Our People


bobBob Greer – Founding Member & Chairman

Financial controller and writer, Bob spent the better part of a year in Indochina in order to learn the truth about the Vietnam War 1946-1975. He found the reality vastly more apocalyptic than the legend. His recently-published book Journey Among Heroes was the inspiration behind the creation of Platypus Inc.

 

 

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Jeffrey Burch – Founding Member

Jeff Burch is the owner and CEO of Howard Park Wines in Margaret River and Denmark, Western Australia. Jeff has been involved in the wine industry for over 20 years building up Howard Park Wines today as the largest family owned wine business in Western Australia. He has also established the Leston Vineyard in Margaret River, the Mount Barrow Vineyard in Mount Barker, and has been actively working with organic and biodynamic vineyard management. Jeff is a passionate family man working with his wife Amy of 38 years and all his three children work in the wine business.

 

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Mark McCarthy – Founding Member,  Secretary & Treasurer

Mark works as a Supply Chain Consultant. Married and father of three, Mark has traveled and seen most of South East Asia. He spent a month in Indochina in October 2009 visiting many parts of Vietnam and Cambodia for the first time.

“The trip to Vietnam for me was a life changing experience. The country and its peoples firmly burnt into my memory. I have joined Bob in his quest to help change the lives of some of the children that to this day are marginalized and effected by poverty.”

 

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Craig Yaxley – Vice Chairman

Craig has over 25 years corporate tax experience including 16 years as a tax partner with KPMG’s Perth office and provides tax advice to a wide range of international and Australian mining, oil and gas, and mining services clients. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Craig is also Chairman of the Tax Committee for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc and he is Treasurer of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Craig is married with three daughters and his interests include sailing, wine, cycling and tennis.

 

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Humphry Faas – Founding Member

Humphry is a Director at Anchor Legal, Commercial Lawyers. Humphry has a broad range of corporate and commercial law experience acting for a diverse range of clients across several industries including resources, property, manufacturing, tertiary education and agribusiness. When not working on all things legal, Humphry enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing soccer or visiting the family vineyard.

 

Peter Kyi – Founding Member

Business manager with extensive experience in Australia and South East Asia. Raised in Burma (Myanmar) before migrating to Australia in 1972. Forever grateful for the opportunities that existed for a young migrant in a new home country. “My childhood in Burma taught me that education is the most precious gift one can give a child”.

 

 

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 Raymond Loh – Member

Having worked and travelled globally, Ray delights in immersing in different cultures. The abject poverty witnessed in the shanty towns of South Africa, the streets of Chennai, and the deprived children who have no real future in many developing countries compelled him to give back some of the blessings that he has received in life.  Ray has previously volunteered at SANA (Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association) as a Mentor to Youths at Risk and at ASeTTS (Association for Services to Torture & Trauma Survivors) as a Community Coach.  His aim in joining Platypus is to make a more positive impact on the lives of those children who are in need.  Besides charity work, Ray currently works as General manager of WA Power Protection and indulges in property and business investments.

 

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