Department of Commerce

Annual Report 2010-2011

Our organisation

The department’s operating structure comprises of a Director General, who oversees the Office of the Director General, and seven Executive Directors responsible for their relevant divisions. The Director General and these seven senior officers form the department’s Corporate Executive.

The Corporate Executive operates under a governance structure and meets fortnightly. This ensures authority and accountability is shared between the Director General and each division. While the Director General is ultimately accountable for all the department’s activities, each division, through its relevant Executive Director, has significant autonomy in day-to-day decision making, allocation of resources and determination of divisional priorities. Each division has an Executive Management Committee chaired by the relevant Executive Director. The department’s organisational structure is presented in Figure 2

Our organisational structure

Figure 2: Organisational structure as at 30 June 2011
Figure 2: Organisational structure as at 30 June 2011 [PDF 76kb]

Our Corporate Executive team

Brian Bradley PSM, Director General

Brian Bradley PSM
Director General

Brian Bradley has over 40 years experience in the Western Australian public sector. He has been involved principally in safety and health since 1983. Brian worked for WorkSafe for more than 20 years and was appointed as Commissioner of WorkSafe Western Australia in October 1998. In 2002, Brian was appointed Director General of the Department of Commerce (formerly the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection) after acting in the position since June 2001.

He is the deputy chair of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, a member of the WorkCover Western Australia Authority’s Board and a member of the Legal Aid Commission. He was the Western Australian member on the Australian Safety and Compensation Council from 2005 to April 2009, and is the current Western Australian member of Safe Work Australia. Brian was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 for his contribution to safety and health in Western Australia.

Anne Driscoll, Executive Director, Consumer Protection

Anne Driscoll
Executive Director, Consumer Protection Division
Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner

Anne Driscoll was appointed the Executive Director for the Consumer Protection Division in August 2008 and holds the statutory position of Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner. Since graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Commerce, Anne has gained experience in numerous public sector roles.

Anne worked in the employment and training sector for the Commonwealth Government for more than 20 years, involved in both direct service delivery and major funding grants. In 1999, Anne joined the Consumer Protection Division’s executive management team as the Director of Business Services, performing a diversity of functions from the licensing and regulation of credit providers, mortgage brokers, debt collectors, charities, real estate and settlement agents, to the registration of business names and the provision of consumer protection services to regional Western Australia.

Peter Gow, Executive Director, Building Commission

Peter Gow
Executive Director, Building Commission Division

Peter Gow was appointed as the Executive Director of the Building Commission Division in July 2009. Peter has degrees in Engineering and Arts from the University of Western Australia and has post graduate qualifications in management from Deakin University. He commenced his career as a structural engineer with the Public Works Department in Western Australia and has extensive experience in building and design, construction and project management.

From project work, Peter then specialised in construction and contracts and dispute resolution. In 2003, Peter was appointed to head the Office of Policy and Planning in the Department of Housing and Works where he was responsible for construction industry and housing policy, corporate development and strategic planning and building codes and regulation. Since July 2009, he has led the newly formed division to progress building regulation reform. Peter was appointed to the national Built Environment Industry Innovation Council in 2008.

Ken Bowron, Executive Director, Energy<em>Safety</em>

Ken Bowron
Executive Director, EnergySafety Division
Director of EnergySafety

Ken Bowron is the Executive Director of the EnergySafety Division and holds the statutory position of Director of Energy Safety, which is responsible for all electricity and most gas-related technical and safety regulation in the State. Ken has 36 years broad experience in the Western Australian energy industry.

His recent experience includes his tenure in the EnergySafety Division andsenior management roles in generation, networks and the supply of energy services to customers in metropolitan, rural and remote areas. He is an electrical engineer with post graduate business qualifications. He has extensive strategic, regulatory, technical and managerial experience ranging across planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of power generation and transmission and distribution systems.

