Streamline WA Steering Committee

The Committee is a collaboration of the private and public sector, with a goal to modernise and streamline regulation, regulatory practices and timeframes.

How does Streamline WA work?

Streamline WA is led by a Steering Committee, and is supported by regulatory and economic development government agencies through a Directors General Implementation Group. 

The Steering Committee brings together government and private sector experience and expertise, ensuring reform proposals are considered from a range of perspectives.

Steering committee member biographies 

Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

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Richard Sellers

Richard Sellers is Chair of the Streamline WA Steering Committee and was appointed the Director General of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety in May 2021.

Richard has more than 33 years’ experience in the State Government and has held a variety of senior executive roles including acting Director General of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and acting Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Western Australia; 
Director General of the Department of Transport, Commissioner for Main Roads WA, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority; and Director General of the former Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Richard’s contribution to Western Australia has been recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), which awarded him the 2014 WA Patron’s Award, and nationally by IPAA who also announced him a National Fellow at its annual conference in 2014. The National Fellow accolade recognises outstanding contribution to the practice and study of public administration. 

Michelle Andrews, Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews is the Deputy Chair of the Streamline WA Steering Committee. Michelle Andrews is an environmental scientist with 30 years’ experience in the public sector and recently commenced in the role of Director General Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Michelle previously led the Department of Communities through the state’s COVID response and recovery, and also reformed the organisations governance and integrity systems following a major fraud and corruption incident.

Michelle also held a senior executive role in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet supporting the State Government’s independent Service Priority Review that delivered a wide-ranging blueprint for public sector reform. Michelle worked in the former departments of Mines and Petroleum and State Development, where she focused on major projects, resource development policy and strengthening relationships across government, industry and the community.

Michelle has also been a policy advisor to several State Government environment Ministers and has served as Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and on the Boards of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Chris Rodwell, Chief Executive Officer, CCI WA

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Chris Rodwell commenced as Chief Executive Officer of CCIWA in February 2018.

Chris has many years of experience in senior trade and investment roles, including his recent role of Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to this, Chris was the Queensland State Government’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Americas, and the Director of Australian Industry Group in Queensland. Chris has played a significant role in advancing major reforms in Australia in areas such as education & training, innovation, and public asset divestment.

Chris is also a Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Joanne Abbiss, Chief Executive Officer, City of Armadale

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Joanne commenced as CEO of the City of Armadale in September 2019.

Joanne has extensive experience in local government and has been CEO of some of Australia’s fastest growing local governments, planning and developing entire communities housing tens of thousands of people.

Joanne has held Ministerial appointments to the Women in Local Government Advisory Committee and Peel Development Commission Board. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science (Distinction) in Environmental Health from Curtin University. In 2015, Joanne was named State Winner at the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards for Government and Academia and received international recognition at the United Nations backed Liveable Communities Awards in 2011 for excellence in integrated strategic planning.

Rowena Albones, Chief Financial Officer, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

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Rowena Albones

Rowena Albones joined Rio Tinto in September 1999 as a Commercial Analyst in Hamersley Iron. Rowena has had a series of leadership, financial and commercial roles across multiple commodities and countries. Her experience includes operations, major project construction, planning and business development. She has also held leadership roles representing Rio Tinto in multiple joint ventures and boards.

Rowena was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Iron Ore group in June 2018 and has responsibility for financial planning, investment analysis, State Agreements, environmental approvals and strategy.

Rowena holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and Finance and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Curtin University, Australia.

Darren Walsh, Councillor, Urban Development Institute of Australia

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Darren Walsh

Darren Walsh joined Strategen as CEO in May 2011 and became Executive Director of Strategen-JBS&G in July 2019. Darren has over 25 years’ experience in environmental impact assessment and environmental management with particular emphasis on the land development and mining sectors.

Combined with a high level of expertise in all facets of environmental approvals, Darren has had extensive experience in senior executive roles in State and local government and the private sector. This included the role of the Independent Appeals Convenor to the Minister for the Environment (WA).  Darren is a State and National Councillor for the Urban Development Institute of Australia and Chairs its State Environment Committee.

Page reviewed 21 December 2021