BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett, Board Chairman Richard Simpson and CEO Mark Webb. Photo: L Sims
BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett, Board Chairman Richard Simpson and CEO Mark Webb. Photo: L Sims

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 was proclaimed on 1 July 1999 to dissolve the Kings Park Board and rename the organisation the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. The Act clearly defines the functions and powers of the Authority and allows for the designation of other lands, such as Bold Park, to be placed in the care, control and management of the Authority.

The Botanic Garden and Parks Authority sits within the portfolio of the Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs Hon Stephen Dawson MLC.

The Board of Management has been the governing body of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority since the Authority was established. Board members are appointed by the Minister and are eligible for reappointment at the end of their term. The members of the Board are appointed according to their experience in areas relevant to the Authority's activities and meet on a regular basis to consider issues of a strategic and policy nature.

The current Board membership is as follows:

Mr Richard Simpson
Chairperson

Mr Simpson was appointed to the BGPA Board as the Chairman in 2002 and is also Chair of the BGPA Audit Committee. Mr Simpson has significant corporate, commercial and management experience through over 30 years providing investment banking advice to a range of corporate and government clients in Australia and internationally. He has worked in investment banks in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Mr Simpson was Chairman and Managing Director of Hartleys Limited from 2003 to 2008 and Head of Corporate Finance from 2002 to 2009. He remains a Director of Hartleys Limited and Director of Corporate Finance. He is currently a board member of the WA Parks Foundation (since 2016) and was previously an independent member of the State Emergency Management Committee (2015 - 2018). Mr Simpson was reappointed to the Board until December 2021.

Dr Ross Field
Deputy Chairperson
Dr Field has extensive experience in the public sector and has worked across a range of agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Environmental Protection Authority, and the Western Australian Planning Commission. Dr Field is experienced in corporate governance, legislative and regulatory processes, financial administration and analysis, and formulation of policy. Dr Field was reappointed for a three-year term to December 2021.

Ms Clare Hayman
Ms Hayman is a consultant with BRI Ferrier, Perth, managing corporate insolvency appointments, business recovery, business advisory and investigative accounting services. Ms Hayman’s experience includes audit and assurance, financial operational management reviews, corporate and personal insolvency appointments, business and asset sales, as well as investigative accounting. She has worked with organisations of all sizes from ASX listed corporations through to SME’s and government entities. Ms Hayman was reappointed for a three-year term until October 2022.

Ms Nyomi Horgan
Ms Horgan has been a BGPA Board members since 2016. She has more than 25 years of strategy development, corporate communication, stakeholder management and investor relations experience gained in both the UK and Australian markets. Currently a Director at corporate and financial communication advisory firm, Citadel-MAGNUS, she has provided counsel on several complex issues in the public and corporate sector extending across resources, energy, manufacturing, retail and financial services. Ms Horgan’s wealth of experience in strategy development, building strong reputations and engaging critical stakeholders was also established during several years with Bankwest, PWC and Alinta. Ms Horgan was reappointed for a three-year term to January 2022.

Ms Sheila McHale
Ms McHale has significant experience in strategic leadership and governance  and a practical and deep appreciation of Government having been a Member of the Western Australian Parliament for 12 years and Minister for eight years. Ms McHale has a strong business development focus. She is a non executive Director of several organisations, a Fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management WA, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms McHale was reappointed for a three-year term until May 2022.

Ms Sonia Nolan
Ms Nolan is an accomplished Executive and Board Member with cross sector experience within energy and minerals, education, social services, government, finance and geo-politics. Ms Nolan brings extensive experience in strategy, communications, social investment and partnerships, stakeholder engagement and governance. She has contributed to a number of Boards including the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia where she led a significant structural governance review and chaired the sub-committee focused on system sustainability. Ms Nolan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds qualifications in social impact, business (marketing) and arts (English and politics). Ms Nolan was reappointed for a three-year term until October 2022.

Ms Helen Rowe
Ms Rowe has worked across a range of fields in strategic fundraising, sponsorship and event coordination as well as running independent business advisory firms. She has held positions of Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager at one of Australia's largest providers of quality residential, rehabilitation and community care and was the WA Director of Development at the Lions Eye Institute. Ms Rowe is experienced in stakeholder relationship and management, strategic business advice and management, and the ability to raise awareness and build community engagement. Ms Rowe was reappointed for a three-year term until October 2022.

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Webb PSM, BSc Agric (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate Cross-Sector Partnerships
Mark became the Director General for the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on 1 July 2017. He now has combined CEO responsibilities for Perth Zoo, Rottnest Island and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the former Department of Parks and Wildlife (renamed from 1 July 2017 as the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions). Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in November 2004. He joined the BGPA in October 1998 as Director, Living Collections with extensive experience in horticultural research, public and private sector management and business.

Executive Director

Alan Barrett commenced as Executive Director of the BGPA on 23 July 2018. Alan Barrett comes to the BGPA from the Public Sector Commission, a central WA government agency that sets human resource management standards and ethical codes and provides leadership in governance effectiveness and integrity.

Page reviewed 23 Aug 2019