Meet Our Board
The Board of PlusLife is a strong advocate of best practice in corporate governance.
BART BOELEN J.P. | Chairman
Bart is a project Director at Turner & Townsend and Project Leader for Chevron Australia on the “Perth HQ Project”, a new Premium Grade 54,000m2 Building on Elizabeth Quay. A Certified Practising Portfolio Executive, Bart also holds a postgraduate qualification in Strategic Procurement, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and is a Justice of The Peace. Bart has extensive experience on significant projects from the Perth Convention Centre (2003) to Elizabeth Quay (2019), including most of the biggest public buildings and redevelopment projects built in the Perth metropolitan area. Bart has also worked in senior executive roles in the private sector as State Manager for Coffey Projects and as Chief Operating Officer of MacroPlan Australia. Bart was previously Deputy Chairman of Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of the Geraldton Port Authority, Food Rescue, Chairman of Viatorés cum Christo; and a member of the Shark Bay World Heritage Community Consultative Committee.
MATTHEW FELTON | Deputy Chair
Matthew is a General Management Professional and Para Athlete. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Property, from Curtin University, before going on to graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2020. Matthew worked as a Commercial Analyst before moving into General Management in the building and construction sector. His role includes securing key client relationships, setting strategic direction, communicating clear vision, and leadership. Matthew is an accomplished Para Marathon Athlete, having represented Australia in world championship and world cup events. His passion for inclusion has seen Matthew hold committee chair roles within sport and driving engagement within para sport, through coaching and program development. Matthew was awarded a 40 under 40 Award in 2018. Having acted as an ambassador for Pluslife for over three years, Matthew brings a unique business acumen and forward-thinking attitude to the board. He believes in enriching the lives of those living in pain or with a disability and sees Pluslife as an integral part of delivering this to the wider community.
PROFESSOR RICHARD CAREY SMITH | Medical Director
Richard is a specialist adult and paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon with specific expertise in orthopaedic oncology (primary and secondary bone and soft tissue tumours), hip and knee surgery (hip and knee primary and complex revision surgery) and osseointegration surgery. Richard is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon with several peer reviewed publications covering a broad range of orthopaedics and science, he continues to present at national and international meetings and is active both in private practice and in the University Teaching Hospitals. Richard undertook training in Vancouver Canada in the highly competitive University of British Columbia Arthroplasty Fellowship. He was awarded an AO Fellowship in Trauma at the Rocky Mountain Trauma Centre in Denver Colorado during this time. Richard also completed a Sports Knee Surgery Fellowship with Mr Tim Spalding at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwick UK. Richard undertook Subspecialty training in complex limb reconstruction and Orthopaedic Oncology in Perth with Professor David Wood in 2006. Richard returned to Perth in 2008 and assumed the role of Medical Director of PlusLife in 2012. Richard is an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons Orthopaedic trainees, is heavily involved in many Orthopaedic and Sarcoma boards and is Orthopaedic Chair for the Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA).
KHIM NG | Treasurer
As a respected financial professional, Khim has a wealth of experience working with a range of organisations including not-for-profits over the past 20 years. Currently the Business Services Director at Osborne Park-based Armada Accountants and Advisors, Khim has a strong financial skillset and experience in accounting, taxation and business consulting services, as well as strong analytical skills and keen attention to detail. Her passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals and ensure they are prepared for their future financial needs to is closely aligned with her desire to work closely with not-for-profits, including her service to the PlusLife Board. “I believe in giving back to the community,” Khim said. “It is particularly rewarding to learn when patients have a new lease of life following the successful transplants and medical treatments. This inspired me to make an active contribution to organisations such as PlusLife. “I look forward to working closely with the PlusLife Board to ensure that PlusLife has the resources to continue its charitable purpose.”
Our Board Directors
Andrew is an academic oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Professor and Head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Western Australia and CEO of the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia. He is currently in private practice in maxillofacial surgery, consults and advises the Commonwealth Government and is a medico-legal expert in his field. He initially graduated from the University of Sheffield and undertook surgical training in the United Kingdom, migrating to Australia about 30 years ago to pursue his academic career by completing a research degree and expand his interests in the management of mouth cancer, facial trauma and surgical education. He is the author and co-author of over thirty-five, published, peer reviewed, scientific research articles. Andrew has an ethos that embraces educational support for developing countries and has been involved, not just in the delivery of pro bono surgical services to the Priest’s Hospital in Bangkok, The Kingdom of Thailand and to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, the Fiji Islands, but also in the setting up of training programmes in both of these countries. Andrew undertook a leadership program organised by Leadership Victoria, specifically geared to organisational leadership within not-for-profit organisations, external to his academic and practice career and he has completed AICD training modules. He chairs the PlusLife Research and Development Committee and is actively engaged in developing the PlusLife foundation. He brings an expertise in medical research, change management and corporate affairs to the Board.
