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.

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.

Martin Black

Chairman of the board

Martin is a former journalist who now co-owns and operates a number of successful WA businesses including The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Coward & Black Vineyards and live music venue, The Sewing Room. He is the former chairman of WA’s oldest not for profit organisation, Ngala, where he was on the board for 20 years. He is married with two teenage sons.

John Bond

Member of the board

John is a founding Director of Primewest, a national property investment business. His background spans law, investment banking as well as property investment and development.

He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a Corporate Member of the Property Council.  In addition to his role with The Fathering Project, John is Chairman of Australian Doctors for Africa,, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the provision of medical support and services to some of the most disadvantaged communities in Africa.  He is also a board member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation.

Caro Stewart

Member of the board

Caro grew up in Western Australia but has spent 11 years living in Canada and England.
Her background is teaching. Caro has spent time teaching in country Western Australia and the metropolitan area, her proudest achievement is being a mother of four.

Craig Heatley

Member of the board

Craig is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Craig is experienced in external and internal audit services, accounting and broader business advice across a broad spectrum of industries covering engineering, resources, construction and services.

Married with three children, Craig joined the board as he is passionate about helping Fathers and Father figures gather good parenting skills so as to give our children the best opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams. He is also the Chair of Red Nose Australia.

Ian Macliver

Member of the board

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.

Kim Grist

Member of the board

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.

Mimi Packer

Member of the board

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.

Peter Abery

Member of the board

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. He provides advice to boards on a variety of matters including board performance evaluations, board and committee structures, board and CEO relationships, effective board governance practices and processes. Peter joined the board in [date?] because of the importance he attributes to fathering and the opportunity to help dads and father figures be more effective in their roles

Tim Hammond

Member of the board

Former Federal Labor MP Tim Hammond was welcomed onto the Fathering Project Board after stepping away from politics in May 2018 to be more connected with his young family.