Mariyon Slany: Chairperson
Mariyon is a strategic creative thinker who has competencies across a diverse field – Arts, Strategy, Communications, Engagement & Facilitation – with demonstrable transfer of skills in knowledge/practical skills and strong analytical & interpersonal skills. Mariyon is motivated by a broad base of experience & exercises good judgement resulting in ‘all-rounder’ capabilities including – project management, strategic goal realisation, budget overview, people, problem solving; marketing & aesthetic knowledge inputs. She has Board level experience in governance, planning, brand & risk assessment; is the Director of her consultancy; an experienced Art Consultant; as well as formerly Executive Officer of NGO’s. Mariyon previously worked in marketing, media and publishing with experience gained internationally & in WA. Her Communications portfolio covered the WA Museum through to a large Texan bookstore, clients through Lavish Communications including AIM WA.
Mariyon graduated from the AICD Directors Course & has a Graduate Certificate in Law. She has over 15 year’s governance experience; currently with the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Board & Perth NRM Board of Directors – she was elected Chair in 2013. Her interest in environmental sustainability and the impact of climate change stems from her childhood in the country engaging with the farming communities and a backyard of home grown veggies, chooks & ducks.
Dr Bruce Hegge: Deputy Chairperson
Dr Hegge is an experienced company director with a strong interest in the promotion of sustainable and effective environmental management through the application of sound principals of science. He strongly believes that long-term environmental sustainability is best facilitated through effective community and stakeholder engagement with appropriate knowledge sharing which fosters genuine ownership by local champions.
He has a PhD in Geography, specialising in coastal environments, and a keen interest in the application of systems thinking. He is a highly experienced environmental scientist with strong skills in project management, data analysis, report writing and communication. In 2002 he co-founded a professional services firm which is now the largest marine environmental consultancy in Western Australia and widely recognised for its strong commitment to quality and integrity.
Bruce is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and has considerable board-level experience in organisations across the environment, education and professional associations sectors. Through this experience Bruce has a deep understanding of strategy, governance, organisational culture, contract management, business finance, marketing, business development, human resource management and information technology. He has a demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development and the application of innovative methods.
Pat Cesare: Director
With extensive experience in stakeholder consultation and business case development, Pat is a consultant with more than 20 years experience in the mining industry. His skills include strategy development, risk management, options analysis, value proposition development and project management. With operational roles in Australia and south-east Asia, Pat has managed technical and multi-disciplinary teams.
At a personal level, Pat’s interest in sustainable agriculture comes from growing up with his (late) Grandparents (who were Italian emigrants), and growing the majority of the family’s vegetables in the back yard of their suburban home. Today, his children watch his parents as they grow their vegetables and make pasta at home too. In Pat’s travels he has seen cities where planning and community attitudes reflect in the amenity of the city. Conversely, he has also experienced ‘concrete jungles’ with a corresponding poor quality of life. Hence, Pat has a desire to contribute positively to the maintenance and improvement of the biodiversity, amenity and ‘livability’ of the greater Perth region. As a Board Director at Perth NRM, he feels he can make a real contribution along these lines, for current and future generations.
Pat holds a Masters of Science (Mineral Economics) from Curtin University and is a member of the Geostatistical Association of Australia. Pat is a graduate and Fellow of Leadership W.A. and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Darrell Jones: GAICD – Director
Darrell Jones currently serves as a Director on the Board of Perth NRM and is Chair of the Finance Committee. He has a strong interest in community, the environment and sustainability. Other directorships include Board Member at the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (where he is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee), and Board Member at the Mundaring Arts Centre. He was a Councillor at the Shire of Mundaring for six years (2009 – 2015), two as the Deputy Shire President. He sat on numerous Council committees, including Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee. He was previously a Non-executive Director of a not-for-profit that provided therapy services to children with autism, and a former community Board Member of Helena Valley Primary School.
Darrell is from a farming family and grew up in the Perth Hills area. As part of his interests, he completed a short course in aquaculture at UWA. When working for Western Power, Darrell led the introduction of the first green power electricity product in Western Australia, which supported the development of the Albany wind farm. He was an integral part of the team that introduced renewable energy feed-in tariffs to metropolitan and regional Western Australia which was a necessary enabler for the development of the roof-top solar photovoltaic industry. Darrell and his family live in a solar passive home in the Perth foothills.
