Telethon Speech & Hearing is delighted to welcome highly respected solicitor Tiki MacLennan to its Board. Currently the General Manager, Legal for Wesfarmers, Ms MacLennan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. She also fills the void left by the departure of Jeremy Rigg.
Ms MacLennan joins the TSH board during a time of strong growth for the organisation. Chair of the Board Alec O’Connell was quick to highlight the strong qualities that she brings to the role.
“Tiki is a commercial lawyer and governance professional with international experience across the finance, industrial and resources industries, including an ASX 20-listed company,” he said. “She has been successful in partnering with business teams to deliver commercial objectives while mitigating legal risks, and effective at building trusted relationships across an organisation.
“We look forward to the professional and personal contribution that Tiki will make to Telethon Speech & Hearing.”
Ms MacLennan grew up in the Western Australian town of Wagin, home of the Woolorama and The Giant Ram. She studied Arts and Law at UWA and started her career at Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth. Then came a move to London, where she worked in finance, becoming Managing Director Legal at Lehman Brothers. She returned to Perth with her husband and three children in 2016 and joined Wesfarmers as a senior lawyer. In 2019 Tiki took on the role of General Counsel at Bis Industries and transformed its legal function. Most recently she has rejoined Wesfarmers as General Manager, Legal (Retail).
Meet Tiki MacLennan
How did your journey to becoming a board member at TSH come about?
I was looking for an opportunity to contribute my legal and governance skills to a charitable organisation when Mark [Fitzpatrick] contacted me about the role at TSH. As I learned about TSH’s purpose, values and fantastic outcomes for children I could appreciate the invaluable role it plays in the community. I had previously been on the foundation board of Bob Hawke College and contributed to the establishment of its governance framework. This gave me a real insight into the value board members can bring to the community through supporting good governance of their organisations.
Do you have a personal connection to someone with a hearing loss or a speech/language disorder or delay?
My younger son had a speech impediment that I had assumed he would grow out of. I was very grateful that an astute Year 1 teacher picked it up and suggested speech therapy. He had intensive therapy for about six months and the improvement was rapid. It was impressive to see how effective the right therapy can be. It made me appreciate the importance of early detection and access to therapy.
What do you hope to achieve in your position on the board?
I hope to contribute to the good governance of TSH and also support the team to achieve their objectives. Strong and supportive governance enables the executive team to perform at their best and deliver the outcomes TSH is here for.