State Administrative Tribunal

SAT Members

Senior Members

David Aitken

David Aitken graduated in law from the University of Western Australia in 1979 and has a wide range of experience in the commercial law area. He was a partner in a Perth law firm for 23 years, before establishing his own legal practice. Prior to his appointment as a full time member of SAT in June 2011 he was a part time Deputy Chairperson of the Building Disputes Tribunal for 15 years. David has a special interest in mediation and has assisted with the delivery of professional development training programs for mediators for many years. David was appointed as a senior full time member of SAT on 1 October 2016.

Lisa Eddy

Lisa Eddy was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2013.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Commerce, Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery and a Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing). Lisa initially trained as a nurse and worked in that field in a variety of different positions from 1988 to 2001. She graduated in Law in 2001 and then worked at the State Solicitor’s Office for 11 years specialising in court and tribunal appearance work on a broad range of matters. Lisa worked as the Assistant State Solicitor from 2008 until her appointment with  SAT.

Jack Mansveld

Jack is an inaugural member of the Tribunal from its commencement in 2005 and is currently appointed as Senior Member of the Human Rights Stream (Guardianship List). He has qualifications in accountancy and social work. He was employed in public accounting for 15 years, specialising in income tax and management accounting. He decided in 1986 to change careers and studied social work, graduating with first class honours in 1989. Since then he has managed a community legal centre, worked in the area of low-income housing policy, sat as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and has worked as a guardian and Manager of Advocacy and Investigation with the Public Advocate (WA).

Stephen Willey

Stephen was appointed as a full-time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in October 2018 and in March 2020 he was appointed as a senior member. Stephen has qualifications in law and town planning and worked as a town planner for 10 years before commencing legal practice. In 2006 he commenced with Minter Ellison in Perth where he specialised in planning, environment, property, land compensation and local government law. In 2010 he transferred to Minter Ellison in Melbourne where he was a senior associate. Stephen returned to Western Australia to join the State Solicitor’s Office in 2013 and was appointed Senior Assistant State Counsel on 1 January 2017.  During his time at the SSO Stephen acted for a range of government clients primarily in relation to planning and land compensation matters. Stephen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Planning) (Hons 1), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and a PhD (Urban Planning).  Stephen’s PhD was a comparative study of planning appeal systems across Australia, England & Wales and Canada.

Ordinary Members

Charmian Barton

Charmian Barton was appointed as a full time member in October 2018. Before joining the Tribunal, Charmian was a partner with global and national law firms in Perth and Sydney, representing the interests of public and private sector clients. Charmian commenced her legal career with the WA State Solicitor’s Office in 1995. She has practised planning and environmental law in Western Australia and New South Wales, regularly appearing before the NSW Land and Environment Court in development appeals and judicial review proceedings. Charmian holds degrees in law and science from Murdoch University and a Masters degree from Harvard Law School. She was an inaugural member of the WA Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel and has published and presented widely on contaminated land law, waste law, corporate social responsibility and carbon risk.

Felicity Child

Felicity Child has qualifications in both social work and law. She was a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board from 1992 until the incorporation of that jurisdiction into SAT. She worked for over 10 years within a number of community legal centres in Western Australia and as a tutor at Curtin University in social work and welfare practice. Prior to her appointment to SAT, Felicity was employed by Legal Aid WA.

Marie Connor

Marie Connor has studied urban and regional planning and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Studies) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning – Distinction). She has considerable experience in state and local government planning, and was a member of the Town Planning Appeal Committee and the Town Planning Appeal Tribunal prior to the establishment of SAT.

Bertus de Villiers

Bertus de Villiers (BA Law, LL.B, LL.D) is admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and South Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Law School of Curtin University and has lectured on a part time basis constitutional and administrative law at UWA, Curtin University and Notre Dame University. His areas of specialisation are constitutional and administrative law, environmental law and human rights, and native title and commercial law. He has published widely on these topics. His professional background includes positions as Manager (Principal Legal Officer) of the Goldfields Land and Sea Council and Principal Legal Officer for South African National Parks. From 1990-1996 he was head of the Centre for Constitutional Analysis in Pretoria where he had close involvement in the debates leading to and the drafting of the South African Constitution. He is the co-author (with Judge Parry) of the book Guide to proceedings in the WA State Administrative Tribunal (Lawbook Co / ThomsonReuters, 2012) (and a corresponding chapter in the WA Lawyers' Practice Manual (ThomsonReuters, loose-leaf)) and has written several journal articles in relation to SAT's practices, procedures and dispute resolution processes.

