Our Board is responsible for setting our strategic direction, monitoring performance, managing risk and maintaining compliance.

George McCullagh

Initially appointed Director of the Board in September 2010, George became Deputy Chairperson in June 2015 and as of 1 January 2018 chairs the DevelopmentWA Board.

George was previously a Partner with international consulting firm, Deloitte. He has worked as a consultant in independent practice providing commercial and advisory services to a range of planning, infrastructure, transport and redevelopment organisations in Western Australia. George is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca Field
Deputy Chairperson

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2018 and appointed Deputy Chairperson on 16 October 2019, Rebecca is the Chairperson of the Board’s Governance and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Rebecca is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Known for her combination of excellent technical ability, good commercial sense and strategic thinking, Rebecca advises clients on the legal, strategic and risk management issues associated with property development and redevelopment projects, and the sale, acquisition and leasing of large commercial, retail, industrial, pastoral, agricultural and tourism assets. Rebecca also has many years’ experience in property and development finance.

Simon Read
Board Member

Appointed to the Board in April 2010, Simon currently chairs the DevelopmentWA Audit and Risk Management Committee.

His hands-on skill set has been honed over 25 years of working with Australia’s leading corporate recovery specialists. He has specialised in corporate reconstruction, turnaround and business improvement.

Simon currently runs a consulting business specialising in the complex area of security and the role of the Personal Property Securities Act. He has worked across many industries with significant experience in forestry, mining, engineering, finance and property.

Simon is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant.

Jane Bennett
Board Member

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2018, Jane is a member of the Board’s Statutory Planning Committee and Chairperson of the Central Perth, Midland and Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committees.

With extensive experience as a practising town planner in local government and private practice, she has been instrumental in the planning and delivery of major residential, commercial and industrial projects in Western Australia, as well as major government and institutional projects.

Jane is a strong advocate for, and actively involved in the planning reform agenda. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jane was made a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia in 2015 for her contribution to planning.

Jane is an owner and Director at CLE Town Planning and Design and is a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission. Jane is a UDIA WA Councillor and Chair of the Planning Committee.

Dale Page
Board Member

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2018, Dale is a member of the Board’s Statutory Planning Committee, Governance and Remuneration Committee, and is also Chairperson of the Armadale and Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committees.

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale is responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health (including immunisation), planning and building compliance (including swimming pools), community development activities and the City of Joondalup’s four libraries.

Dale has considerable experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia, previously working in senior roles at the East Perth and Subiaco Redevelopment Authorities and LandCorp.

Simon Reed
Board Member

Appointed to the Board on 16 October 2019, Simon is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Simon is also head of the Perth Corporate Group for law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He has over 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, advising both listed and private companies as well as government and statutory bodies. Simon specialises in governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate re-constructions. He has acted for clients in a range of sectors including mining, energy, financial services, manufacturing and property. Simon has strong relationships with all key stakeholders in the Australian corporate regulatory landscape.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a Bachelor of Economics. Simon also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (corporate finance major) from FINSIA. He was previously a board member for WA Music.

Alan Carpenter
Board Member

Alan was appointed to the Board on 30 September 2020.

Alan is a former Premier of Western Australia. He also served as State Development Minister and held numerous portfolios during his time as a member of the West Australian Parliament.

A senior journalist before entering politics, Alan went on to be Wesfarmers’ Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, for nine years before retiring in December 2018.

Alan has also been a board member for HIF (Health Insurance Fund of Australia) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.