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    Jodi Cant

    Jodi Cant was appointed Director General of Department of Finance in August 2018.  For the two years prior, Jodi was Chief Executive of Landgate, Western Australia's Land Information Authority.  Under Jodi's leadership, the business was named Australia's Most Innovative Government Agency and 19th Most Innovative Business by the Australian Financial Review.

    Jodi is a transformative leader who embraces disruption with a positive and creative outlook. She is an innovator, collaborator and connector with excellent communication skills. Her experience ranges across the government, start-up, private and not-for profit sectors – bringing each of those perspectives to any challenge she faces. 

    A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Leadership WA and Board member of PSMA Australia, Jodi has also previously sat on the Boards of PEXA Ltd and earthmineAustralia.

    Jodi is passionate about making a difference for community good and commercial gain.

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    Stephanie Black

    Stephanie Black is the Executive Director, Government Procurement in the WA Department of Finance. In 2017, Stephanie was seconded to work with John Langoulant AO on the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects. Since joining the WA public sector in 2009, Stephanie has led the successful commissioning of ICT at Perth's new Fiona Stanley Hospital and the decommissioning of WA's Shared Services. Prior to joining government, Stephanie worked in the financial sector where roles held included Chief Executive Officer at United Credit Union.

    John Langoulant

    John Langoulant

    John Langoulant has extensive executive experience in the private and public sectors including as the Western Australian Under Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer with Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the Oakajee Port and Rail project.

    John is currently Board Chairman at the Government Employees Superannuation Board, the Northern Territory's Power and Water Corporation, Westpac Banking Group WA, Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, Rottnest Island Authority and the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipeline. John has recently been appointed Chair Designate of Infrastructure WA. He is a Director of The National Disability Insurance Agency and also holds chair positions with Telethon Kids Institute, CEDA WA and ARTrinsic.

    He recently completed a Special Inquiry for the State Government into Government Programs and Projects covering the period 2008-17.

    John was awarded an AO in 2010 for distinguished service to business and commerce, particularly through leadership and management roles and to the community of Western Australia. 

    Emily Roper

    Emily Roper

    Emily Roper is currently Acting Deputy Director General, Policy and Reform Division with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

    She has previously worked for the Commonwealth and WA public sector in a number of leadership change management, capability development and engagement roles in Australia and overseas. Substantively, she leads the Public Sector Reform Unit which is responsible for coordinating and supporting wide-ranging reform of the Western Australian public sector. 

    Other roles in the WA Public Sector have included Deputy Commissioner Operational Services and leading the Intelligence Services Directorate at the Department of Justice. In the Commonwealth public sector Emily led a number of projects to review and redesign core and specialist capabilities, including in partner agencies, and oversaw their implementation.

     Phil Helberg

    Phil Helberg

    Phil Helberg has extensive experience in infrastructure planning, delivery and operations across a multitude of sectors including mining and resources, land development, toll roads, residential and non-residential buildings. Over the past 25 years he has acted in a number of roles in the consulting and contracting environments in Australia and abroad. 

    He currently leads Finance’s projects and asset management functions which involves the delivery of new building projects, maintenance programs for existing buildings, and the provision of office accommodation for government employees.

     Ray Warnes

    Ray Warnes

    Ray Warnes commenced as Chief Executive of the Corruption and Crime Commission in August 2015. Prior to the Commission he was the Executive Director of Court and Tribunal Services with administrative responsibility for the associated courts, tribunals and boards. His responsibilities also included victim support services; the civil and criminal enforcement of fines and court orders; court security; and policy and legislative developments for the Attorney General. Leadership in the development, negotiation, implementation and contract management of the State's first public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the building and service delivery for the District Court and the refurbishment of the Magistrates Court was also a key area of responsibility. Ray has held other executive positions in the justice system as well as project and management roles within the Government Employees Superannuation Board, Main Roads Western Australia and the Department of Education.

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    Jeannette Taylor

    Jeannette Taylor is the chair of the Political Science and International Relations discipline at The University of Western Australia. Jeannette also coordinates the Master of Public Policy (Public Administration and Governance specialisation) at the same university. She is the Associate Editor of Public Administration Review, and an editorial board member of Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Public Management Review. Jeannette's research interests lie in public administration, particularly performance management, public service motivation, and other human resource management issues in the public sector.

     Carolyn McKell

    Carolyn McKell

    Carolyn McKell is a Senior Assistant State Solicitor in the Commercial Team at the State Solicitor's Office. Prior to joining the SSO in 2015, Carolyn was a Senior Construction Specialist at Allens. Carolyn works primarily on procurement of transport infrastructure projects.

    Chris Thomson

    Chris Thomson

    Chris Thomson is the acting Project Director of the Procurement Reform Team within the Department of Finance. Chris joined Finance in 2010 and has worked across both Government Procurement and Building Management and Works business units. After being involved in a variety of reforms and providing strategic policy advice at all levels of Government, his efforts are now focused on consolidating procurement reforms across goods, services and works. MBA (Strategic Procurement), LLB, B.Com, GCertPAdmin, GCertAcc.