Vanessa Haigh

Vanessa Haigh was appointed as a full time member of SAT in December 2020. Vanessa has 10 years’ experience as a decision maker in inquisitorial and adversarial tribunals having sat as an arbitrator at WorkCover WA for 5 years and as a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal (now divisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal) for 5 years. Vanessa has a background in both the public and private spheres. She commenced her career in commercial law firms before moving to Legal Aid and community legal centres in 1994. She has also tutored and lectured in the law school at Murdoch University. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University.

Rochelle Lavery

Rochelle Lavery has been a qualified town planner since 1985, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Studies) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning). She has considerable experience in statutory and strategic planning and design in the state and local government and private sector. Rochelle worked in the private sector concentrating on master planning, structure planning, subdivision design and statutory planning before working in state government at the then Ministry for Planning In 1997 she moved to local government leadership roles as a manager of planning and then various director roles in development and community services before stepping into a Chief Executive Officer role focussing on local government administration and creating a culture based organisation. Rochelle was appointed as a full time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in December 2020.

Patricia Le Miere

Patricia Le Miere was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. She was a partner in a Perth law firm working in the areas of workers compensation, personal injuries and family law until she moved with her husband to a property out of Carnarvon in 1987. Between 1991 and 1998 Patricia practiced as a sole practitioner on a part time/full time basis in Carnarvon. On returning to Perth in 2005 she commenced work with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee where she became the manager of litigation. Patricia is an accredited mediator with a particular in interest in alternate dispute resolution.

Kah Yee Loh

Kah Yee Loh was appointed as a full time member in SAT in January 2020. Kah Yee graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2002 with Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) and Bachelor of Commerce. She commenced articles at State Solicitor’s Office in 2002, acting as a Senior Assistant State Solicitor from January 2017. Over her 18 years at the State Solicitor’s Office she specialised in various litigation practice areas, including public liability, state tax and land compensation.

Eleanor Marillier

Eleanor Marillier was appointed as a full-time member of SAT in December 2019 and commenced in January 2020. Eleanor graduated from the University of Western Australia medical school in 1994 and has achieved Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She has additional post-graduate qualifications in child health and travel medicine. Eleanor worked as a specialist emergency physician at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) from 2002 to 2016. In 2015 she was appointed Senior Consultant for Patient Safety at JHC, working to investigate incidents and complaints and assist in medicolegal and vocational regulation matters with the goal of quality improvement across all specialties. Eleanor has worked as a clinical tutor at UWA medical school. Eleanor is an accredited mediator.

Brenda McGivern

Brenda was appointed as a full time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in January 2020. She is an accredited mediator and holds a PhD (Law), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce; her doctoral thesis examined the jurisdictional frameworks for court intervention in obstetric disputes. Prior to joining the Tribunal, she worked as both a legal practitioner and academic, engaging principally in the areas of professional indemnity insurance, health law and civil liability. Having previously served on statutory bodies (including as Chair of the WA Reproductive Technology Council from 2016 to 2019), Brenda currently serves on the Council of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), and is Chair of the Clinical Ethics Service for the WA Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Natasha Owen-Conway

Natasha Owen-Conway was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2011. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (1986, UWA), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (1987, UWA) and a Professional Certificate in Arbitration (2010, University of Adelaide). Natasha was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in December 1987. Upon her admission, Natasha practised as a solicitor and in July 1991 she joined the Independent Bar in Western Australia and practised in a wide range of commercial matters, until October 2011. Natasha has also practised as an adjudicator, mediator and is a qualified Arbitrator. In 2003 Natasha was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair of the Building Disputes Tribunal of Western Australia, until her appointment to SAT.

