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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.

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).

John O'Sullivan

John was appointed as a full-time senior member of the State Administrative Tribunal in September 2021. Prior to commencing at the Tribunal John qualified as a social worker from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), graduating in 1985, In 1988 he commenced legal studies, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. John commenced at the Crown Law Department in 1993 (now known as State Solicitor’s Office (SSO) and which was co-located with WA Police) and was appointed counsel to Commissioner of Police in 1999-2000 and 2005-2012. As Senior Assistant State Counsel, John has extensive experience in advocacy appearing as counsel in a wide range of jurisdictions, including two Royal Commissions. In 2014 John left SSO and became a Magistrate, firstly in Perth and then in Kalgoorlie. Whilst in Kalgoorlie he undertook circuits to Blackstone, Warburton, Wararkuna, Leonora, and Laverton. From mid-2017 until his appointment to the Tribunal, John was the State Mining Warden.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson was appointed a full time senior member of the State Administrative Tribunal in August 2021. Her qualifications include a BA/LLB (Hons 1) from the University of Western Australia, an LLM and a PhD in constitutional law from the University of Melbourne. Rebecca has practised in a wide variety of public and private law areas, including as a General Counsel at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. In recent years, she was a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, sitting across its commercial, human rights and regulation lists. Rebecca also conducted her private business of mediating and conciliating a broad range of disputes around Australia. She is an accredited mediator and trainer. Current appointments also include to the National Sports Tribunal, and the Australian Mediator Standards Board as a non-executive director.

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 is a lawyer and accredited mediator who works across the Tribunal’s development and resources, and commercial and civil jurisdictions.  Prior to her appointment in October 2018, Charmian practised planning and environmental law in Western Australia and New South Wales, representing the interests of both private and public sector clients.  Charmian is a Fulbright scholar with tertiary qualifications in law and science from Murdoch University, Western Australia, and a Masters degree from Harvard Law School, USA.  She has published and presented on a range of topics from a legal perspective, including brownfield redevelopment, mine site rehabilitation, corporate social responsibility, water reform, 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.

Carol Conley

Carol Conley was appointed as a full time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in September 2021. Carol graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Western Australia. Carol commenced her career as a professional assistant at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1994 before joining the State Solicitor’s Office in 1996.  During her 25 years at the State Solicitor’s Office, Carol undertook advice work, assisted with legislative projects and appeared as counsel in various courts and tribunals.

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.

Mayellen Hipworth

Maryellen Hipworth was appointed as a full time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in February 2022. Maryellen graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in 1998 and practised as a Registered Nurse in mental health and medical settings for several years. In 2006, Maryellen was admitted to practice law in Western Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University. Prior to joining the Tribunal, Maryellen had been employed at the State Solicitor’s Office since 2008. Over her 14 years at the State Solicitor’s Office, she practised in the areas of commercial law, civil litigation and in policy and public law, providing advice on issues relating to the public sector health system. Maryellen has undertaken placements as in-house counsel at Perth metropolitan public hospitals and has a special interest in health related legal issues.

Anita King

Anita King was appointed as a fulltime member of the State Administrative Tribunal in August 2021. She is a nationally accredited mediator and holds a Master of Comparative Laws (Adelaide/Mannheim Universities) and a Bachelor of Laws (University of Adelaide). Prior to joining the State Administrative Tribunal, Anita was a member of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal from 2004 onwards having previously worked as a legal practitioner with a special interest in health law, professional indemnity and civil liability. Anita is appointed to the National Sports Tribunal (Commonwealth) and has served as Chair of the Antarctic Research and Ethics Committee (Commonwealth) and the Nurses Board of South Australia and the Dental Board.

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 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, and a Masters in Health Administration. Eleanor worked as a specialist emergency physician at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) from 2002 to 2016, and has held roles at UWA as a clinical lecturer and tutor. 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 is an accredited mediator.

Nova Oldfield

Nova Oldfield was appointed a full time member of SAT in November 2021.  Nova holds qualifications in law, mediation and adult education.  Before joining the Tribunal, Nova practised extensively in commercial law and deceased estates and has broad legal experience including private law firms, pro bono legal sector, the Public Trustee and the Supreme Court of WA.  She was a long term member of Law Society of WA committees, sat on the South Metropolitan Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee and taught law to adult learners in a variety of contexts.

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, WAIT)). From 2001, 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 became a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (following the amalgamation of various 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 in postgraduate studies at Curtin’s Business School and Law School. Her area of specialisation is taxation law. Rosetta is an accredited mediator.

Ross Povey

Ross Povey was appointed a full-time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in December 2020.  Ross has a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Planning) (Honours) 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 (currently non-practising) 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
  • 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: 31 August 2022

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