Our Structure

Our Minister and legislation

Our Minister

The Honourable Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Science has responsibility for ChemCentre.

Enabling Legislation

ChemCentre is an independent statutory authority, established under The Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007. 

Our Board

ChemCentre is governed by an experienced Board, delivering the leadership that maintains our position as WA’s leading analytical chemistry services provider. 

Chair, Denise Goldsworthy

Denise Goldsworthy FTSE, FAIM, GAICD BMet is the Managing Director and Owner of Alternate Futures Pty Ltd, established specifically to work at the interface between Australia’s research organisations, tech-start-ups and industry.

Denise is an experienced non-executive director and advisor on research, technology and innovation. She has senior executive experience in manufacturing (steel), infrastructure, mining (iron ore, industrial minerals) and technology/innovation sectors.

She spent 17 years with BHP Steel at the Newcastle Steelworks and subsequently as an executive for Rio Tinto, with roles including Chief Commercial Officer Autonomous Haul trucks, and as Managing Director of Dampier Salt Limited and Managing Director HIsmelt Corporation.

Denise is a judge for the Prime Minister’s national science awards and was named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.


 

Deputy Chair, David Blyth

David Blyth is a Director/Principal of a consulting practice working with senior executives and boards on strategy development and execution, organisation design, and executive talent management. He has more than 30 years’ experience in business, industry associations and business schools including as former executive Director of the Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP). David launched an Executive MBA program for Curtin University, where he spent four years as Program Director. 

David has worked widely in Australia and on assignments in China, South Africa, Ghana, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Member, Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas has more than 15 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries. Mark joined Fortescue Metals Group Limited in 2004 in the role of Group Financial Controller. He subsequently became Head of Finance and IT and then Group Manager Finance before being appointed Company Secretary in 2010. He has also held senior finance positions with the Goldfields Australia Group and with a number of professional service providers.

Mark has extensive experience in accounting and finance, IT and business administration in the mining and professional services industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia.
 

Member, Dr Ian Harrison

Ian is a research scientist with over 30 years’ experience managing research and development programs and projects. Until his retirement in 2017, Ian was Director of R&D for Alcoa’s Global Refining System, leading a team of 60 scientists and technicians providing R&D for the world’s largest alumina refining system. Prior to joining Alcoa, Ian was a research leader with CSIRO and prior to that with Eastman Kodak.

Ian has held leadership positions with a range of industry and academic committees, including a Board role with the parker Centre for Hydrometallurgy, and an Adjunct Professorship with RMIT University. Ian was also Chair or member of a number of industry advisory panels and Chair of collaborative alumina  industry groups the Alumina Technical Panel and AQW Inc.
Ian has a PhD in photo-electrochemistry and an Honours Degree in Soil Chemistry and Chemistry. In 2015 Ian was awarded the prestigious RK Murphy Award for his contribution to industrial chemistry in Australia. He is known for his passion for the role of science in society and particularly the role of R&D, as well as for his strategic, scientific and leadership skills.
 

Member, Tresslyn Walmsley

Tresslyn Walmsley is the Chief Executive Officer of InterGrain, a leading national wheat and barley breeding business and is responsible for managing research and commercial relationships.
Tress started her career in the small WA wheatbelt town of Three Springs working as an agronomist for the then Department of Agriculture before moving to managing the TOPCROP program in WA. 
In 2000, Tress changed career focus, moving into intellectual property and commercialisation. Tress played a key role in the development of the National End Point Royalty system used in the grains industry across Australia. 

Tress won the Telstra Young Business Woman for WA in 1999 and in 2015 was named the WA Rural Woman of the Year. In recent years, Tress has been active in promoting the grains industry as a career opportunity to school students and is a strong advocate for increased women’s participation in the grains industry.
 

Member, Assistant Commissioner Kylie Whiteley

Kylie Whiteley has been a police officer for more than three decades, serving across most facets of policing, but predominantly as a detective. More recently she has held leadership roles with WA Police, previously as Commander within the Crime Portfolio and currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Judicial Services Portfolio.

Assistant Commissioner Whiteley is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management’s Leadership in Counter Terrorism and Police Leadership Strategy Programs; holds a Masters in Leadership and Management from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Certificate of Business (Leadership) and an Associate Degree in Social Science (Police Studies) from Edith Cowan University. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 in recognition of her Services to Policing.

Member, Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy is currently President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia (IPAWA) and is the former WA Auditor General.

Colin has held strategic leadership positions in State and Commonwealth government roles. He has also held key leadership roles within the state government in the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Finance, Land Administration and the Building Management Authority. He was the Business Manager for Murdoch University and has also held financial management roles with the Commonwealth Department of Finance in Perth and Washington DC.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia.

Our Executive

Chief Executive Officer - Peter McCafferty

Peter McCafferty was appointed CEO in June 2017. Prior to this he was Director of the Scientific Services Division at ChemCentre. Before joining ChemCentre, Peter worked at WMC, Genalysis and Wesfarmers CSBP.

Peter has chemistry and business qualifications from Curtin University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held positions with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), Australian Water Association (AWA), Water Research Foundation (USA) and the Australian Institute of Management (WA). Peter is a recipient of the AWA’s Don Montgomery Award and the RACI’s Wilf Ewers Citation.

He has over 50 research publications, co-authored one book, and has represented ChemCentre at many state, national and international forums. In 2019 he was invited to join Curtin’s Molecular and Life Sciences Advisory Board.

Director Scientific Services Division - Nigel West

Nigel West is a graduate of Curtin University chemistry school, AIM Leadership programs and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, utilising a range of analytical chemistry techniques to solve problems for industry, government and the public. Nigel has a range of publications including determining the fate of drilling fluids in the North West shelf, identifying signature odours of sub-Antarctic seabirds and quantifying disinfection by-products from swimming pools. He has and continues to represent ChemCentre on State advisory committees.

Director Forensic Science Laboratory/Director Research and Development - Colin Priddis

Colin Priddis has over 35 years’ experience as a forensic scientist, delivering services and expert opinion to clients, including WA Police, Office of the State Coroner, and Racing and Wagering WA. He has formal qualifications in chemistry, pharmacology and IT and memberships in professional societies related to management, forensic science and toxicology. Colin represents ChemCentre on numerous state and national committees related to Forensic Science, Australian Standards development, Emergency Response and Research & Innovation.

Director Business and Corporate Services - Lina Barbato

Lina Barbato joined the executive team as the Director Business and Corporate Services in February 2018.  Lina brings extensive senior management, project management and governance experience spanning across a breadth of public sector agencies that includes undertaking major reforms over a 25-year career. Lina is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Board Director memberships with Bentley and Community Districts Bendigo Bank and Advocare where she is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Postal address

ChemCentre
PO Box 1250
BENTLEY DC WA 6983

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801
e: enquiries@chemcentre.wa.gov.au

Street address

ChemCentre
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Level 2, South Wing, Building 500
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

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