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 

David Smith, Director General, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

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David Smith is a Co-Chair of the Streamline WA Steering Committee.

David has led the way in amalgamating the former Department of Mines and Petroleum and Department of Commerce to establish the new department.
Previously, David was appointed Acting Director General at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in August 2016, where he had been the Deputy Director General since August 2008. Before his work at the DPC, David was a member of the Corporate Executive of the former Department of Treasury  and Finance.

David has more than 20 years of experience in the Commonwealth public service, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and an overseas posting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mike Rowe, Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

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Mike Rowe is a Co-Chair of the Streamline WA Steering Committee.

Mike is the Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, which was established on 1 July 2017. He moved into the new role following three years as the Director General of the former Department of Water.

Mike has worked with the Western Australian Government 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 WA and is President of the WA Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and holds postgraduate qualifications in social research and program evaluation and public sector management.

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.

Tim Langmead, Director, Fortescue Metals Group

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Tim Langmead is the Director Community, Environment and Government at Fortescue Metals Group Limited.

Prior to joining Fortescue in 2013, Tim held external relations leadership roles in the oil and gas industry based in Perth for five years. He has more than 25 years’ experience in public affairs. Tim began his career as a journalist in regional Queensland in the early ‘90s, subsequently serving as a Ministerial adviser in Canberra over a period spanning nine years.

Tim is an elected member of the Council of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Energy Law from the University of Western Australia and is passionate about ensuring the natural resources of regional Australia continue to sustainably provide economic opportunity.

Page reviewed 30 October 2020