The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 was proclaimed on 1 July 1999 to dissolve the Kings Park Board and rename the organisation the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
The Act clearly defines the functions and powers of the Authority and allows for the designation of other lands, such as Bold Park, to be placed in the care, control and management of the Authority.
On 1 July 2017, the BGPA became a part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), an amalgamation that also includes Parks and Willidfe Services, Perth Zoo and Rottnest Island. The BGPA remains a statutory authority with a governing board.
The Botanic Garden and Parks Authority sits within the portfolio of the Hon. Stephen Dawson, Minister for Environment; Disability Services. He was appointed to the position in March, 2017.
Board of Management
The Board of Management has been the governing body of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority since the Authority was established in 1999. Board members are appointed by the Minister for Environment and are eligible for re-appointment at the end of their term. The members of the Board are appointed according to their experience in areas relevant to the Authority's activities and meet on a regular basis to consider issues of a strategic and policy nature.
The current Board membership is as follows:
Mr Richard Simpson
Mr Simpson was appointed to the BGPA Board of Management as the Chairman in 2002 and is also Chair of the BGPA Audit Committee. Mr Simpson has significant commercial and management experience in the financial services sector and over 30 years experience in providing investment banking advice to a range of corporate and government clients in Australia and internationally. He has worked in investment banks in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Mr Simpson was Chairman and Managing Director of Hartleys Limited from 2003 to 2008 and Head of Corporate Finance from 2002 to 2009. He remains a Director of Hartleys Limited and Director of Corporate Finance. He is currently an independent member of the State Emergency Management Committee (since 2015) and board member of WA Parks Foundation (since 2016). Mr Simpson was formally re-appointed to the Board until December 2021.
Mr Grant Robinson
Mr Robinson has been a BGPA Board member since 2006. He currently operates as a non-executive director to business and government organisations having recently retired from KPMG where he was a partner in the audit and risk advisory division in the Perth office. He has experience in corporate governance, risk management, financial accounting and audit across a broad range of industry sectors, both listed and non-listed entities, as well as not-for-profit and Government agencies. He is also a member of the BGPA Audit Committee. Mr Robinson was re-appointed to the Board until July 2019.
Dr Ross Field
Dr Field has extensive experience in the public sector and has worked across a range of agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Environmental Protection Authority, and the Western Australian Planning Commission. Dr Field is experienced in corporate governance, legislative and regulatory processes, financial administration and analysis, and formulation of policy. Dr Field was re-appointed for a three-year term to December 2021.
Ms Clare Hayman
Ms Hayman is a consultant with BRI Ferrier, Perth, managing corporate insolvency appointments, business recovery, business advisory and investigative accounting services. Ms Hayman’s experience includes audit and assurance, financial operational management reviews, corporate and personal insolvency appointments, business and asset sales, as well as investigative accounting. She has worked with organisations of all sizes from ASX listed corporations through to SME’s and government entities. Ms Hayman was appointed for a further one-year term until October 2019.
Ms Nyomi Horgan
Ms Horgan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology majoring in Marketing and Management. She is currently the Executive Manager Strategy at Bankwest and has an extensive background in marketing, communications and management positions. As former International Rose of Tralee, she maintains a connection to her Irish heritage by undertaking various advocacy roles for the Irish Consulate in Perth, and volunteering for the International Rose of Tralee Festival as well as the local Perth Rose Centre. Ms Horgan was re-appointed for a three-year term from January 2019 to January 2022.
Ms Sonia Nolan
Ms Nolan is an accomplished Executive and Board Member with cross sector experience within energy and minerals, education, social services, government, finance and geo-politics. Ms Nolan brings extensive experience in strategy, communications, social investment and partnerships, stakeholder engagement and governance. She has contributed to a number of Boards including the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia where she led a significant structural governance review and chaired the sub-committee focused on system sustainability. Ms Nolan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds qualifications in social impact, business (marketing) and arts (English and politics). Ms Nolan was appointed for a further one-year term until October 2019.
Ms Sheila McHale
Ms McHale is Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association Inc with overall responsibility for strategic leadership and business and financial operations. She has extensive experience in strategic management and governance. Ms McHale was a Member of the Western Australian Parliament for 12 years and Minister for eight years and this experience enables her to understand the key strategic issues facing the Board. She was a member of the inaugural Advisory Board of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission from 2012 to 2015, and is currently on the Board of the YMCA, WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, a state councillor on the Governance Institute of Australia and the Community Employers of WA. Ms McHale was appointed for a one-year term until May 2019.
Ms Helen Rowe
Ms Rowe has worked across a range of fields in strategic fundraising, sponsorship and event coordination as well as running independent business advisory firms. She has held positions of Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager at one of Australia's largest providers of quality residential, rehabilitation and community care and was the WA Director of Development at the Lions Eye Institute. Ms Rowe is experienced in stakeholder relationship and management, strategic business advice and management, and the ability to raise awareness and build community engagement. Ms Rowe was appointed for a further one-year term until October 2019.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Webb PSM, BSc Agric (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate Cross-Sector Partnerships
Mark became the Director General for the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on 1 July 2017. He now has combined CEO responsibilities for Perth Zoo, Rottnest Island and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the former Department of Parks and Wildlife (renamed from 1 July 2017 as the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions). Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in November 2004. He joined the BGPA in October 1998 as Director, Living Collections with extensive experience in horticultural research, public and private sector management and business.
Alan Barrett commenced as Executive Director of the BGPA on 23 July 2018. Alan Barrett comes to the BGPA from the Public Sector Commission, a central WA government agency that sets human resource management standards and ethical codes and provides leadership in governance effectiveness and integrity.
There are over 200 staff employed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, including permanent, part-time, casual and contract staff.