder engagement, media engagement, internal communications, change management and strategic planning.
Lorelei currently works for one of Western Australia’s leading communications firms as an Agency Director, working with a wide range of clients. Over the course of her career, Lorelei has worked in aged care, disability services, transport, property development, mining services and mining, education, construction, building, retail and not for profit industries. She has been recognised multiple times with Public Relations Institute of Australia Awards, is on the Board of the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and is a regular guest speaker at universities in Perth, sharing her expertise and passion for the industry with the communicators of the future.