Rick practised law for more than 40 years and has been both a partner and director of national law firms. Rick has served voluntarily on numerous sporting club and nonprofit committees throughout his lifetime. A surf lifesaver for over 45 years, Rick was the Foundation Chairman of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Trust as well as the Hon Solicitor for over 20 years. A keen golfer, Rick was Hon Solicitor for Women's Golf WA. He assisted with the amalgamation of men's and women's golf in WA and served as an inaugural Board member of the amalgamated body, Golf WA.
With eight young grandchildren, he is passionate about children's health and has worked tirelessly for the Family Centre since its inception.
Chief Executive Officer
Diagnosed with type 1 in 2001, Bec is passionate about making positive change in the type 1 community. She holds qualifications in Law and Arts (UWA), a Masters in Public Health (USyd), and a Diploma of Business (Governance). Bec is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. She is the only Australian to have been selected as one of the 100 Fellows of the global Facebook Community Leadership Program.
Bec believes that there are no limits on life with type 1 diabetes, and she has swum solo across the 19.7-kilometre Rottnest Channel three times, sailed across the Atlantic, and become a SCUBA dive guide to prove it.
Following a successful stockbroking career spanning 20 years, Rob has founded several companies and is the Managing Director of ASX-listed Triangle Energy (Global) Limited. In 2007 Rob and his family established the successful boutique Margaret River winery, Flametree Wines.
Alongside his unwavering commitment to raising funds for the Family Centre, Rob is an active participant in his community. A long-term member of several local sporting clubs, Rob has also served on the Christ Church Grammar School Old Boys' Association as a committee member.
Dr Natalie Sumich joined the Family Centre Board in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience in chronic disease management to the Family Centre. A general practitioner for 23 years, Natalie has strong interests in psychosocial support, mental health, and community-based care for people with type 1 diabetes, alongside interests in family medicine with a special focus on women's and children’s health. As the Chairperson for the WA State Advisory Committee at MDA National, she is also passionate about doctors’ health and wellbeing and promoting gold standard community healthcare, further progressing this interest by joining MDAN’s underwriting committee in 2019.
Maria is a director of AMD Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant and a Registered Company Auditor. She is the Western Australian representative on the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Regional and Rural Advisory Committee and lectures in accounting at Edith Cowan University, South West Campus.
Maria is actively involved in her community, serving on the Edith Cowan University South West Campus (Bunbury) Advisory Board; the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Board; the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury Diocesan Finance Council; and as the Treasurer for the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Old Grammarians’ Association Inc and Treasurer of the Catholic Parish of Donnybrook. She brings exceptional governance and finance skills to the Family Centre board.