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 is a graduate of the UWA Advanced School of Management Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He co-founded the international award winning ‘smart house’ technology, the Smart Company of Australia in 1993. In 2001 Mr Fitzpatrick was elected to the Waroona Shire Council, serving 2 of his 7 years as Shire President. He is currently a member of the Peel Planning Commission and is President of the Mandurah Country Club.
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. She is an Advisory Board Member of the disciplinary tribunal at the national Institute of Public Accountants.
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.