The Board sets the strategic direction of the Commission which is aligned with the needs of community and business. Membership comprises the CEO and nine regional representatives who are appointed by the Minister for Regional Development.
The Board meets every two months in various locations throughout the Peel region. Any person or group wishing to make a presentation to the Board should telephone the Commission and ask for the Executive Officer.
Mr Paul Fitzpatrick (Chairman)
Mr Fitzpatrick was born and bred in the Peel and is a descendant of a pioneering family since 1893. Paul is a graduate of the UWA Advanced School of Management Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has acquired over 35 years experience in international business development and marketing in both the public and private sector. He co-founded the international award winning ‘smart house’ technology, the Smart Company of Australia in 1993. In 2001 Paul returned to the Peel region to develop lifestyle olive farms where he founded Farmstead Technology, a R&D company specialising in innovative agri-technology. Paul was elected to the Waroona Shire Council, serving 2 of his 7 years as Shire President, is a member of the Peel Planning Committee and a past President of the Mandurah Country Club. Paul was appointed to the Board in December 2012 and has been serving as Chairman since October 2014.
Dr Sue Fyfe (Deputy Chair)
Dr Fyfe is Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences at Curtin University. She has lived in Dwellingup since 1995 and has been an active member of the community. She is chair of the Forest Heritage Centre and a member of Dwellingup Community Compact. Professionally she has an extensive background as a teaching and research academic in health with significant senior leadership roles.
Cr John Erren
Cr Erren is currently a Councillor with the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and is an active community member holding numerous community and governance positions, including President of the Byford and Districts Country Club and Chair of the Board of Mundijong Primary School. John’s business career has entailed various positions as CEO and upper management over a range of industries.
Cr Christine Germain
Cr Germain is currently the Shire President of the Shire of Waroona. Christine has been a Justice of the Peace since 1983, has strong links with the equine industry in the region and has had various roles throughout the community.
Ms Maree Gooch
Ms Gooch specialises as a business development consultant and facilitator. Maree has extensive experience in strategy, planning and policy development at an executive level across many industry sectors including tourism, hospitality, government and primary production. Maree’s particular strengths at a board level are in strategy, governance, market analysis, marketing and business development.
Dr Peter Hick
Dr Hick is a semi-retired CSIRO Environmental Geoscientist who specialised in remote sensing and biophysical research for terrestrial and aquatic environments with detailed knowledge of the processes and environmental effects of mining and agriculture. Peter’s PhD was awarded in marine physics and he has also been a Director of a bio-medical research company since 2000 and a member of the Rottnest Island Board since 2011.
Mr David Napoli
Mr Napoli offers a broad exposure to a range of industries and government. He left CSIRO to join Alcoa in 1980 as part of the team developing the Wagerup Refinery and Willowdale mine where he worked until joining the Executive of Challenge Bank. He has been a member of a number of committees and has a strong connection with the region since arriving in WA and owning a farm in Dwellingup.
Prof. Andrew Taggart
Professor Andrew Taggart is Acting Vice- Chancellor and President of Murdoch University, a position held since September 2014, with primary responsibility for embodying and promoting the university’s vision and strategic goals. He has responsibility for building broad ranging research and teaching relationships with key stakeholders, including local and state governments and all levels of business and industry.
Mayor Marina Vergone
Ms Vergone is Mayor of the City of Mandurah. A qualified CPA, FIPA and GAICDI, she has extensive small business, financial and governance experience and currently sits on a number of boards and committees across the Peel including Chair of the Peel Regional Leaders Forum.
If you wish to contact any of the Commission’s Board members, telephone the Commission on (08) 9535 4140 and ask for the Executive Officer.
Board member positions are advertised in the newspaper and on the Board Vacancies section of this website.