Board of Directors
Michael A Barnes, Chairperson
Mr Barnes assumed the role of Chairperson when he became Acting Under Treasurer in the Department of Treasury in February 2014. Mr Barnes was appointed Under Treasurer in April 2015. As Under Treasurer, Mr Barnes is the principal economic and financial policy adviser to the Government of Western Australia. He is also the Chairperson of WATC’s Remuneration Committee. Prior to joining the Department of Treasury in 1997, Mr Barnes worked in the Commonwealth Treasury, where he commenced his career as a graduate in 1992. Mr Barnes holds a Bachelor of Business degree with Honours in Economics.
Kaylene P Gulich, Deputy Chairperson
Ms Gulich was appointed to the Board as the Deputy Chairperson on 17 February 2014 and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is currently the Executive Director, Infrastructure and Finance at the Department of Treasury. Ms Gulich has held a number of senior positions across the Department of Treasury and is a member of CPA Australia. Ms Gulich holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Social Science (Politics) with Honours, Master of Leadership and Management, and Master of Business Administration.
Catherine A Nance
Ms Nance has been a Director of WATC since 1998 and is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. She is a Partner and Actuary of PricewaterhouseCoopers, with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry advising governments and companies on finance-related matters including superannuation, investment and financial services. Ms Nance is a recognised authority and active contributor to policy development in both superannuation and financing the ageing. Ms Nance has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, an Affiliate of the Institute of Actuaries (London), a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the CFA Institute and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Ms Nance is a Director of the Government Employees Superannuation Board.
Jennifer A Seabrook
Ms Seabrook was appointed to the Board as a Director on 1 October 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee. She has extensive financial and corporate executive expertise, having worked at senior levels in chartered accounting, capital markets and investment banking businesses, as well as previous experience on Western Australian government boards and in other non-executive board and panel roles. Ms Seabrook currently holds the positions of non-executive Director of Iluka Resources Limited, IRESS Limited, MMG Limited, and Australian Rail Track Corporation and is a special advisor to Gresham Advisory Partners Limited.
Grahame J Searle
Mr Searle was appointed to the Board as a Director on 1 January 2009 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is currently the Interim Director General of the newly formed Department of Communities. Prior to this, Mr Searle held a number of executive positions, including Leader of the State’s Regional Services Reform Unit, Director General for Department of Housing and Chief Executive Officer at Landgate, following a range of senior leadership and management roles in Victoria. Mr Searle holds a Bachelor of Business degree. He is a Fellow of both the Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
John M Collins
Mr Collins was appointed CEO of WATC and a Director of the Board effective 15 October 2009. Mr Collins has previously worked in senior banking and financial markets capacities in the US, Australia and Indonesia. This included almost 10 years with Cargill Incorporated and nearly 15 years with ANZ Bank, most recently as President Director of PT ANZ Panin Bank in Indonesia. Mr Collins has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialisation in International Finance from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota.