Meet our Board members

Mr George McCullagh, Board Chairperson

Mr McCullagh was appointed as Chairperson of the MRA and WALA Boards effective 1 January 2018. Mr McCullagh was previously a partner with international firm Deloitte. Over the past 15 years, he has worked as a consultant in independent practice, providing commercial and advisory services to a range of planning, resource industry, infrastructure and redevelopment organisations in Western Australia.

With the support of his fellow Board members, Mr McCullagh is managing the transition of the MRA and LandCorp (WALA) into a consolidated land development agency. Mr McCullagh’s previous experience as Chairperson of Statutory Reviews of LandCorp, the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority and the Midland Redevelopment Authority make him especially qualified for the role. He has also undertaken governance reviews for the Western Australian Planning Commission. Mr McCullagh is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Kylee Schoonens, Board Director

Ms Schoonens is a member of the MRA and WALA Boards and Chairperson of the Midland and Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committees. As an experienced architect, Ms Schoonens has led the design and delivery of many aged care, multi-residential, retirement and community projects across Western Australia.

She was the recipient of the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Emerging Architect Award and the 2014 40under40 Award for her work within the architectural profession.

Ms Schoonens is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a Residential Committee member for the Property Council of Australia (WA Division). She previously held roles as a Division Councillor for the Property Council and a Chapter Councillor for the Australian Institute of Architects. Ms Schoonens is a Director of the Fratelle Group and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Simon Read, Board Director

Over 25 years of working with Australia’s leading corporate recovery specialists, Mr Read has honed a hands-on skillset, specialising in corporate reconstruction, turnaround and business improvement.

Mr Read is a member of the MRA and WALA Boards and Chairperson of the MRA’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Read currently runs a consulting business specialising in the complex area of the Personal Property Securities Act. He has worked across many industries with significant experience in forestry, mining, engineering, finance and property. Mr Read is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant.

Ms Dale Page, Board Director

Ms Page is a member of the MRA and WALA Boards and Chairperson of the Armadale and Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committees.

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup, a position she has held since 2010, Ms Page has considerable experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia. Ms Page is currently responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health, planning and building compliance and community development activities with the City of Joondalup.

Ms Rebecca Field, Board Director

Ms Field is a member of the MRA and WALA Boards and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Field is also a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Known for her combination of excellent technical ability, good commercial sense and strategic thinking, Ms Field advises clients on the legal, strategic and risk management issues associated with property development and redevelopment projects and the sale, acquisition and leasing of large commercial, retail, industrial, pastoral, agricultural and tourism assets.

Ms Field also has many years’ experience in property and development finance. She is on Corrs’ Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a director of Corrs Support Services Pty Ltd, Corrs Enterprises Pty Ltd and Corrs Enterprises Holdings Pty Ltd.

Mr Paul Lakey, Board Director

Mr Lakey is member of the MRA Board and a member of the MRA’s Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA); former member of the Urban Development Institute’s National Board and is currently Regional General Manager – West (WA, SA, NT) for listed national property developer PEET Limited.

Mr Lakey has professional qualifications in civil/ structural engineering and is currently a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Project Management. Mr Lakey has almost 30 years of experience in the property and development industry and has worked on many facets of property development across Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Ms Jane Bennett, Board Director

Ms Bennett is a member of the MRA and WALA Boards and Chairperson of the Central Perth Land Redevelopment Committee.

With extensive experience as a practising town planner in local government and private practice, she has been instrumental in the planning and delivery of major residential, commercial and industrial projects in Western Australia, as well as major government and institutional projects. Ms Bennett is a strong advocate for, and actively involved in the planning reform agenda. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Bennett was made a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia in 2015 for her contribution to planning.

Ms Bennett is an owner and Director at CLE Town Planning and Design and is a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission. Ms Bennett is a UDIA WA Councillor and Chair of the Planning Committee.