VenuesWest is a government statutory authority, with the Board reporting to the Minister for Sport and Recreation.


The VenuesWest Board reports to the Honourable Mick Murray MLA. Minister Murray is the Minister for Sport and Recreation; Volunteering; Seniors and Ageing as well as the Member for Collie-Preston.


VenuesWest provides for the establishment of a Board of Management to administer the legislation established under the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust. The Board is appointed by and is responsible to the Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Our current Chairman is Mr Richard Muirhead.

Mr Muirhead was appointed to the Board of VenuesWest on 1 July 2015, with his term expiring on 30 June 2018. Richard brings extensive executive experience within State Government, having been Chief Executive Officer at Tourism WA and Department of Commerce and Trade.

He was appointed State Director for CHOGM in 2011 and is currently serving as Chairperson for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.



Mr Graham Goerke

Mr Goerke was appointed to the Board of VenuesWest on 12 March 2007 with his current term expiring on 30 June 2018. Graham was a senior Partner at law firm Jackson McDonald and has over 30 years experience in commercial law. He is particularly involved in the buying and selling of commercial and industrial property; property development, subdivision and leasing; with relevant experience in contaminated sites, environmental law and property/facilities management. 

Mr Robert Kennedy

Mr Kennedy joined the Board on 1 July 2015 and his current term expires on 30 June 2018. Robert has held senior roles within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet since 2003 and is currently Director, Office of the Director General. He has also held research and policy roles with both Commonwealth and State Government.

Professor Paul Johnson

Professor Johnson joined the Board on 1 July 2015 and his term expires on 31 August 2018. Paul is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia and has previously served as the Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in Victoria and as Deputy Director of the London School of Economics. Paul has served on a number of professional Councils, learned societies and professional bodies and has held the position of Director of UniSuper, and member of the Fund’s Investment Committee. He is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council.

Ms Mary Anne Stephens

Ms Stephens was appointed to the Board on 29 October 2015, and her current term expires on 28 October 2018. Mary Anne brings over 25 years’ experience in finance and operational roles both in the commercial and not for profit sectors, and key strengths in finance, risk and governance. She has spent the last 13 years of her career in roles focusing on strategy, finance, risk, governance and business intelligence.

Ms Susan Hunt

Ms Hunt joined the Board on 1 September 2016 with her term expiring on 31 August 2018. Susan has been the Chief Executive Officer of Perth Zoo since 2004, and will bring with her a wealth of commercial and facilities management expertise. Susan has also been President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria since 2015 and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for her outstanding contribution to conservation and public service.

Ms Linda Wayman

Ms Wayman joined the Board on 1 July 2017, and her term expires on 30 June 2019.  Linda brings significant experience in major sporting events, media exposure and tourism, and marketing and communication strategies.  For almost 15 years, she was General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo Perth, overseeing radio stations mix94.5 and hit92.9.  She is also a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and an inductee into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mr Scott Henderson

Mr Henderson joined the Board on 1 July 2017 for a two year term expiring on 30 June 2019.  Scott brings over 20 years’ strategic and management expertise in ASX listed and major corporations, as well as a significant involvement in sport having spent four years as CEO of Netball WA.   His experience across a diverse range of other Boards will also bring further breadth of knowledge to our organisation.

Ms Donna Oxenham

Ms Oxenham was appointed to the Board of VenuesWest on 1 September 2017, and her current term expires on 31 August 2020. A researcher at the University of Western Australia, Donna’s 20 year sporting career saw her achieve 35 state and two national titles in the sport of Judo. Donna has worked with Indigenous people, groups and organisations throughout Western Australia and the broader Aboriginal Indigenous community, particularly within the fields of arts, history, cultural heritage and native title.


David Etherton is the Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest and leader of the Executive Team. The organisation has four major directorates;

Portfolio Management

  • Contract Management
  • Leases, Licenses and Agreements
  • Venue Acquisition
  • Engineering and Asset Planning
  • Capital Works
  • Optus Stadium Project

Venue Management

  • Venue Operations, Customer Service and Sales
  • Programs and Services
  • Aquatics
  • Commercial Operations
  • Event Management
  • Catering

Strategy, Marketing and Governance

  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy and Governance
  • Research and Reporting
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Organisational Change Projects
  • Executive Services

Corporate Services

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Information Technology
  • OSH and Wellbeing