Meet our board
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 non-profit 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 as a young adult, Bec is passionate about helping people with diabetes. Winner of the 2020 Business News 40 under 40 People's Choice and HBF Community/Non-Profit/Social Enterprise Awards, Bec holds qualifications in Law and Arts (UWA), a Master in Public Health (USyd), and a Diploma of Business (Governance). Bec is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. She is the only Australian selected as one of the 100 Fellows of the global Facebook Community Leadership Program.
Bec believes that there are no limits to life with type 1 diabetes. She continually proves this with her own personal feats, including swimming solo across the 19.7-kilometre Rottnest Channel, not once but five times, sailing across the Atlantic and becoming a scuba dive guide.
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 Joey Kaye
Dr Joey Kaye is a consultant endocrinologist and the current Head of Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Recognised as one of Perth’s best diabetes doctors, Dr Kaye has closely supported patients with type 1 diabetes in a clinical setting for almost two decades. Dr Kaye completed his medical training at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he is currently a Clinical Senior Lecturer. He undertook advanced training in Endocrinology and Diabetes at various hospitals in Western Australia and, in 2003, he completed a PhD in neuroendocrinology in Bristol, the United Kingdom.
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 more than two decades, 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, a Chartered Accountant, a Registered Company Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Business. 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.