Board of commissioners

Photo caption: Back row (left to right): Louise Duxbury, Robert Pearce, Nick Bayes, Vanessa Elliott.
Front row (left to right): Jacqueline Jarvis, Ross Holt, Amelia Yam. Not pictured: Geoffrey Totterdell.


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

Ross 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 Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University, a non-executive director of the Water Corporation, and a non-executive director of not-for-profit training and employment entity Nudge (formerly The Roads Foundation). Ross undertakes various consultancy activities. 

Ms Amelia Yam
Deputy Chair | B.Com CA GAICD
Appointed November 2016. Appointed Deputy Chair September 2018

Amelia has more than 30 years’ experience in finance and corporate services, having held senior leadership positions in electricity, health, insurance, education and professional services sectors. In addition, she has held non-executive director positions in the health and aged care sectors. She is currently consulting in transformation and business improvement and also provides CFO support and on-demand services.

Ms Vanessa Elliott
Appointed November 2017

Vanessa manages policy at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, with more than 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. 

Ms Jacqueline Jarvis
Appointed November 2018

Jacqueline had a 20-year career in the finance sector, prior to leading agribusiness workforce development projects with the CCI WA and the Grain Industry Association of WA. She was a Policy Advisor to the Minister for Agriculture and as CEO of the Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of WA. She is Manger of Agribusiness Development in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.  Her board experience includes serving as Chair of Regional Development Australia South West, and on the boards of the Australian Landcare Council , the WA Planning Commission (South West Committee), and the South West Development Commission. She and her husband operate a commercial vineyard and winery in Margaret River.  

Mr Nick Bayes
Appointed November 2017

Nick is General Manager of The Brand Agency, Western Australia’s largest and most successful communications company. Nick has more than 20 years’ experience, in London, Sydney and Perth, managing complex local and international brands in financial services, telecommunications, government, insurance, IT, land and agriculture. 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
Appointed November 2017

Louise has a PhD in sustainability and technology policy, and 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 environmental and community development fields. Louise is a Director of Gondwana Link Limited and founder of Green Skills Inc, a not-for-profit environmental organisation focused on sustainability and integrating project management, training and employment programs for WA industries. 

Mr Robert Pearce
Appointed November 2012

Robert 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. 

Mr Geoffrey Totterdell
Deputy Chair | B.Com FCPA
November 2013 to July 2018. Appointed Deputy Chair October 2017.

Geoffrey 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 as a member of the Regional Development Council for three years. Geoffrey was also Chair of the Community Reference Group for the replacement of the Mandurah Traffic Bridge.