Dr Ron Edwards has
extensive board experience in the fisheries, the resources and
not-for-profit sectors, including previous appointments on the Pacific
Area Working Group for the Marine Stewardship Council, the
Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council, the Australian Social Inclusion
Board and the Seafood Trade and Market Access Forum.
He is the co-founder
of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation for indigenous youth and has
also served on the boards of the Perth Mint, as Chair of Anglican Youth
Ministries, the Anglican Schools Commission and as Chair of the Potato
Marketing Corporation and the Rock Lobster Industry Advisory Committee.
He is currently on the boards of Youth Focus, the Young Lives Matter
Foundation, the National Landcare Advisory Committee and continues with
the Polly Farmer Foundation.
Dr Edwards' career
has also included strategic project work, academic, research and media
communications roles, and he served as the Federal Member for Stirling
in Western Australia between 1983 and 1993.
Dr Ron Edwards has
been the SEMC Chair since October 2017.
Linda has a BA (Hons)
in Political Science from UWA and a Law Degree from the University of
working life she has had a strong focus on law reform, social justice
and the rights of women and children.
She is a previous Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and a
Legal Member of
the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has also been a Member of the
Legislative Council of the West Australian State parliament. She was the
Inaugural Convener of the Valuing Children Initiative.
She has served on a
wide range of advisory committees and boards including the Women’s
Advisory Council to the Premier, the Reproductive Technology Council of
Western Australia, the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on Gender Bias,
Executive of Women Lawyers (WA), Convener of Management Committee of the
Women’s Legal Service of Western Australia, the Board of the Art Gallery
of Western Australia and the Taskforce to establish the State
Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia.
She is currently a
Director on the Board of The Black Swan State Theatre Company, Youth
Legal Service (Inc), the National Drug Research Institute.
She has twice been
recognized by her legal peers. In 1997 she was awarded the Law Society
of Western Australia’s annual award for Outstanding Service to the
Community. In 2010 she was named Woman Lawyer of the Year.
Ms Savage has been a
SEMC Independent Member since September 2018.
Melissa Pexton is the Director Risk Capability and Analysis at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA (DFES) and the Executive Officer of the State Emergency Management Services WA (SEMC). Melissa has also recently held the position of SEMC Deputy Chair and Chair of the SEMC Recovery and Community Engagement Subcommittee.
Prior to joining DFES, Melissa was the Manager Emergency Management for the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), an independent, membership-based group representing and supporting the work and interests of 140 Local Governments state-wide.
Melissa held positions with Emergency Management Western Australia (EMWA) as Principal Policy and Planning Officer and Manager Community Emergency Management Services overseeing the WANDRRA, NDRP, AWARE and regional staff.
Melissa has built extensive community emergency management experience working in the community engagement portfolio of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) working extensively with communities, emergency service volunteers and staff, alongside local governments to build resilience and understanding of the impacts of natural hazards in the community.
Ms Pexton was appointed as Deputy Chair of the SEMC in May 2018 and Chair SEMC Recovery and Community Engagement Subcommittee.
Emily Roper is the Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC).
As the head of DPC, Emily is responsible for leading the public sector in providing whole-of-Government advice and support to the Premier and Cabinet in their service of the WA community
Emily has held various leadership positions in both State and Commonwealth Governments, with experience spanning over a 21-year period in a range of areas including national security, intelligence and reform.
Prior to this role, Emily was the Deputy Director General of the Inter-Governmental Relations and COVID-19 at DPC, responsible for leading engagement with the Australian and other State and Territory governments and supporting WA’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
Emily has also held the Deputy Director General, Policy and Reform position, overseeing Aboriginal, social, economic and environment policy, as well as the Government’s public sector reform program.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Murdoch University, majoring in Psychology.
Mr Darren Klemm has
over 27 years of experience in fire and emergency services, having
served three years with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
before joining the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1993.
Originally posted to
Perth Fire Station, he served at various metropolitan fire stations.
This was followed by time in Country Operations in the Goldfields
Midlands, based in Northam, which gave him the opportunity to gain
considerable experience in regional firefighting operations, as well as
the chance to work closely with volunteers.
Mr Klemm also spent
time at the then FESA Training Centre before being promoted to Assistant
Commissioner in 2012.
Over the last six
years he has successfully delivered and implemented a number of high
level strategic reforms, including delivering key aspects of the DFES
response to the Report of the Perth Hills Bushfire. This facilitated
significant changes across DFES and the EM sector in WA.
Mr Klemm has also
been responsible for significant structural and cultural reform in the
training and professional development of DFES personnel and volunteers,
including management of the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy and
the introduction of the Professional Pathways competency based
framework. He has been involved in strategic operations at State and
Incident Controller level during significant emergencies such as the
Waroona, O'Sullivan and Toodyay bushfires and Tropical Cyclone Olwyn.
