Board members

The Trust Board is appointed by the Environment Minister as defined by the Act and brings together expertise in conservation, natural resource management, recreation, tourism, planning, development and matters of interest to rural and Noongar communities. The eight Trust Board members are:

Mr Hamish BECK

Mr Hamish BECK (Chairman)

Mr Beck is Managing Director of Beck Advisory, a property development advisory and asset management business. He was formerly a Board Member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Chairperson of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Chairperson of the Property Education Foundation, Division Councillor of the Property Council of Australia, Board Member of the Architects Board of Western Australia, Chairperson of the Curtin University Property Studies Advisory Committee, Member of the University of Western Australia Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Committee, Member for the Rottnest Island Marine Advisory Committee and Rear Commodore of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Mr Beck was appointed to the Trust Board in June 2011 and as Chairman in June 2014 and reappointed in 2017.

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Ms Barbara WATROBA (Deputy Chair)

Ms Watroba is a Manager, Quasi Judicial Services, Magistrates Court, Perth. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate, in the Litigation and Regulatory team at DLA Piper Australia, working mainly in construction related litigation matters. She has a LLB Honours degree (Macquarie University), MA Women’s studies (Deakin University) and Bachelor of Environmental Design (UWA). Ms Watroba was appointed to the Trust Board in February 2012 and as Deputy Chairperson in June 2014 and reappointed in 2015 for another three year term.

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Ms Vanessa DAVIES

Ms Davies is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional links to the Wongai and Noongar people in Western Australia. She has comprehensive executive management experience in government relations, justice, employment, training and education, health, community and Indigenous relations. In 2000, Ms Davies completed a postgraduate Masters Degree in Management and Leadership at Curtin University. Ms Davies was appointed to the Trust Board in December 2009 and reappointed in 2012 and 2015 for another three years.

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Mr Peter KING

Mr King is Director, Port Development with the Pilbara Ports Authority. He has held senior positions in other State Government agencies, including the Department of State Development and the Department of Agriculture, with several overseas postings in the Middle East. Mr King has more than 35 years’ experience across government and private sector encompassing large project management, state approvals processes and land use planning. Mr King has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of WA. Mr King was appointed to the Trust Board in October 2016 for a three year term.

david saunders


Mr Saunders is the Assistant Director General at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science (Environmental Management). Mr Saunders brings extensive experience in protected area management in Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels along with strategic and statutory planning experience. Mr Saunders was appointed to the Trust Board in April 2015 for a three year term.

Susan Harwood


Dr Harwood operates her own consultancy business Susan Harwood and Associates and is a gender, disability and social inclusion specialist. She has worked with a variety of Australian and international stakeholders to develop effective responses to disability, social inclusion and gender issues throughout the workplace, community and government. Dr Harwood is a respected researcher having authored numerous publications on organisational change and gender equality. She has high level skills in leadership, team work, facilitation, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation and project management. Dr Harwood is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was appointed to the Trust Board in August 2017 for a one year term.

Joanna Pearce

Dr Joanna PEARCE

Dr Pearce is currently a lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Edith Cowan University. Her experience and skills include social research with a focus on nature based tourism, providing policy for the National Parks Advisory Committee in Victoria and preparing technical reports for government departments and industry on natural resource management issues. She has held various teaching roles at Murdoch and Notre Dame Universities and has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Hons) and a Doctorate of Philosophy. Dr Pearce was appointed to the Trust Board in August 2017 for a one year term.

Councillor Darryl Trease


Cr Darryl Trease (City of Swan) is the Western Australian Local Government Association nominee. He is a councillor at the City of Swan, Swan Valley/Gidgegannup ward. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 2008. He serves as a committee member and community representative on a number of bodies including the Swan Valley Planning Committee (Deputy Chair) – Department of Planning, East Metro Joint Development Assessment Panel and Agricultural Producers Committee – Department of Agriculture and Food. Cr Trease was appointed to the Trust Board in February 2016 for a three year term.