PATREC

Board members

PATREC is governed by a Board representing its sponsoring universities and the Government of Western Australia.

The role of the Board, among others, is to help provide leadership and strategic direction to PATREC and to promote cooperation and collaboration between all parties involved. It has an independent chairman and meets three times per year.

  1. Reece Waldock
  2. Keith Hampson
  3. Margaret Jones
  4. Matthew Tonts
  5. Steve Beyer
  6. Peter Woronzow
  7. Eric Lumsden

    Mr Reece Waldock

    WaldockChair, PATREC Board

    Mr Waldock was appointed as the Chair of the PATREC Board in April 2017.

    Appointed as the head of the State Government’s three Transport portfolio agencies in May 2010, Reece held a unique leadership position within the WA public sector, as Director General of the Department of Transport, Commissioner of Main Roads WA and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority.  In this role, Reece was responsible for setting the strategic direction of transport in the State, shaping the development of a number of major integrated transport plans and leading the implementation of some of WA’s most transformational capital projects.

    With more than 35 years’ experience in strategic management, with particular expertise in organisational reform, his appointment as Director General of Transport culminated a 20-year journey within various State Government transport agencies with 14 years as a CEO. Prior to his public sector career, Reece held a number of senior management roles with BHP.

    Reece was also a Commissioner of the Western Australian Planning Commission, is on the Board of Lifeline WA, and was a Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

    Past and present Board roles include Deputy Chair of Lifeline WA; Director of Leadership WA; Director Australasian Railway Association; Chair of UITP Australia; Commissioner WAPC; Director AUDRC; and Chair CILT (WA).

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    Professor Keith Hampson

    Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Development Institute, Curtin University

    Chief Executive Officer Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), Curtin University

    Dr Keith Hampson is an energetic senior leader with a blend of strong technical and management skills and formal qualifications gained through international experience in industry, government and university environments.  He has a commitment to building a more internationally competitive Australia by promoting access to better education, technology and innovative practices.

    At the industry level, Keith is a registered civil engineer and project manager with extensive experience in operating in multi-disciplinary environments in design, construction and maintenance.   He has gained international experience and knowledge from working and studying in Australia, England and the United States.

    Keith has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours (QIT), an MBA (QUT), and a PhD from Stanford University focusing on innovation and competitive performance in infrastructure.

    Keith is actively engaged in national and international industry research initiatives and is Board member - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); Fellow - Institution of Engineers Australia; Fellow - Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow - Australian Institute of Management; Member - Western Australian Port Operations Task Force; Member - Construction Queensland Leadership Council Reference Group; and Member - Queensland Transport and Logistics Council. 

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    Professor Margaret Jones PhD GAICD

    Prof. Margaret Jones PhD GAICD

    Director, Office of Research and Innovation, Edith Cowan University 

    Professor Margaret Jones has been the Director of the Office of Research and Innovation at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, for five years. The portfolios for which she is responsible include Research Grants and Contracts, Research Ethics, Collaboration and Innovation, Commercialisation and Knowledge Translation, Research Policies, Researcher Professional Development and Support, Research Analytics, and Research Productivity collection, collation and reporting to external agencies.
    A graduate of the University of Western Australia (UWA) with a Science Degree (Hons), Margaret completed her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts in the US.  Following a two year postdoctoral position at Monash University, she conducted research for the next decade at Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, during which time she was awarded an NHMRC Career Development Award Fellowship, published more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and was awarded more than $2 million in grant income. 

    Transitioning into Research Administration, Margaret worked at UWA, then moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where she worked as an independent Research Specialist, working with the UAE National Research Foundation, the Western Australian Trade Office, GEMS Education and Murdoch University (Dubai campus).  In 2014 Margaret graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors’ course.

    Her strategy to improve research performance is based on collaboration and providing a rich research environment in which researchers can thrive.

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    Professor Matthew TontsMatthew Tonts

    Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, The University of Western Australia

    A member of the University since 2001, Professor Tonts was formerly the Director of the Institute for Regional Development (2005-2010) and Head of the School of Earth and Environment (2010-2016). In 2017, he took up the position of Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.

    Professor Tonts' disciplinary background is in Geography, and has broad interests spanning regional development, rural communities, economic restructuring, and public policy. He continues to be active in research on matters related to rural economic and social adjustment, employment geographies and urban development.

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    Mr Steve Beyer

    Beyer

    Acting Managing Director, Policy, Planning and Investment, Department of Transport

    Steve Beyer has over 30 years’ experience working with WA transport agencies. Steve’s career focus is on providing clear strategic vision for development of the transport system in serving the Government, industry and the community; and being an inspiring, ethical and effective leader in harnessing change and delivering solutions.

    Over the past decade, he has established a strategic focus on long term transport network plans and strategies for Moving People and Moving Freight; led feasibility studies for new transit systems; overseen new investment in cycling infrastructure; and defined new directions for freight network planning.

    As Acting Managing Director, Steve’s top strategic priorities in the immediate future are to work with the newly elected government to define and implement priorities; relationship building and collaboration across portfolios, key agencies and industry; and shaping new directions for the Policy, Planning and Investment team.

    Steve is a Fellow of Leadership WA from the 2008 Signature Leadership program.

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    Mr Peter Woronzow

    WoronzowManaging Director, Main Roads Western Australia

    Peter has worked within Main Roads for 36 years, most recently as Executive Director Financial and Commercial Services.  He has been Acting Managing Director, responsible for the day to day operations of the organisation, since July 2016.

    Peter's extensive experience in account, procurement and management provides strong, strategic leadership in managing financial, corporate and commercial solutions.

    He is a member of CPA Australia and represents Main Roads on the Boards of Austroads and AARB Group.

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    Mr Eric Lumsden

    Managing Director, Main Roads Western Australia

    Chairperson, Western Australian Planning Commission

    Eric Lumsden commenced on 5 November 2007 with the then Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

    Eric has previously been involved in local government for 34 years. During this time, he has been a Chief Executive Officer for 17 years, firstly at the City of Swan and then at the City of Melville. Prior to that, as a qualified Town Planner, he was Director of Planning and Development at the then Shire of Swan and also at the Shire of Mundaring.

    Eric has been involved in major planning studies at both the Local and Regional levels and has played a major role in planning strategies for the Eastern Region. More recently, in a State Government context, Eric has been heavily involved in the planning processes associated with “Directions 2031”, Planning Approvals Reform and other key Government planning initiatives.

    Eric is committed to ensuring the Department plays a leading role in planning reform and initiatives for the State and has strong views of the need for all sectors of the agency to have a strong internal and external customer service delivery focus. He also has a strong desire to develop and provide increased opportunities for career development where possible.

    During this time in Local Government, Eric has been extensively involved in assisting local governments and staff in resolving various issues, including the mentoring of senior staff, participating in local government panels, and he was appointed a Commissioner of the City of South Perth between 28 November 2000 and April 2003. He was Chair of the governing Council of Swan TAFE and Chair of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils CEO Group.

    He is a strong advocate of pragmatic Strategic Community Planning and Development and more effective Governance processes and has been passionate in promoting close working relationships within the private and public sector bodies.

    Eric holds master's degrees in Town Planning and Business Administration and other postgraduate qualifications in Local Government and Social Sciences. He is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow and past President of WA Division of the Local Government Managers Association.

    Eric’s name was listed on the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List when he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to local government especially in the area of economic development. In 2010, he was awarded the LGMA Gold Medal for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the profession of local government management and was recently awarded the National Fellow Award by the Institute of Public Administration.

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