Meet the Board

The head masters who lend us their wisdom

Warren Salamone


Warren is a founding Director of Cobalt Group (Australia) which is a niche provider of organisational change management, business transformation and performance improvement services to leading organisations in their respective industries. Warren joins the Classroom of Hope board as our chairman with a wealth of knowledge that is helping to expand and grow our charity. We feel fortunate to have this natural leader leading our board of directors and guiding our organisation. To Warren, education is opportunity. He truly values and appreciates the opportunities education has provided to him and he encourages everyone to maximise their potential through educating themselves and helping to educate others. When Warren was in school his favourite subjects were woodwork and physics. In his spare time, you’re likely to find Warren in the water (either surfing or swimming), playing guitar and spending time with his two sons, daughter and lovely wife.

Sarah Carne

Board Director

Sarah is a marketing and communications whiz and currently works at the Water Corporation as a member of the internal communications team. She also administers a community support program called Wavemakers, which helps provide clean water for developing communities both in Western Australia and overseas. While Sarah has done a great deal of volunteer work, she had one experience at an orphanage and school in Mombasa that affected her profoundly. It was during this time that it became obvious to her that education is the key to reducing poverty. Sarah believes that the CoH team and our supporters can inspire children to dream big and we can also give them the tools to follow those dreams. Sarah is an avid sports spectator, especially rugby and AFL. She loves travel, exercise, writing and all things French. Oh, and if you happen to be planning a wedding, Sarah is currently studying to be a marriage celebrant.

Ian McFarlane

Board Advisor

Ian has had an extensive career as an entrepreneur in a variety of roles including Executive Management, Project Direction and professional management services. He managed three professional services firms from their start-up phase to successful trade and merger, and directed several multi-million dollar systems-integration, strategic alliance and outsourcing projects both in Australia and overseas. For Ian, being a board director for Classroom of Hope is about providing support for children to reach their greatest potential. In addition to being a board director for Classroom of Hope, Ian also serves as a board member at Student Edge and is Chair of the Advisory group at Mango leadership. It’s hard to imagine that Ian gets much time to himself, but he does find the time to do a great deal of travelling with his wife Helen. Together, they enjoying skiing adventures, recently hiked the Camino Trail and regularly build schools and homes in Cambodia.

Karen Wellington

Board Director

Karen is a Project and Program manager passionate about enabling individuals, teams and organisations to connect, learn and create. Currently, Karen works for the Fogarty Foundation leading the WA development of the CoderDojo program; an open source social education movement that enables free, volunteer-run computer programming clubs for children. She is also studying towards a Masters in Community Development and a Certificate of Social Impact. Perth born and raised, Karen is a little unconventional, creative and determined and we love having her inspiring energy on our board. Her motivation for being a part of Classroom of Hope is that within every child is the possibility of greatness. Karen believes that when access to quality education is restored, human potential is unleashed. A few more interesting facts about Karen: she taught English in Japan, loves rock-climbing, is an avid reader and is the second youngest child in a family of 7 children.

Gerald Chikwanda

Company Secretary