Robert (Bob) Horstman, Executive Director, Labour Relations

Robert (Bob) Horstman
Executive Director, Labour Relations

Bob Horstman was appointed as the Executive Director of the Labour Relations Division in June 2009, having initially been appointed as Acting Executive Director in April 2008. He has worked in all three directorates of the division in a variety of roles for 22 years. From 2001 to 2006, Bob was seconded from the department to the Minister’s office responsible for State industrial relations as the Principal Labour Relations Policy Advisor.

In this role he was responsible for providing advice on industrial relations, occupational safety and health and workers’ compensation issues. He has taught, researched and published in the fields of both industrial relations and human resources management in various tertiary education institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom. Bob holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and has 10 years experience in various industrial relations roles in private sector organisations in the United Kingdom.

Robert (Bob) Horstman, Executive Director, Labour Relations

Lex McCulloch
February 2011 – current
Acting Executive Director, WorkSafe Division
Acting Commissioner of WorkSafe Western Australia

Lex McCulloch commenced as the Acting Executive Director of the WorkSafe Division and Acting Commissioner of WorkSafe Western Australia in February 2011. Lex has a Social Work Degree from Curtin University and has been in the Western Australian public sector since 1978, when he joined the Department for Community Welfare in Moora.

He has worked in a variety of locations across the State including Derby, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland and Perth. Lex’s various roles have provided him with a range of experience such as leading restructuring processes and delivering on significant projects, all of which have been aimed at improving the wellbeing of people in Western Australia. In the position of Youth Justice Services Assistant Commissioner at the Department of Corrective Services, Lex was responsible for refocussing and reinvigorating the division, with a priority on addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the youth justice system.

Nina Lyhne, Executive Director, WorkSafe

Nina Lyhne
1 July 2010 - February 2011
Executive Director, WorkSafe Division
WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner

Nina Lyhne was appointed as the Executive Director of the WorkSafe Division and the Commissioner of WorkSafe Western Australia in April 2004. Previously she held the positions of Acting Executive Director, WorkSafe and Executive Director of the Strategy Division. In February 2011, Nina undertook an acting opportunity as the Managing Director, Transport Services at the Department of Transport. She was later permanently appointed to the role.


Julie de Jong, Acting Executive Director, SIB

Julie de Jong
Executive Director, Industry, Science and Innovation Division

Julie de Jong is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Industry, Science and Innovation Division, after being initially appointed as Acting Executive Director in 2009. Prior to the establishment of the Department of Commerce in 2009, Julie was the Director of the Innovation Industries Directorate in the Department of Industry and Resources. In this role she successfully led the Directorate through a period of significant organisational change and developed a strategic focus aligned with Government priorities for industry and innovation.

Previously, Julie worked in management roles within the Office of Aboriginal Economic Development in a variety of locations around the State. She has a thorough understanding of the concerns within regional communities for sustainable economic opportunities and the need to maximise community benefits from economic strengths. Julie holds an Arts Degree in History and Politics from the University of Western Australia.

Alan Jackson, Executive Director, Corporate Services

Alan Jackson
Executive Director, Corporate Services Division

Alan Jackson commenced in his current position at the Department of Commerce in October 2004. Previously, he had worked in the public, private and tertiary education sectors. Alan’s career has included nine years as a former management and organisational development consultant working with large public and private sector organisations throughout Australia. Prior to joining the department, he was the Director, Corporate Services at the Department of Treasury and Finance for four years.

Alan completed the Executive Fellows Program of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and holds Associate Fellow and Certified Professional membership status for the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Human Resource Institute. He has a Masters degree in Commerce from Curtin University and in the past, has been a part time lecturer at both Curtin University and Edith Cowan University over a number of years.

Our people

The department is supported by a wealth of employees from diverse backgrounds, contributing to a broad range of functions established to serve the Western Australian community. The department’s employees are fundamentally governed by the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and remunerated under the terms and conditions contained in the Public Service General Agreement 2008 and the Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement 2011 (registered on 27 June 2011). Our employees contribution is valued through frequent acknowledgement of their successes and responses to challenges they face in their professional lives.

Further information on our employees is provided in the Agency Performance (Our people) section of this report.