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.

Councillor Profiles

Hon Dr Ken Michael AC
President
Term expires: 2020


Dr Ken Michael AC was installed as the thirtieth Governor of Western Australia on 18 January 2006, retiring from this position in May 2011. He was educated at Highgate Primary School, Perth Boys’ School and Perth Modern School. He graduated in civil engineering from The University of Western Australia and completed his PhD degree at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

He served as Commissioner of Main Roads and Public Service Commissioner. He was Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Chair of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Chair of the Western Australian Museum, Chair of the Western Australian Cricket Association and a member of the Economic Regulation Authority.

Dr Michael has made a significant contribution in many areas, including public service, engineering, and academia and, in general, to the Western Australian community.

He continues his support of the community in his retired capacity. He is currently Chair of Perth Modern School and Chair of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, as well as being involved in other community based activities.

He has received a number of awards in recognition of his contribution to his profession and the community. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 and Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Australia Day Honours. Previously the Deputy Chairman of Council, he was elected President of the National Trust of Western Australia in 2019. National Trust member since 2015.
Councillor-Christine Lewis (105x150) (105x150)Ms Christine Lewis B Ed in Art (UNSW), M Ed Mngmnt (UWA)
Deputy Chair
Term Expires: 2020


Christine has been involved with the National Trust movement since the early 1980s when she first joined in New South Wales. She was also a Trust member in the ACT where she served on the Education and Culture Committee from 1987 to 1990, and worked as a Trust volunteer organising Heritage Week activities, seminars and conferences.

Christine is a Trust member in Western Australia and was appointed to the Council in May 2012. Christine holds the degrees of Bachelor of Education in Art (UNSW) and Master of Education Management (UWA). She is an experienced museum and heritage professional based in Perth, having previously worked for the ACT Heritage Committee in Canberra (1987–90), and at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney (1990–95).

She has been employed in a curatorial role at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (UWA) 1997–8 and then for ten years as Registrar and Manager Assessment and Registration at the WA State Office of Heritage. From 2008 to 2014 she worked in the area of Aboriginal heritage. National Trust Member since 1983.
Councillor-Robert Mitchell (96x150)Colonel (Ret'd) Robert Mitchell CFD UE
Vice President
Term Expires: 2021


After serving in the Canadian Forces on NATO, peacekeeping and program management duties, Mr Mitchell was employed in the health promotion and aged care sector in Western Australia. He has been actively involved with National Trust governance, properties, programs and people since first appointed to Council in 1992. In 2012 he was awarded the Heritage Council award for outstanding commitment to heritage, particularly to fostering the growth and sustainability of a wide range of heritage organisations, and the development and promotion of innovative projects and practices. He is currently the Curator of the Army Museum of WA and an active Rottnest voluntary guide. National Trust Member since 1990.
Councillor-Helen Cogan (3) (105x150) (105x150)Ms Helen Cogan LLB (UWA) LLB (Wits)
Secretary
Term Expires: 2020


Ms Cogan has worked as a solicitor for both government and private firms around the world (including the legal department of The National Trust in the United Kingdom). In 2005, Ms Cogan retired from the State Solicitor’s Office. Ms Cogan has served as the Secretary on the National Trust Council since 2006 and is a member of the Executive Committee. National Trust Member since 2005.
Hon Robert ‘Bob’ Kucera APM GradCertMgmnt DipMgmnt Dip.Pol DipCrimInv JP
Chairman
Term expires: 2022


The Honourable Robert ‘Bob’ Kucera was born in Cardiff, (Old South Wales), before his family migrated to Western Australia in 1964. Mr Kucera joined the West Australian Police Force in 1966. He went on to become a highly decorated police officer who spent 34 years in the Western Australian Police, achieving the rank of Assistant Commissioner for Police, before resigning and standing for the State Parliamentary seat of Yokine in 2001. He holds tertiary qualifications in applied and business management, Diplomas of Policing and Criminal Investigation and is a graduate of Central Metropolitan TAFE, the Australian Institute of Police Management, and Charles Sturt University. He has presented at many International, National and State Conferences on a range of topics. As a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow he studied Policing Administration and in particular Juvenile Crime Programs, in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

After entering Parliament, Mr Kucera served as a Cabinet Minister representing a variety of portfolios including Health, Small Business, Seniors, Volunteers, South-West Western Australia, Tourism, Sport and Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs. He retired from Parliament in 2008. He is currently a Non-Executive Chairman of an ASX listed company, President, Deputy Chair, Director and Patron of a number of “Not for Profit” community and Aged Care organisations. National Trust Member since 2017.
Councillor-Jenny Gregory (108x150)Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM FRHS MPHA MICOMOS BA (Hons) PhD
Councillor
Term expires: 2022


Professor Gregory has taught and researched in the fields of heritage and history at The University of Western Australia, where she also served as Head of the School of Humanities (2009-15), Chair of History (2007-08), Director of the Centre for WA History and Director of UWA Press.

