Governing Bodies

The Main Roads Act 1930, as amended, establishes the Commissioner of Main Roads as a corporate body and sets out the powers and duties of the office. The Commissioner reports to the Minister for Transport and the agency’s primary governing body is its Corporate Executive.

Our commitment to effective governance processes and ethical conduct drives us to fulfil our Aspiration, adhere to applicable laws and standards, and meet the public’s expectations of integrity, accountability, and transparency. Our governance approach not only guides us but also ensures that our business activities are managed efficiently, leading to improved performance and value delivery. Our governance model shows the relationships between our Minister, Commissioner and Corporate Executive supported by subcommittees.

Corporate Executive

Corporate Executive is our peak decision-making body. Its objective is to ‘set a clear strategic direction to deliver government priorities, meet our Aspiration and achieve agreed performance goals.

Focus areas for Corporate Executive during the past year included:

  • Monitor delivery of critical projects and meet performance targets including transition to in-house maintenance services and activities in the Corporate Business Plan
  • Identify and monitor actions against critical risks including integrity and cyber crime
  • Champion and advocate for a culture of diversity and equity
  • Identify future state-wide resourcing requirements and key skills and capabilities
  • Identify new strategic initiatives aligned with Keeping WA Moving
  • Approve key plans for Intelligent Transport Systems, Mental Wellbeing, Road Safety and Disability Access
  • Champion and monitor the delivery of Aboriginal participation outcomes
  • Champion and monitor the delivery of sustainability outcomes.

Main Roads has established four executive sub-committees to provide support and guidance for specific aspects of the business.

Management Review and Audit Committee

Our Management Review and Audit Committee oversees the effectiveness of Main Roads’ corporate governance including risk management, control processes and internal audit. It is an independent committee, accountable to the Commissioner of Main Roads and meets quarterly.


  • Assists the Commissioner of Main Roads, the Managing Director, and Corporate Executive to ensure adequate management practices and controls are developed, maintained, and monitored
  • Keeps informed of the strategic and operational risks and the status of improvement actions (treatment plans), providing any recommendations to Corporate Executive for consideration
  • Reviews and approves the Main Roads Annual Internal Audit Plan
  • Considers audits conducted by Management Review and Audit
  • Monitors implementation of Management Review and Audit recommendations
  • Monitors performance against the Annual Audit Plan


  • Independent External Member (Chair) – *Nicki Godecke (Department of Finance) until May 2023
  • Independent External Member (Chair) – Trish Fraga-Diaz (Department of Education) – From June 2023
  • Independent External Member (Deputy Chair) – Julie De Jong (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety)
  • Independent External Member – Andrew Burchfield (Consultant)
  • Executive Member – Doug Morgan

*Note: Nicki Godecke completed her three-year tenure in May 2023 and a new Independent Audit Committee Chair commenced in June 2023.

Focus areas for the Management Review and Audit Committee during the past year included:

  • Approve the Main Roads Annual Internal Audit Plan for 2022-23
  • Consider the findings and recommendations from 35 internal audits
  • Discuss and approve audit progress reports quarterly
  • Monitor and approve close out of audit recommendations quarterly
  • Monitor outstanding and overdue audit recommendations quarterly
  • Review strategic, operational and fraud and corruption risks and monitor the status of action plans to mitigate risks

Budget Committee

Our Budget Committee meets monthly with the objective of ensuring financial management oversight and best use of funds to achieve our strategic outcomes.


  • Peak decision-making body for Financial and Budget Management, Investment Planning and Program Development and Delivery
  • Accountability for
    • Investment Planning
    • Program Development
    • Annual finance and budget performance
    • Financial Management
    • Budget Management
    • Working Capital Management

Executive Members:

  • John Erceg (Chair)
  • Leo Coci
  • Des Snook
  • Philip D’Souza
  • Doug Morgan
  • Belinda Stopic
  • James Pinnington
  • Tony Earl
  • Neville Willey
  • Brett Belstead
  • Domenic Palumbo

Focus areas for the Budget Committee during the past year included:

  • Oversight of the Asset Investment Program to ensure project delivery is on target
  • Oversight of the Regional Road Safety Upgrade Program and ensure continuity of funding achieved
  • Oversight of the minor works, local roads, maintenance, and other programs to ensure delivery performance against targets
  • Oversight and governance of the agency’s financial outcomes and ensure the outcomes stay within the financial targets as set in the Agency’s Resource Agreement
  • Identification of risk and opportunities in the scope of investment planning, program development, program management and project delivery impacting annual finances
  • Oversight of forecast road and bridge cost indices used in escalation of asset investment project cashflows and understanding the broader forecasts in the economic environment
  • Identification of opportunities for funding Information and Communications Technology priority programs, including Operational Technology
  • Identification of risk and opportunities in cashflow management, including building relationships with Western Australian Treasury Corporation
  • Oversight of tender price outcomes on contracts

Corporate Safety, Health and Wellbeing Committee

Our Corporate Safety, Health and Wellbeing Committee directs priorities and oversees the wellbeing of our workforce and the people who work with us.


  • Presides over safety, health, and wellbeing issues from high-level strategy to reviews of individual incidents
  • Acts as a primary occupational safety and health governance channel and reports to Corporate Executive on full time and contracted employees

Executive Members:

  • Neville Willey (Chair)
  • Philip D’Souza
  • Doug Morgan
  • Belinda Stopic
  • Domenic Palumbo
  • Brett Belstead
  • Tony Earl
  • Alan Colegate

Focus areas for the Corporate Safety, Health and Wellbeing Committee during the past year included:

  • Monitored 2022-23 Safety, Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan
  • Reviewed performance measures and approach
  • Reported on WorkSafe improvement notifications and serious incidents including mitigating actions
  • Updated senior management on new Work, Health and Safety legislation
  • Reviewed Main Roads SHW framework
  • Oversight of the Integrated Management System – Safety, annual management review and recertification
  • Continued focus into the prevalence of incidents involving traffic management at worksites

More information on our health and safety activities is included in the Safety, Health and Wellbeing section.

Investment Committee

Our Investment Committee is the peak decision-making body for strategic network development, project investment and investment planning and oversees the development of the ten-year unfunded investment program and strategic asset plan.


  • Review and endorse the long-term Network Development Strategy and Plan (20 Year Horizon)
  • Establish the investment focus and link organisational strategic objectives with outcomes that address defined needs and problems
  • Review and endorse the Ten-Year Unfunded Investment Plan
  • Review and endorse project priorities for the annual Investment Planning and Budget Cycle
  • Approve the allocation of investment readiness funding

Executive Members:

  • Doug Morgan (Chair)
  • John Erceg
  • Des Snook
  • Domenic Palumbo
  • Brett Belstead
  • Belinda Stopic
  • Tony Earl
  • Philip D’Souza
  • Maurice Cammack
  • James Pinnington

Focus areas for the Investment Committee during the past year included:

  • Endorsement of the introduction of investment readiness funding
  • Endorsement of the 10-year Unfunded Investment Program
  • Endorsement of the 2023-24 Strategic Asset Plan
  • Oversight of improvements to the Investment Planning process
  • Endorsement of all major and complex project scope of works and cost estimates as part of the decision-making requirements associated with the Budget and Investment Planning Framework
  • Strategic oversight of high-priority projects and reporting to the Minister for Transport, for consideration in state and federal budget process and for submissions for consideration by Infrastructure Australia in the annual refresh of the National Infrastructure Priority List