Andrea is an Account Director at Western Australia’s lead communications business, The Brand Agency. She has worked at the agency since graduating with recognition of academic excellence from a Bachelor of Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations. With this role comes extensive experience working to deliver business solutions from brand strategy through to creative planning, campaign execution and corporate communications. This experience spans Government, Education, Mining, and FMCG industries. In addition to The Brand Agency and her PlusLife Board role, Andrea champions for other causes of passion. She holds a role on the WPP AUNZ Inclusion & Diversity Collective, and is a Committee Member for the Oasis Ball, raising money for the Salvation Army.
Eng Seong (James) has a proven reputation in building and directing successful teams that manage global brands in a wide range of international markets. He also has an impressive track record for integrity and professional governance across a 40-year career. James began his international career in 1993 with Shell in Cambodia, where he led his business team to market leadership in all product sectors. In China, he led Costa Coffee (CEO Asia Pacific, 2004), and NBA (MD, 2008) to market and brand leadership. James started his own investment firm, Anson Partners, in China in 2010, focusing on logistics and distribution warehouse properties, car parking assets, and mixed-use properties. Since then, he has structured a series of investment deals in China with international PE firms cumulatively valued at over 1.5 billion USD. He returned with his family to Australia in 2018, naturally pivoting to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) challenges. In 2020, James started ESG formal studies (UWA, AICD) and focused his pro bono work in green energy and health.
A Certified Public Accountant, Denny has held several senior finance positions in the United Kingdom and Australia over the past 20 years, improving the financial reporting and profitability of a range of organisations. Mr Moeun is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Pacific Hotels Group, which owns and manages a portfolio of hotels across Australia. He brings a wealth of knowledge of financial management and cost structure reviews during difficult times, such as COVID to ensure financial sustainability. Mr Moeun holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Portland, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is passionate about helping those in need. He acknowledges that stable financial health means continued sustainability to achieve charitable goals. “I wanted to join a charity to help people and Pluslife enhances human lives through their amazing work with bone and tissue donation,” Mr Moeun said. “I like the fact this is an Australian charity that takes into consideration of the donors not just a commercial machine of selling bone for profit.”
Born and bred in Western Australia, Dr Eva Denholm is a trained general surgeon and has worked predominantly in medial administration roles during her career. Currently the Medical Co-Director of the Surgical Division at the Royal Perth and Bentley Hospital Group, her previous positions have included as Medical Co-Director of Osborne Park Hospital, Director of Clinical Services at Fremantle Hospital and Director of Medical Services at St John of God Subiaco. Married with two children and two adult stepchildren, Eva is a strong supporter of organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life of patients. Her association with the PlusLife Board is a natural extension of this interest. “I am keen to contribute to a not-for-profit organisation sourcing and preparing Australian donated bone and tissue as allografts to facilitate surgical procedures,” Dr Denholm said. “I feel that my surgical background and experience in medical leadership and hospital management will enable me to make a valuable contribution to Pluslife.” She has completed an MBA and the Australian Companies Director Course.
As a qualified lawyer and skilled human resources and employee relations professional, Karen offers a strategic approach to the delivery of practical human resources solutions; as well as risk and governance issues. Currently the Head of Human Resources at Sandfire Resources, Karen has also held roles with South32, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Seven West Media. Karen has a proven track record as an experienced and influential leader who can successfully lead geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams. Her skills extend to stakeholder engagement and relationship management, with senior management, legal advisors and regulatory agencies; collaborations across multi-disciplinary teams and the delivery of training and legal advocacy.
Dr Janet Preuss is an experienced scientist, entrepreneur and director. She has a biomedical background, with a PhD in Pharmacology, business qualifications obtained through an MBA (Advanced), as well as holding a CPA qualification. Janet has over 20 years’ experience in the commercialisation of new therapeutic products including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, IVDs, biologics, software applications, OTCs and complementary products. She has extensive experience in establishing and managing quality management systems and in writing regulatory submissions, grant applications, clinical trial documentation, business plans and other documentation for companies. She has successfully taken a number of products through Australian, US, European, Canadian and New Zealand regulatory approval processes. As an entrepreneur, Janet has founded two companies of her own that provide services to the biotechnology industry, namely consultancy services to assist companies in the commercialisation of their products (QRC Solutions), and the provision of recruitment services (Biotech Recruitment Consultants), and is currently working on a number of website-based businesses relevant to the broader biotechnology industry. In addition to her consulting and management roles, Janet is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has significant governance, risk and global strategy expertise gained through a number of Board roles.