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Darren FosterDirector General – Mr Darren Foster

Mr Foster is the Director General of the Department. Mr Foster joined the Department in March 2017 and was appointed as Director General in July 2017.

Mr Foster has over 30 years of public sector experience as a senior policy and strategy adviser in Commonwealth, State and local governments, in areas as diverse as Environment, Treasury and Finance; Energy; Health; Education and Training; Tourism; Racing and Gaming and Native Title. Mr Foster has held senior roles in the Department of Fisheries and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, and the National Native Title Tribunal.

Mr Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (History), and is an alumnus of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program.


Malcolm BradshawDeputy Director General – Mr Malcolm Bradshaw

Mr Bradshaw is the Deputy Director General leading the Infrastructure and Major Projects Division for the department. He was appointed to this role in January 2018.

Mr Bradshaw has over 27 years of public sector experience in a number of agencies, including senior roles in the Departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Treasury, Housing and Works and the Legal Aid Commission. Mr Bradshaw also worked for two years in an executive role with the owner of Perth Airport. Much of his work in the public sector has been concerned with the planning, financing and delivery of major infrastructure assets.

Mr Bradshaw is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, and holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Arts, Law and Business from UWA, ANU and UNSW (AGSM). 



Michelle Andrews

 Deputy Director General – Ms Michelle Andrews

Ms Andrews is the Deputy Director General leading the Policy and Reform Division for the department. She was appointed in January 2018.

Ms Andrews recently headed the secretariat supporting the State Government's Service Priority Review. This wide-ranging independent review examined the functions, operations and culture of the Western Australian public sector. The final Service Priority Review report provided a blueprint for reform to the State Government.

Prior to commencing at DPC, Michelle worked as Deputy Director General - Strategic Policy at the former Department of Mines and Petroleum. In her role, Michelle focused on resource development policy and strengthening the department's relationships across government, with industry and the community. Michelle is an environmental scientist with 30 years' experience in the public sector, including at the then Department of State Development and the Environmental Protection Authority. She has also worked as a senior policy advisor for several State Government Ministers.

Michelle has served as Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and is on the Board of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. 

Robert Kennedy



Executive Director – Mr Robert Kennedy

Mr Kennedy is the Executive Director leading the State Services Division for the department.

Mr Kennedy has worked in public sector agencies for over 20 years in both the State and Commonwealth Governments. Most of this time has been in central agencies in policy and administration roles. He joined the Department in 2003 and was appointed Director, State Administration, in 2008, when he joined the Corporate Executive. Mr Kennedy was appointed Executive Director in 2016 and was responsible for the Department's corporate governance functions and Strategic Projects.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.