The eight 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.
The eight Trust Board members are:
Mr Hamish Beck (Chairman)
Mr Beck is committed to sustainability and effective environmental management working collaboratively with community groups and proponents to responsibly manage the Swan and Canning River system. This passion drives him to coordinate and undertake annual tree planting/revegetation projects. Mr Beck is a committed outdoor enthusiast having completed multiple Avon River Descents via paddle ski and a substantial bush hiking regime throughout remote Western Australia. Mr Beck is an independent Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Primewest Group (one of Australia’s leading private Real Estate Funds Management firms, managing in excess of $5 billion of property assets). He is also Deputy Chairperson of the Rottnest Island Authority, member of the Central Perth Planning Committee, Deputy Chairperson of the Historic Heart of Perth Committee, member of the Western Australian Maritime Museum Advisory Committee and member of the Cockburn Sound Management Council. In addition, he is an advisor to various institutional and private groups with diverse interests and objectives. Mr Beck is the Managing Director of Beck Advisory, an independent property funds management firm providing specialist strategic property advice and asset management to a variety of large private and public companies and not-for-profit institutions. Mr Beck joined the Trust board in 2011 and was re-appointed Chairman until 15 July 2022.
Dr Joanna Pearce
Dr Pearce is currently a lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Edith Cowan University. Her experience and skills include social research with a focus on nature-based tourism, providing policy for the National Parks Advisory Committee in Victoria and preparing technical reports for government departments and industry on natural resource management issues. She has held various teaching roles at Murdoch and Notre Dame universities and has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Hons) and a Doctorate of Philosophy. Dr Pearce joined the Trust Board in 2017 and was reappointed as Deputy Chair until 15 September 2022.
Mr Peter King
Mr King has held senior positions in State Government agencies, including the Pilbara Ports Authority, former Department of State Development and the former Department of Agriculture. Mr King has more than 39 years experience across government and the private sector in the areas of soil and land survey, natural resource management and land use planning. He is very experienced in Western Australia’s statutory approvals processes and facilitating development of major resource projects and port infrastructure in the Pilbara. Mr King has also had overseas postings in several countries in the Middle East and the Sub Continent. Mr King has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. Mr King was appointed to the Trust Board in October 2016 and was reappointed until 24 October 2022.
Ms Vanessa Martin
Ms Martin is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional links to the Wongi and Noongar people in Western Australia. She has comprehensive executive management experience in government relations, justice, employment, training and education, health, community and Indigenous relations. In 2000, Ms Martin completed a postgraduate Masters Degree in Management and Leadership at Curtin University. Ms Martin has served on the Trust Board since December 2009 and was reappointed until 20 December 2022.
Ms Marenée Provost
Ms Provost commenced her career as a primary school teacher in Victoria. Upon moving to Western Australia in 1986 she joined the public service with the then Department for Community Development where she subsequently worked for 21 years culminating in the roles of Director for Capacity Building; and Director Accommodation Services. In these roles Ms Provost had considerable experience working alongside Aboriginal communities across the State. She transitioned into the disability sector as General Manager Community Services and subsequently Executive Director Hillroyd Project at Ability Centre. Ms Provost recently retired from Ability Centre after 10 years’ service. Ms Provost was appointed to the Trust Board in September 2018 and was reappointed until 15 September 2022.
Cr Sara Saberi
Cr Saberi is a City of Canning councillor and is currently employed as a local government Environmental Health Officer. Cr Saberi has held various positions as a volunteer with environmental organisations and has been an active member of landcare groups. Cr Saberi holds a Bachelor of Science in Environment and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health. She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed until 15 July 2022.
Ms Jacquie Stone
Ms Stone is the Director, Policy for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Ms Stone has over 25 years' experience as an urban planner and has worked in Victoria and throughout Western Australia for both local and State Government. She has diverse experience in policy development, as well as strategic and statutory planning in senior management roles. She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed until 15 July 2022.
Ms Jo Wilkie
Ms Wilkie is the Principal at Jo Wilkie Consulting, working in organisational development, strategic development and cross-sector partnerships between government, community and corporate bodies. Ms Wilkie worked in the community sector for 20 years and was appointed to six Ministerial advisory committees and taskforces during that time. For over 18 years, Ms Wilkie worked at Lotterywest as a Grants Manager with primary responsibility for the portfolio of Big Ideas (State-wide Initiatives). She was appointed to the Trust Board in July 2018 and was reappointed until 15 July 2022.
Board meeting dates
The Trust has eight members, who usually meet every month to discuss Riverpark matters.
- 15 February 2022
- 22 March 2022
- 26 April 2022
- 24 May 2022
- 21 June 2022
- 19 July 2022
- 16 August 2022
- 20 September 2022
- 25 October 2022
- 22 November 2022