Public administrator Kerry Sanderson named WA’s next governor


One of Western Australia’s most distinguished former public servants has been chosen as the state’s first female governor. Kerry Sanderson was formerly CEO of Fremantle Ports.

Kerry Sanderson

Kerry Sanderson

Former public servant Kerry Sanderson will be the next governor of Western Australia when she is sworn in on October 20, replacing Malcolm McCusker whose term ended on June 30.

Sanderson currently spruiks trade and investment in Europe as WA’s London-based agent-general, a post she took up in 2008 after 17 years as CEO of the state government enterprise Fremantle Ports.

She started at the WA Treasury in 1991 and, over 17 years, rose to become director of the economic and financial policy division, before serving as deputy director-general of the state’s Department of Transport for four years.

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