Swan River Trust Board
Swan River Trust Board members.
The board members of the Swan River Trust are appointed by the Environment Minister. It brings together expertise in conservation, natural resource management, recreation, tourism, planning, development and matters of interest to rural and Noongar communities.
|Mr David McFerran is currently a Director of McFerran Advisory, an independent property, planning and projects consultancy providing project and development management services, planning and property advice to a range of government and private sector entities. He has previously held senior positions in several State Government agencies and departments and has significant experience in policy development along with providing advice to Ministers. As a former business manager at DevelopmentWA, he has extensive experience in land use planning, statutory and strategic planning, property development as well as stakeholder and community consultation. David was a previous Director of Western Dairy and has completed a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree with Honours from The University of Western Australia (1996) and is a Graduate of LeadershipWA Signature Program (2013). David was appointed Chair of the Trust in May 2023.|
|Mr Peter King currently consults to the Western Australian resources industry on the development and approval of large State significant projects. He has held senior positions in several State Government agencies, including the former Department of Agriculture, the former Department of State Development, and the Pilbara Ports Authority; as well as local resource companies and consultancies. Peter has also had overseas postings in the Middle East and Subcontinent. His areas of interest include agriculture, natural resource management, land use planning, project facilitation, infrastructure planning and development. He is very experienced in State approvals processes and facilitating development of major resource projects and port infrastructure in the Pilbara. Peter has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. Peter was appointed to the Trust Board in October 2016, and appointed Deputy Chair in May 2023.|
|Ms Tracy Shea has held a range of policy, advisory and leadership roles across State government in environment, conservation, recreation and nature-based tourism during a career spanning 38 years, with the last 10 spent as an assistant director in parks and visitor services at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. After retiring from the department in 2018, Tracy has focused on running her own business Tracy Shea Communications plus her short-term accommodation property in Bridgetown. In recent years Tracy has also worked in the not-for-profit sector where she developed and activated the Spring into Parks program for the WA Parks Foundation. Tracy is a Park Ambassador for the Foundation and continues to volunteer with programs that showcase the health benefits of spending time in nature. A longstanding board member of FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism Inc.), Tracy took over as Executive Officer in July 2020. She also volunteers her time as Secretary of Geoparks WA and as a judge in the annual WA Tourism Awards. Tracy was appointed to the Trust Board in May 2023.|
|Dr Penny O’Connor has 35 years of deep and diverse management experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in England and Australia. At present Penny is a Researcher with the Stolen Generations Immersive Hub at Curtin University, and is Principal of heritage advisory service Arc Insights. Previously Penny supported the work of the Heritage Council of Western Australia in a variety of government positions, most recently as Director of Historic Heritage Assessment and Registration for eight years. Her knowledge of and work relating to heritage places within and adjoining the Swan and Canning rivers has given her a keen appreciation of the diversity of interests the community has for these waterways. Penny has an Advanced Diploma of Management (2013) and a Doctor of Philosophy from Curtin University (2012) amongst other achievements. Penny was appointed to the Trust Board in May 2023.|
|Ms Marenée Provost has worked in a diverse range of positions, including 21 years with the former Department for Child Protection, 10 years in the disability sector in senior management and overseeing projects involving architectural design and extensive building development for people with severe disability. Marenée has significant expertise in managing community-based projects and working in partnership with others which has been fundamental to the successful outcomes achieved. These projects have been diverse in nature with many being based in rural and remote areas of Western Australia, ensuring particular emphasis has been placed on achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people and their communities. Marenée was appointed to the Trust Board in September 2018.|
|Cr Sara Saberi is an experienced board member with expertise in local government as an elected member and technical experience as an officer. Elected to the City of Canning Council in 2017, she is passionate about environmental matters and support for a number of local community and sporting groups. Sara has a range of qualifications including a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health. Sara is also a member of the State Bushfire Advisory Council and Chair of a Local Emergency Management Committee. Sara was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018.|
|Ms Jacquie Stone is an urban planner with 30 years’ experience, having worked in both the State and local government sectors. She is currently the Executive Director of Policy at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, where responsibilities include overseeing policies on water, wetlands, native vegetation, coastal, bushfire, climate change, public open, tourism and Crown land management. Jacquie was appointed to the Trust Board in September 2018.|
Board meeting dates
The Trust has eight members, who usually meet every month to discuss Riverpark matters.
There are currently seven members appointed to the Trust.
27 June 2023
18 July 2023
15 August 2023
19 September 2023
17 October 2023
28 November 2023