Mr Klemm is a member of a number of national committees concerned with
EM in Australia, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the
Australian Institute of Management. He was appointed as Commissioner of
the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in August 2017.
Mr Darren Klemm has
been a SEMC Member since October 2017.
Mr Chris Dawson joined WA Police as a cadet in February 1976, going
on to provide 38 years of continuous service in country and
metropolitan positions across a range of portfolios. He was
appointed to the rank of Superintendent in 1999 when he became the
inaugural principal of the WA Police Academy in Joondalup. The
Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2002 saw him awarded the Australian
Police Medal for distinguished service.
He was appointed Deputy Commissioner under Karl O'Callaghan in July
2004, with a brief to lead an agency reform program resulting from
outcomes from the Kennedy Royal Commission. From May 2008 he had
overall management of all operational policing within metropolitan
and regional areas, including the specialist portfolios of serious
and organised crime, counter terrorism and state protection.
In 2011, Mr Dawson headed up the biggest security operation in the
history of WA Police, as State Commander for the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He was responsible for the security
of all attending Heads of State from 53 Commonwealth countries and
their respective senior ministers and delegates.
After ten years as Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dawson left WA Police in
April 2014 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, formerly the Australian
Crime Commission. He has also served as Director of the Australian
Institute of Criminology at this time. He was appointed as
Commissioner of the Western Australia Police Force in August 2017.
Mr Dawson has been a SEMC Member since October 2017.
Dr Andrew (Andy) Robertson is the Assistant Director General and Chief Health Officer within the Public and Aboriginal Health Division in the Western Australia Department of Health (WA Health). With specialist qualifications in Public Health Medicine and Medical Administration, he served with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1984 until 2003, including completing three tours to Iraq as a Biological Weapons Chief Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission in 1996 and 1997. He remains in the RAN's Active Reserve, and was promoted to Commodore and took up the role of Director General Navy Health Reserves in July 2015 to 2019.
In October 2003, Dr Robertson took up the position of the Director, Disaster Preparedness and Management in WA Health. In December 2004, he led the Australian Medical Relief team into the Maldives post tsunami, managed WA Health's response to the 2005 Bali Bombing, led the WA Health team into Indonesia after the Yogyakarta earthquakes in June 2006, worked as the Radiation Health Adviser to the Australian Embassy after the Fukushima nuclear incident in 2011 and conducted the AUSMAT needs assessment in Nepal after the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Since 2008, as Director, Disaster Management and Deputy Chief Health Officer, he has coordinated the WA Health disaster and public health responses to the Ashmore Reef incident, the H1N1 2009 pandemic, the 2011 CHOGM meeting, the 2014 Ebola preparations, and acted as the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Medical Officer. He has been undertaking the current role since June 2018.
Mr Mark Webb has
a Degree in Science (Agriculture) Hons from the University of
Western Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cross-sector
Partnership from the University of Cambridge (UK).
Mr Webb was
previously employed by the Department of Agriculture and Foods WA
(DAFWA) for more than 15 years and worked in South Perth, Manjimup,
Kununurra and Albany. He has extensive experience in horticultural
research, public and private sector management, farming and
Mr Webb was CEO
of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority from 2004 – 2017. From
March 2016 to June 2017 he was Acting Director General of DAFWA. He
sits on a number of local, national and international committees and
boards. Mr Webb has been appointed to lead the new Department of
Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions as Interim Director
Mr Mark Webb has
been a SEMC Member since October 2017.
Mike Rowe is the Director General of the Department of Communities. Mike was previously Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Western Australia, which was established on 1 July 2017. Mike moved into the role following three years as the Director General of the former Department of Water.
Having worked in a variety of leadership, policy, advisory and delivery roles since 1993, Mike is an experienced member of the WA Government's senior executive service. His experience spans natural resources management portfolios including agriculture, environment and water. He has also worked with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and other portfolio areas including Aboriginal affairs and public sector management.
Mike studied environmental science and holds postgraduate qualifications in social research and program evaluation and public sector management.
Mike is currently the President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Western Australia) and a board member of Leadership WA.
Nick is the Chief Executive Officer at the Western Australian local Government Association. Nick has experience at Executive level in State Government including roles across regional and metropolitan Western Australia. During this time, Nick has managed complex policy agendas at both State and Local Government level.
Most recently Nick was the Executive Director, Planning and Service Delivery at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Nick has wide-ranging Board experience and is currently a Director on the Board of the Local Government Insurance Scheme and NaturePlay WA, having previously served as Deputy Chair on the Western Australian Local Government Grants Commission and the Board of the Western Australian Institute of Sport.
Mr Nick Sloan has
been a SEMC Member since August 2019.