PRESIDENT – MR GEOFF STOOKE OAM CitWA

Mr Geoffrey Stooke OAM CitWA was endorsed as the new President of the Federation of  Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres Inc. (WA PCYC) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 7 November 2018. He succeeds outgoing President Dr Sue Gordon AM, who has provided distinguished service since 2012.

Mr Stooke is the Managing Director of Standard Wool Investments Pty Ltd (previously Standard Wool Australia Pty Ltd). He has held the position since 1996. He has previously held senior positions in the fishing, food and resources industries and his early career was as a commissioned officer in the Australian Regular Army – this included service in Australia and overseas.

He currently holds several directorships- a number as Chairperson. Previous directorships include Chairman of RugbyWA for 23 years, Director of the Australian Rugby Union for over five years, Director of the Australian Sports Commission for three years and Director of the Australian Wool Exchange for nine years.

Outside of work his main interests are sport related. He plays golf and tennis all year round and still plays grade rugby in the winter. He was a grinder on Kookaburra in the 1987 America’s Cup Defence. He is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia, the Australian Sports Medal, the Centenary Medal and in 2006 was the WA Citizen of the Year in the category of Sport.

PATRON – CHRIS DAWSON Commissioner of Police

Police Force as a cadet in February 1976. He continuously served for 38 years in country and metropolitan positions across a range of portfolios. Appointed to the rank of superintendent in 1999, he became the inaugural principal of the WA Police Academy in Joondalup. The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002 saw him awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service.

He was appointed Deputy Commissioner in 2004 leading an agency reform program resulting from outcomes of  the Kennedy Royal Commission. He served for 10 years.

In 2011, Mr Dawson headed up the biggest security operation in the history of the WA Police Force, as State Commander for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He was responsible for the security of all attending Heads of State from 53 Commonwealth countries and their respective senior ministers and delegates.

Mr Dawson left the WA Police Force in 2014 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, formerly the Australian Crime Commission. He has also served as Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. This experience was a key factor in his return to the WA Police.

MR GREG MEYEROWITZ

Mr Meyerowitz is an audit partner in the international accounting firm EY. He has over 35 years professional experience as the lead audit partner to some of Australia’s leading listed and unlisted companies. Mr Meyerowitz has a detailed knowledge of corporate reporting and corporate governance responsibilities and is currently a director of The West Australian Ballet.

Mr Meyerowitz holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Higher Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is also an associate member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MR ALLEN NEWTON

Mr Newton is one of Perth’s most experienced journalists and now works as a partner in boutique public relations and communications business Newton Ganska Communications.

He is well connected in the media world with roles that have included founding editor for The Sunday Times website PerthNow and Managing Editor of The Sunday Times and PerthNow and Editor-in-Chief for Fairfax Media’s WAtoday.

MR GARY DREIBERGS – Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

Mr Dreibergs graduated from the WA Police Academy in 1985 and his operational policing career has included work in both metropolitan and regional police stations. Mr Dreibergs was promoted to Inspector in 2001 and Superintendent in 2004 where he was responsible for the implementation and evaluation of key reform programs. He was then appointed as Metropolitan Regional Coordinator responsible for the planning and command of major events.

Mr Dreibergs was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2008 and was responsible for all police training, education, academic development and workforce development activities. He has provided leadership and oversight, to ensure effective delivery of policing services to regional WA.

In December 2014, Mr Dreibergs was promoted to Deputy Commissioner to the Specialist Services Portfolio overseeing Specialist and Support Services, State Crime, Intelligence and Judicial Services.

MR PAUL FERGUSON

Mr Ferguson retired from the WA Police in 2009after completing 38 years’ service and attaining his Commission. During this time, Mr Ferguson maintained a working knowledge of WA PCYC while administered by the Commissioner of Police.

Since retirement, Mr Ferguson has maintained a close relationship with WA PCYC, completing a 15 month employment period as the ‘Operations Manager’ and a further nine months as the interim CEO, whilst the current CEO was being selected.   

Mr Ferguson is a permanent participant in the WA PCYC meetings where managers address management and operational issues affecting the organisation.

Mr Ferguson maintains a close working relationship with the current CEO and assists many WA PCYC Centre Managers work through a transitional process to allow the organisation to become professional and self-sustainable.

MS DENISE CHEIR

Originally from Guernsey, in the British Channel Islands, Denise has held significant leadership roles working with high profile organisations, primarily in business development, marketing and communications with extensive general management experience in dynamic branding environments.

In Guernsey, she was Head of Consumer Marketing at Guernsey Tourism before moving back to Perth where she joined Crown Perth as General Manager assuming responsibility for all External Communications, Media, Publicity, Issues and Crisis Management, Stakeholder Relations, Sponsorship, Partnerships, Corporate Affairs and Internal Communications, a role she held for 12 years.

Denise is highly networked in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and has proven experience in working and engaging with local communities including the Aboriginal cultural sector.

She enjoys a very strong and influential media network, is an astute businesswoman and mentor, a broker of ideas and an experienced, mature and focused solutions based negotiator.

In her personal time, Denise contributes to a variety of charities, loves the beach and ocean swimming, and being involved in her local community. She is also a Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities WA and Variety WA and sits on Advisory Boards for Foodbank WA, Breast Cancer Care WA and CEOs for Gender Equity.