Chief Executive Officer
(08) 9324 8605
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.
Sue Langmair, Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and President
General Manager – Advocacy
(08) 9324 8646
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.
Sue Nash, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Sophie Bowen, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Bec Hamblin, Policy and Administration Officer
General Manager – Corporate Services
(08) 9324 8645
Vernon is an experienced accountant and senior executive manager across multiple industries. Vernon holds a Bachelor of Business and has held senior and executive roles in Public Practise, Commerce, State Government and most recently the Not for Profit Industry.
Vernon has previously held the roles 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 account/Business Services at a second tier CPA firm.
Lester Delaney, Manager Finance and Administration
Trevor Smith, IT Administrator
Sherry Entezami, Assistant Accountant
Marta Goncalves, Receptionist and Administration Officer
Kathleen Piparo, Administration and Events Support Officer
Marketing and Communications
Madeleine McErlain, Manager Marketing and Communications
Andrew MacNiven, Senior Communications and Media Officer
Charles McDonald, Communications and Design Officer
General Manager – Programmes
(08) 9324 8629
Áine Whelan is the General Manager Programmes at the Law Society of Western Australia. She is responsible for membership services, professional development and education and community 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.
Education and Community Services
Dean Curtis, Manager Education and Community Services
Annie Warburton, Mock Trial Coordinator
Greg Sikich, Museum Curator
Rose Iles Fealy, Education Officer
Membership and Events
Maryka Mensink, Manager Membership & Events
Claire Eslinger, Membership Executive
Francesca Giglia, Administration Officer
Elizabeth Collins, Membership & Events Officer
Law Mutual (WA)
Chief Executive Officer
(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).
General Manager – Law Mutual (WA)
(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)
Vicki Coles, Manager, Risk
Sharan Gill, Manager, Claims
Michael Loh, Manager, Finance and Portfolio
Paula Bluemel, Insurance Services Officer
Thai Do, Accountant
Jessie Ridgewell, Claims Administration Officer
Shumi Tsungu, Administration & Risk Officer