Meet the Executive Team
Michelle Fyfe APM
Chief Executive Officer
Michelle has an incomparable understanding of the diverse and complex issues that affect Western Australian emergency service organisations. A graduate of the Police Academy, Michelle was with WA Police for 34 years in roles including Assistant Commissioner of State Crime. Michelle was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2012 for her diligent and committed service to WA Police and the Western Australian community.
In 2017 Michelle received a Telstra Business Women’s Award in the WA Public Sector and Academia category. She was a non-Executive Director of the P&N Bank during a period of substantive strategic and leadership change and sits on the Board of the Council of Ambulance Authorities. Michelle has a Master of Leadership, a Graduate Diploma - Executive Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate - Applied Management.
Antony Smithson FSA, GAICD
Chief Operating Officer
With over two decades of experience in managing complex business operations, Antony uses his technical expertise and capability to support St John WA in fulfilling its operational functions to high professional standards.
As a member of the executive team, he ensures that policies, processes, practices, and executive decisions support and further St John WA's operational capabilities. Antony joined St John WA in 2014 as the Executive Director Finance and Supply Chain and has excelled in supporting the operations of the organisation ever since. Having worked in a diverse range of large multi-national organisations Antony has extensive commercial experience in overseeing strategic reviews, commercial agreements, partnerships and joint ventures, contract tendering and statutory reporting.
Antony is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He holds a Bachelor of Physics and Computer Science from the University of Manchester.
Scott Higgins APM
Chief Performance & Risk Officer
Scott joined St John WA in April 2019 to lead the implementation of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and ensure effective corporate governance, including a robust risk management framework.
Scott brings a wealth of experience from 33 years with WA Police, most recently as the Commander of State Traffic where he was responsible for delivering Western Australia’s road safety enforcement strategy.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.
Aaron Crowther GAICD
Chief Brand & Reputation Officer
Aaron joined St John WA in 2019. His portfolio includes Marketing Programs, Community Engagement, Brand Media, Fundraising and First Aid. Aaron has a broad set of experiences, spanning his time as a journalist, to roles with local health and global technology enterprises. He has also run some of Australia’s most awarded integrated marketing and public relations agencies.
His focus at St John WA is on driving consistency of brand expression throughout the organisation so its values, purpose and legacy are clearly seen and understood.
Aaron has an undergraduate degree in Arts, with majors in writing and media production, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Debbie Jackson ASM, MStJ
Chief Corporate Services Officer
Debbie leads a broad range of strategic and operational services focused on supporting our workforce. With St John WA since 2003, Debbie’s comprehensive knowledge of the organisation is invaluable and contributes to her supporting our people and operations through continuous business improvement.
Debbie has expertise in human resources, industrial relations, safety and wellbeing, and strategic workforce planning.
Through effective leadership and with an eye for cultural authenticity, Debbie has strengthened the capacity of our people by guiding change throughout the organisation.
Debbie was admitted as a Member of the Order of St John in 2014 and was awarded the prestigious Ambulance Service Medal in 2015.
Associate Prof Paul Bailey MB, BS, FACEM, PhD, GAICD
Medical Executive Director
Paul is a highly regarded Western Australian-trained emergency physician who joined St John WA in 2015. He has held leadership positions at St John of God Healthcare and Ramsay Healthcare. He has a long-standing interest in pre-hospital care and aeromedical transport and is proud to lead St John’s Clinical Services team. Paul also has a laboratory biochemistry PhD in jellyfish venomology.
Deon Brink MStJ, GAICD, MHSMDeon has been a paramedic for 22 years, (road, helicopter and fixed wing) working in services in WA and abroad. During his 13 years at St John WA, Deon has held positions including on-road Paramedic, Clinical Team Leader, Clinical Support Paramedic, Clinical Governance Operations Manager and General Manager Clinical Services. Deon has been an Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor since 2011 and a course director since 2015. He represents St John WA on committees with the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and WA Trauma and Stroke, and holds an Adjunct Research Associate position at Curtin University. He is a steering committee member and associate investigator for the Centre of Research Excellence Pre-Hospital Emergency Care at Monash University and holds a Masters Degree in Health Service Management from Monash University, Melbourne.
Executive Director Ambulance Operations
Executive Director Primary Health
With more than 20 years' experience in executive health management, Darren is responsible for overseeing the delivery of St John WA's Primary Health services within the rapidly changing and challenged, health care system.
Through his role, Darren demonstrates leadership and adaptability, leveraging his strategic thinking and extensive knowledge to develop and implement initiatives that improve quality service delivery and drive growth in St John WA's Primary Health unit.
Across his career, Darren has held senior operational, general management and CEO positions across both public and not-for-profit sectors including positions at Symbion Health, Healthscope Pty Ltd and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Ryan Marshall CA, MAICD
Executive Director Finance & Supply
With more than 20 years of experience, spanning public practice and commercial roles, Ryan has a wealth of experience as a finance leader. Ryan combines his unique perspective with strategic leadership to guide St John WA’s intricate supply chain and finances.As an executive leader, Ryan manages the long-term financial sustainability of St John WA. Ryan has significant experience in contract management and negotiations, mergers and restructuring, as well financial transformation and system integrations. His dynamic approach has seen him lead the way in major Australian organisations.Joining St John in 2013, Ryan held the position of Head of Finance until his appointment as Acting Executive Director Finance and Supply Chain in October 2020. Ryan’s leadership style has helped create a cohesive, collegial and highly professional finance team at St John. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Corporate Administration and completed his Chartered Accountant qualifications whilst employed at Ernst & Young. Ryan is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Donna Lawrence M. Psych
Executive Director People & Culture
Joining St John WA in 2017, Donna Lawrence’s commitment to supporting St John WA’s team members has seen her excel from Wellbeing and Support Manager, through to Head of Wellbeing, Safety and Injury Management and is now serving as the Acting Executive Director People and Culture, Clinical Psychologist at St John WA.
With a strong passion for mental health and psychological safety, Donna strives to support a safe and thriving workplace. Donna works closely with the executive teams at St John WA to ensure physical and mental health is at the forefront of all activities. In addition to this leadership role, Donna continues to practice as a Clinical Psychologist and specialises in working with people who have experienced trauma and abuse.
Over the years, Donna has gained hands-on experience across a range of sectors including community services, primary care, disability, health and emergency services. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she worked in Human Resources as a consultant and specialised in learning and development. It was here where she honed her people skills and passion for helping others. Donna holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Belinda Thorne MStJ
Chief of Staff
Belinda has been with St John since 2012. She has a diverse background, working in support roles for several not-for-profit organisations. She studied Communications and Theatre & Drama and spent some time as a puppeteer in her early career.
During her time with St John Belinda has managed the Fabric scholarship program, helped to coordinate a program to bring first aid training to communities in Vietnam, and has been involved across multiple departments in the delivery of various publications, events and programs. She is well connected with St John’s national and international counterpart organisations and branches.
As Chief of Staff, Belinda’s objective is around working to amplify the success of the organisation through seeking gains in productivity and impact for the CEO and Executive, and by making time, information, and decision-making more effective. Career highlights with St John also include singing with the St John band, Critical Incident, as part of the Corporate Battle of the Bands. Belinda has an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management and is a Member of the Order of St John.