About usCouncil 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.

Councillor Profiles

Councillor-Micheal Murray (111x150) (111x150)Hon Michael Murray AM QC
Chairman
Term Expires: 2019


Michael Murray graduated LLB at UWA in 1964. He was appointed as Crown Prosecutor for WA in 1973 (DPP) and as WA Crown Counsel in 1980. He was appointed a QC in 1984.In 1990 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of WA. He became the senior judge of the court and from time to time served as Acting Chief Justice and Administrator of the State. He retired from the bench when he turned 70, in 2012. He served on the council of the Law Society of WA (President in 1988) and on other professional associations. He is a life member of the Law Society and the WA Bar Association.

For 9 years he was on the Senate of Murdoch University, for 6 years as Pro-Chancellor. He now holds a position as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch and teaches sentencing and parole, and advocacy.

He is the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission and Chairman of the Supervised Release Review Board (juvenile parole). He was awarded an AM for service to the law, education and the community. He is grateful in retirement from the bench to have the opportunity to pursue his interest in historical and environmental preservation as a Councillor and member of the Executive of the National Trust of WA. National Trust Member since 1997.
Dr Ken MichaelHon Dr Ken Michael AC
Deputy Chair
Councillor
Term expires: 2017


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, Chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of the Western Australian Museum 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 Chairman of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust and Chairman of Broome Future Ltd, 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. National Trust Member since 2015.
Councillor-Max Kay (98x150) (98x150)Mr Max Kay AM CIT WA
President
Term Expires: 2019


Mr Max Kay arrived in Perth from Scotland in 1967 and soon became one of Western Australia’s most sought after performers. In January 2001 Max closed the Civic Theatre to pursue other goals, of a community nature, by concentrating on various charitable causes that he had helped throughout his business career and running for the City of Perth Council to which he was elected. In June 2001 Max’s contribution to the entertainment and hospitality industry was recognized when he was awarded the Citizen of the Year for the Arts.

Culture and Entertainment category. In the same year, he was thrilled to receive the Premier’s award for “Legend of the Hospitality Industry”. He earned his highest accolade in January 2003 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry and for charitable works. That same year he was proud to be one of 1300 Australians to receive the Prime Minister’s Centennial Medal. Max was always extremely grateful to have been awarded The Vietnam Logistic Support Medal and a special Citation from the Commander of the American Defence Force, General Abrahams, for his services in entertaining troops from both countries as an initiative of the Australian Government.

Max has been a tireless worker for the community, sitting on many boards and committees and devoting time to his favourite charities. National Trust Member since 2009.
Councillor-Christine Lewis (105x150) (105x150)Ms Christine Lewis B Ed in Art (UNSW), M Ed Mngmnt (UWA)
Vice President
Term Expires: 2017


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. Since 2008 she has worked and continues to work in the area of Aboriginal heritage. National Trust Member since 1997.
Councillor-Robert Mitchell (96x150)Colonel (Ret'd) Robert Mitchell CFD, UE, MA, GAICD
Vice President
Term Expires: 2018


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 for over25 years. 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 Executive officer of Museums Australia WA and Curator of the Army Museum of WA. National Trust Member since 1990.
Councillor-John Palermo (2) (106x150) (106x150)John Palermo
Treasurer
Term Expires: 2018


Mr Palermo is a Partner with Palermo Chartered Accountants. He was a member of the Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Western Australia from 2008–2013 and held the office of Chairman in 2013. Mr Palermo was also Chairman of the National Public Practice Advisory Committee and a member of the Council Working Group towards the successful merger of the New Zealand and Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants with a combined membership of approximately 90,000 members. Mr Palermo’s areas of expertise are in financial and corporate accounting and strategic business management. He also holds positions on a number of Not-for-Profit Boards. National Trust Member since 2005.
Councillor-Helen Cogan (3) (105x150) (105x150)Ms Helen Cogan LLB (UWA) LLB (Wits)
Secretary
Term Expires: 2017


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.
Councillor-Grant Godfrey (107x150) (107x150)Mr Grant Godfrey BEc (Hons) MBA AGIA
Councillor
Term Expires: 2019


Mr Godfrey is a business finance and strategic planning specialist with experience across several industry sectors. He has worked at senior levels in major corporations in the finance industry. Mr Godfrey is currently working with the University of Western Australia in a senior project role. He was the Trust’s Treasurer, was a member of the Trust’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of Trust’s Finance and Audit Committee. National Trust Member since 2007
Councillor-Jenny Gregory (108x150)Prof Jenny Gregory AM FRHS MPHA MICOMOS BA (Hons) PhD
Councillor
Term expires: 2019


Professor Gregory teaches and researches in the fields of heritage and history at The University of Western Australia. She is Director of the Centre for WA History and has served as Head of the School of Humanities (2009-15) and Chair of History (2007-08).

