Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.
This occurred a week after the WA Labor Party’s landslide victory against the Liberal Government.
As our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus is to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia.
The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian.
He was first elected as the Member for Cannington in September 2008.
In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013. He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.
Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.
During this time he was also a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive.
As Assistant State Secretary of WA Labor from 1998 until 2001, his duties included creating and operating the Labor Business Roundtable, that connects WA Labor with business, industry and the not-for-profit sector in WA.
In 1985, he was a delegate to the International Youth Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the UN International Youth Year; he participated in the Australian Young Political Leaders Program delegation to Indonesia in 1991; he participated in the US State Department’s Australian Young Political Leaders tour for the Mid-Term Elections in 2002; and in 2006 he was an ALP International Delegate for the UK Labour Party National Conference.
He was a senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association for eight years, President of ACT Young Labor in 1988, and appointed by Prime Minister Bob Hawke as Youth Director to the Board of the Australian Bicentennial Authority from 1985 until 1989.
Mr Sellers was appointed Director General of the Department of Transport in Western Australia in September 2016. He came to the position from the Department of Mines and Petroleum where he held the position of Director General.
Mr Sellers holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Biology, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Public Policy and Management.
Mr Sellers has extensive experience in the public sector. His work on reform is widely recognised and in his previous position he took a lead role in improving WA’s approval process and encouraging exploration to ensure WA’s ongoing development.
As Director General of the Department of Transport, Mr Sellers has been integral in the creation and implementation of the METRONET project, overseeing the State Government’s most significant integrated public transport plan, which will connect suburbs, reduce road congestion across the metropolitan area and give Perth the rail system it needs for the future.
He has also overseen the creation of the Westport Project Office which will develop a strategy to plan, develop and grow the Port of Fremantle at the Inner and Outer Harbour, consider the required rail and road networks, and the opportunities for the Port of Bunbury to handle trade expansion and support growth of the WA economy.
Mr Sellers’ contribution to Western Australia has been recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), which awarded him the 2014 WA Patron’s Award, and nationally by IPAA who also announced him a National Fellow at its annual conference in 2014. The National Fellow accolade recognises outstanding contribution to the practice and study of public administration.
Craig Wooldridge has extensive experience in the transport planning and traffic engineering professions gained through 35 years in the industry. Craig is currently the Acting Executive Director for Integrated Transport Planning at the Department of Transport, Western Australia. His role involves the strategic planning for the movement people for the Perth and Peel Regions and state-wide for cycling.
Craig is also the Chair of Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand and is a Past National President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management.
Nicole Lockwood is the Chair of the Westport Taskforce after being appointed in 2017. Founder and Director of Lockwood Advisory, Nicole provides strategic advice to government and the private sector in the areas of urban renewal, infrastructure, freight and digital enablement.
Nicole is the Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council and MNG surveying, Deputy Chair of the Leadership WA Board and a Board Member with Water Corporation, Internet of Things Alliance and Infrastructure Australia.
Before starting Lockwood Advisory, Nicole was a Director of the Management Consulting team at KPMG in the areas of Public Sector and Infrastructure. Nicole resided in the Pilbara for seven years until 2012 as Chairman of the Pilbara Development Commission, a member of the WA Planning Commission, a Director on the Horizon Power board and a Councillor at the Shire of Roebourne. She was the Shire President from 2009 to 2011.
Nicole’s experience as a Lawyer includes work in private practice, at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as the Principal Solicitor of the Pilbara Community Legal Service. Nicole is passionate about government reform, regional and economic development and the creation of thriving communities.
She has a Bachelor of Laws as well as Bachelor of Business (Environment) from Notre Dame.
Greg has most recently been responsible for the delivery and management of specialised rental services across the public housing, Aboriginal remote and town-based housing and Government Regional Officers’ Housing programs. Key to the provision of these programs is the effective and efficient leadership and management of a geographically diverse workforce and quality contract and relationship management of maintenance and other service providers. Within the Aboriginal remote and town-based housing program, Greg has overseen Western Australia’s award winning delivery of new homes, refurbishments and a new approach to tenancy management in remote Indigenous communities through the National Partnership agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing /National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing.
Greg has more than 20 years’ experience in the Authority having worked broadly across all of the Authority’s activities. Greg has held a number of key managerial and leadership positions with responsibility for leading and driving the Authority’s public and affordable housing objectives. Greg also took a leading role in shaping the Authority’s land and built-form investment strategy and decisions within the Strategy and Policy and Commercial Operations divisions. He has tertiary qualifications in Politics and International Studies and Public Policy and Management and has brought a strong focus on leadership, performance management, governance and accountability to the Service Delivery portfolio. ‘
Geoff Warn was appointed WA Government Architect in November 2013. In this capacity his role is to provide leadership and strategic advice to government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces, and enhance the quality of the built environment. Geoff is also a highly respected practitioner and director of With_Architecture Studio, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio with a strong reputation for design expertise and with extensive experience in architecture, urban design and master planning. Geoff has a long-standing commitment to architectural education. He has taught at both schools of architecture in Perth and has lectured in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Berkeley (USA), San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin.