Her contribution to heritage and history was recognised when she was made a member of the Order of Australia (2010), a Champion of the Built Environment (2004), by the award of a Centenary of Federation Medal (2001), and the National Trust’s Stirling Award (2011). In 2019 she received an award for 25 Year’s voluntary service to the National Trust of Australia (WA).

Former Chair of the National Trust of Australia (WA) (2007–10) and past President (1998–2007), she was Deputy Chair of the Australian Council of National Trusts (2008–10), and was also a former Councillor of the Heritage Council of WA and a Board member of the Australia Day Council (WA). She is currently President of the History Council of WA. National Trust Member since 1989.
Councillor-Roger Jennings (2) (106x150) (106x150)Mr Roger Jennings MA (Cantab), EurChem, CChem, FRSC
Councillor
Term Expires: 2020


A retired British Civil Servant and Diplomat who worked in the government healthcare field with a background in quality management and science policy, Mr Jennings has had a keen interest in architecture, design and heritage preservation for over forty years and has been a member of National Trust organisations in the UK, USA, Malta and Australia.

Mr Jennings has been actively involved in volunteering with several charitable organisations for more than twenty years. He has worked as a volunteer administrator with the National Trust of Australia (WA) for ten years, and has been a member of Council since 2008. Other activities for the Trust have included the development and maintenance of nearly twenty websites for the Trust’s Australian Schools National Curriculum Programs. National Trust Member since 2005.
Councillor-Robyn Taylor (3) (97x150)Dr Robyn Taylor MPHA
Councillor
Term Expires: 2021


Dr Taylor works as a historian, art curator and heritage consultant. Her areas of interest include Western Australian history, art, architecture and cultural heritage. Dr Taylor has served on the Trust Council since 1993, and the Classification Standing Committee since its formation in 1994. She was a councillor on the inaugural Heritage Council of Western Australia from 1991 to 1993.

In 2004 she received a Champion Award for the Year of Built Environment and, in 2005, the National Trust’s Stirling Award for over 15 years voluntary service. In April 2012 she received a High Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Heritage by a Professional in the Heritage Industry’ in the Western Australian Heritage Awards. National Trust Member since 1982.
Councillor-Ken Collins (103x150)Dr Kenneth Collins AM CStJ. CitWA.MBBS
Councillor
Term Expires: 2020

A retired General Medical Practitioner, Dr Collins has a 53 year history of service through Rotary International having served as a Director of the International Board and a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation. He has also served as Chairman of the Medic Alert Council of WA, Chairman of the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust, Commissioner of St John Ambulance Volunteer First Aid Service, Director of Interplast Australia, Director of Australian Rotary Health Research Fund and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Lighthouse Laboratories.

In 1991 he was named the WA Citizen of the Year for Community Service, in 1994 he was made a member of the Order of Australia and awarded the Australian Medical Association Award for Outstanding Service to Medicine, in 2001 he was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal and in 2007 was the West Australian Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Adelaide. National Trust Member since 2008.
Councillor-Geoff Moor (100x150)Geoff Moor B.AppSc
Councillor
Term Expires: 2022


Geoff was a Council member 2002-2005 and again since 2013. He has served on the Classifications Committee since 2002. In everyday life he is employed in local government and oversees planning, development and operation of heritage facilities and programs. Other interests include the Canning Agricultural Society; Coastal Group of agricultural societies; Veteran Car Club of WA; Council of Motoring Clubs of WA and holds positions with these.

Memberships include History Council of WA, RWAHS, British Printing Society; and various collectors clubs and community groups. He is a life member of a several community organisations and has been made a Paul Harris Fellow by a couple of Rotary Clubs. National Trust member since 2001.
Councillor-Graham-GoerkeMr Graham Goerke B.JURIS, LLB, GAICD
Councillor
Term expires: 2020


Graham practised as a property lawyer at Jackson McDonald for over 30 years until the end of 2015. He was chair of the partnership board for 10 years from 2001 and head of the commercial/property practice team from 1995.