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) Former Chair of the National Trust of Australia (WA) (2007–10) and past President (1998–2007), she is also past President of the History Council of WA (2003–07) and a former Director of UWA Press.

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. She is presently a member of the Australia Day Council (WA). National Trust Member since 1989.
Councillor-Roger Jennings (2) (106x150) (106x150)Mr Roger Jennings MA (Cantab), EurChem, CChem, FRSC
Councillor
Term Expires: 2017


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 the past twenty years and 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. Over the past six years he has been developing and maintaining 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: 2018


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 Ken Collins AM.CitWA
Councillor
Term Expires: 2017


A retired General Medical Practitioner, Dr Collins has a 48 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. National Trust Member since 2008.
Councillor-Geoff Moor (100x150)Geoff Moor B.AppSc; FPLA
Councillor
Term Expires: 2019


Geoff has been a member of the Trust since 2001 and was previously a Council member 2002-2005 and is a member of the Classifications Committee. 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.
GrahamGoerkeMr Graham Goerke B.JURIS, LLB, GAICD
Councillor
Term expires: 2017


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 since 2013. 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. Under its governing legislation, VenuesWest is currently responsible for 13 sports and entertainment venues on behalf of the State. National Trust Member since 2015.
Councillor-Gregory Boyle (98x150) (98x150)Professor Jane Lydon
Appointed Councillor - The Senate of the University of Western Australia
Term Expires: 2019


Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia, and currently serves as the Chair of History (2016-2018). She was educated at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. She has worked in the heritage sphere for thirty years, including as the inaugural archaeologist for the Sydney Cove Authority, responsible for the Rocks area of Sydney, between 1993-1995, and convenor of an inaugural heritage program at La Trobe University in 2001. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She is on the editorial boards of a number of international and Australian journals.

Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (Duke, 2005); Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission (AltaMira Press, 2009), which won the Australian Archaeological Association’s 2010 John Mulvaney Book Award and the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology’s Best Publication Award; The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award; and most recently Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Bloomsbury, 2016). She currently leads the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe’, which collaborates with four European museums to historicise their collections of Australian photographs and return them to Aboriginal descendants. National Trust member since 2016
Councillor-Max Hipkins (105x150)Mr Max Hipkins MSc BTRP BArch DipAdmin
Appointed Councillor - Western Australian Local Government Association
Term Expires: 2019


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 and has held the position of Director of Planning at the City of Perth. He is currently a member of CityVision and is the Mayor at the City of Nedlands. National Trust Member since 1994.
Councillor-Michael Wheatley (5) (100x150) (100x150)Dr Hugo Bekle
Appointed Councillor - The Royal Society of Western Australia
Term Expires: 2019


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: 2017


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)Prof John Stephens BArch (Hons1) PhD
Appointed Councillor - Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter)
Term expires: 2017


An academic in the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture at Curtin University, John Stephens has taught in architectural history, heritage and conservation. He has a strong background in conservation plans, heritage reports and research into architecture, landscape and culture. Currently he writes on war memorials and war commemoration and on heritage and community. He is a member of the Australia Asia Pacific Institute (AAPI) and also sits on several National Trust committees. He is appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia as the National Trust nominee. National Trust Member since 1990
Councillor-John Cowdell (2) (109x150) (109x150)Derryn Belford BSc MBA GAICD
Appointed Councillor - Tourism Western Australia
Term Expires: 2019


Derryn joined Tourism WA in 2008. She led the development of the State Government Strategy for Tourism 2020, which was launched in 2012, and in 2013 developed the initial business plan for the iconic National ANZAC Centre in Albany. Since 2013 Derryn has headed up the Destination Development division, which focuses on supply side issues in the WA tourism industry. It works across government and industry to determine the needs of destinations in terms of access, accommodation, attractions and amenities, and seeks to facilitate the filling of gaps through private and public investment.

Derryn is an active participant on a range of cross-government committees and working groups that impact the tourism industry in WA, and is a current Board Member of All Saints’ College. National Trust Member since 2016.
JocelynMitchellJocelyn Mitchell
Appointed Councillor - Country Women's Association of Western Australia
Term expires: 2018


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 and is a member of the Swan River Pioneers. In her professional life, Jocelyn has been the PA to senior executives in the fields of tertiary education, petroleum resources and management associations.

Overseas she has served as an elected official on school boards, as an administrative officer in the Refugee Review Board and coordinated women’s resource and support centres for military dependents. 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. She has been volunteering for the National Trust since 1990. National Trust member since 1990.