Lance Glare is the Director of Infrastructure Policy and Governance with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. His role involves reforming how major infrastructure is planned, prioritised and delivered in WA. This includes leading the establishment of Infrastructure WA, a new independent body Government has committed to set up to improve infrastructure planning in WA. Lance has over 20 years of experience across all three levels of Government, including leading the development of the Queensland Infrastructure Plan and an associated Economic Development Strategy. He holds qualifications in public administration, project management and the built environment.
Mr Witham has broad experience over a 30-year career working in the technical, commercial, marketing and financial fields of the international exploration and mining industry. Mr Witham¹s spent two years in the 1990s based in Africa as General Manager for World Geoscience Corporation.
This gave him a broad perspective over many African countries where their geophysical surveys were conducted. Since then Mr Witham has worked for a number of international and Australian companies in Africa and Australia including DMC Mining (Congo), Waratah Resources (Congo) and Whinnen Resources Ltd (Cameroon and Namibia). Mr Witham holds a Bachelor in Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Western Australia and is the CEO of the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG).
Mr Brown commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport, the operator of Perth Airport, in July 2016. Mr Brown has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 15 years in the UK and Australia.
Prior to joining Perth Airport, Mr Brown held the position of Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Airports, which operate Cairns and Mackay Airports, where he was responsible for implementing a growth strategy for both airports. Mr Brown also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority (BAA), and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport.
In 2017, Mr Brown was appointed to the Tourism Western Australia Board and is also a Council Member for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia and Freight and Logistics Council of WA.
‘Doc Frank’ is one of the leading independent consultants for increasing the performance of Australian railways through modern signalling technologies. He has advised pertinent landmark projects in all four biggest Australian cities, including Metro Northwest and Digital Systems in Sydney, Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Brisbane Cross River Rail.
In Perth, Frank was instrumental for the planning of the Automatic Train Control programme, now part of the METRONET initiative and a key enabler for long-term capacity growth of the suburban rail network. He contributed to planning blueprints such as the Perth & Peel Transport Plan @ 3.5 Million and the Route Utilisation Strategy.
Cameron has over 20 years’ experience in consulting, financial advisory, investment banking, operational and executive management roles both domestically and globally. He has had a particular focus on infrastructure development, project financing, risk & credit, renewables, water, transport, fuel terminals and ports. Most of the infrastructure projects have had significant interaction between the Federal, State, Local Government and the private sector.
Cameron has published thought leadership papers on the Kwinana outer harbour, waterfront rejuvenation of Fremantle, private sector financing for infrastructure, Industrial Park development in Kwinana, Fremantle outer harbour trade flows and most recently the Privatisation of Government assets in WA – Western Power amongst other topics. Until recently Cameron was in the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA committees on Government, Infrastructure and Energy and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Infrastructure committee. He is a Chartered Accountant, Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Water Association.
Peter Dyball is Principal and Founder of Pit Crew Management Consulting Services. Since 2004 Peter and his team have delivered specialist services to the resources, engineering and construction sectors.
Pit Crew is best recognised for providing labour market modelling, analysis, forecasting and reporting for major resources, energy and infrastructure projects. Subscribers to Pit Crew Labour Market Reports include project owners, EPC’s, EPCM’s, constructors, industry bodies and government departments as well as service and other stakeholders. For more than a decade, Pit Crew’s knowledge, experience and in-house modelling systems has placed them in a unique position to assist key stakeholders in the delivery of Australian major projects.
Peter started his professional career 33 years ago as a Trainee Engineer at the BHP Steelworks in Port Kembla NSW and has been involved in project engineering, construction, heavy industry, resources and energy ever since. His experience in site engineering, project and construction management and business development roles means Peter, and Pit Crew, apply first-hand industry knowledge and experience to labour market analysis.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Technology, Sydney and an MBA from Curtin University, Western Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter has held non-executive directorships on a number of company boards, including indigenous companies and those servicing the resources and energy sector.
Outside of Pit Crew, Peter has a wife and two children. He enjoys competing in motor racing events and serves as a member of the Management Committee for the WA Sporting Car Club.
Project Director for BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, Simon Thomas’ expertise in major projects delivery spans the oil and gas, minerals processing, materials handling, agriculture and manufacturing sectors with a capex of >$A4 billion.
Previously as CEO of Veris, Simon was responsible for transforming the then small WA infrastructure contractor, to one of the top three national surveying businesses in Australia, over a three year period.
Simon is skilled in project master planning, scoping, design development, estimation and execution of both ‘greenfield’ and ‘brownfield’ projects from concept to completion.
He brings BHP Jimblebar project management experience to the $US3.6 billion South Flank project, which, when operational, will be the largest annual production iron ore mine BHP has developed.
Simon is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
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