The Zoological Parks Authority Board is the governing body of the Zoological Parks Authority and is comprised of eight members appointed by the Environment Minister.
The Board meets regularly and carries out its responsibilities in line with the Zoo's Code of Conduct and the Zoological Parks Authority Act 2001.
Grant Robinson, Chair
Mr Robinson has a wealth of experience across a range of industries, including as a Chartered Accountant, as a former partner of KPMG in the Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting division for over 30 years, as well as many years’ experience as a board/committee member of numerous not-for-profit organisations. His current and recent board roles are Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Deputy Chair), Perth Festival, Netball WA (President), North Metropolitan Health Service, Bethesda Health Care, and Juniper. Mr Robinson's expertise in governance, risk management, financial analysis, compliance along with his public sector experience will be of great value to the Zoological Parks Authority Board. Mr Robinson was appointed to the Board on 28 August 2019 for a three-year term ending 31 July 2022.
Mr Alex Lamond, Deputy Chairperson
Mr Lamond has combined a formal engineering/science educational background with an applied business management focus. His continuing formal studies have included an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance and Investment and Business (Marketing). Mr Lamond has had hands-on CEO, senior executive and leadership experience in a range of appointments and is currently an Executive Director at ERGT Australia (a national safety training specialist for the Oil & Gas industry), with responsibility for finance and business development functions. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on a number of public, private and government boards. Mr Lamond was appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board as Deputy Chairperson on 2 August 2019 for a three-year term.
Ms Di Bain, Member
Di Bain is a marketer and journalist with 20 years’ experience in the communications industry. Following her career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ms Bain established her own successful marketing agency, Bain Media. Ms Bain developed marketing strategies and delivered cross-platform brand campaigns for high profile clients in government, property development, cyber security and tourism. Ms Bain is the Chair of Activate Perth which champions renewal and vibrancy in the City of Perth. She is also a Commissioner on the Tourism Western Australia board. As a keen supporter of the Arts, Ms Bain has been a Director of Perth’s contemporary dance company Co3 and her business has earned producer credits for the Australian motion picture Blue Dog and the documentary film Yagan. She is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Bain is also an aviator holding fixed wing and helicopter pilot licences. Ms Bain was appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board on 2 August for a two-year term.
Dr Kellie Pendoley, Member
Kellie Pendoley has over 30 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner within extractive industries in Western Australia, and has participated in the environmental management of multiple large-scale oil and gas developments. With her extensive knowledge of marine turtle biology and ecology, Dr Pendoley has designed and implemented marine turtle research and monitoring programs within industrial settings for a range of companies operating in Australia and overseas. She has a special interest in monitoring and modelling artificial light pollution and has over 20 years of experience in developing equipment and techniques to quantify biologically meaningful light. Dr Pendoley’s Community Service includes a Ministerial appointment on the DBCA North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program Scientific Panel, membership on the Gorgon Marine Turtle Expert Panel, Australasian Regional Vice-Co Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and Board Member International Dark Sky Association. Dr Pendoley was appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board on 2 December 2016 for a three-year term.
Dr Harriet Mills, Member
Dr Mills is a wildlife ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in terrestrial vertebrate research. She has worked as a Lecturer in Conservation Biology at Edith Cowan University, and she was an academic at UWA for over 15 years, teaching in various units in Zoology, Conservation Biology, Agriculture and Science Communication. Harriet's PhD research was on the reproductive biology, ecology and genetics of the Dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis) and much of that work was done in the first few years of the establishment of the Dibbler breeding program at Perth Zoo. Current research interests include vertebrate ecology, pest management and dasyurid life history. Dr Mills was re-appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board on 15 November 2018 for a one-year term.
Mr Brad Geatches, Member
Mr Geatches has over 30 years of senior executive experience in underground mining, airports and seaports, including 16 years as CEO of four corporations.
From 2007 to 2016 Mr Geatches was CEO of Perth Airport Pty Ltd and in that capacity lead a $1.1bn capital investment program that greatly expanded the airport’s capacity and transformed the customer experience. Prior to this, Mr Geatches was CEO of Cairns Port Authority which owned and operated the Cairns airport and seaport. Through these capacities Mr Geatches has developed deep expertise in governance, financial and risk management, land use and infrastructure planning, capital development and life cycle asset management of complex facilities with high levels of public engagement.
Mr Geatches is currently CEO of MATES in Construction, a not for profit organisation providing mental health and suicide prevention services to the construction and mining industries. He is also Chairman of Carers WA and a Director of Strategen Environmental Pty Ltd. Mr Geatches was appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board on 31 October 2018 for a one year term.
Ms Davina Bester, Member
Ms Bester is a registered Architect and Interior Designer with 15 years’ experience in both commercial and residential projects. She currently runs her own dynamic studio, Milieu Creative, in Perth where her practice specialises in delivering design excellence across a range of project sectors. Ms Bester’s ability to strategically derive the brief and masterplan for projects enables her to clearly understand the aspirations and project goals to deliver successful design outcomes in architecture and design. Prior to establishing her own studio she worked at HASSELL Studio as an Associate, leading design projects in Perth, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok; and in the UK at KSS Design Group in education, stadia and retail design. Ms Bester was appointed to the Zoological Parks Authority Board on 31 October 2018 for a one-year term.