Meet our Board members

Western Australia’s two land development agencies - MRA and LandCorp – will merge into a single entity from early 2019 as part of the State Government's public sector reform program. A common set of Board members serve on both the MRA and LandCorp boards. 

Mr George McCullagh, Chairperson

George McCullagh was appointed as Chairperson of the MRA and LandCorp boards effective 1 January 2018. Mr McCullagh runs his own consulting business and was previously a Partner with international firm Deloitte. Over the past 10-15 years, he has worked as a consultant in independent practice, providing commercial and advisory services to a range of planning, resources, infrastructure and redevelopment organisations in Western Australia.

With the support of his fellow Board members, Mr McCullagh will manage the transition of MRA and LandCorp into a single entity. Mr McCullagh's previous experience as Chair of Statutory Reviews of LandCorp, the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Subiaco Redevelopment Authority and the Midland Redevelopment Authority makes him especially qualified for the role. He has also undertaken governance reviews for the WAPC and provided transition planning advice to agencies such as the Department of Water.
George is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Kylee Schoonens, Board Member

As an experienced Architect, Kylee 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.

Kylee is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a council member for a number of industry boards and committees including the Property Council of Australia (WA Division) Divisional Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council. Kylee is a director of the Fratelle Group and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Simon Read, Board Member

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

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

Ms Dale Page, Board Member

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale’s experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia is considerable.

She 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 Member

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Perth partner Rebecca Field, specialises in property and infrastructure law. Rebecca provides legal and strategic advice to Australia’s largest companies, foreign investors and government.

Her areas of focus include property development and redevelopment, joint ventures, sales and acquisitions of commercial, retail and industrial property and pastoral, agricultural and tourism assets and social housing.

Mr Paul Lakey, Board Member

Mr Paul 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 almost 30 years’ experience in the property and development industry and has worked on many facets of property development across Australia, Europe and the Middle East, with professional qualifications in civil/structural engineering.

Ms Jane Bennett, Board Member

Jane is a Director and owner of CLE Town Planning + Design with over 14 years experience in local government and the private sector. 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 (AICD). Jane was appointed a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission in 2016.

Jane is also actively involved in the industry working with WA Division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia UDIA WA Councillor and chair of the UDIA Planning Committee and as a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.