ARITA WA Division Committee Nominees

Here are the profiles of the nominees for the 2021/2022 WA Division Committee. The Committee resolved to have a maximum of 11 members.

Please note: In accordance with the ARITA Constitution, only Professional, Fellow and Life Members are voting members. Members may only vote or lodge proxies at the AGM of the Division in which they reside.

Jeffery Black

Statement of claim
I am seeking to continue my role as a WA Division Committee member, which commenced in 2018.

I am a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in financial restructuring and insolvency. I have 20 years' experience in law, having worked in Australia, the UK and the US. In this way, I bring a considerable amount of cross-border experience and international perspective to the ARITA committee.

I am committed to my profession and the broader restructuring and insolvency industry.

I believe ARITA is our pre-eminent representative body and has an incredibly important role to play in terms of that representation and as a conduit between the profession and the government and other key stakeholders.

I believe the profession and industry are at a very important juncture, given the recent law reforms.

I look forward to continuing my contribution to the important role that ARITA plays within our profession as a committee member.

Jeffery Black is a financial restructuring and insolvency lawyer based in Perth.

Jeffery represents financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, and corporations in complex, cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency matters (both in and out-of-court), financial services transactions, creditor recoveries, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

After commencing his legal career in Western Australia, Jeffery spent 8 years working in New York, including during the global financial crisis of 2008/2009. He gained extensive experience in a wide range of transactions and creditors' rights matters, including international restructurings and insolvency proceedings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11 and 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code, out-of-court workouts, and related security enforcement and litigation.

Jeffery has also practiced in the United Kingdom and is admitted to practice in New York and in Western Australia. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) from The University of Western Australia.

For ARITA, Jeffery has participated in the following engagements:

  • ‘D&O Insurance recoveries’, Online National Conference, ARITA (co-presenter, 2020)
  • ‘The DOCA – A Flexible Corporate Rescue Tool, but are there limits?’, WA Division Conference, ARITA (co-panellist, 2019)
  • ‘The Year in Review’, WA Insolvency Forum (co-panellist, 2016)
  • ‘Chapter 11: on the horizon, or already here?’, WA Insolvency Forum (co-presenter, 2014)
  • ‘Creditors’ Trusts in Voluntary Administrations’ (co-presenter, 2005).

David Blanchett

Statement of claim
I have a longstanding and deep interest in all aspects of insolvency. That interest extends beyond the practical and into the academic. I have made extensive submissions on New Zealand's insolvency law reform and have attended numerous insolvency conferences including four of INSOL's quadrennial conferences.

My background in New Zealand's largest insolvency firm and my current position in one of the smaller Perth insolvency firms enables me to bring a broad perspective to the Committee. That perspective is further expanded, as we undertake personal insolvency engagements in addition to corporate insolvency services. Finally, my experience on PwC's Ethics and Business Conduct Committee and on the Board of Trustees of one of New Zealand's more respected secondary schools provide applicable attributes for my role on the Committee.

David is a Senior Manager at Sheridans Chartered Accountants. He is an insolvency specialist with over 30 years' experience primarily in New Zealand with PwC and its predecessor firms before joining Sheridans in 2015. Following the 1987 share market crash David spent two years on secondment in London and was also seconded to Hong Kong following the Asia Crisis in 1998.

In addition to his LinkedIn articles, David has published an article 'How is Preferential Treatment of Some Creditors Justified' jointly with Hon Paul Heath QC in INSOL World in July 1998. He has also provided extensive submissions on New Zealand's insolvency law reform. In 2016 David completed the ARITA Advanced Certificate with Distinction in the university components. While at PwC, David served as a member of the New Zealand firm's Ethics and Business Conduct Committee. David has attended four of INSOL's Quadrennial Conferences; 1993 in Melbourne, 2001 in London, 2005 in Sydney and 2009 in Vancouver.

David has served on the WA Division Committee since 2019 and was a member of the subcommittee appointed to review the Code of Professional Conduct.

Carmen Boothman

Statement of claim
I have benefited immensely from the critical role that ARITA occupies in our profession as educator, ethical and professional standard setter, public policy advocate and industry thought leader. I would be grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the profession by serving as a WA Division Committee member.

  • Special Counsel at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers practising in insolvency, restructuring and turnaround.
  • Active full professional member of ARITA having completed the then equivalent of the ARITA Advanced Certification in 2012, and presented technical sessions at a number of WA Forums.
  • Attended as an active participant in all WA Division Committee meetings in 2020/21
  • Tertiary qualifications include Master of Laws (Melb, 2020), Bachelor of Laws (UWA, 2010) and Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance) (UWA, 2010)
  • Published in peer-reviewed academic journal on the topic of safe harbour.
  • Recipient of the RINWA 2018 Rising Star Award recognising a commitment to improving diversity in the insolvency and restructuring industry.

