Meet the Board

The head masters who lend us their wisdom

Warren Salamone

Chairman

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.

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.

Alexis Guillot

Board Director

Alexis is an experienced not-for-profit company director and currently serves in a key leadership role in local government, responsible for coordinating a multi-million-dollar portfolio of projects encompassing infrastructure, social capital, economic development, and diversification. In his free time, Alexis has fun hanging out with his wife Sarah and their 10-month-old boy Oliver. He also enjoys reading governance and legal articles, property investment, and swing dancing. He actually met his wife swing dancing! They enjoy the energy and traditional style of lindy hop swing. When Alexis was in school his favourite subjects were science and biology. For Alexis, education is one of the few things that has proven to have a truly transformative impact on peoples lives, helping them to realise their true potential, reduce inequality, and, over time, build fair and equitable societies. Alexis’s favourite superhero is Batman because he is complex, fierce and without super powers.

Sean Edwards

Board Director

Sean brings a wealth of business and technology experience to our board. His education culminated in a degree in Engineering which enabled him to enjoy a successful corporate career in technology, ultimately reaching his goal of Chief Information Officer for a major company. In his free time, you can find Sean swimming at the beach, competing in triathlons, travelling and spending time with his beautiful wife and their 5 teenage children. When Sean was in school his favourite subjects were Maths, Physics and Sport. Sean is passionate about education because he believes that education enables people to fulfill their desires and continually learn, improve and achieve. Sean’s favourite superhero is Batman because he has no special powers.