David Price

David Price CCEO, FAIM
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 4,000 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 (P/T)

Mary Woodford

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

Advocacy & Professional Development

Mary is a senior legal practitioner with experience in the private and public sector including as Senior Legal Counsel at the University of Western Australia, General Counsel at ECU, and Consultant, Jackson McDonald Lawyers.  She has been an adviser to Boards and companies as well as the Minister for Health.

Mary is an experienced non-executive director and company secretary and is currently a director/chair of MercyCare Ltd, Central Regional TAFE, LGIS and the Australian Pro Bono Centre and a former non-executive director of HBF Health Ltd.

Advocacy and Professional Development

Thomas Moorhead, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Ruth Loveranes, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Caitlin Lowe, Policy and Administration Officer
Carmen Maughan, Senior Professional Development Officer
Lakshmi Jones, Advocacy and Professional Development Officer
Amy Johnston, Advocacy and Professional Development Officer

Vernon Thompson CPA
General Manager – Corporate Services
vthompson@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8645

Corporate Services

Vernon is an experienced professional accountant and senior executive having developed his expertise and experience across multiple industries including Public Practice Accounting, Commercial Finance, Government and the Not for Profit Industry. Vernon is a Certified Practicing Accountant with CPA Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University.

Vernon’s previous roles include the Director of Finance and Resources at Private Independent College in Perth, Chief Financial Officer with SkyWest Airlines, Financial Controller of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Manager Budgets with the Department of Education and Senior Tax/Business Services accountant within a second Tier CPA Firm.

Corporate Services

Lester Delaney, Manager Finance and Administration
Sherry Entezami, Assistant Accountant
Marta Goncalves, Receptionist and Administration Officer
Melissa Ferguson, Administration Officer
Trevor Smith, IT Administrator

Corporate Communications

Madeleine McErlain, Manager Corporate Communications
Charles McDonald, Communications and Design Officer

Áine Whelan EMBA, GAICD
General Manager – Marketing, Business Development and Community Engagement
awhelan@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8629

Marketing, Business Development and Community Engagement

Áine Whelan is the General Manager Marketing, Business Development and Community Engagement at the Law Society of Western Australia. She is responsible for membership services, marketing, business development and community engagement services. 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 is passionate about combining her diverse skills and experience in the arts, education and the professional services sectors to realise ideas and lead best practice.

Membership and Events

Maryka Mensink, Manager Membership & Events
Claire Eslinger, Membership Executive
Elizabeth Collins, Membership & Events Officer
Francesca Giglia, Administration Officer

Education and Community Services

Dean Curtis, Manager Education and Community Services
Toni Church, Museum Curator 
Annie Warburton, Mock Trial Coordinator

Law Mutual (WA)

David Price

David Price CCEO, FAIM
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 (WA)
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 (WA)

Michael Loh, Manager, Finance and Portfolio
Sharan Gill, Manager, Claims
Verginia Serdev-Patterson, Claims Manager
Vicki Coles, Manager, Risk
Thai Do, Accountant
Paula Bluemel, Insurance Services Officer
Jessie Ridgewell, Claims Administration Officer
Amy Goodall, Administration and Risk Officer
Anna Dunstan, Administration Officer PSS/QPS