Our People

David Price

David Price
Chief Executive Officer
dprice@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8605

Management

David has over 25 years senior management experience and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Western Australia Inc and Law Mutual (WA) in July 2006. Prior to commencing at the Law Society, David held senior roles in local government as Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale from 2000 to 2004 and the City of Nedlands from 2004 to 2006.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society David reports to an elected Council and has responsibility for both the Law Society of Western Australia and Law Mutual (WA):

The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for the legal profession in Western Australia. The Law Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its members and to the enhancement of the legal profession through being a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and rule of law.

Law Mutual (WA) was established by the Law Society in 1995 to administer the professional indemnity insurance arrangements for the legal profession in Western Australia. The major functions of Law Mutual (WA) are to:

  • Obtain competitively priced insurance coverage for Western Australian law firms
  • Implement risk management strategies to reduce the instances of claims
  • Provide an efficient claims management service

As head of the State’s peak body for the legal profession, David is required to ensure that the Law Society identifies and meets the needs of its 3,750 plus members and Law Mutual insureds. This includes liaising with government, regulatory bodies, the Law Council of Australia, other law societies and insurers both nationally and internationally.

David’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Business in Management Studies and a Diploma in Business Management.

Executive

Sue Langmair, Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and President

Mary Woodford

Mary Woodford
General Manager – Advocacy
mwoodford@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8646

Advocacy

Mary is a senior legal practitioner with experience in the private and public sector having previously held the roles of Senior Legal Counsel at the University of Western Australia and of Consultant, Corporate & Commercial with Jackson McDonald Lawyers.  She has also advised on legal and policy matters as Principal Policy Officer to the Minister for Health and as Director Legal & Policy with the Australian Medical Association (WA).

Mary has served as a member of a number of committees for legislative reviews and reform and in recent years has focused on providing corporate and commercial legal advice to clients in the private sector, including statutory authorities, health and education institutions and not-for-profit organisations.

Mary also has experience as a Company Secretary and is currently a non-executive director of HBF Limited and Chair of MercyCare Limited and Chair of Central Regional TAFE.

Advocacy

Joanna Blackley, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Sophie Bowen, Legal Assistant
Ruth Loveranes, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Priya Pillay, Lawyer – Professional Standards Scheme & Policy

Leanne Follows

Leanne Follows
General Manager – Corporate Services
lfollows@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8645

Corporate Services

Leanne is an experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University. Leanne has previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Tourism WA and the Perth Market Authority.  She also has experience in private practice.

Corporate Services

Vivienne Bone, Human Resources and Finance Officer
Gillian Cinanni, Receptionist and Administration Officer
Ashleigh Crompton
, Receptionist and Administration Officer
Sim Choong Lim, Accountant
Gayle Nevin, Administration and Facilities Coordinator
Mohammad Shoaib Sidiqi, IT Officer
Trevor Smith, IT Administrator

Marketing and Communications

Moira McKechnie, Manager Marketing and Communications
Andrew MacNiven, Communications and Media Officer
Brett Syme, Communications and Design Officer

Aine Whelan

Áine Whelan
General Manager – Programmes
awhelan@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8629

Programmes

Áine has a background in the performing arts, holding an honours degree in music from Trinity College Dublin, and an Arts Management degree from the internationally recognised Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has produced and toured a wide range of arts and cultural events in Australia, Europe and Asia. With over 25 years’ experience in management and program planning she has successfully transferred this accumulated knowledge to senior positions in Government, the corporate sector and academia. Holding an Executive MBA from the University of Western Australia, Áine uses her diverse skills and experience to realise ideas and lead best practice.

Education and Community Services

Dean Curtis, Manager Education and Community Services
Michelle Davies, Education Officer
Rosemary Fitzgerald, Museum Curator
Soula Veyradier, Museum Curator
Annie Warburton, Mock Trial Coordinator

Membership

Claire Eslinger, Membership Executive
Maryka Mensink, Programmes Executive
Chloe Kamuhemu, Membership Services Officer
Francesca Giglia, Administration Officer

Professional Development

Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Manager Professional Development
Zoe Mills, Administration Officer
Lakshmi Jones, Events Administration Officer
Carmen Maughan, Professional Development Officer

Law Mutual

David Price

David Price
Chief Executive Officer
dprice@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8605

David is the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Western Australia and Law Mutual (WA). He has overall responsibility for Law Mutual (WA).

John Rogers

John Rogers
General Manager – Law Mutual
jrogers@lawmutualwa.com.au
(08) 9324 8625

John commenced as the General Manager Law Mutual (WA) in June 2015.  Prior to this appointment John was a Senior Consultant at MYR Consulting, a business and risk management consultancy based in Western Australia. He commenced his professional career as an articled clerk at Jackson McDonald, having obtained his legal qualifications at the University of Western Australia. John was a partner at Phillips Fox for three years prior to moving to the insurance industry in 1991.

He has held several senior management positions within GIO, AMP and Suncorp’s general insurance businesses, the most recent as Executive General Manager of GIO & Vero Personal Insurance based in Sydney. John relocated to Perth in 2012 as a result of joining MYR Consulting.

Law Mutual Team

Paula Bluemel, Insurance Services Officer
Vicki Coles, Manager, Risk
Thai Do, Accountant
Jodi Fear, Administration Officer
Sharan Gill, Senior Claims Solicitor
Jessie Ridgewell
, Claims Coordinator
Michael Loh, Manager Finance and Administration