The Initiative Board is made up of representatives from the State Government, Minderoo Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute, with two independent co-chairs. Below is more information about the members.

Dr Sue Gordon, Co-Chairperson

Dr Sue Gordon is a board member of The Graham Polly Farmer Foundation and served as its President from 2016 to 2018.

Sue has achieved many 'firsts' during her career: first Aboriginal person to head a government department in Western Australia as Commissioner for Aboriginal Planning; first Aboriginal magistrate in WA; and first full-time children's court magistrate (from 1988 to 2008). Sue was also Chairperson of the ‘Gordon Inquiry’ (2002); Chairperson of the ‘Northern Territory Emergency Response’ (2007-2008), and one of five commissioners appointed to the first board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).

Ms Sue Ash AO, Co-Chairperson

Sue Ash brings her significant experience as a Director, Senior Public Servant and Chief Executive Officer of community and human service organisations to the EYI Board. Sue joined the Board of Baptistcare in November 2017 after retiring in July 2017 from her role as Chief Executive of UnitingCare West.

Sue has worked in NSW, ACT and most parts of Western Australia and has strong connections with local, national and international networks. Sue’s work has been with a range of family and children’s organisations as well as indigenous and multi-cultural communities.

Sue was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for services to community and public policy in June 2014.

Mr Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has spent his career working with children and young people in the education sector across Western Australia and Tasmania in teaching, administration and executive roles. A commitment to improving the wellbeing of children and young people is a hallmark of his career.

Colin was appointed Commissioner in November 2015 and has a statutory responsibility to monitor, protect and advocate for the wellbeing of the more than 585,000 children and young people under the age of 18 in Western Australia.

Ms Nicola Forrest, Chief Executive Officer, Minderoo Foundation

Nicola is the Chief Executive Officer of Minderoo Foundation and Minderoo Group. She is Chief Convenor of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, a member of the Telethon Kids Institute CoLab Advisory Council, Valuing Children Initiative Advisory Board, and Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation. 

Nicola was this year appointed Chair of the Black Swan State Theatre Company and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.  She is Patron of the Kimberley Foundation Australia and Impact100 WA and is a Life Governor of Sculpture by the Sea.

Ms Tonya McCusker AM, Alternate Director, Minderoo Foundation

Tonya is the Administrator and a Director of the McCusker Charitable Foundation, working closely with charities, universities and research institutions across Australia.
After an early career dancing in Monte Carlo and then with the Australian Ballet Company, Tonya completed a Law Degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Management and fundraising qualifications. She worked in Hong Kong for five years and then with the Leeuwin Youth Development Sailing Ship and Chamber of Commerce.

Tonya is a Trustee for Telethon, an Ambassador for Children through the Office for Children and Young People, co-founder of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and is passionate about medical research.

Mr Jeff Moffet, Chief Executive Officer, WA Country Health Services

Jeff Moffet is the Chief Executive of the WA Country Health Service and has worked in rural and remote healthcare management over many years. He leads the largest country health service in Australia, delivering hospital and community health services to more than half a million people in over 200 sites, including hospitals, health centres, nursing posts and remote clinics.

Prior to joining WACHS, Jeff was the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Health, providing leadership across the NT Health system and with national policy development through his membership of a range of key national bodies.

Mr Grahame Searle, Director General, Department of Communities

Grahame Searle is the Director General of the Department of Communities, which was formed by the amalgamation of the Department of Child Protection and Family Services, Housing Authority, Disability Services Commission, the Communities component of the Department of Local Government and Communities, Regional Services Reform Unit, and part of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Grahame holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University. He is a national fellow and former State President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a fellow of the Spatial Sciences Institute, and a board member of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Emeritus Professor Bill Louden

Bill Louden is chair of CoLab, a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation focused on improving the development and learning of young children. He is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education. His research interests have included literacy, numeracy and science education, professional standards and initial teacher education.

Bill was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education.