The Southern Ports’ Board of Directors is the governing body as detailed in the Port Authorities Act 1999.  

Members are appointed by the Minister for Ports and are tasked with performing the functions, determining the policies and controlling the affairs of Southern Ports.

Ian Shepherd

Assoc. Civic Engineering, Grad. Dip. Business, Harvard Advanced Management Program, Hon. Fellow IE Aust, MAICD.

Appointed: 1 February 2020, term ends 31 December 2021.

As an experienced CEO and Director Ian brings varied and direct experiences in governance and business, finance, leadership, risk and public relations. In addition, he has an understanding of the importance of board dynamics and culture. Ian spent 17 years as a director and eight years as CEO/Managing Director of GHD Group Pty Ltd, an infrastructure services company operating across all facets of planning, project management and engineering. With operations across 10 countries, Ian brings international knowledge and awareness of key issues. He has strong commercial and strategic capabilities in relation to company growth and transformational changes. Ian is also a Director of the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation. 

BComm Melbourne University, MBA, AMP HBS, FAICD, FCPA.

Appointed Deputy Chair: 1 July 2018, term ends 31 December 2020.
Special responsibilities: Audit, Finance and Risk Committee Chair.

Gaye has extensive experience in mining, resources, infrastructure, energy, financial services, treasury, property and higher education. Her executive experience includes various senior executive finance and commercial roles over 23 years with BHP and she was the CFO/COO for over 12 years at the University of Western Australia. Gaye has over 20 years of board experience and is currently the Deputy Chair of Commissioners of the City of Perth, Deputy Chair of the Committee for Perth and a Board member of Gold Corporation and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.

Bsc (Hons), PhD (University of Western Australia).

Appointed: 1 September 2014, term ends 31 December 2020.
Special responsibilities: Member of Safety and Security Committee.

Phil has been a director with port authority boards since 2007. Phil’s research in the late 1970s on the ecology of marine fouling at the Stirling Naval Base earned him a doctorate and considerable experience, later working as director of a marine environmental consultancy for a decade. Phil has worked on many major projects along the WA coast and abroad, including port developments, dredging programs and marina developments.

BE (Hons) University of Auckland, MEnvSci, MBA, FAICD, FIChemE.

Appointed: 1 February 2020, term ends 31 December 2021.
Special responsibilities: Safety and Security Committee Chair.

Jane has extensive experience in resources, oil and gas, financial services, maritime, environment and technology industries. Her executive experience includes senior executive roles in public companies in the oil and gas sector, and later as CEO of National Petroleum Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), the industry regulator. Jane has over 30 years of Board experience, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), WA Division Council Member of AICD, Vice-Chair IChemE Congress and Vice-Chair IChemE Energy Centre. 


Appointed: 1 January 2019, term ends 30 June 2021.
Special responsibilities: Member of Safety and Sustainability Committee.

Jane brings to Southern Ports more than 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources Manager, Non-Executive Director, Business Partner and trusted adviser both locally and internationally.

She is also currently the owner and Director of Human Resources South West, focused on leading organisational cultural change and leadership programs and Vice Chair of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Prior to moving to the South West of WA, Jane worked with GlaxoSmithKline in London, Woodside Energy in Africa and Perth, Moran Furniture Melbourne and with Western Power, Amana Living and Lion Nathan in Perth.

BSc (Hons) Bielefeld University, PhD (Australian National University)

Appointed: 13 July 2020, term ends 30 June 2022.
Special responsibilities: Member of Safety and Sustainability Committee, member of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Wiebke has a background in the biological sciences and workshop facilitation, and has held roles in science communication, education and outreach in various scientific disciplines (vision science, marine science, astrophysics, ocean engineering) over the past 10 years.

She established the headquarters of the University of Western Australia - Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany in early 2018 and manages the Centre operations across the Albany and Perth nodes, as well as the new Great Southern Marine Research Facility in Albany. Wiebke leads stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors, including the State Government, schools and the general public, and is also an Executive Member of the Great Southern Science Council.

BBus (Accounting) WACAE (Now Edith Cowan University) Churchlands, FCPA.

Appointed: 1 January 2019, term ends 30 June 2021.
Special responsibilities: Member of Safety and Sustainability Committee, member of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

John brings over 23 years’ experience in senior management to his role at Southern Ports, including as Chief Financial Officer. John has a particular focus on external statutory reporting and risk management and has extensive knowledge of port financial management, operations and contract management. His previous board experience includes Directorships with the Bunbury Water Corporation (trading as Aqwest) and with the Collie Miners Credit Union where he was Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee. John is currently appointed as a Community Member on the City of Bunbury Audit Committee in a voluntary capacity.