Midlas Board of Management


Chairperson – Simon Kimber

Simon has over 20 years management experience in business operations, marketing and general management in the private sector. This is Simon’s first position in a non- for –profit sector and he brings to the team an approach based on service flexibility and exceeding customer requirements. Simon’s interests are diverse and include international political economy, geopolitical risk, resources and energy sustainability, business innovation, policy and governance. Simon holds an Masters of Business Administration.


Vice Chairperson – Merissa Van Der Linden

Merissa has a passion for supporting people who are vulnerable or at risk, and improving opportunities for all people to enjoy their rights as equal citizens.  Merissa has over 20 years experience in the disability services sector having held positions in government, for-purpose agencies.  She has most recently held senior leadership positions in large sized agencies, leading quality assurance and continuous improvement, management of safety and risk, and building the capability of workers and teams to deliver meaningful outcomes to customers.  Merissa holds undergraduate qualifications in Fine Arts and Psychology and a Masters in Human Rights.

Treasurer – Deepak Sharma

Deepak has over 20 years of experience working in the area of Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance across Australia, Middle East and India. He has worked with credit rating agencies, financial institutions and a corporate bank prior to his current role in the Strategic Performance group at Water Corporation. He is very passionate in working for the community and is currently a management committee member of Indian Society of Western Australia and a community organisation, HSS. Deepak holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering

Board Member – Joanna Riley

Joanna is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience.  Joanna commenced her legal career in litigation before moving in house. She has extensive commercial experience  having worked with companies in the energy, financial services and retail sectors both in Australia and overseas.  Joanna holds a Bachelor Degree of Laws, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Joanna has a son with autism.


Board Member – Julian Bleddyn

A proven leader with an engineering background and over 25 years’ experience in the resources and marine industries. Julian holds a BEng Hons degree and is a Chartered Engineer.  Expertise and experience has been acquired in delivering a high quality service to customers (internal & external) through collaborative relationships. Highly skilled at reviewing processes and situations and employing proven methodologies to increase value to both clients and the organisation. In addition to his corporate experience Julian has worked for NFP’s in the UK (focusing on homelessness) and in Australia (focusing on raising awareness of Domestic Violence).


Board Member – Andries Pretorius

Andries’ previous engagements include, being involved in organisations at times when they were involved in fundamental changes to their core business. These past experiences equipped Andries well to assist organisations in navigating, managing and driving change. Andries specialises in Management, Organisational development, Human Resource Management, Community Services, and Mental Health.


Board Member – Mike Jones

Motivated by addressing social needs and meeting challenges, Mike has developed a broad skills and experience base gained from working in mission driven organisations in senior roles. Mike has an ability to relate to diverse situations and contexts with clients, providers, stakeholders and people of influence. Problem solving and evaluating mindset has been honed and refined by working with challenging issues in corporate, large organisation, public and private sector settings.