Premier announces eight new directors general

Date: 30 August 2017

New directors general appointed to newly amalgamated departments

Part of Labor Government's commitment to driving cultural change across public sector

Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the appointment of eight directors general to the newly amalgamated State Government departments.


The directors general will lead the new departments formed as a result of the McGowan Labor Government's major reforms of Western Australia's public sector, which reduced the number of government departments from 41 to 25.


Her Excellency, the Governor in Executive Council has this week approved the following appointments:

  • Mr Mark Webb PSM, Director General, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions;
  • Mr Stephen Wood, Director General, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation;
  • Dr Adam Tomison, Director General, Department of Justice;
  • Mr Duncan Ord OAM, Director General, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries;
  • Mr David Smith, Director General, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety;
  • Ms Gail McGowan, Director General, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage;
  • Mr Ralph Addis, Director General, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; and
  • Mr Michael Rowe, Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. 

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


"I congratulate the new directors general on their appointments and look forward to working with them to implement the McGowan Government's plans to get Western Australia back on track.


"The new directors general are a key component of our commitment to implement real change across the public sector, to make it more efficient and to deliver better services to Western Australians.


"Under their leadership, we will continue to implement our Machinery of Government changes and Service Priority Review to deliver cost savings across government and assist with the critical task of fixing the budget."


Directors general/chief executive officers for each department


AgencyNameTitleCurrent status 
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and InnovationMr Stephen WoodDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and SafetyMr David SmithDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Primary Industries and Regional DevelopmentMr Ralph AddisDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of CommunitiesMr Grahame SearleActing Director GeneralActing appointment
Department of JusticeDr Adam TomisonDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Planning, Lands and HeritageMs Gail McGowanDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and AttractionsMr Mark Webb PSMDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural IndustriesMr Duncan Ord OAMDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of Water and Environmental RegulationMr Michael RoweDirector GeneralNew appointment
Department of EducationMs Sharyn O'NeillDirector GeneralContinuing appointment
Western Australia PoliceMr Chris Dawson APMCommissionerNew appointment outside MOG 2017
Department of FinanceMs Anne NolanDirector GeneralContinuing appointment
Department of the Premier and CabinetMr Darren FosterDirector GeneralNew appointment outside MOG 2017
Department of TreasuryMr Michael BarnesUnder TreasurerContinuing appointment
Department of Training and Workforce DevelopmentMs Anne DriscollActing Director GeneralContinuing appointment
Department of TransportMr Richard SellersDirector GeneralContinuing appointment
Department of Fire and Emergency ServicesMr Wayne Gregson APMCommissionerContinuing appointment
Department of HealthDr David Russell-WeiszDirector GeneralContinuing appointment
Mental Health CommissionMr Tim MarneyCommissionerContinuing appointment
Office of the Auditor GeneralMr Colin Murphy PSMActing Auditor GeneralContinuing appointment
Office of the Director of Public ProsecutionsMs Amanda Forrester SCDirectorContinuing appointment
Office of the Inspector of Custodial ServicesProfessor Neil MorganInspectorContinuing appointment
Public Sector CommissionMr Malcolm Wauchope AOCommissionerContinuing appointment

Western Australian Electoral Commission

Mr David KerslakeCommissionerContinuing appointment
Western Australian Industrial Relations CommissionMs Sue BastianRegistrarContinuing appointment


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