Meet our Committee

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport particularly for his work in saving and rebuilding Perth's rail system. Peter served on the Board of Infrastructure Australia from 2010 -14 and in 2018/19 he was recognised as the WA Scientist of the Year.

Colleen has been the CEO with Regional Development Australia Perth since 2013, having led a number of initiatives to drive new business investment and job growth for the State, in particular the Perth region. These include: Driving Change: Perth and Peel an Economic Development Strategy and Infrastructure Priorities Plan (2016); Security and Defence in Western Australia: An Economic Perspective (2017); Lithium Valley: Building the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in WA (2018) and Establishing the Perth DroneHub (2019). Colleen has over 35 years in a number of multi-faceted, composite and challenging roles within the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Colleen holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and is on the Board of a number of organisations.

Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, Cameron has over 20 years’ experience across infrastructure investment, consulting, financial advisory, investment banking, operational and executive management roles both domestically and globally. Cameron focuses on economic infrastructure development, project financing, risk & credit, renewables, water, transport, fuel terminals and ports. Cameron is the Founder and Director of InfraNomics, Non-Executive Director International Graphite and Non-Executive Director of Magellan Powertronics.

Michelle is Director/Principal of 360 Environmental Pty Ltd and the Chair of the 360 Environmental Board. Michelle is multi-degree qualified, having completed a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment, a Masters of Environmental Management. In 2008, Michelle graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2006, Michelle was awarded the Western Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year award in the Zaffyre Category. In 2008, Michelle was listed in the State’s Edition of Western Australia’s Who’s Who. In 2009, Michelle was listed in the 40Under40 top business leaders. In 2014, Michelle was an Ernst and Young: Entrepreneur of the Year Western Region Finalist.

Chris has a background in local government and private sector senior management roles and has been the Director of the Kwinana Industries Council since 2007.

Chris holds an Executive MBA from University of Western Australia and has graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gwen is a Senior Specialist with Dassault Systèmes covering Business Transformation and has over 20 years of experience in energy and natural resources,

Rohan is a highly experienced Industry professional with over 25 years extensive leadership experience across a wide variety of industry sectors, including mining, infrastructure and defence and provides his skills across a number of organisations.

He is the founding Chairperson of the Henderson Alliance, a SME advocacy group, as well as the founding committee of the Australian Defence Alliance.  Rohan currently sits on a number of Boards and committees representing the interests of Western Australian Defence Industry SME’s.

Masoud is the Managing Director of Magellan Powertronics Pty Ltd, an innovative power storage company located here in WA. Masoud is truly passionate about local technology and know-how and strongly feels the only way to truly achieve this is through local manufacturing. Against all trends for the past 29 years, Magellan has produced innovative products and solutions which have served our society and industries. Smart jobs have been created in power electronics where there were none, and millions of dollars’ worth of imports have been replaced through their technologies.

Darryl has worked in senior executive roles in mining & resources, major infrastructure & engineering projects, public policy, agribusiness, international commodity trade, communications & media, diplomacy, government relations & regulatory affairs – as well as defence industry business development.  He also worked for nine years as a senior adviser to state and federal Cabinet Ministers. Darryl is a board member and spokesperson for the Henderson Alliance, a progressive industry group which develops and promotes the capabilities of small businesses in WA’s defence industries; and a board member of Regional Development Australia (RDA) for the WA Great Southern region. Darryl holds a Master of International Business from Monash University and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is a past WA Citizen of the Year for Community Service; recipient of the Centenary Medal; and Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.

Edward is an experienced solicitor with commercial law and commercial litigation experience in both large multinational and small to medium organisations. He is a dynamic legal practitioner who is able to apply a sound understanding of business to provide strategic legal commercial advice to the Committee and the Association to assist the advance of the Association’s objectives. In addition, Edward advises the committee on corporate governance, compliance and risk management issues.

Lithium Valley WA

An ideal location with full infrastructure services, abundent energy and a highly trained workforce exist for businesses who wish to establish their company in Western Australia. Lithium Valley engenders technical excellence, major projects, R&D and has can provide members with access to finance and expertise

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