The Magic Coat Foundation Board

The Magic Coat Foundation Board

The Magic Coat Foundation Board of Directors is made up of a group of dedicated businesspeople who have generously volunteered their time and expertise to ensure the continuation and smooth operation of the Foundation.

Paula Caplehorn – Chairman

Paula has worked as a senior associate veterinarian in the equine veterinary industry since 2007. This has resulted in her having a deep appreciation for the human animal bond and the impact that this has on mental wellbeing. Paula has been a director on the family-owned Broome International Airport Group since 2019, during which she has gained experience and qualifications in corporate governance and risk management. With family history of mental health issues and two young kids of her own Paula has a keen interest in children’s mental health and how early intervention can result in positive long-term outcomes. Paula has the following qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Hons), Master of Business Administration, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Walters – Director

Peter is an experienced finance executive who has held a number of senior roles in business during his career. Between 2006 and 2021 he was Chief Financial Officer for the Broome International Airport group of companies. He is experienced in general management, finance, risk management and corporate governance. Peter has the following qualifications: Bachelor of Business, CPA, Graduate Diploma in Property Development, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melissa Beamish - Director

Melissa has been in the events and hospitality industry for over 20 years and is currently the Event Sales Manager for PAV Events (formally known as Perth Audiovisual). Mel is involved in a number of charities, as giving back to those less fortunate or in need is something she is very passionate about. She likes good music, food and wine and spending quality time with family and friends. 

Jason Dover - Director

Jason is an experienced marketing and management executive who has worked across various roles in the sports and entertainment industries for over 25 years. In 2004, Jason set up his own PR Consultancy company, Buzz Marketing and a few years later established a sports management agency focused on representing AFL players in Western Australia. Jason’s main experiences are in marketing, media, PR, and management whilst also bringing a sound background in events and corporate sponsorship. Jason has a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce, a Master’s in marketing and is a Registered AFL Player Agent.

Thomas Emery - Director

Thomas is passionate about developing capacity in the next generation of young people, to be able to face the complex challenges of a fast-changing world. He is currently working as a business development manager and mechanical engineer, with a background in not-for-profit policy research and analysis. He is involved in a couple of future-tech start-ups, focusing on marine conservation and sustainable farming systems and is the director of another not-for-profit focused on mental health in young adults.

Steven Betts - Director

Steven is the most recent addition to The Magic Coat Foundation Board. He is a media sales specialist with a passion for developing successful sales teams and building brands. Currently, Steven is the WA State Sales Manager for QMS Media, an Outdoor Media Company. Prior to this, he worked with Channel 10 for 11 years as their Sales Director. 

Steven is a father to 3 beautiful daughters, 18-year-old twins Ashley and Carys and 11-year-old India. Ashley and Carys were born at 24 weeks and weighed 690 and 730 grams respectively. They were given only a 1% chance of survival and spent the first 6 months of their lives in Princess Margaret Hospital. At 4 days old, Ashley had a grade 4 brain bleed and subsequently developed Cerebral Palsy. Steven is now passionate about helping children in any way he can.