Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced a new chairperson and five new board members for VenuesWest, while thanking outgoing members for their dedication and commitment in overseeing the organisation during a period of strong growth.

  • New chairperson and board members appointed to VenuesWest
  • Richard Muirhead will take over as chairperson from Graham Partridge

“I’m pleased to announce that Richard Muirhead has accepted the role of chairperson and brings extensive executive experience within State Government, having been chief executive officer at Tourism WA and the Department of Commerce and Trade,” Ms Davies said.

“Richard was appointed State director for CHOGM in 2011 and is currently serving as chairperson for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

“Five new board members will also be joining VenuesWest, including Dean Farmer, Stephanie McManus, Robert Kennedy and Professor Paul Johnson.

“Their expertise covers a range of industries including business planning, sport, media, financial services, tertiary education and the public sector. The new appointments will take effect from July 1, 2015.”

The Minister paid special mention to retiring VenuesWest chairman Graham Partridge OAM.

“Graham joined the VenuesWest board in 2007 and under his stewardship, the VenuesWest portfolio has grown from four venues to 13, including Perth Arena and the new Perth Stadium,” she said.

“During Graham’s time as chairman, VenuesWest’s self-generated revenue has increased due to the success of commercial operations. This is in line with significant growth in attendance across the venues, from two million per year to just under four million in 2015-16.”

Ms Davies expressed her appreciation on behalf of the State Government and the community for departing members Narelle Finch, Giles Nunis, Rowan Maclean, Mike Hussey and Wayne Cox, for successfully guiding VenuesWest over their respective terms.

Fact File:

  • VenuesWest is WA’s provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues and its portfolio includes the new and world class Perth Arena and the redeveloped nib Stadium as well as the new Perth Stadium to be completed in 2018

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