Our team

Peter BellPatron

Peter Bell

Peter’s connection to Fremantle extends over two decades of a distinguished football career with both the South Fremantle Football Club and Fremantle Dockers. Peter’s playing honors include All Australian selection, Club Champion awards and a Premiership medal (with North Melbourne Kangaroos).

Peter was captain of the Fremantle Dockers for five seasons. Along with this leading role in the local community Peter served as president of the AFL Players Association and was instrumental in negotiating progressive social outcomes for past, current and future AFL players.

Peter is proud to continue his active role in the Fremantle community.



Sue Stepatschuk – Acting Executive Officer


Sue joined the foundation in late 2019 and brings with her substantial knowledge and experience in the area of social impact and the not-for-profit sector.  Having completed post graduate studies in Social Impact at UWA, along with more than 10 years working for NFP’s in the areas of arts, mental health and tourism.   This is combined with strong business skills having completed a Bachelor of Business degree.

Sue has a passion for Western Australia where her inspiration to help build stronger communities was born from her experience growing up in the remote southeast town of Esperance, as part of a large farming family who were very active in serving and bettering the local community.

Contact Sue

Part-time (0.6) Monday to Wednesday

0418 943 472


Brooke Aslett – Grants and Administration Officer


Brooke started with the Fremantle Foundation in January 2018. She has a background as a PA working in a wide variety of industries.

Brooke works part-time school hours, and can often be found grabbing a coffee around Freo, or taking their dog Lucy to the beach.

Contact Brooke

Part-time (0.8) Monday – Friday



Dylan Smith – Philanthropic Adviser


Dylan Smith founded the Fremantle Foundation in 2010 with the help of a high profile local steering committee and a Founding Donation from former Fremantle Dockers Captain Peter Bell.

As the Executive Officer of the foundation from 2010 – 2020 Dylan has been instrumental in attracting major donors to establish Named Funds and raising the profile of the Fremantle Foundation and giving in Fremantle, Perth and WA.

At a national level Dylan is a Director of Australia Community Philanthropy, an industry body that represents a network of 35+ community foundations across the country. And at an international level Dylan is working to set up an international exchange between community foundations across the globe.

Dylan has a Bachelor of Arts (Media) from RMIT Melbourne and has previously played 5 years of AFL football with the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Fremantle Dockers.

Contact Dylan


0410 202 610



Carrie Clark – Acting Chair


Carrie is General Manager of Kalparrin, a not for profit organisation which supports families caring for children with disability and special needs.

Her professional experience has seen her working for large multinationals such a BHP Billiton, CITIC Pacific Mining and Atlas Iron, where she has successfully developed and managed over $20M worth of business/community partnerships. These partnership have produced significant positive social impacts as well as valuable business outcomes such as enhanced brand and reputation, increased employee engagement and management of social risks. Her work has won numerous awards including an Australia Business Arts Foundation Regional Award and National Award for the CITIC Pacific Mining Partnership with Kulcha Multicultural Arts and an SA Great Award for BHP Billiton’s Welcome program.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. She worked at the City of Fremantle at the start of her community development career and is a proud Fremantle local.

David McDonald – Director


David has been a practicing lawyer since 1990 firstly in the City with a national firm and then in West Perth with a mid-sized firm and from 2003 as the Managing Director of the Fremantle based firm McDonald Pynt Lawyers.

David’s main areas of practice are commercial property and documenting business to business transactions.

David has previously been a director of Australian Medical Procedures Research Foundation which conducts the Fresh Start Recovery Program and is currently a board member of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce.

Lee Bartlett – Director


Lee is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. He is Chief Financial Officer and Director of TAMS Group, a diverse national marine services business based out of Fremantle.

Prior to joining TAMS Group 5 years ago, Lee was an external auditor for BDO LLP, specialising in owner managed businesses and large motor dealerships. Lee has been recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and is a resident of Fremantle.

He has been involved with the Fremantle Foundation for a couple of years as a donor, through Impact 100 Fremantle.

Asha Stabback – Director

Asha is an energising and passionate advocate for developing the capability of others through collaborating, connecting and taking innovative yet practical approaches.  With a blend of academic, mining industry, consulting, establishing a start-up and being immersed in the ecosystem has provided Asha with a unique blend of experiences and connections.

Her  strengths lie in my ability to connect and engage stakeholders, take a big picture approach to developing strategy, and work with teams and individuals to deliver sustainable and practical approaches for more energised individuals and teams.

Asha is Currently the Project Officer – Innovation Quarter at The University of Western Australia and is the Founder/Director of Power of Circles, Developing a networking platform to connect and inspire talented professionals across Perth. Asha has a Masters of HR and IR (2007) and Bachelor of Commerce (2003)

Richard Usher – Director

Richard is a highly qualified and experienced Wealth Executive with a mix of business management, leadership, across both commercial and public service (military) with finance qualifications and experience. He is an experienced leader during periods of legislative and regulatory change and industry volatility in financial services.

Richard is a Certified Financial Planner (2007) and is currently State Manager WA for NAB/MLC.  Since 2017 Richard has developed mental health wellbeing initiatives and support frameworks for financial advisers, their families and their staff. Working alongside, and with professional industry associations that include Associate of Financial Advisers, Lifeline and Benestar.

Prior to that as advice capability manager located in Melbourne, Richard initiated, developed implemented and managed a National Pro Bono Financial advice framework for NAB working with professional industry associations focussing on regional areas in areas of mental health, natural disasters and individuals of domestic violence.

James Wild – Director

James has significant experience and established relationships with stakeholders in government, the not-for-profit sector, philanthropists and other funding bodies. James brings to the board a detailed knowledge of grant-making and community development in both regional and metro areas of WA. During his time at Lotterywest, his roles included Regional and Perth Metro Lead, overseeing £100M+ grants to over 1000 organisations (including community infrastructure grants of up to $4M). To facilitate this, James led teams to work alongside Local and State Government, Development Commissions and philanthropists to create significant community investment.

James is currently Director & Company Secretary at Clear Aims where he established and managed a high growth organisation to support people and communities that are socially and economically disadvantaged.  James has a Bachelor of Science (hons) Earth and Environmental Sciences and also a member of the Institute of Consulting; Managing Successful Programs (MSP) Advanced Practitioner level – Office of Government and Commerce; National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessor and Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative – Business Adviser Level 4.

Michael Chester – Director

Michael is the currently Head of Service Operations at UnitingCare West. Michael has thirty years of general and executive management experience and is highly experienced in the start-up and development of business entities and divisions.

Michael has a relationship-focussed approach to business development, stakeholder management and client retention and an excellent understanding of governance gained through Board and Executive experience in the not-for-profit sector. Passionate about involvement with organisations that make a difference in our community.  Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biotechnology (hons) and a MBA, General Management.

He has extensive board experience since 2002 with Coeliac Western Australia, and also served on the Boards of Insight Environmental and Red Sky Ride 1000km Cycle for SolarisCare Foundation and is a graduate of Company Directors Course (2013).

Professional Advisers Committee

  • Steven Smith (Chair)
  • Cathryn Urquhart
  • Gary Hasler
  • Hazel Ruby
  • Gemma Nugent
  • Richard Usher

Audit Committee 

  • Lee Bartlett
  • Carrie Clarke

Investment Committee

  • Gary Hasler
  • Lee Bartlett
  • Andrew Bollingbroke (Investment Manager)