Meet our Board members

Richard MuirheadMr Richard Muirhead, Chairperson

Mr Richard Muirhead is the Chairperson of the MRA Board and is the Principal of Spiral Consulting which he has operated since January 2012. Over that period, Mr Muirhead has worked for a range of both corporate and government clients on different projects. He was contracted into the role of State Director National Commemorative Events in which he developed and managed the WA Government’s contribution to the ANZAC Centenary. Mr Muirhead has extensive experience as an executive and chief executive officer for the WA Government. From July 2010 to November 2011, Mr Muirhead was the State Director for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) assisting the Commonwealth in staging the international event and developing initiatives to promote Western Australia, assist local business and encourage community participation. Prior to CHOGM, Mr Muirhead held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Tourism WA for eight years and the (former) Department of Commerce and Trade from 1997 to 2001. He has been the Chairperson of the MRA since January 2013 and has been appointed as Chairperson of VenuesWest from July 2015.

Mr Jeff Dowling, Deputy Chairperson

Mr Jeff Dowling is Deputy Chairperson of the MRA Board and Chairperson of the MRA’s Audit and Risk Committee and Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committee. A retired managing partner of the Ernst & Young Western Region and highly experienced corporate leader with 36 years’ experience in professional consultancy, Mr Dowling has held numerous leadership positions at Ernst & Young and his expertise centres around audit, risk and financial transactions. Mr Dowling is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr Dowling holds a directorship of Sirius Resources NL, Atlas Iron Ltd, NRW Ltd and PuraVida NL. Mr Dowling also holds a board position for the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Mr Charles Johnson, Board Member

Mr Charles Johnson is a member of the MRA Board, Chairperson of the MRA’s Central Perth Land Redevelopment Committee and was the former Chairperson of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority. He has a background in urban geography and town planning, with over 30 years’ experience working in Local and State Government as well as a period in private consultancy. Mr Johnson is currently the principal of his planning consultancy, President of the Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division) and Presiding Member of the Joint Central Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel.

Mr Nick Bruining, Board Member

Mr Nick Bruining is a member of the MRA Board, Chairperson of the MRA’s Midland Land Redevelopment Committee, and a member of the MRA Audit and Risk Committee. He is the Principal of N.C. Bruining & Associates. Also a freelance journalist, commentator and broadcaster, Mr Bruining is a former director of the Financial Planning Association of Australia Ltd.

Mr Eric Lumsden, Board Member

Mr Eric Lumsden is a member of the MRA Board, the Chairperson of the Armadale Land Redevelopment Committee, member of the MRA Audit and Risk Committee and is currently the Chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission with his previous position being Director General of the Department of Planning. With more than 30 years’ experience in local government, Mr Lumsden has previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melville and City of Swan, Commissioner of the City of South Perth and Chairperson of the Council of Swan TAFE and Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils CEO Group. Mr Lumsden is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow and past President of the Local Government Managers Association (WA Division) and a Fellow of the IPAAWA. In 2005, Mr Lumsden was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to Local Government and a place on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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 Immediate 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 Development (WA, SA, NT) for listed national property developer, Peet Limited. With professional qualifications in civil / structural engineering, Mr Lakey has 25 years’ experience in the property and development industry and has worked on many facets of property development across Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Mayor Jo Dawkins, Board Member

Mayor Jo Dawkins is a member of the MRA Board and Chairperson of the MRA’s Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee. She is also the Mayor of the Town of Cottesloe and is serving her 9th year on Council and has been Mayor for the last three years. Mayor Dawkins has extensive experience in commercial and retail property management, with 30 years’ experience managing several large commercial and retail centres in CBD and suburban areas. Mayor Dawkins managed prominent retail and commercial CBD centres for Baillieu Knight Frank and Jones Lang La Salle, and oversaw major Centre refurbishments. Mayor Dawkins also has experience in residential management.