David Bryant

Statement of claim
I have been an active member of the Western Australian restructuring and insolvency community since I commenced my career. Over that time, I have benefited from numerous training, networking and personal development opportunities provided by ARITA and would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the organisation.


David enjoys utilising his strong technical and commercial skills and experience to assist stakeholders navigate times of challenge, uncertainty and financial stress, particularly small and medium sized enterprises. He has extensive experience ranging from large, public and syndicated matters to small, privately owned businesses.

Throughout his 20-year career, David has undertaken key roles in formal and informal business restructures and insolvencies and has also been involved in a number of market leading transactions and advisory engagements.

Michelle Dean

Statement of claim
ARITA is the peak representative body for the restructuring and insolvency industry in WA and nationally, with a clear focus on ensuring insolvency practitioners operate with the highest of levels of quality and integrity. The roles of all industry participants have changed dramatically in the recent past, and will continue to change as a result of significant reform. Given the extent of those changes, ARITA plays an important part in engaging with, advocating for and educating our industry.

I have been practising in the insolvency industry both in Perth and in London since 2002. During that time, I have seen the industry adapt in response to national and international pressures. For me, I would like to be involved in helping the profession maintain high standards and respond to this period of transition. That is why I would like to remain on the ARITA WA Division Committee and take an active role in ensuring ARITA continues to serve its members and the insolvency industry in WA.

Michelle is a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth with over 15 years' experience in restructuring and insolvency, having worked in Perth, Melbourne and London. Michelle has worked closely with a number of major banks, corporate and insolvency practitioners both internationally and within Australia. She has also published articles on insolvency and restructuring and completed a Masters of Law involving advanced insolvency.

Michelle has been on the ARITA WA Division Committee for the past 3 years, and has served as Deputy Chair and Chair. She has been actively involved in the ARITA WA Division Committee in organising Forums and the state conference in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Michelle was a presenter at the National ARITA conference in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Matthew Donnelly

Statement of claim
I am interested in continuing to build the technical capability of the profession, and working with ARITA to expand its relevance to all members. In particular I will continue to use my position on the Committee to advocate for a greater turn around focus, and legislative change that will continue to preserve value in times of stress and distress.

Matthew has over 25 years professional experience with more than 10 years as a Registered Liquidator. He is a RITP, CA and has a Bachelor in Economics. Matthew has been on the ARITA WA Division Committee since 2018 and has regularly delivered presentations at ARITA functions, and lead ARITA Insolvency Education Program workshops in WA.

Malcolm Field

Statement of claim
I have been an ARITA member for more than 10 years, and I would like to continue to support the WA Division where I can. While the WA insolvency committee comprises a diverse range of interests, I think there is a strong common desire to support the sharing of knowledge and experience with a view to best practice and good outcomes for our client stakeholders.

Malcolm has worked with boards, bankers and advisers on restructuring and advisory assignments in Agribusiness, Energy & Resources, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Property, Transport and Logistics.


  • is a Bankruptcy Trustee and Registered Liquidator
  • is a Chartered Accountant
  • worked for Ferrier Hodgson for 9 years
  • is a current director for SV Partners
  • has over 20 years' experience in WA Insolvency
  • has over 7 years' experience in road transport operations management.

    James Hewer

    Statement of claim

    I have worked in restructuring, insolvency and turnaround my entire career, from qualification as a solicitor in the UK in 2007, through becoming admitted in Australia in 2017. I have extensive experience acting for stakeholders, both debtor and creditor facing, in a variety of distressed situations, inside and outside formal insolvency regimes. I have been a member of ARITA since relocating to Australia from the UK in 2013, and have been a long-term supporter of ARITA through participation in conferences, contributions to the ARITA Journal and attendance at the Advanced Certificate in Insolvency course.

    I consider that my experience, both domestically and internationally, puts me in a strong position to serve on the WA Division Committee and make a positive contribution to ARITA's critical role in shaping and developing insolvency law reform, policy and precedents. I would relish this opportunity to contribute to ARITA's mission and objectives and to give something back to the profession at a time of unprecedented change and challenge.


    James is a Counsel at the global law firm Hogan Lovells. James was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2007 and relocated to Australia in 2013. James worked in Sydney for five years (becoming admitted in NSW 2017) before relocating permanently to Perth in 2018.

