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.
After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018.
To accommodate these changes and to focus on this important new role the Asian Engagement, Commerce and Electoral Affairs portfolios were handed over to other Cabinet Ministers.
He retains the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations portfolios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoff Warn was appointed WA Government Architect in November 2013. As Government Architect he provides leadership and independent strategic advice to government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces, and enhance the quality of the built environment. In this role he has advised on major State Government projects including Perth Stadium, the New Museum Project and METRONET, and significant planning policy initiatives such as Design WA. 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.
‘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.
Mark has been with the Pilbara and (predecessor) Port Hedland Port Authorities since 2012.
His role has involved him several key initiatives related to major projects including the PIR program, Utah Point and most recently as Project Director for the Lumsden Point EOI and RFP processes. Mark plays a key role interfacing between PPA and Government Agencies.
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. ‘
Chris Rodwell has been CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA since February 2018.
Chris has many years of experience in senior trade and investment roles, including the past four years as Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This role involved regular travel to WA to establish and foster relationships with many major businesses engaged in international export and import markets, including successfully securing participation of WA’s resources sector in Mexico following a historic reform program.
Prior to this, Chris was the Queensland State Government’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Americas and the Director of Australian Industry Group in Queensland.
Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in the energy industry in WA and nationally.
Richard has been a Director of West Australian-based renewable energy development company WestGen since February 2010. WestGen is developer of the 40MW Manjimup Biomass Project and the 30MW Byford Solar Farm, which is targeting commercial operations by early-2019.
Richard also co-founded and currently chairs the WA Independent Power Association, representing private sector generators, retailers and industry service providers operating in the WA electricity market.
Richard’s previous roles in the power industry include General Manager Commercial for Aviva Corporation, Project Director for the development of NewGen’s Neerabup Power Station, and WA Director for NewGen Power and ERM Power.
Prior to taking up his private sector roles, Richard had a long career in Government, serving both Coalition and Labor Governments as a Director in the Office of Energy, with responsibilities for the early stages of deregulation of the gas and electricity markets and representing WA on COAG’s Ministerial Council on Energy.
Richard is also engaged as Special Counsel at the strategic communications firm Cannings Purple.
Richard holds a BA (Honours) and an MA degree from the University of Western Australia.
With a thirteen-year career spanning the property, project management and financial sectors both nationally and internationally, Dan Sweet brings a wealth of experience to the Far East Consortium team.
Having joined the team in November of 2016, Dan heads up the Western Australia arm, where he manages two largescale, Perth-based projects – The Towers aparments and the Ritz Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay and The Dorsett Hotel and apartments project at Perth City Link.
As Director of Capital Transactions from 2012, Dan was responsible for revenue creation and delivery of project outcomes for the organisation. Dan was responsible in leading teams in scoping, strategy, development, release, negotiation and realisation of projects.
As Investment Manager for Mirvac Investments Dan was responsible for day to day management of a property trust specialising in hotel investment.
Misha White has been involved in investigating and explaining why and how things happen for more than 20 years, having worked in research and analysis across a broad spectrum of industries for both the private and public sectors.
With a background in consumer and market research she enjoys being able to see the big picture as well as understanding consumer behaviour and the “human” factor within this.
She has been with Colliers International (WA) as Manager of Research and Urban Economics for the last four years. She is interested in providing insight and understanding into how the fundamentals of the WA and wider economy impact the various property markets; particularly since the mining downturn and the ensuing recovery.
For the last 10 years, her area of expertise has been focused on property and land development. Prior to this she was involved in major research projects regarding tourism, transport, health and a range of other industries. Before working for Colliers she was Research Manager for the LandCorp and Research Manager for Tourism WA.
Rick Newnham is passionate about making Western Australia a world leading place to live and do business. He joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI) as Chief Economist in January 2017. Prior to joining CCI Rick worked as an Economist for Shell around the world, including postings in Australia (Brisbane and Perth), the UK (Aberdeen) and the Middle East (Dubai).
Rick is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, he is an Ambassador for Australia Day and a State Advisory Council member and a Trustee of CEDA - The Committee for Economic Development Australia. In 2011, Rick was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year for establishing the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank of young minds.
Rick has a keen interest in innovation and policy that will advance Western Australia’s position in the global economy. Through the economic policy, start-up and trade communities Rick stays connected to the economies of the Middle East and Asia, where his experience and interests most overlap.
