Library Board Members

Members of the Library Board are appointed by the Governor in accordance with The Library Board of Western Australia Act 1951. The Board has up to 13 members including a Chairman and Vice Chairman. The CEO and State Librarian attends Board meetings as the Executive Officer.
Current members of The Library Board of Western Australia are:

Dr Margaret Nowak (Chairman)
Cr Deb Hamblin (Vice Chairman)
Ms Helen Ayers
Ms Anne Banks-McAllister
Ms Catherine Clark
Mr Martin Clery
Cr Janet Davidson JP
Mr Richard Giles
Ms Sonja Heath
Cr Kaye McGlew
Mr Duncan Ord
Ms Suzanne Poulter
Dr Dorothy Wardale

The Board Members can be contacted via email at libraryboard@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Dr Margaret Nowak (Chairman)
First appointed 2002
Term ends 2019
 
Margaret Nowak is a Curtin University Emeritus Professor. An academic economist with research interests in corporate governance and labour market economics, she was the founding Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, a position she held from 1993 to 2004.

Margaret has served on several government and community boards and committees including the Princess Margaret Hospital Board in the 1980s, the Lotteries Commission of WA from 1989-94, and Chair of the Gordon Reid Foundation for Youth, 1990-94.  From 1991 to 1997 Dr Nowak was Chair of the Management Committee at the Fremantle Arts Centre.  Subsequently she was a member of the Health Department of WA Audit Committee from 2003-10 (and Chair from 2007-10), and Chair of the Department of Agriculture and Food Audit Committee from 2009-12. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Councillor Deb Hamblin (Vice Chairman)
First appointed 2007
Term ends 2015
 
Deb Hamblin is a Councillor with the City of Rockingham and manages the Rockingham Campus Community Library.  She has worked for Murdoch University, one of the joint-use library partners, since 1978 in a variety of roles including Manager Regional Development and Director Workplace Learning.

Councillor Hamblin is passionate about joint-use libraries and assists other Australian libraries investigate the opportunities that joint-use can offer.  She has been a member of a variety of management boards including the Kwinana Industries Education Partnership, Kolbe Catholic College, SCALES Legal Service, Peel Education and TAFE Campus, and Murdoch University's Academic Council.  Councillor Hamblin has recently been appointed to Murdoch University's Senate. She is an Associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association

Ms Helen Ayers
First appointed 2015
Term ends 2019

Helen Ayers is a graduate of Curtin University whose life-long fascination for English as a living language prompted her to enrol in Latin in secondary school and Middle English as an undergraduate at the University of Western Australia, before transferring to Curtin University to pursue a degree in journalism. Ms Ayers is a former newspaper editor and freelance journalist.

Ms Ayers has lived, worked and travelled extensively in South East Asia, using her accumulated knowledge and experience to serve her community. She is a sitting member of the Fremantle Library Advisory Board and a reader to senior citizens at Braemar, an assisted living facility. She believes strongly in the need for greater community service from those who are able and gifted. Her past commitments include serving as a Fremantle City Councillor, Rotary President, Justice of the Peace, fundraising for physically and mentally impaired children, muscular dystrophy research and working with special needs children both at the Taipei American School and the Singapore Anglican Church. 

Ms Ayers farming background provides her with insight into the issues that rural communities face in accessing resources and funding. In addition to which, as a matriarch of three generations, she is deeply interested in the educational challenges today’s children face in the areas of literacy and IT cyber safety; especially those with special needs and learning difficulties.

Currently writing two non-fiction books, in her down time Helen utilises her training in theatre, music and dance, and in experimenting with textiles and art. 

Ms Anne Banks-McAllister
First appointed 2015
Term ends 2019

Anne started her career as a cadet of the Library Board working at the State Library before managing public library services in Perth. She has held the positions of President of the WA Local Government Librarians' Association and President of the WA Public Library Branch of ALIA.

She has had a long career in local government finishing as Chief Executive Officer. Anne has been conferred a Fellow of the Local Government Manager's Association (WA) for her contribution to the industry and is a Life Member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.

Anne has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Lib Studs), Master of Business Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Organisational Coaching. She is an experienced non-Executive Director in the not for profit sector and is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Anne now runs her own consulting business.

Ms Catherine Clark 
First appointed 2015
Term ends 2019

Catherine is responsible for the leadership, management and direction of the Curtin University Library, which includes the T.L. Robertson Library, the Kalgoorlie Campus Library, the Graduate School of Business Library and the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.

Prior to commencing at Curtin, Catherine had a long career at the University of Western Australia including in the roles of Associate Director (Digital Research) and Assistant Director (Medicine, Dentistry, Education and Architecture) within the University's combined IT and Library Service - Information Services.