Darrell has many years professional experience in finance, economics, marketing, governance and strategic planning. He has recently lectured in Actuarial Economics at Curtin University, and assists with the delivery of both the Strategic Management and Corporate Governance units at Curtin Business School. His qualifications include Bachelor of Economics (UWA), Graduate Certificate in Marketing (Monash) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Finsia). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Steve Vanstan: Director
Stephen (Steve) Vanstan currently serves as a Director on the Board of Perth Region NRM Inc and is a member of the Board’s Audit Committee. He also sits on the Animal Ethics Committees (AEC’s) of five organisations – being Curtin University, Dept. of Agriculture & Food WA (DAFWA), Dept. of Parks & Wildlife (DPaW) – formerly DEC, Perth Zoo and Royal Perth Hospital. In addition he is a WA Housing Authority Regional Appeals Committee member and sits on the City of South Perth Council’s Audit, Risk Management and Governance Committee.
Steve was born in Fremantle W.A. and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Mgt.), from W.A.I.T. / Curtin University, along with various technical qualifications. From 1983 to 1997 he led the growth of multi-national industrial automation Engineering & Contracting company, “Motherwell Systems”, in the position of Managing Director and General Manager, following which he led the development of “RSPCA WA Inc.”, as Chief Executive Officer, for 14 years, until he decided to cease full time employment in late 2011. When he left RSPCA in September 2011 the WA Premier at that time (Hon. Colin Barnett) publicly said “He has moulded RSPCA into what it is today…” and the then WA Leader of the Opposition Eric Ripper said “Steve has overseen the RSPCA’s expansion into the State’s premier animal welfare agency and has driven significant reforms and understanding in this area”.
Steve has extensive management experience, covering all aspects of an organisation, with a track record of success. During his time at the RSPCA new WA animal welfare legislation was introduced, RSPCA operations were expanded / streamlined, Government funding of the Society was introduced and the establishment of W.A’s first Animal Welfare Centre became a reality. His industry background has primarily been in Project Management, Engineering, Construction, Contracting, Marketing and, in more recent times, Animal Welfare / Community Service in a Not for Profit environment. Steve’s animal welfare background has included law enforcement, education, policy and advocacy. He has also served as a Local Government Councillor. He has extensive experience in corporate governance, strategy, risk management & finance – as illustrated by the various Directorships he has held and having been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Whilst Steve has a strong interest in all the broader environmental issues he has a particular interest in humane food, fauna conservation and sustainable agriculture.
David Lucido: Director
David has developed and implemented practical growth strategies for market-leading companies for almost twenty years. He is internationally recognised for his ability to improve the competitiveness and financial performance of organisations, with demonstrated results in mature and contracting markets.
David has been engaged by many notable Australian and global Fortune 500 organisations, helping them to engage with customers at all levels and across different cultures. David’s professional clients include numerous SMEs, as well as larger organisations including: Amcor, Canon, CSIRO, DuPont, Elders, Lenovo, Merrill Lynch, Monash University, National Australia Bank, Pfizer, Rio Tinto, and SITA Suez.
David’s executive appointments include:
• Group CEO – Westlink Logistics
• CEO – National Ports Corporation
• Head of Strategy & Business Development – Wood Group
David was born in Fremantle, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. He is passionate about increasing the environmental awareness of corporates, and enhancing Perth NRM’s capacity to achieve its objectives.
Meg brings significant knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing natural resource management including climate change and population growth from 25+ years of working with the Water Corporation. As a Principal Business Planner, Meg developed programs for:
•Urban land planning and growth analysis
•Capital investment planning
•Stakeholder engagement and strategic marketing
•Drainage research and development.
Meg is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She has a degree majoring in Psychology (Queensland University), a Graduate Diploma in Business Systems and Design (Curtin University) and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Securities Institute). With 10+ years as a Trustee Director of a corporate superannuation fund, Meg has substantial experience in corporate governance, risk management, strategic business planning and investment management.
Meg has a deep personal interest in the natural environment and in achieving results that benefit both the community’s health and the protection of Western Australia’s unique flora and fauna. She is a volunteer with several community organisations.
Raechel is an experienced Corporate Executive, General Manager and Company Secretary with diverse expertise gained in national and international organisations, including executive level experience in both the public and private sectors.
In her Executive role, Raechel manages multi-disciplinary teams across Health and Safety, Environment and Heritage, Corporate and Government Affairs, Enterprise Risk, and Legal Services. She is recognised for clear and insightful leadership, and her expertise in strategic planning, risk management, corporate governance and stakeholder management.
Raechel holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash University, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also appointed as the Attorney General’s representative on the Law Society of WA’s Public Purposes Trust Allocation Committee, and is the Chair of the Port Hedland Industries Council Executive Committee.
Lorica Storey – Independent Chairperson, Audit Committee
With a keen interest in finance, compliance, governance and risk, Lorica has more than 10 years’ experience as a senior executive reporting to boards and various sub committees on financial, strategic planning and commercial management matters. She has held various finance roles in mining and resources, manufacturing and education and is currently a Director at Biolectric Pty Ltd.
Lorica is a Certified Practising Accountant and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin Business School.