In 2011, Perth NRM adopted a skills-based board, with the objective of establishing ‘best practice governance’ structure that allows the organisation to create value through effective operations, innovation and development and provide accountability and control systems to manage risk and reduce conflicts of interest. For more information on this decision and process, read the FAQ.
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: Director
Darrell Jones is an experienced not-for-profit director with expertise in strategy, governance, economics, finance and marketing. He is currently Chair of the PNRM Committee for Finance, Audit and Risk (CFAR). In other roles, he is a Member of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (where he is also a member of CFAR), Councillor at the Shire of Mundaring (member of the Audit and Governance Committee and the Environmental Advisory Committee), former Board Member of Mundaring Arts Centre, and community Board Member of a local primary school. He teaches part-time at Curtin University in the subject areas of Economics, Strategic Management and Corporate Governance.
Alongside business issues, Darrell has a strong interest in arts, environment and sustainability.
He 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 holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.