David Timmel was appointed as Board Chair of Forrest Personnel in March 2022. David is a senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services, Agribusiness, Recruitment and Property Management sectors. David is highly experienced in successfully running multi – site operating business for ASX and unlisted public companies throughout Australia. This experience has been gained whilst working at BankWest, Landmark, SKILLED Group Ltd and the first CEO of the privatized Perth Markets Limited. David is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University and holds post and undergraduate degrees from Curtin University.
David Timmel - Chair
Karl Depiazzi - Director
Karl Depiazzi was appointed to the Board of Forrest Personnel in January 2016. Karl holds a double major in accounting and public practice from Edith Cowan University Western Australia and is a Certified Practising Accountant in Australia. Karl has more than 17 years of executive management experience, both in not-for-profit and large corporate environments. He is an experienced company director and consultant to a range of businesses within the oil and gas, technology, resources, infrastructural and engineering industries, using his extensive experience in finance, risk, human resources and strategic analysis. He has deep business, finance, risk and governance experience gained in Australia and overseas, working with top tier service and industrial clients.
Gae Synnott - Director
Dr Gae Synnott joined the Board of Forrest Personnel in March 2021. Gae’s background is in the social sciences and she has more than 30 years of consulting experience in strategy and communications, plus experience in corporate, government and academic roles. Gae holds a Communications degree, an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a PhD in Psychology exploring issues of culture, values and identity. She is a Graduate from the AICD Company Directors Course and is on the Board of Busselton Water, and Starick Services, a NFP organisation in the family and domestic violence sector.
Ben Aldridge - Director
Ben first rolled through the doors of Forrest Personnel in 2011 as a DES participant and was employed by them shortly after. After working in a variety of roles Ben struck out on his own in 2017 and now returns as a Board member, joining in November 2021. Ben has a background in systemic advocacy, innovation and building cultures of resilient leaders, using his lived experience of disability and military experience as change-making tools. Holding qualifications in employment services and work health and safety, Ben is a graduate of Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership Program and named one of Western Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders under the age of 40 in the 2020 Business News 40under40 Awards.
Karen Bradley - Director
Karen Bradley joined the Board of Forrest Personnel in November 2021. Karen is a health care executive with extensive experience in the not for profit and government health sectors and skills in clinical and corporate governance, health policy, strategy and planning, workforce and leadership development. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), a Masters Degree in Leadership (Social Justice) and was awarded a Doctorate in Nursing (Hon) from Edith Cowan University. Karen is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Rural Health West, a Fellow and Vice President (WA Branch) of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Bradley Brown - Director
Bradley Brown joined the Board of Forrest Personnel in November 2021. With a background in economics and social policy, Bradley has held executive leadership positions across the logistics, mining, regional and international development, and infrastructure sectors. With more than 20 years’ experience in business development, project delivery, commercial performance, corporate governance and strategic advisory, Bradley brings a proven track record in public and private expertise both domestically and internationally. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Noongar Boodja Trust and the South Metro Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee. He has a passion for transparent governance, economic empowerment, and self-determination for all people.