PATRON – CHRIS DAWSON Commissioner of Police

Appointed as Commissioner of Police in August 2017, Mr Chris Dawson joined the Western Australia Police Force as a cadet in February 1976. He continuously serving 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 under Karl O’Callaghan in 2004 leading an agency reform program resulting from outcomes from 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 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 Newton began working in journalism in 1972 for the Sunday Independent newspaper, since workng for several media organisations in Perth. He has operated his own Marketing and Public Relations businesses and worked as a Marketing Manager in Britain and the United States.

Mr Newton was responsible for the launch of The Sunday Times news website PerthNow in 2006. In 2011 he was appointed Managing Editor for all of News Ltd’s publishing platforms in Western Australia, including The Sunday Times and PerthNow. In 2013 he became Editor-in-Chief at Fairfax’s WAtoday news website. Along with his wife, Allen now operates Newton Ganska Communications, a public relations and marketing consultancy.

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 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.


Inspector Lysle Cubbage has been a serving WA Police Officer for 35 years, including 14 years as a Detective in Crime Intelligence and Major Fraud. As an Inspector he oversaw the development of counter-terrorism initiatives and legislation including the implementation of the Emergency Management Act and the Terrorism Extraordinary Powers Act.

Lysle has represented the WA Police on national committees and projects such as the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Policy Development Committee and the Regional Airports Forum. Inspector Cubbage spent three years at the South West Police District. During this time he served as President of Bunbury PCYC.