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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.
MS DENISE CHEIR
Originally from Guernsey, in the British Channel Islands, Denise has held significant leadership roles working with high profile organisations, 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 for 12 years, assuming responsibility for all External Communications, Media, Publicity, Issues and Crisis Management, Stakeholder Relations, Sponsorship, Partnerships, Corporate Affairs and Internal Communications.
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 strong and influential media network, is an astute businesswoman and mentor, a broker of ideas and an experienced and focused solutions based negotiator. 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.
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)
Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs joined the Western Australia Police in 1983. As a Superintendent in 2006, Mr Dreibergs was appointed as the Metropolitan Regional Coordinator. In 2008, Mr Dreibergs was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and placed in charge of the Professional Development Portfolio where, Mr Dreibergs provided leadership to ensure effective delivery of policing services to regional areas throughout Western Australia.
Mr Dreibergs was a member of the Board of Studies at the Australian Institute of Police Management, and a member of the ANZPAA Police Professionalization Forum. In 2010, he completed the ACACIA program at the AIPM and received the Australian Police Medal.
In 2014, Mr Dreibergs was promoted to Deputy Commissioner Specialist Services and has represented the State on the Australian New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee and the State Emergency Response Committee.
In 2017, Mr Dreibergs transferred responsibilities to be Deputy Commissioner Operations with Portfolio responsibilities for the Metropolitan Region, Regional WA and Intelligence & Command.
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.
MR PETER MORRISON
Peter Morrison has been in the property and financial services industry since 1980. He was CFO of the Armstrong Jones group, an ASX listed funds management group with over $4billion in funds under management. He was with Armstrong Jones for 17 years until the business was sold to ING in 1997. In addition to his role as CFO, he was the CEO of Armstrong Jones Life Assurance Ltd, a wholly owned life insurance subsidiary of Armstrong Jones.
After leaving Armstrong Jones he worked as an executive director and provided financial and management services to various companies in the funds management, financial services, risk management and retirement village sectors. Peter founded Macro Capital Ltd in 2004 with a business partner. Macro has an Australian Financial Service Licence and manages funds on behalf of investors across a range of investment classes including property, equities and agriculture.
Peter has also had extensive involvement with community based sporting clubs (Australian rules and tennis) both as a player and as a committee member.
COMMANDER JOANNE McCABE
Commander McCabe commenced with Western Australia Police in 1988 and received her Commission in 2008. In 2014, Commander McCabe was on the rank of Superintendent before receiving her current rank in the Policing Innovation and Improvement Division.
In 2018, Commander McCabe transferred to the Regional Western Australia Portfolio overseeing all the policing services across the regional and remote areas in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields Esperance.
Commander McCabe holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, a Masters Degree in Public Sector Leadership and is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal Award (2013).
Commander McCabe is part of the National Policing Leadership Cohort for the Australia New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy and is a current member of the Management Committee for the Australasian Council of Women and Policing and The Law Enforcement Torch Run Western Australia and the Commissioners Aboriginal Advisory Forum.
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