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


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


Board Member – Mike Jones