Mark Webb
Mark Webb

Environment Minister Reece Whitby has congratulated Mark Webb who is retiring as Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

He is also finishing up his Chief Executive Officer roles at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and Zoological Parks Authority.

Mark Webb has worked in public service for more than 40 years. He began his career in 1979 as an advisor with the then Department of Agriculture. He held several senior roles across the Kimberley and South-West. In 1998, Mark Webb joined the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority as Director of Living Collections before being appointed the Authority's CEO in 2004.

He was acting Director General of the then Department of Agriculture and Food in 2016 before being appointed Director General of the newly formed DBCA a year later. He has contributed to many local, national and international committees, including WA's State Emergency Management Committee.

DBCA's Deputy Director General Peter Dans will act as the department's Director General and CEO of the three statutory authorities during the recruitment process.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"Mark Webb has made an outstanding contribution to public service in Western Australia and was recognised with a Public Service Medal in 2013.

"Over the past five-and-a-half years, he has led the on-ground implementation of major programs, including Plan for Our Parks, the Aboriginal Ranger Program, the translocation of threatened native species, delivering the State's wider conservation science strategy as well as projects at Kings Park and Perth Zoo.

"I would like to congratulate Mark on his career achievements and wish him well as he spends more time with his wife Phillipa and family.

"I know Mark won't rest for long and I hope he continues to make a valuable contribution to Western Australia in whatever role he takes up next."

Page reviewed 14 Dec 2022