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 (Chairman)
Mr Beck has significant board experience as Independent Non-Executive Director of ASX Listed Primewest Group (managing in excess of $4 billion of property assets), Deputy Chair of the Rottnest Island Authority, Member of the Central Perth Planning Committee, Board Member of the Western Australian Maritime Museum Committee, Board Member of the Cockburn Sound Management Council, and Deputy Chairman of the Historic Heart of Perth Committee. He is the Principal/ Managing Director of Beck Advisory, a development advisory and asset management business with over 25 years of experience in commercial and industrial development, asset management and tourism. In these roles, he has made significant contributions to the long-term sustainability and conservation of land and waterways, with stakeholder engagement at all levels. He has strong ties to the Swan River through sailing and paddling, and a substantial commitment to environmental causes, supported by his tree-planting endeavours. He has competed in the Avon Descent on numerous occasions and appreciates the rich ecology of our river systems.
Dr Joanna Pearce (Deputy Chair)
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 reappointed to the Trust Board in 2019 for a three-year term until 15 September 2022.
Mr Peter King
Mr King is Director Port Planning with the Pilbara Ports Authority. He has held senior positions in other State Government agencies, including the former Department of State Development and the former Department of Agriculture. Mr King has more than 39 years’ experience across government and the private sector in the areas of soil and land survey, natural resource management and land use planning; as well as being very experienced in Western Australia’s statutory approvals processes and facilitating development of major resource projects and port infrastructure in the Pilbara. Mr King has also had overseas postings in several countries in the Middle East and the Sub Continent. Mr King has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of WA. Mr King was appointed to the Trust Board in October 2016 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 24 October 2022.
Ms Vanessa Davies
Ms Davies is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional links to the Wongi 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 has served on the Trust Board since December 2009 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 20 December 2022.
Ms Marenée Provost
Ms Provost commenced her career as a primary school teacher in Victoria. Upon moving to WA in 1986 she joined the public service with the then Department for Community Development where she subsequently worked for 21 years culminating in the roles of Director for Capacity Building; and Director Accommodation Services. In these roles, Ms Provost had considerable experience working alongside Aboriginal communities across the State. She transitioned into the disability sector as General Manager Community Services and subsequently Executive Director Hillroyd Project at Ability Centre. Ms Provost recently retired from Ability Centre after 10 years’ service. Ms Provost was appointed to the Trust Board in September 2018 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 15 September 2022.
Cr Sara Saberi
Cr Saberi is a City of Canning councillor, and is currently employed as an Environmental Health Officer with the City of Armadale. Cr Saberi has held various positions as a volunteer with environmental organisations and has been an active member of the landcare groups. Cr Saberi holds a Bachelor of Science in Environment and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health. She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 15 July 2022.
Ms Jacquie Stone
Ms Stone is the Director, Policy for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Ms Stone has over 25 years’ experience as an urban planner and has worked in Victoria and throughout Western Australia. She has diverse experience in strategic and statutory planning in senior management roles. She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 15 July 2022.
Ms Jo Wilkie
Ms Wilkie is the Principal at Jo Wilkie Consulting, working in organisational development, strategic development and cross-sector partnerships between government, community and corporate bodies. Ms Wilkie worked in the community sector for 20 years and was appointed to six Ministerial advisory committees and taskforces during that time. For over 18 years, Ms Wilkie worked at Lotterywest as a Grants Manager with primary responsibility for the portfolio of Big Ideas (State-wide Initiatives). She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term until 15 July 2022.