DoT Corporate Executive (L-R): Dennis O'Reilly, Fiona Knobel, Steve Mitchinson, Richard Sellers, Christian Thompson, Peter Parolo, Kate Wang, Steve Beyer and Nina Lyhne.
Richard Sellers, Director General - Transport
Richard was appointed as the Director General of DoT in September 2016.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biology, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Public Policy and Management.
Richard has extensive experience in the public sector. In his former position as the Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), he took a lead role in encouraging exploration to ensure the State's ongoing development.
His stewardship of DMP during the busiest growth period of Western Australia's resources industry was marked by innovations and significant reforms in a number of areas, including safety, the environment, approvals and administration.
His contribution has been recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), which awarded him the 2014 WA Patron's Award, and nationally by IPAA who also announced him a National Fellow at its annual conference in 2014.
The Patron's Award is the highest honour in public administration given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the State and the National Fellow accolade recognises outstanding contribution to the practice and study of public administration.
Steve Beyer, A/Managing Director - Policy, Planning and Investment
Steve was appointed as Acting Managing Director Policy, Planning and Investment in February 2017. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the role with 30 years' experience working with Western Australian transport agencies, including seven years as Executive Director of DoT's Integrated Transport Planning business unit.
Steve and his expert team provide policy advice, strategic transport solutions and coordinated investment decisions to the State Government to assist in effective movement of people and goods.
Steve is committed to working with the State Government to define and implement priority transport projects, build relationships and collaboration across the Transport Portfolio and shape new directions for the Policy, Planning and Investment division for a unified approach to the planning and delivery of Western Australia's transport services, infrastructure and systems.
Nina Lyhne, Managing Director - Transport Services
Nina joined DoT in January 2011 as the Managing Director Transport Services. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has previously held the positions of WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and the Executive Director of the Office of Road Safety. Nina has worked in diverse roles across government agencies in sectors ranging from trade and commerce to community development and occupational safety and health.
In her key role with DoT, Nina is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of transport services including driver and vehicle services, coastal infrastructure, marine and rail safety and on-demand transport. She also oversees the provision of information technology, people and corporate services for DoT.
Kate Wang, Director - Office of the Director General
Kate joined DoT as Director Office of the Director General in October 2014. In this strategically focused role, Kate leads the communications, ministerial and government business and governance and audit activities of the Department, ensuring strong coordination and collaboration across the Transport Portfolio.
Kate has more than 20 years' State Government experience, having worked in policy and project roles for a range of agencies and Ministerial offices across the portfolios of Transport, Commerce, and Education.
As Principal Policy Advisor to the Minister for Transport for five years, she has a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing DoT and its portfolio partners. This background, together with a Masters of Business Administration, enables Kate to effectively lead the business and strategic planning for DoT and the Transport Portfolio and to facilitate the progression of key priorities on behalf of the Director General.
Fiona Knobel, Executive Director - People and Organisational Development
Fiona joined DoT as the Executive Director People and Organisational Development in July 2011.
At DoT, Fiona has played an integral role in creating a sustainable values-driven organisation to enable DoT's vision. She has overseen the strategic alignment and delivery of people strategies to support the values and deliver excellent customer service.
Fiona holds a Master of Business in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow with the Australian Human Resources Institute. She has more than 25 years' experience working across both the public and private sectors. Fiona is a strategically focused executive, leader and practitioner of managing people, performance and organisational culture to achieve the desired financial and non-financial business results.
Dennis O'Reilly, Executive Director - Corporate Services
Dennis was appointed as the Executive Director - Corporate Services in February 2012.
A public servant for over 25 years, Dennis' previous roles include more than six years leading Main Road's customer service transformation and DoT's Regional Services Business Unit.
In his current role, Dennis builds internal partnerships to provide quality services in the areas of accommodation and buildings, procurement and fleet, information and records management, as well as legal and legislative services.
During his time with Corporate Services, Dennis has provided his team with a clear focus in respect to customer service, relationship-building, business improvement and innovation and governance and accountability.
Peter Parolo, Executive Director - Investment and Finance Coordination
Peter was appointed as Executive Director Investment and Finance Coordination in 2015. He joined DoT in 2011 as Executive Director of Ports and Maritime.
Previously Peter was Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Water and has more than 30 years' experience in financial management within the public and private sectors.
Peter holds a Master in Accounting and is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia. He is responsible for leading and managing DoT's broad financial accounting services, reporting requirements, budgeting and planning. He is also responsible for the portfolio coordination unit that manages portfolio project assessment and coordination.
Steve Mitchinson, A/General Manager - Driver and Vehicle Services
Steve joined DoT's Driver and Vehicle Services business unit as Director, Customer Service Delivery in November 2015 and was appointed as Acting General Manager in February 2017.
He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of driver and vehicle licensing in Western Australia to ensure DoT achieves its outcomes of safe drivers, safe vehicles, secure identities and excellence in service.
Steve has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked and consulted for a broad range of Australia's public utilities, agencies and iconic brands, including VicRoads and NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
His expertise in licensing services, strategic planning and achieving operational excellence allow him to empower his dynamic team and optimise new technologies to improve all aspects of driver and vehicle licensing in Western Australia.
As Chair of DoT's Customer Experience Steering Committee Steve understands and is committed to meeting the needs of our customers.
Christian Thompson, Executive Director - Business Information Systems
Christian commenced as Executive Director Business Information Systems in April 2015. In this newly created role, Christian provides strategic direction for the development and support of information technology across DoT.
His expertise in leading high-performing, innovative technology teams ensures the smooth delivery of IT services both internally and externally, as DoT continues to improve its online service delivery to meet the growing needs of its customers.
Christian holds qualifications in geology and IT and has more than 30 years' experience in the latter. He has worked in various IT roles within the mining industry including General Manager of Shared Business Services for Rio Tinto and Chief Information Officer for iron ore junior Citic Pacific Mining.