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Public administrator Kerry Sanderson named WA’s next governor

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.

Among many awards and honours, WA’s first female governor was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for “service to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport in Western Australia”.

Sanderson has also held board positions with several private sector and not-for-profit organisations, including Austrade and the Australian Wheat Board, and was appointed an adjunct professor by Curtin University Business School last year.

She will take over from WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin, who has been performing the governor’s role as Administrator of the State since McCusker’s term ended.

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Stephen Easton

Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.