Rosetta Petrucci

Rosetta Petrucci was appointed as a full time member of SAT in October 2016. Rosetta has qualifications in both law and business (Master of Laws (Merit) (2004, ANU), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (1999, UWA), MBus (1992, Curtin), BBus (1983, Curtin)). Rosetta was admitted to practice law in 2001. Upon her admission Rosetta practised law full-time as a solicitor in Sydney and Perth mainly in taxation and commercial law matters. In 2006, Rosetta was appointed a sessional member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT). This became a full-time appointment in 2010 and then from July 2015 she was a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (following the amalgamation of those tribunals). Rosetta is a fellow of CPA Australia and in 2010 was elected President of the Western Australian Divisional Council. Since 2007 Rosetta has been a sessional lecturer at the Curtin University Business School and Law School. Her area of specialisation is taxation law. Rosetta has completed training in mediation and is an associate of the Resolution Institute.

Ross Povey

Ross Povey was appointed as a full-time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in December 2020 and commenced in January 2021. Ross has a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Urban & Regional Planning) and for 30 years has worked across both professions in the private and public sectors. Ross was previously Planning and Development Director at the City of South Perth (2000-2004) and the City of Stirling (2005-2020) and has considerable experience in strategic and statutory town planning, architecture, building and project management. In 1997, Ross completed a Master of Business Administration (Distinction) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2008, Ross was awarded an international Conservation and Sustainability Practitioner Fellowship (Institute of International Education, USA) and completed research into models for sustainable city development in the United States and Canada. Ross is a Registered Planner (Planning Institute of Australia), a Registered Architect in Western Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sessional Members - Senior

  • Peter Adamson
  • John Adderley
  • Richard Affleck
  • Michael Anderson
  • Malcolm Brown
  • Simon Carlin
  • Roger Clarnette
  • Helen Creed
  • Peter Curry
  • Donna Dean
  • Michelle Dean
  • Hilton Dembo
  • Anne Donnelly
  • Ross Easton
  • (David) Scott Ellis
  • Louise Farrell
  • Hilary Fine
  • John Fisher
  • Alison Garton
  • Kate George
  • Sue Gillett
  • Dale Hall
  • Linda Hamilton
  • Helen Hankey
  • Malcolm Harford
  • Mark Houlahan
  • Brian Hunt
  • John James
  • (Katherine) Felicity Jefferies
  • Steve Jongenelis
  • Jim Jordan
  • Theo Lampropoulos SC
  • Karen Lang
  • Ian Lush
  • David Marshall
  • Jeffrey Mazzini
  • Kevan McGill
  • Peter McNab
  • Isla McRobbie
  • Barry Mendelawitz
  • David Moore
  • Frederick Ng
  • Christine Pears
  • Karene Primrose
  • Jennifer Richardson
  • Susan Richardson
  • Julie Roberts
  • Bryant Stokes AM
  • Kirsty Sutherland
  • Tony Vigano
  • Mark Wiklund
  • Peter Winterton
  • Angela Workman
  • Darianne Zambotti
  • Armand Zurhaarr

Sessional Members - Ordinary

  • Richard Adams
  • David Anderson
  • Keith Bales
  • Judith Bell
  • Davina Bester
  • Kate Bingham
  • Wayne Burg
  • John Callow
  • Ross Campbell
  • Chantal Caruso
  • Nadine Caunt
  • Abbey Chilcott
  • Geoffrey Church
  • Suzanne Churn
  • Mary Ciccarelli
  • Samantha Doheny
  • Damien Fraser
  • Wesley Gregory
  • Neville Harrison
  • Bronwyn Jones
  • Raymond Kershaw
  • Hannah Leslie
  • Andrew Lu OAM
  • Dee-Anna Luong
  • Jo-Anne Maire
  • Jim Malcolm
  • Christopher Marsh
  • Paul Marshall
  • John Martin
  • Domenic Morolla
  • Penny Moss
  • (Eileen) Trish O'Reilly
  • Elaine Pavlos
  • Donna Pearson
  • Helen Pedersen
  • Rodney Pember
  • Barry Pound
  • Leanne Potter
  • Steven Resnick
  • Tony Townsend
  • Mandy Vidovich
  • Shane Wallace
  • Barbara Webster           
  • Robert Woodforde
  • Eric Yu
  • Brian Zucal

Last updated: 23-Mar-2021

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