Rick completed his undergraduate business studies at The University of Western Australia and post-graduate studies at Oxford University. His thesis at Oxford evaluated the economics of Uber and Airbnb’s government relations strategies worldwide for which he won the Saïd Business School prize.
As an economist who isn’t shy to get his hands dirty, Rick has worked offshore on oil rigs in the UK North Sea, in the field in the Middle East and on drilling sites in regional Australia.
Tanya has a wealth of property development industry experience in WA across the private, government and peak body sectors. She has worked in various communications, project and management roles for over 20 years.
Tanya currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA (UDIA WA) where she leads a strong team representing the development industry.
Tanya uses her expertise to focus on working collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to achieve a policy environment that enables industry to effectively deliver smart, sustainable and liveable communities.
She was previously Executive Director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package.
Tanya has also worked for over six years with large listed property developers, Stockland and Mirvac after seven years at the Property Council of Australia (WA).
In December 2016, Tanya was announced as the inaugural winner of the UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award. The award recognises her personal and professional contribution to the development industry over the last 20 years.
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).
Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He has written 20 books and over 340 papers on sustainable cities. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councilor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Prime Minister’s Cities Reference Group. He is a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC on Transport and his latest book is Resilient Cities: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence. He is Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Earth, a new Nature journal and in 2018 was made WA Scientist of the Year.
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.
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.
Andrew is the Business Unit Manager for MTWO within Cloud A2K. He is responsibilities include setting the strategies and processes to implement cloud enabled construction solutions with clients across the ANZ region and providing the latest innovations to deliver on requirements. Previously Andrew has held the positions of BIM Practice Leader for Autodesk and the Chief Operating Officer of CSi Global Services. In these capacities he was responsible for all of the deliverables of a highly skilled team in relation to the implementation and adoption of BIM for construction and infrastructure projects globally. Andrew has been working with CADD & design technology for over 20 years starting out in the mechanical area before studying civil, structural and mechanical engineering. Andrew has lectured both at university and technical college in engineering and run the design teams for a large consulting engineering company in the mechanical, civil and structural disciplines. Andrew now works with some of the leading companies globally as well as owners and governments in a thought leadership capacity and has been recognised for this expertise in delivering process change management solutions to an international clientele
Catherine Wallace has 15 years’ experience working in the transport industry. She joined the Department of Transport in 2011, and has served in various senior executive roles, including Executive Director Major Transport Projects, and her current role as Executive Director Freight, Ports, Aviation & Reform.
Earlier in her career, Catherine spent six years working as a Safety Manager at the Public Transport Authority, and in 2010 served as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, working with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific Islands.
In 2013-14 Catherine completed a Masters of Science in Sustainable Transport Planning at the University of Leeds (UK). She also has various undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in Law, Safety Management, Commerce and Arts.
Josh Martin works at Deloitte Access Economics with a focus on economic modelling and transport economics. He has led the modelling for Deloitte’s ‘A new WAy’ initiative – which has identified nine clusters of opportunity for the WA economy. He previously worked for the Australian Treasury on the Financial System Inquiry, Tax White Paper and authored research on macro-financial risk.
Brent has a passion for seeing Perth reach its full potential through a fairer planning system and accompanying infrastructure investment. After experience in Canberra, working in state politics and in organisations such as the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he was elected to the City of Bayswater Council in 2015.
Soon after his election, he quickly realised the single largest impediment to seeing game-changing development in the inner eastern suburbs was the stranglehold that tiny pressure groups continued to have over the decision-making process.
After strongly advocating for planning and budget reform, he knew he could achieve more longer term through his own private ventures, so he started OverArch in early 2018. His team now assists clients in local government relations advice and public sector tender support across Australia.
Before he retired from Council in June 2018 to concentrate solely on the business, he Chaired the City’s Planning & Development Committee, which gave him insight into the chaos which often surrounds local council decisions. Of note and the most relevant to this discussion is the Bayswater Town Centre Structure Plan currently before the State Government for review in its relation to METRONET.
Brent believes that the State Government can only achieve huge gains for communities across Perth in better land-use planning through METRONET if it shows strong leadership in planning reform by changing the role local councils play in the process. If they get it right, the people of Perth will benefit for decades to come through a new wave of investment on the back of METRONET. If they get it wrong, billions will be wasted and they will face defeat.
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