Board of commissioners

Mr Ross Holt

Mr Ross Holt
Chairman | B.Econs (Hons)
Appointed November 2015

Ross Holt spent 18 years in the Western Australian State Treasury Department, including four years as an Assistant Under Treasurer. From 1993 to 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp). During his tenure, Ross oversaw significant growth in the residential, commercial, regional and industrial development sectors in the State. He is also the Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University, a non-executive Director of the Water Corporation, a non-executive Director of not-for-profit training and employment entity Nudge (formerly The Roads Foundation), and a non-executive Director for property-infrastructure project management firm NS Projects.

Mr Geoffrey Totterdell

Mr Geoffrey Totterdell
Deputy Chairman | B.Com FCPA
Appointed November 2013. Appointed Deputy Chairman October 2017

Geoffrey Totterdell retired from a 20-year partnership with an international accounting firm in December 2006, where he was primarily involved in the administration of insolvent companies and business consultancy. Geoffrey has held significant State Government appointments including Chairman of the Swan River Trust for nine years, Dairy WA Ltd for three years, Rottnest Island Authority for three years and the Peel Development Commission, and a member of the Regional Development Council for three years. Geoffrey was also the Chair of the Community Reference Group for the construction of the replacement Mandurah Traffic Bridge appointed by the Minister for Transport in October 2012.

Mr Robert Pearce

Mr Robert Pearce
Commissioner
Appointed November 2012

Robert Pearce started his career as a school teacher and was elected as a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1977. He held a number of ministerial portfolios including environment (forestry), education and transport. Robert retired from Parliament in 1993 and from 1998 to 2012, he was the Executive Director of the Forest Industries Federation of Western Australia. Robert has been active in the forestry industry, sitting on a range of committees and boards.

Ms Amelia Yam

Ms Amelia Yam
Commissioner | B.Com CA GAICD
Appointed November 2016

Amelia Yam has held executive management positions in finance in both the government and private sectors. She has also held senior management consulting roles in corporate finance, with expertise in strategic and business planning, risk management and financial management. Amelia was previously Chief Financial Officer of Horizon Power and the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Director Finance and Program Director Transformation at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Group. She is currently consulting and provides CFO on-demand services, and is a non-executive director of 360 Health + Community.

Ms Vanessa Elliott

Ms Vanessa Elliott
Commissioner
Appointed November 2017

Vanessa Elliott currently manages policy at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, with over 15 years’ experience working in strategic management roles in the public and private sectors. She has a background in sustainable development, corporate HR and corporate affairs, driving and implementing strategic change across the business. Vanessa is a non-executive Director of Desert Knowledge Australia and Whitelion.

Mr Nick Bayes

Mr Nick Bayes
Commissioner
Appointed November 2017

Nick Bayes is currently the General Manager of The Brand Agency, Western Australia’s largest and most successful communications company. Nick has over 20 years’ experience, in London, Sydney and Perth, managing complex local and international brands in the financial services, telecommunications, government, insurance, IT, land and agricultural sectors. He is an industry opinion leader, writing regularly for a range of publications. Nick’s areas of expertise include management, marketing, business and brand strategy, advertising, PR, digital communications and media.

Dr Louise Duxbury

Dr Louise Duxbury
Commissioner
Appointed November 2017

Louise Duxbury has a PhD in sustainability and technology policy and has extensive experience in directing and managing landcare, farm forestry, watercare, bushcare, sustainable farming, revegetation, environmental protection and research projects in Western Australia. She also facilitates leadership programs particularly for women working in the environmental and community development fields. Louise is a Director of Gondwana Link Limited and founder of Green Skills Inc, which is a not-for-profit environmental organisation focused on sustainability and integrating project management, training and employment programs across a wide range of WA industries.

Mr Ewald Valom

Mr Ewald (Ed) Valom
Deputy Chairman
September 2011 to November 2017. Appointed Deputy Chairman November 2012.

Ed Valom brought extensive timber industry experience to his role as commissioner, with more than 50 years’ experience in the timber industry. Ed’s career began at the grassroots of timber processing when he joined Bunnings in 1961. He was also responsible for operations at a number of timber mills in the south-west of Western Australia. From 2006 to 2009, he managed Plantation Pulpwood Terminals at Albany’s woodchip export facility. Over the past half-century, Ed has acquired first-hand knowledge in the evolution of an industry in transition. 

Mr Grant Woodhams

Mr Grant Woodhams
Commissioner
July 2014 to November 2017.

Grant Woodhams’ diverse career spans from politics to rural journalism. Grant spent most of his working life behind the microphone with ABC Regional Radio in every state across the nation. Grant is Chairman of Rural Health West and serves on the Geraldton Institute Board of Management. He was the member for Greenough and Moore from February 2005 to March 2013, and elected Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in November 2008.