Former Rio Tinto CEO, and Order of Australia recipient, Sam Walsh will be joining the prestigious Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA) Board as Chairman Elect, succeeding the current Chairman Neville Bassett AM, who retires in October after 27 years as a Board member.
Mr Walsh will bring wide ranging expertise and experience to the RFDS Board, leaning on his past varied senior management and board positions across a multitude of organisations and sectors. Sam Walsh already holds a number of high profile board positions; he is the current Chair of both the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Perth Diocesan Trust. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and was previously a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals.
There is no doubt Mr Walsh has big shoes to fill, with the outgoing Neville Bassett having been at the helm in what has arguably been an intense period of transformation for the RFDS over the past 5 years in particular. Mr Bassett was responsible for the appointment of current CEO, Grahame Marshall, and has actively supported the culture of innovation and excellence the organisation has been fostering to build long term sustainability for the business. Mr Bassett was instrumental in the appointment of Sam Walsh, advocating for someone of his commercial calibre and demonstrated commitment to WA community involvement.
"The Board was unanimous in their view that Sam was a natural choice as my successor. He has the perfect combination of executive levelmanagement experience, and a real passion for the future growth and development of Western Australia.
"I'll definitely be leaving Grahame, the Board and the organisation in good hands."
Mr Walsh will take over as chairman of the board of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at its Annual General Meeting in October, 2017.