Graham was a member of the Division Council of the Property Council in WA for over 12 years; an adjunct professor for 6 years with the law school of Murdoch University; and has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1991.

Graham has been a Council and Board member of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) since 2006 and Board Chair from 2013 to 2019. EREA currently governs over 50 Catholic schools and flexible learning centres around Australia. Graham has also been a member of the Board of the WA Sports Centre Trust (VenuesWest) since 2007 and Board Chair since mid-2018. Under its governing legislation, VenuesWest is currently responsible for 13 sports and entertainment venues on behalf of the State. Graham has been the National Trust of Western Australia’s delegate to the Australian Council of National Trusts since 2016 and the Council Chair since November 2019. National Trust Member since 2015.
Councillor-Max Hipkins (105x150)Mr Max Hipkins MSc BTRP BArch DipAdmin
Councillor
Term Expires: 2022


Mr Hipkins is a planner, architect and engineer. With a career as a consultant and local government director, he has experience in heritage assessment, conservation plan preparation and compilation of municipal inventories.

Mr Hipkins is a planner, architect and engineer. With a career as a consultant and local government director, he has experience in heritage assessment, conservation plan preparation and compilation of municipal inventories.

Mr Hipkins was a foundation member of the Swan River Trust, is a past National Chairman of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, was a member of CityVision and has held the positions of Director of Planning at the City of Perth and Mayor at the City of Nedlands. He is currently Chair of the Trust’s Significant Tree Committee. National Trust Member since 1994.
Councillor-Michael Wheatley (5) (100x150) (100x150)Dr Hugo Bekle
Appointed Councillor - The Royal Society of Western Australia
Term Expires: 2022


Dr Bekle has worked at four universities over 32 years and also operates a consultancy, EnviroSystems. His teaching, research and consultancy focuses on biogeography, environmental science, water and wetlands, salinity, urban and regional planning, sustainability and Indigenous land management practices. In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers in recognition of his achievement, leadership and excellence in the field.

Dr Bekle is the author, or co-author, of 33 publications and 26 conference papers. In particular his knowledge of the ecology and migration of water birds has been recognised nationally and internationally. Dr Bekle also co-authored a book on The salinity crisis: landscapes, communities and politics, which was a short-listed finalist in the WA Premier’s Book Awards (2001). In 2014, he was awarded the Leonard Slater Visiting Fellowship at Durham University. His professional contributions also extend to considerable service to community organisations, government agencies and representative professional bodies. His teaching efforts have been recognised by various awards, including the Sybe Jongeling Award (2006) for recognition of outstanding compassion to students. Dr Bekle also recently served as Chief Examiner in geography for the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority. National Trust member since 2016.
Councillor-Steve Errington (2) (105x150) (105x150)Dr Steve Errington JP BSc(Hons) PhD FRACI MRSC
Appointed Councillor - The Royal Western Australian Historical Society
Term expires: 2020


Dr Errington is an Adjunct Associate Professor, previously Head, of the Department of Chemistry at Curtin University. He has been a member of the Royal WA Historical Society since 1963 and is currently Vice President. He has research interests in various aspects of WA history – chemistry, early colonial and sport. Dr Errington is also a voluntary guide at the Round House Fremantle, the Old Mill South Perth and on Rottnest Island. National Trust Member since 2008.
Councillor-John Stephens (108x150)Emeritus Prof John Stephens PhD RAIA M.AICOMOS
Appointed Councillor - Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter)
Term expires: 2020


John retired from Curtin University in 2017 but is still involved in research and teaching projects. As an academic at Curtin University, John has taught in architectural history, heritage and conservation. He has a long-term background in conservation plans and heritage reports and his research and teaching concentrates on the topics of heritage, cultural landscapes, and memory and war commemoration. John has worked with students on heritage and community development projects in India and Timor Leste. John’s current projects include working with Aboriginal organisations to document and map former Native Mission sites for use by Stolen Generation Survivors. He was appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia as the National Trust nominee from 2012 until June 2019. National Trust member and volunteer since 1990.
Derryn Belford BSc MBA GAICD
Appointed Councillor - Tourism Western Australia
Term Expires: 2022


Derryn is Executive Director Destination Development at Tourism WA. Destination Development focuses on supply side issues in the WA tourism sector, working across government and industry to facilitate improved access, accommodation and tourism experiences.

