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


The VenuesWest Board reports to the Hon. David Templeman MLA. Minister Templeman is the Minster for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage.


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.

Mr Graham Goerke was appointed to the Board of VenuesWest on 12 March 2007. He was appointed as Chair on 1 July 2018, and his current term expires on 30 June 2022. Graham was a senior partner at law firm Jackson McDonald until December 2015 and has over 30 years' experience in commercial law. He Chaired the Jackson McDonald board for 10 years. He is currently the Chair of Edmund Rice Education Australia; a member of the Council of National Trust WA; and a Director on the Australian Council of National Trusts.


Ms Priya Cooper 

Ms Cooper joined the board in 2018 with her current term expiring on 31 December 2023. Priya is an Australian world champion disabled swimmer, winning nine Paralympic gold medals, multiple world championship medals and setting a number of world records. Significantly, Priya won the most medals of any Australian athlete at the Barcelona Paralympic games in 1992, which saw her honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her service to sport, and becoming an Australia Day Ambassador. Furthermore, in 1996, Priya was appointed Female Captain of the Australian swimming team at the 10th Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and was named Young Australian of the Year for Sport in 1999. 

Ms Kaylene Gulich

Ms Gulich has over 19 years’ central Government agency experience in fiscal management, economic advice, asset management and policy development.  Currently holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of the WA Treasury Corporation, she is experienced in the provision of complex and accurate advice to Ministers, Cabinet and the broader public sector to support informed decision making and effective and efficient service delivery.

Ms Mary Anne Stephens

Ms Stephens was appointed to the Board on 29 October 2015, and her term has been extended to 31 October 2024. 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.

Mr Scott Henderson

Mr Henderson joined the Board on 1 July 2017 with his current term expiring on 30 June 2023.  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 December 2022. 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.

Ms Michelle Hoad 

Ms Hoad joined the Board on 1 September 2021, for an initial term of two years. She has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in vocational education and training (VET) and is experienced in the delivery of services and implementation of government initiatives, in both metropolitan and regional context, in large complex organisations. As the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of North Metropolitan TAFE since 2016, she manages delivery of training to in excess of 29,000 students under activity-based funding arrangements to the value of $190m. In this role, she successful led the establishment of North Metropolitan TAFE under the Training Sector Reform project, amalgamating three TAFE colleges to form the largest training provider in Western Australia. Ms Hoad has strong facility management experience from her time at TAFE.

Mr Guy Houston

Mr Houston was appointed to the Board on 26 October 2021, for an initial terms of two years. He has over 36 years’ experience in communications, politics and government affairs in both the public and corporate sectors, including a a print, radio and TV journalist with the ABC and Channel 7. He also has in excess of 19 years’ senior level experience in Government and the Corporate sector, specializing in public affairs, political strategy, policy development, communications and staff management, and with an excellent understanding of government operations and budgets.

Mr Chris Massey

Mr Massey joined the VenuesWest Board on 1 January 2022 for an initial term expiring on 30 June 2023. As Director of Student Life at the University of Western Australia, Chris brings over 30 years of senior leadership experience in health, sport and education. He has a wealth of knowledge from Director roles on a variety of Boards, as well as experience in managing considerable assets of a similar nature to those managed by VenuesWest (WA Sports Centre Trust).


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