Board of commissioners

Portrait of Mr Ross Holt

Mr Ross Holt
Chairman | B.Econs (Hons)
Appointed November 2015

Ross Holt spent 18 years in the Western Australian State Treasury Department, including four years as an Assistant Under Treasurer. From 1993 to 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the WA Land Authority (LandCorp). During his tenure, Ross oversaw significant growth in the residential, commercial, regional and industrial development sectors in the State. He has also been the Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University, a non-executive Director of the Water Corporation, a non-executive Director of not-for-profit training and employment entity Nudge (formerly The Roads Foundation), and a non-executive Director for property-infrastructure project management firm NS Projects.

Portrait of Mr Ewald (Ed) Valom

Mr Ewald (Ed) Valom
Deputy Chairman
Appointed September 2011
Appointed Deputy Chairman November 2012

Ed Valom brings extensive timber industry experience to his role as commissioner, with more than 50 years’ experience in the timber industry. Ed’s career began at the grassroots of timber processing when he joined Bunnings in 1961. He was also responsible for operations at a number of timber mills in the south-west of Western Australia. From 2006 to 2009, he managed Plantation Pulpwood Terminals at Albany’s woodchip export facility. Over the past half-century, Ed has acquired first-hand knowledge in the evolution of an industry in transition.

Portrait of Mr Robert Pearce

Mr Robert Pearce
Appointed November 2012

Robert Pearce started his career as a school teacher and was elected as a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1977. He held a number of ministerial portfolios including Environment (Forestry), Education and Transport. Robert retired from Parliament in 1993 and from 1998 to 2012, he was the Executive Director of the Forest Industries Federation of Western Australia. Robert has been active in the forestry industry, sitting on a range of committees and boards.

Portrait of Mr Geoffrey Totterdell

Mr Geoffrey Totterdell
Commissioner | B.Com FCPA
Appointed November 2013

Geoffrey Totterdell retired from a 20-year partnership with an international accounting firm in December 2006, where he was primarily involved in the administration of insolvent companies and business consultancy. Geoffrey has held significant State Government appointments including Chairman of the Swan River Trust for nine years, Dairy WA Ltd for three years, Rottnest Island Authority for three years, Chairman of the Peel Development Commission and a member of the Regional Development Council for three years.

Portrait of Jacqueline Jarvis

Mrs Jacqueline Jarvis
Commissioner | GAICD
Appointed July 2014

Jacqueline Jarvis is an agribusiness professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the finance sector, agricultural policy and workforce development. Jacqueline has worked with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, the former Department of Agriculture and Food WA, and most recently with the Grain Industry Association of WA. She previously served as the inaugural Chairperson of Regional Development Australia South West, and on the boards of the Australian Landcare Council and the WA Planning Commission.

Portrait of Grant Woodhams

Mr Grant Woodhams
Appointed July 2014

Grant Woodhams’ diverse career spans from politics to rural journalism. Grant spent most of his working life behind the microphone with ABC Regional Radio in every state across the nation. Grant is Chairman of Rural Health West and serves on the Geraldton Institute Board of Management. He was the member for Greenough and Moore from February 2005 to March 2013, and elected Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in November 2008.

Portrait of Amelia Yam

Ms Amelia Yam
Commissioner | B.Com CA
Appointed June 2016

Amelia Yam has held senior management positions in finance, business advisory and consulting whilst working with PricewaterhouseCoopers chartered accountants, government trading entities and other industries. Her expertise covers strategic planning, project management, business planning, risk management, business process improvement and financial management. Previously Chief Financial Officer at Horizon Power and the University of Notre Dame Australia, Amelia has also been a Director of Amaroo Care Inc. She was also the co-opted commissioner for the FPC from April 2013 until her current appointment.