Board of Directors


Connections Counselling WA is governed by a diverse, highly experienced professional team of Directors.


Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas is Senior Pastor at Maida Vale Baptist Church, where his wife Robyn is also the Children and Families’ Worker.

Rob is an experienced Pastor, and has worked extensively in the community services sector, having managed both general counselling services and those specialising in domestic violence, victim support and financial counselling.

Rob also has experience in marketing and media. He has a graduate certificate in Not for Profit Leadership and Management and Diploma in Theology.

Mike Nell


Mike Nel

Mike Nel, a Specialist Consultant in best practice capability development, has extensive experience in
Community Services and Aged Care services. He has held operational and General Management roles with some of the major players in WA. Enabling people to identify business blockers and work together in overcoming them is a particular strength.

Mike works in the area of establishing, leading and implementing all aspects of human capability functions, with emphasis on organisational change and building management capability.

He has a B.A. (Honours) History, Graduate Certificate in Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Tony Kwok


Tony Kwok

Tony has a bachelor degree in Accountancy – majoring in Accountancy and Financial Management, Graduate Diploma of Financial Management and is a CPA.

He has over 30 years of financial and management experience in various industries including engineering, food, advertising, hospitality and service industries. Tony has a varied international experience working for a number of international companies and including working in Project Finance for four years in Hong Kong and Singapore.

He is a CPA Australia, BA (Hons) Accountancy, GradDipFinMgt, Cert IV TAA, MIPA.

Keith Ford

Keith Ford

Keith has been the minister for Preaching and Teaching since early 2012. He stepped out of full time secular employment to take on this position when it became vacant, but has more that 2 decades of lay preaching experience.

He completed a Grad Dip in Divinity in 2015, and continues to study various theological topics in seminaries worldwide via correspondence.  Originally from America and still proudly holding that citizenship, Keith has been in Australia for over 30 years. He is married to Michelle and has two young adult sons.

Warren Thyer

Dr Warren Thyer

A family doctor trained, originally for country general practice, now working in the Hills. Loves his wife Janet, of 33plus years and raised 4 boys. As a foundation board member of Connections Counseling he was acutely aware of the impact of emotional and psychological factors affecting physical health and general well being.

As a Christian he was keen for prospective clients, if they desired, to be given the opportunity to see their deeper spiritual needs in the context of a Christian worldview.