Mr Martin Clery
First appointed 2012
Term (Ex Officio)

Martin Clery is Assistant Executive Director in the Department of Education's Statewide Services Division.  In this role he oversees the curriculum and student needs support services delivered to public schools across the state.  He also represents the Department of Education on a variety of inter-agency policy and advisory groups.

Mr Clery began his career in education as a history and geography teacher in 1990.  Until 2005 he worked in secondary schools in both regional and metropolitan locations.  Since this time, he has held a variety of professional and curriculum support roles with the Department of Education. 

Mr Clery represents, by arrangement, the Director General of Education on the Library Board.

Councillor Janet Davidson JP
First appointed 2001
Term ends 2017

Janet Davidson holds a Master's Degree in Management, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a trained teacher and a member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).  She is a Justice of the Peace and an Ambassador for the Year of the Outback.

Councillor Davidson was elected to the City of Perth Council in 1998 and chairs both the Finance and Budget Committee and the Audit Committee. She was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2009 and 2011 - 2013. Ms Davidson holds the position of Executive Officer to the WA Regional Office/Committee of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (WA). Councillor Davidson is a former Chairman of the Library Board and has been on a number of government, local government and community boards. She sits on the Australian Local Government Association Board as the Australian Local Government Women’s Association representative.

Mr Richard Giles
First appointed 2013
Term ends 2017

Richard Giles is the General Manager and Planning Director at Adapptor, a creative applications company with offices in Perth and Melbourne who produce useful, playful and powerful apps for mobile devices and the "Internet of Things."

Richard began his career in technology in 1990 when he worked for a mobile phone company in the UK. After returning to Australia, he began a Bachelor of Commerce degree and ahead of the "internet boom" built corporate websites, lectured about online commerce at Curtin University, and sold corporate Internet connections.

Richard has since worked for Sun Microsystems, authored the Podcasting Pocket Guide and How to Use Flickr: The Digital Photography Revolution, and won awards for podcasting. In 2006 he launched Recommendation Ventures, a cloud based recommendation engine, which was used by a number of major companies.

Ms Sonja Heath
First appointed 2012
Term ends 2015

Sonja Heath is a lawyer, with additional qualifications in Finance and Geology. She has worked in legal practice and as an executive in property development and business consultancy companies.

Councillor Kaye McGlew 
First appointed 2012
Term ends 2016

Kaye McGlew is a Youth Connections Officer with Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt, supporting at risk young people in the Northern Wheatbelt to achieve year 12 or equivalent. The role includes regional coordination services to support youth. She has 30 years' experience as a Secondary School teacher throughout Western Australia, including two years as School Librarian.

Presently Kaye is Deputy President of the Shire of Dandaragan, inaugural Chair of the Dandaragan Community Resource Centre, and other Committees. She is passionate about building community and economic capacity in the regions, including social capital. Kaye has been an executive member of management boards and associations, and was recently appointed to the Midlands Water for Food Community Reference Group.  In her spare time Kaye is a volunteer ambulance officer and grows olives and figs in Dandaragan.

Mr Duncan Ord 
First appointed 2014
Term (Ex Officio)

Duncan Ord is the Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts. Duncan has worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years and was involved in establishing two of the State's pre-eminent performing arts companies, Black Swan and Barking Gekko.

His previous roles include Dean of the School of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and General Manager of the WA Theatre Company. Duncan has also sat on the performing arts board of the Australia Council and has been Chairman of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Skadada dance circus.

In 2013 Duncan was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal and is also a past winner of the Churchill Fellowship.

Suzanne Poulter
First appointed 2015
Term ends 2019

Suzanne is the Manager of Community Services for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She is passionate about providing quality support and services to residents and visitors to the City. Her diverse portfolio comprises management and leadership of the City's Library Services, Men's Shed (the largest in WA), Eastern Goldfields Community Centre, Goldfields War Museum, History and Heritage Unit and City Archives. She supports the City's elderly and people with disabilities through provision of Home and Community Care (HACC) Services and coordination of the City's Access and Inclusion Plan.

Previous to this role Suzanne worked in public and academic libraries in Victoria and most recently worked overseas in the United Arab Emirates as the Dean of Libraries, Independent Learning and Support to Students with Special Needs at the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Dr Dorothy Wardale
First appointed 2015
Term ends 2019

Dorothy has been a Leadership Development Consultant for 25 years, across the public and private sectors. She has also worked as an academic and in People Management roles at various government departments. Prior to taking up this board position, Dorothy held positions on two theatre arts boards and the Australian Centre for Natural Gas Management. She is passionate about education and development for all.

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