Derryn joined Tourism WA in 2008 from a 20-year career as a research and strategy consultant in Perth and London. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also Deputy Chair of All Saints’ College, Deputy Chair of the Swan Bells Foundation and on the Board of the Gravity Discovery Centre. National Trust Member since 2016.
Jocelyn Mitchell
Appointed Councillor - Country Women's Association of Western Australia
Term expires: 2021


Jocelyn Mitchell is a native of Mt Barker and was educated at St Mary’s Church of England School in West Perth. She completed the Museum Studies Certificate Course at Edith Cowan University in 2009. Jocelyn has extensive family linkages across rural Western Australia. Before her retirement in 2013, Jocelyn was the Minutes Secretary and was actively involved in the programs and advocacy issues of CWA for 23 years. Since retirement, Jocelyn has been a member of the CWA archives committee. She has been volunteering for the National Trust since 1990. National Trust member since 1990.
Mr Robert Rossi JP BEd
Appointed Councillor – Western Australian Local Government Association
Term expires: 2020


Mr Robert Rossi JP has devoted the last 17 years representing the City of Belmont and was the Deputy Mayor for 6 years. He is also a school teacher and has been teaching since 1984. He is an active contributor to the community, which started over 20 years ago when he volunteered for Belmont Home Care for the City of Belmont. His commitment has grown, as a Councillor, through to Neighbourhood Watch, St Vincent De Paul and as a Justice of the Peace to name a few. Mr Rossi has been a member on numerous committees and organisations, including the Belmont Retirement Villages Board of Management as Chairman, Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal Reference Committee; and, as the designated Council member along with the Mayor of the City of Belmont on the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

Mr Rossi is passionate about retaining Western Australia’s rich history. As the Presiding Member of the Belmont Museum Advisory Group, he is involved in shaping the new Belmont Museum. He has been nominated for several awards that have come from the residents that he serves or organisations that value and recognise his work in the community. National Trust Member since 2018.
Mr Tutu Phong BCom CA
Councillor
Term expires: 2021


Tutu is a Partner of RSM specialising in providing Assurance and Advisory services to clients listed on the ASX, companies with international operations and Australian private companies.

Tutu graduated from UWA in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce and was admitted to the membership of the Charter Accountants Australia and New Zealand in 1998. Tutu is a registered company auditor in Australia and an Approved Overseas Auditor by the New Zealand Companies Office.
Dr Shino Konishi
Appointed Councillor - The Senate of the University of Western Australia
Term expires: 2022


Shino Konishi is a historian based at the University of Western Australia, and descends from the Yawuru people of Broome, WA. She is a member of the Centre for Western Australian History, and her research interests include histories of Indigenous labour, and maritime and overland exploration in Australia. She currently leads a national project on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives, in collaboration with the Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Trust Member since 2020.
Mrs Margaret Harper BA, Dip Bus, Dip Speech and Drama, F.AUSAE
Councillor
Term expires: 2022


Mrs Margaret Harper joined the National Trust in Victoria whilst teaching at Camberwell Girls Grammar School in the 1960’s. Returning to Perth, she married Charles Harper, grandson of Charles Walter Harper of Woodbridge.

She was appointed Executive Director of the Perth Convention Bureau and played a significant role in developing the conference industry in Australia.
Margaret has held numerous tourism industry and association committee positions, participated in the Perth City Council’s Town Planning Sub-Committee and Sister City delegation to Kagoshima; the Sesqui-Centennial Celebrations Committee and Bicentenary Planning Committee. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Society of Association Executives.

Appointed founding Executive Director of the Conference and Development Office at UWA in 1983, she was later selected Australia’s representative to the Duke of Edinburgh Sixth Commonwealth Future Leader’s Study Conference, Australia/India 1986.

Whilst living on Corfu, Margaret partnered in the establishment of Chamber Music Holidays and Festivals. Concerts were held in historic buildings across Europe. She helped establish the Guildford Foundation School on Corfu, appointed to the School Board in 1995.

Returning to Perth she served as Principle Policy Adviser to a State Cabinet Minister, has consulted on various projects and works with heritage-focused organisations.