Our Board

Our Directors bring to the Board of The Fathering Project many years of corporate governance experience a committed passion for the impact of effective fathering on our kids. The board members have broad networks and a diverse range of skills, expertise and experience.

John Bond


“I was motivated to join The Fathering Project Board because it is one of the few causes which seeks to significantly change our whole society for the better. It does this by enabling Dads and father figures to give our children the confidence and self-esteem to make the right decisions when they face the inevitable challenges that life brings.”

Dr Bruce Robinson


Leading cancer researcher, Dr Bruce Robinson, is the founder of The Fathering Project. He is based at the QEII Medical Centre in Perth, part of the University of Western Australia. Bruce has over 20 years’ experience in lecturing on fathering at seminars and presentations to thousands of people in 5 countries.

In 2013, Bruce was awarded the prestigious Western Australian of the Year Award for his medical research and charity work, including his work with The Fathering Project.

Peter Abery

Peter is a professional director, an executive coach, a business and strategy consultant, and an accredited mediator. He is a senior education facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors of which he is a Fellow. Peter joined the board because of the importance he attributes to fathering and the opportunity to help dads and father figures be more effective in their roles.

Martin Black

"I joined the board of The Fathering Project because I am passionate about the importance and value of positive and confident parenting, particularly from dads. I believe that if we have confident parents raising confident and valued kids, then many of society's problems will be significantly diminished."

Kim Grist

Kim is the Founder and Managing Partner of Grist Consulting, and works with many of Australia’s leading organisations in the areas of business growth strategies, leadership development and organisational change.

Craig Heatley

Craig is an Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has been with the firm for over 15 years both in the United States and Australia.

Ian Macliver

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Grange Consulting Group Pty Ltd. Ian has held numerous roles on not for profit boards, public and private companies.

Mimi Packer

Mimi Packer graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an accountant and mother of four children. Mimi has been involved with numerous charities including The Smith Family, The Salvation Army, Clontarf Foundation and Adventure Club.