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 2017. Graham is 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.
Graham is Chairman of the VenuesWest Portfolio Management Committee.

Mr Dean Farmer

Mr Farmer joined the Board on 1 July 2015 and his current term expires on 30 June 2017. Dean has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the financial services industry, having served as a director for Officium Group and Western Pacific Financial Group. He is currently a Private Client Advisor for Western Pacific Financial Advisors.
Dean is also involved with sport in the local community, acting as Aus-kick Coordinator and coach for the Mosman Park Junior Football Club and coach of the East Fremantle Junior Cricket team.

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.

Ms Stephanie McManus

Ms McManus joined the Board on 1 July 2015 and her term expires on 30 June 2019. Stephanie has 15 years of high level experience across commercial and corporate law, specialising in sports events and media.
While employed at World Sport Group, Asia's largest sports marketing, media and event management company, Stephanie managed the commercial and corporate legal requirements of the company, including structuring and negotiating large commercial contracts. During her time at World Sports Group Stephanie held the positions of Senior Vice President, Head of Legal and Senior Vice President, Compliance.

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.

Mrs Mary Anne Stephens

Mrs Stephens was appointed to the Board on 29 October 2015, and her current term expires on 28 October 2016. 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

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.

Mr Alex McKenzie

Alex McKenzie, until his recent retirement, spent over 25 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Life Saving Society of WA. His extensive involvement in lifesaving and long standing commitment to aquatic safety are very relevant to our organisation and he also brings a strong background in compliance, auditing and strategic planning.


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
  • Perth 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