EPA members

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has five members: a full-time Chairman, a part-time Deputy Chairman and three part-time members.

CHAIRMAN - Dr Tom Hatton

Chairman from 5 November 2015 to 4 November 2020; Member from 18 November 2014

Dr Hatton has a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) and Master of Science in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and a doctorate from the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.

Following post-doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of New South Wales he joined the CSIRO as an environmental scientist, working on the many water-related challenges facing Australia. Over a 25-year career at the CSIRO, he directed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship as well as the Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Australia’s largest water and marine research portfolios, delivering research directly underpinning the efficient and responsible development of Australia’s natural resources while ensuring the conservation of the environmental and social values. In 2014, Tom retired as CSIRO Group Executive for Energy, responsible for national facilities and capabilities in renewable and non-renewable energy, and mining research and development.

In 1999, Tom was awarded the inaugural WE Wood Award for scientific excellence in the field of salinity research, and the Utah State University Alumni Professional Achievement Award. In 2008, Tom received the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal and the Australian Public Service Medal for his contributions to the management of Australia’s water resources.

Dr Hatton chaired the Western Australian Marine Parks and Reserves Authority (2012-2015) and chaired the 2011 Australian State of the Environment Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and serves on their Oceans Institute Advisory Board, as well as the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Board. He serves on the Board of the Western Australia Parks Foundation.

Dr Hatton was recently inducted as a fellow of the prestigious Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering – an independent body of eminent scientists and engineers – for his contributions to the development of technologies and their application to natural resource management and his outstanding leadership in the development of water, marine and energy technologies.

Mr Robert Harvey

Deputy Chairman 18 November 2012 to 17 November 2020

Mr Robert Harvey has degrees in engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Mr Harvey began his career as an engineer in the then Water Authority, specialising in resource management, planning and policy. His last position in the Authority was as Director Water Resources Planning. He was Executive Director of the Department of Justice from 1999 to 2003. In the Department he was responsible for community corrections, juvenile justice and correctional policy.

From 2003 to 2009 Mr Harvey was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. He was a member of the Water Corporation Board from 2007 to 2012. On behalf of the Board of the Water Corporation, he convened a scientific panel to review the State’s 50 year water plan – Water Forever.

He is the Regional Director for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

In 2010 Mr Harvey was appointed as a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Ms Elizabeth Carr

Member from 7 October 2011 until 3 October 2019

Ms Elizabeth Carr is a non-executive director with senior management experience in Investment Banking (Macquarie Group), Technology (IBM) and government sectors (WA, NSW, USA). With over 20 years board experience in the private, government, education and community sectors, her current roles include – Chair South Metropolitan TAFE (WA), Chair Macular Disease Foundation Australia (until September 2016), Chair St Catherine’s Aged Care Services (NSW), Chair Seton Villa Disabilities (NSW), and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW) Audit and Risk Committee. She is also a Director icare NSW, Director Kokoda Track Foundation, Director St Mary’s Anglican Girls School (WA), Member of the Harvard Club of Australia Council and a member of a number of NSW Government Audit and Risk Committees.

Ms Carr has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from UWA and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Diploma (and Fellow) from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She undertakes annual professional development, including with Harvard University.

She received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award for services to the community in 2002, and St Mary’s Anglican Girls School Woman of Distinction – Career Award in 2010. Ms Carr’s term began in October 2011, and she was reappointed to the Board in 2014.

Mr Glen McLeod

Member from 23 October 2013 until 20 October 2021

Glen is an environmental and town planning lawyer with over 39 years of experience. He has held senior positions in major Australian, English and American law firms. In July 2012 he established his independent niche firm, Glen McLeod Legal where he practices in the areas of environmental and town planning law.

He is a member of the WA Environmental Protection Authority and the Waste Authority, the Chair of the International Bar Association’s Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the WA Law Society’s Environment Town Planning and Local Government Committee.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University where he teaches units in environmental and town planning law. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Murdoch Dean of Law and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was recently the recipient of the 2016 WA Law Society’s Lawyer of the Year Award.

Glen is the General Editor of the national loose leaf publication Planning Law in Australia and an editor of the Local Government Law Journal.

Dr Jim Limerick

Member from 5 November 2015 until 4 November 2018

Dr Limerick has extensive experience in strategic policy and planning, and was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008.

He is currently a member of the advisory board to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the chair of the Fremantle Port Authority. He was formerly a member of the WA Planning Commission and the WA Technology and Industry Advisory Council and, until 2008, he was Director General of the former Department of Industry and Resources.

Dr Limerick has a PhD and B.Sc. (Hons) in metallurgy from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin University. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.