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. The CEO and State Librarian attends Board meetings as the Executive Officer.

The Board Members can be contacted via email at 

Ministerial appointment | Appointed in 2019 under Section 5(3)(a) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2023

John Day was a member of the Western Australian Parliament for 24 years until 2017, representing the Darling Range and Kalamunda electorates successively.

He served in a wide range of roles when in Parliament, including as Minister for Culture and the Arts from 2008 to 2017. Other portfolios for which he was responsible included Planning, Health, Science and Innovation, Police and Emergency Services.

In government, John was a strong advocate for the role of public libraries, and for revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre. He is also a member of the board of the Art Gallery of W.A and is an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

John is a graduate of the University of W.A. in Science and Dentistry, and practised as a dentist with the Perth Dental Hospital and in private practice. 

City of Fremantle appointment | Appointed in 2018 under Section 5(4)(c) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2022.

Jenny obtained a BSc in Science (Geology) from the University of Western Australia. She has worked in various roles, including Palaeontology at the Western Australian Museum, in the petroleum industry and later as a part owner of three businesses in the mineral exploration and geothermal industry.

She has also held several other positions including Mayor of the City of Fremantle, Chair of the Rottnest Island Authority, Chair of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Inaugural Chair of the Fremantle Prison Trust (following the decommission of the Fremantle Prison) and Deputy Chair of Fremantle Press.

Jenny joined the Board of the State Library in 2018. She is also a councillor for the City of Fremantle and works part-time at the Fremantle Press.

Appointed in 2021 under Section 5(3) of the Library Board Act | Ex Officio, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Lanie Chopping is interim Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. She has extensive experience in regulatory and citizen-focused roles across WA’s public sector. Ms Chopping was formerly the Commissioner for Consumer Protection and the Acting Executive Director for Consumer Protection at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. She has also held senior positions at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Economic Regulation Authority, and the West Australian Council of Social Service.

Appointed in 2012 under Section 5(3) of the Library Board Act | Ex Officio, Department of Education

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.

City of Perth appointment | Appointed in 2018 under Section 5(4)(b) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2022

Andrew Hammond has spent over 30 years working in senior leadership roles in local governments throughout regional and metropolitan Western Australia. His most recent role was as Chair Commissioner of the City of Perth. He holds an Executive Master of Business in Administration from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia, the Australian Institute of Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ministerial appointment | Appointed in 2021 under Section 5(3)(a) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2025

Colleen Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. For more than 35 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management.

Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award. Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community and is the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education. In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. 2015 saw Colleen awarded one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for her work in the areas of Equity and Social Justice.

WALGA appointment | Appointed in 2020 under Section 5(4)(f) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2024

Matthew Gilfellon has spent over ten years as a Chief Executive Officer in rural local governments. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Chittering. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law), a Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies and is currently studying an Executive Master of Business Administration. Matthew’s love for libraries comes from his passions of books, building community and learning.

Ministerial appointment | Appointed in 2021 under Section 5(3)(a) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2025

Sally Morgan is an Indigenous writer and artist who belongs to the Palyku people from the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. She was the Director of the Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts, School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, for thirteen years. She specialises in writing for children and has been involved in promoting literacy and doing story/art workshops with children for many years, often acting as a mentor for young aspiring writers. In 2016 her verse novel Sisterheart won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for children’s fiction.

WALGA appointment | Appointed in 2020 under Section 5(4)(e) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2024

Paul is currently Manager Arts and Culture with the City of Albany and has long been an active advocate of public libraries and the positive benefits that they bring communities.

Ministerial appointment | Appointed in 2020 under Section 5(3)(a) of the Library Board Act | Term ends 2024

Wayne is passionate about communities and the people who live and work in them. He has spent his career working for them, both individually and collectively, on both the east and west coasts, across all spheres of government, to improve their economies, environments and general wellbeing. Critically, he knows the valuable role that libraries play in securing these things.

Experienced in policy development and advocacy, he knows government process at all levels and how to get a message across to the intended audience. More importantly though, he knows how to listen and make sure that important messages aren't lost in the big noise that often accompanies passionate debate.

With a Degree in Business and postgraduate qualifications in Regional Development, his working life has seen him in a wide range of roles, from casual labourer to CEO and most things in between. He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and occasionally in Europe, America and Asia. He loves cycling, guitars and...libraries!

Last updated on 22 September 2021