Patron and Board Members
PATRON - Mr 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.
CHAIRPERSON - Mr Geoff Stooke OAM CitWA
Mr Geoffrey Stooke OAM CitWA was endorsed as the new Chairperson 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.
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.
Deputy Commissioner - Mr Gary Dreibergs APM
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 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 - Mr Darryl Gaunt
Commander Darryl Gaunt joined the Western Australia Police Force in 1982 as a Cadet. Promoted to Superintendent in 2010 he was appointed to the South East Metropolitan District and later the Goldfields-Esperance District.
Mr Gaunt has served extensively throughout Western Australia including the Goldfields, Pilbara and Mid-West Gascoyne regions. Between 2005 - 2010 Mr Gaunt led the establishment of Multi-Functional Police Facilities and services into remote Aboriginal communities as part of the response to the Inquiry into the Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child abuse in Aboriginal Communities (Gordon Inquiry).
In 2013 he was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2014 commanded the WA Police contingent of over 200 officers deployed to the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
During the Covid-19 pandemic he held numerous positions within the police operations team including Police Commander coordinating the police response to the emergency.
He is currently performing the role of Assistant Commissioner for Regional Western Australia.
Mr Ron Alexander
We are excited to welcome our new board member Ron Alexander, former Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation and inaugural Coach of the West Coast Eagles.
Ron’s extensive experience across Government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors as well as his involvement in the at-risk space aligns closely with PCYC and he will be invaluable to our future operations and strategy.