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.
Dr Bruce Hegge: Chair
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.
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. Meg currently works with several organisations including Lifeline, Cambridge Coastcare and two local government committees.
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.
Stephen Vanstan: Director
Stephen (Steve) sits on the Animal Ethics Committees (AEC’s) of four organisations – Dept. of Primary Industries & Regional Development (DPIRD), Dept. of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA), 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 and 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 Office 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 WA’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 and 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 and 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. While Steve has a strong interest in all the broader environmental issues he has a particular interest in humane food, fauna conservation and sustainable agriculture.
Shona Zulsdorf: Independent Chair of the Nominations Committee
Ms Shona Zulsdorf has significant experience on boards and committees and has held executive and senior management positions in government departments, commercial agencies and Ministerial offices. Shona is currently Principal of Springboard Solutions, Chair of the Plumbers Licensing Board and an expert member of the Audit and Risk committee with the City of South Perth. Her qualifications include Master of Communication, BA(Hons), Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a Certificate in Board Governance. Her experience includes providing leadership, strategy, corporate governance, transformational change, risk and audit oversight.