Mike Rowe is the Director General of the department, which was established on 1 July 2017. Mike was appointed to the role following three years as the Director General of the former Department of Water. Mike has worked for the Government of Western Australia in a variety of leadership, policy, advisory and delivery roles since 1993.
His experience spans a number of natural resources management portfolios such as agriculture, environment and water, as well as Aboriginal affairs and central agencies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Mike is on the board of Leadership Western Australia and is Vice President of the Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Western Australia). He has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and holds postgraduate qualifications in social research and program evaluation, and public sector management.