Director and Chief Executive Officer
Ricky Grace, MEDL BPolSc
Olympian and champion basketball player Ricky Grace has been a board member since 2004. Ricky holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame University in Western Australia and his leadership qualifications and experience are further demonstrated by his five-time nomination as Most Valuable Player for the Perth Wildcats. Ricky is passionate and dedicated to the continued success of Girls Academy in bringing about positive change and breaking down the barriers that prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from completing their education.
Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Simon Chesson, MBA (UWA) CPA CFP FFinSIA
Simon has been a board member since 2004 and has been awarded the degrees of Master of Business of Administration, and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant, a qualified Certified Financial Planner, and a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Simon Chesson has over 15 years’ experience in business, accounting, and the property industry. He has extensive experience as a Director and company secretary of numerous public and private companies. He has extensive experience with the Corporation Acts 2001 and Managed Investments Industry.
Non Executive Director
Sydney Chesson, Juris Doctor, MBA, CREM, FAICD
Sydney has been a board member since 2004. He holds a Juris Doctor Law degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he was admitted to the Vice Chancellor’s list for academic excellence. He is a licensed real estate agent and business broker, and a licensed finance broker. Sydney has extensive experience in importing and exporting, production and manufacturing. He has over 25 years’ experience in real estate and over 35 years’ experience in business and commercial activities.
As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sydney has considerable experience as a Director of listed and unlisted public companies, unlisted property trusts, managed investment schemes, and several private companies.