Board Members

Rob Pini


Rob Pini joined the Board of Hannah's House in 2012. Rob has over 25 years’ experience in human resources and industrial relations, and is currently the Group Manager Industrial Relations for St John of God Health Care Inc., one of Australia's largest private, not for profit health care operators. Rob has an MBA from UWA, is a Graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).



Martin Watson

MartinVice Chairman

Martin is a founding Board Member, having helped establish the Children's Hospice Association (CHA) in 2000. He has held the role of Vice Chair since October 2010. He works for Fugro Survey, a company specialising in offshore marine surveys. He is married to Jacky and their first child, Hannah, was born with Opitz Trigonocephaly Syndrome – a condition that resulted in severe physical and neurological disabilities. Hannah is the inspiration for Hannah’s House.



Mariska Button


Mariska joined the Board in April 2017. She completed her qualification as Chartered Accountant with PwC South Africa and accepted a secondment as Senior Audit manager with PwC Australia in 2008. After a number of years in the audit and financial consulting field within Perth, Mariska moved into a corporate role with a not for profit organisation, and is currently registered as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand. Mariska brings to the Board her industry expertise in financial reporting and risk management within the Not-for-profit sector. As a mother of three children, with a passion for healthcare, Mariska's values aligns strongly with those of the organisation.


Jacquelyn Vigurs


Jacky has held the position of Secretary since the Board was established. After Hannah’s birth, she gave up work in order to provide her daughter with appropriate care. It was during a visit to the UK in 1996 that Hannah spent time at Francis House, a Children's Hospice near Manchester. This proved to be the inspiration behind Jacky and Martin’s interest in the Children's Hospice movement.



Debbey Tindall

DebbeyDebbey was appointed to the Board in July 2008. She has worked in the areas of marketing and strategic planning across a range of industries including finance, land development, energy and higher education, and has a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. She has experience in the areas of brand strategy and development, marketing planning, campaign development and communication.




Trish Fowler

TrishTrish was appointed to the Board in July 2008. She is a Registered Nurse working at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). She has been President of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) WA Branch since 1998 and was also a Board member of the previous Nurses Board of WA. She represents ANF on the Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) and is also a member of the Department of Health WA Human Research Ethics Committee.



Mitch Messer

MitchMitch is a passionate consumer advocate with over 40 years’ experience working across local, state, national and international levels with business, community, not for profit and government. He is Chief Executive Officer of Clan WA, a community services charity that is committed to enhancing resilience, encouraging healthy relationships, effective parenting and community participation in Western Australia.

He has held many roles with statutory and government bodies including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the Research Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council and the External Reference Group appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing to provide advice on the development of Australia’s first National Primary Healthcare Strategy. Mitch was a member of the South Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council in Western Australia, the forerunner to the new area health service Board.

Mitch has been an invited speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia, the USA, Europe and New Zealand on topics including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, chronic disease self management, primary health care, quality use of medicines, e-health, safety & quality in health care, consumer participation in health and cystic fibrosis.

Stephanie McManus

StephanieStephanie joined the Board in April 2017. She has over 20 years of executive experience in commercial and corporate law, specialising in sporting events, venues, and media rights. Stephanie spent nearly 15 years in Asia as the Head of Legal & Compliance for the World Sport Group (now Lagardere Sport & Entertainment). She currently consults to overseas sports and media clients whilst also performing the role of Legal Counsel for VenuesLive Management Services, the appointed Operator of the new Perth Stadium. Stephanie will bring valuable governance attributes to the Board of Hannah’s House.



Operations Team

Susan King

SusanClinical Services Director

Susan has been pivotal in the establishment of Hannah’s House, helping to secure funding and developing the clinical service model. She joined the organisation in December 2008, bringing extensive experience in public health, having worked over 18 years managing and implementing complex projects in the industry. Susan was a recipient of the Churchill Fellowship in 1999. Her background in critical care nursing, with a focus on education and training, is supported by a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Education and a Diploma of Business. Susan has also completed a Masters in Education.


Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-AnneBusiness Development Manager

Lee-Anne joined Hannah’s House in December 2016 with extensive experience in marketing, communications and fundraising management. She has worked in both the commercial and not for profit sectors for leading organisation’s including ENJO, Thermomix, YMCA WA, Foodbank WA and the Dogs’ Refuge Home. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University.