The National Trust of Western Australia works to raise knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to Western Australia’s natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage. The Trust achieves this objective through the conservation and interpretation of heritage places it manages on behalf of the community and government of Western Australia, and through its education and learning programs.

The National Trust of Western Australia was established in Western Australia in 1959 by a group of concerned citizens who identified the need to promote heritage conservation. This group grew rapidly and included some of the most prominent citizens in the State. Some five years later an Act of Parliament was passed in the State Parliament which formally established the Trust as an independent community based organisation.

The National Trust is a registered charity.

The National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act 1964 can be found on the Australasian Legal Institute (Austlii) Database.
Our Act [external link]

 

Vision

A Western Australian community valuing and conserving its natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage for the wellbeing of current and future generations

Mission

The National Trust of Western Australia will engage and inspire community support for the conservation of our natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage for the present and the future

Services

The National Trust of Western Australia is a statutory body that delivers heritage services through whole of government appropriations. The organisation delivers services in the areas of property and collection management, natural heritage management and education and learning programs.

 

Aboriginal Acknowledgement

The National Trust of Western Australia acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state.

The National Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

The National Trust is committed to working with Aboriginal people to ensure these practices are recognised and included in the conservation and interpretation of its properties and Aboriginal people are consulted and involved in the development of Trust projects and programs.

Patron of the National Trust of Western Australia

The Patron of the National Trust of Western Australia is His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley AC Governor of Western Australia

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Council of the National Trust of Western Australia

The Council consists of 25 members, of which 16 members are elected from amongst members of the National Trust and the remaining nine members are appointed by nominating organisations. Terms conclude following the Annual General Meeting in the year of expiry.

Meet our Council

Senior Staff

Mr Julian Donaldson
BA DipEd GAICD

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Julian Donaldson brings to the National Trust significant leadership experience gained in a career spanning the commercial and arts sectors. He is committed to involving the community in the National Trust’s mission to conserve and interpret Western Australia’s cultural heritage for the present and the future and emphasises the role of storytelling in deepening the connection people have with heritage. He is focused on ensuring that all Western Australians have the opportunity to engage in the National Trust’s role in building a valued sense of our place in the fast-changing world through reflection on our rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Mr Donaldson led the Perth International Arts Festival over a decade before joining the National Trust of Western Australia in 2016. He retains his involvement in the arts through membership on the board of the Perth Theatre Trust.

 

Mr Enzo Sirna AM
BA DipEd MACE

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr Enzo Sirna AM joined the National Trust in 2001 with over 30 years’ experience in education and in governing community and not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Sirna was previously a Senior Policy Advisor for the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and a former Head of Languages and Director of Studies at Penrhos College.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004, for service to the community through education, multicultural affairs, welfare and the arts.

Mr Sirna is also Chairman of the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Deputy Chairman of Community Languages Australia and President of the Italo-Australian Welfare and Cultural Centre.

 

Mr Shaun McLeod
BComm CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Shaun McLeod joined the Trust in July 2017.

Mr McLeod has significant financial and management accounting experience within the public sector, holding previous roles in the Office of the Auditor General; Chief Finance Officer of the former Department of Lands; and also held the role of Senior Analyst, as well as Chief Finance Officer during his time in the Department of Treasury.

 

Ms Anne Brake  
Dip Teach (Primary), BA, GradDip Mus Studies, M App History, M.ICOMOS

Senior Manager, Marketing & Community Services

Ms Anne Brake has been with the National Trust since 2000 when she joined as Manager Interpretation for the Golden Pipeline Project. Since then she has worked in a variety of positions in interpretation and community engagement. In 2016-17, Ms Brake was seconded to the Rottnest Island Authority for 12 months as Manager Cultural Heritage.

Originally with an education background, Ms Brake has over 30 years’ experience in the museum and heritage sector in both NSW and WA. She has made contributions at committee level to the state branch of Museums Australia and the National Committee of Australia ICOMOS. She remains committed to the important role heritage can play in strengthening communities.

 

Ms Kelly Rippingale   
B.Arch (Hons) B Arts (UWA), M. AIA, M.ICOMOS

Senior Manager, Asset Management  

Ms Kelly Rippingale has qualifications in both architecture and history and has worked for over twenty years in government, private and the not-for-profit arenas, in Western Australia and the UK, focusing on the management of significant places. She has been with the Trust since 2001 and undertaken a broad range of projects across the whole of the asset portfolio.

Ms Rippingale is passionate about the values embodied in Western Australia’s built heritage, seeking to best maintain those values while meeting sustainable future use goals.

 

Committees of Council

The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist Council in fulfilling its statutory and good governance responsibilities relating to financial planning, reporting and control, risk management, accountable performance, and audit.

The role of the Classification Standing Committee is to identify and assess places and objects of cultural heritage significance and recommend to Council the classification and conservation of those places and objects considered to have heritage significance.

The purpose of the Committee is to support the National Trust of Western Australia in the identification, recording, classification and preservation of Western Australia’s Defence Heritage. The definition of defence heritage is as encompassing as the interests of the committee members. It is not limited to army, navy or air force artefacts, equipment, oral history or military heritage sites. It is also concerned with the history of civil and military aviation, war graves, war memorials, internment and POW camps, women’s services, restoration, conservation and the impact of war and conflict on the security and defence of Western Australian communities since 1826.

Honours

The National Trust depends on the commitment and support of the community and many individuals.

In recognition of the hard work and dedication to conservation and interpretation of Western Australia’s unique heritage, the National Trust awards individual effort.

In 2012 the National Trust introduced Fellow of the National Trust as the highest honour bestowed to an individual.

 

Honours List

Ronald Bodycoat
Eileen W Brown
Dr Fiona L Bush
Chris Corry-Thomas
Sue Corry-Thomas
Hon. John Cowdell AM
Heather J Dayman
Pamela F Hall
Joyce M Hardy
Dr Cleve Hassell
Frank M Montgomery OAM
Roslyn F Stewart OAM
Don Strang

 

Policies and Rules

Section 27 of the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act 1964 enables the Trust to establish by-laws to assist regulating the affairs, business and management of the Trust. Trust by-laws are adopted by general or special general meetings of the National Trust.

National Trust By-Laws 1972

 

Every five years the National Trust adopts a Strategic Plan to guide the activity of the organisation.

Through this strategic plan the National Trust of Western Australia aspires to awaken the community to the value of heritage. The plan sets out to achieve this by connecting Western Australians with the story of their heritage. The stories found in the rich and diverse natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage are the embodiment of our memories – the vast collection of things, both tangible and intangible – which we chose to keep and which we choose to keep for the future

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives the community the right to apply for access to documents held by The National Trust of Western Australia.

The National Trust of Western Australia (the Trust) is required to assist the community to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost, and to ensure that personal information held is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading.

Freedom of Information Request Form