The Goldfields Esperance Community Trust’s Board are trusted members of the community. The Board acts in a completely volunteer capacity with significant personal time donated towards establishing & growing the Trust’s financial capacity to donate funds. Ongoing volunteer work includes ensuring transparent management & appropriate administration of the trust.
Chair – Lisa Ellery LL.B (hons) BA (hons) GAICD
Ms Ellery was raised on a farm at Gibson and undertook her secondary schooling in Esperance. She is a solicitor of over twenty years’ experience, living and working in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Ms Ellery is the principal of law firm Ellery Brookman, established in 2008, and has been a resident of Kalgoorlie-Boulder since 1998.
In addition to her role as Chair on the board of the GECT, Lisa serves on the committee of the Goldfields Pipeline Marathon Association Inc. In her spare time she enjoys running and writing. Her debut crime novel, Private Prosecution, was published in 2021 by Fremantle Press.
Director – Ashton George Dip. Fin. Serv.
(Broking) QPIB CIP FNIBA
Mr George is a Regional Director of EBM with over 35 years' experience. He has a wealth of insurance industry expertise and knowledge. Ashton was responsible for establishing EBM’s regional office in Kalgoorlie and is now based in their Perth office. His Australian and overseas client industry experience includes public listed and unlisted corporate clients, exploration, mining within the resources industry, principals, and contractors. Ashton holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Broking), Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker, Certified Insurance Professional & Fellow National Insurance Brokers Association.
In addition to his role on the board of the Goldfields-Esperance Community Trust, Ashton involves himself in various community activities and serves as a committee member of the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and a volunteer for various sporting bodies, particularly in his capacity as father to two active children.
Director – Gregory Coyle CPA
Gregory Coyle is a chartered accountant with over thirty years of public practice experience. He is the proprietor of local accounting practice Greg Coyle & Associates. Mr Coyle is a fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.
He has been a long-time contributor to local school boards, coaching junior football and basketball, and having significant involvement in other sporting organisations. Mr Coyle continues to support several local clubs through in-kind accounting assistance.
Director - Mia Hicks BA
Mia Hicks is the Executive Manager of Communications and Community Development with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She commenced employment in June 2021 and brings a wealth of experience in fostering community opportunities for the City.
Mia previously ran her own consultancy business for six years specialising in assisting community groups, State Government departments and local governments with business and strategic planning, business case development and grants application submission. The business achieved over $50m in private and government funding and contracts for clients from a variety of funding sources. In addition to the GECT, Mia has held positions on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce Executive, KCGM Community Reference Group and the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre Board.
Chief Executive Officer - Pam Townsend
Pam Townsend lived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for over 30 years and has over 40 years experience in providing administration, bookkeeping and other services to businesses and organisations, including 14 years with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and 8 years with the Goldfields Women's Refuge. Ms Townsend recently moved to Sydney to spend more time with her daughter and her family but continues to work on behalf of the GECT.
Pam was a Councillor for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for 6 years and was very active in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, serving on several local committees and Boards including the Goldfields Community Legal Centre, Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Fair, as well as several other City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder subcommittees.
Pam has also been active in the sporting community and is a Life Member of the Eastern Goldfields Netball Association, Rookies Netball Club and Hannans Junior Sports Club (now Hannans Celtic) and is a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal for her services to sport.