    James draws on his many years' experience in delivering work-out strategies to financiers and other investors in relation to international and domestic lending exposures and investments in distressed businesses. He assists banks, funds, specialist financiers, other lending institutions, creditors and insolvency practitioners across a variety of secured and unsecured exposures, both in relation to work-outs and turnarounds, and in relation to formal insolvency processes. He also guides corporate clients in navigating their statutory duties during times of financial difficulty.


    Nirupa Manoharan

    Statement of claim
    ARITA continues to be the leading voice in Australia for all who work within the insolvency and restructuring sphere. As a female lawyer from a multicultural background, I am particularly passionate about issues of diversity and inclusion. As Deputy Chair of the WA Division Committee, my goal was to ensure ARITA represented all members and promoted individuals from a variety of backgrounds via the Forum series and other networking functions. I am particularly proud, in this respect, of the role I played in driving and promoting the ARITA WA Young Professionals Committee, which is due to be formed this year. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue my term on the Committee.


    Nirupa has worked in the area of restructuring and insolvency for over 13 years, both in Australia (Melbourne and Perth) and in London. She works with a range of practitioners, lenders, directors and other stakeholders to find cost effective and commercial resolutions for all her clients. Nirupa has been part of the ARITA WA Committee since 2019.

    Wayne Rushton

    Statement of claim

    Following an extraordinary year around the globe and with Western Australia’s economic performance placing it in somewhat of a unique position compared to other States in Australia, my focus for the upcoming year would be to promote the benefits that ARITA members can bring to commercial organisations, not only in times of distress but also during periods of growth and opportunity through my focus on turnaround and value creation.

    I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue working with existing and new Committee members.


    Having commenced his professional career over 24 years ago and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K in 2003, Wayne moved to Australia in 2005, completing the ARITA Insolvency Education Program in 2007. Prior to relocating to Perth, Wayne’s experience covered a multitude of areas such as audit, business advisory, management accounting and corporate finance, however following the opportunity to work in the corporate restructuring team at Grant Thornton during 2006 Wayne has since pursued a career in the restructuring profession.

    The majority of Wayne’s corporate restructuring experience has been with Ferrier Hodgson, which he joined in 2008. Wayne became a partner of the firm in 2016, the same year in which he became a registered liquidator.

    Wayne has been part of the ARITA WA Division Committee for over 7 years and is current Chair of the Committee.

    Michelle Shackles

    Statement of claim

    I have a significant number of years practising in the insolvency field, with extensive experience under the direction of a number of insolvency practitioners. I will use my requisite skill set to continue contributing to the WA Division Committee, as I have done for the past year.

    ARITA plays a key role in ongoing membership and ensuring members are kept up to date with topical and technical Forums. I am very supportive of the role of ARITA in the insolvency industry and as the industry professional body, and am keen to continue my participation within the industry as an active member of the WA Division Committee.


    Michelle is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in corporate recovery and insolvency, and a further 11 years in banking and corporate finance. She is currently a Director of BRI Ferrier Western Australia.

    Michelle has extensive experience in company insolvency, business recovery, personal insolvency and business advisory.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and she is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Michelle has regularly participated in training and attended conferences and Forums hosted by ARITA.

    Daniel Woodhouse

    Statement of claim

    I have been on the WA Division Committee since March 2017. During that time, I have held a number of roles and am the current ARITA Board representative for Western Australia. I have presented and moderated at a number of ARITA monthly Forums and state conferences.

    ARITA has had a material impact on my career, in both my educational development and my professional network development. These opportunities were only possible due to the hard work of ARITA staff and experienced insolvency professionals, across various disciplines, volunteering their time to promote and grow the profession.

    I would like to continue this work to help shape the future of the insolvency and restructuring profession and develop the next generation of insolvency professionals in Western Australian and, more broadly, Australia.


    Daniel is a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment of FTI Consulting and is based in Perth, Western Australia. He is a Registered Liquidator and has over 17 years' experience in corporate restructuring and turnaround.

    Daniel has managed a broad range of engagements and has deep industry experience in retail, hospitality, accommodation, property development, sport and recreation clubs, financial services, mining and mining services, shipping and agribusiness.

    Having lived and worked internationally, Daniel has also extensive international and cross border experience. He has assisted clients in a number of countries including the United States of America, South America, Great Britain, the People's Republic of China, New Zealand and several offshore jurisdictions.

    Daniel is empathetic and understanding of stakeholders' needs. He is focused on saving businesses and compassionately maximising outcomes in difficult situations. He brings a practical and pragmatic approach to commercially challenging problems.

    Daniel currently sits on the ARITA National Board as the WA nominee. His director duties include being on the Finance and Membership Committees.