SAT Members

Senior Members

David Aitken

David Aitken graduated in law from the University of Western Australia in 1979 and has a wide range of experience in the commercial law area. He was a partner in a Perth law firm for 23 years, before establishing his own legal practice. Prior to his appointment as a full time member of SAT in June 2011 he was a part time Deputy Chairperson of the Building Disputes Tribunal for 15 years. David has a special interest in mediation and has assisted with the delivery of professional development training programs for mediators for many years. David was appointed as a senior full time member of SAT on 1 October 2016.

Lisa Eddy

Lisa Eddy was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2013.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Commerce, Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery and a Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing). Lisa initially trained as a nurse and worked in that field in a variety of different positions from 1988 to 2001. She graduated in Law in 2001 and then worked at the State Solicitor’s Office for 11 years specialising in court and tribunal appearance work on a broad range of matters. Lisa worked as the Assistant State Solicitor from 2008 until her appointment with SAT.

Maurice Spillane

Maurice was appointed a full time Member of SAT at its inception in January 2005 and in June 2011 he was appointed as a Senior Member. Maurice graduated in Law in Ireland in 1978 where he practised for 10 years before coming to Perth in 1988 with his family. In Western Australia he practised mainly in the areas of Medical Law, Professional Indemnity, Planning and Local Government Law. Maurice is currently Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee for the Child and Adolescent Health Service at Perth Children’s Hospital and has a particular interest in ethical decision making and facilitative dispute resolution.

Charlotte Wallace

Charlotte Wallace graduated with honours in the areas of Psychology (Bachelor of Arts), Law and Master of Law (Intellectual Property) from Murdoch University. Charlotte has been practising in the area of commercial litigation since 1998 in both New South Wales and Western Australia. Whilst practising in New South Wales with the law firm Freehills, Charlotte was its representative member with the National Product Liability Association. Charlotte is also an accredited mediator. Charlotte was appointed as a full time member of SAT in June 2011. Charlotte now works predominantly within the commercial and civil area and also within human rights and vocational regulation. Charlotte also established SAT's inaugural Pro Bono Scheme and is the Scheme Coordinator. On 1 October 2016, Charlotte was appointed as a senior full time member to SAT.

Ordinary Members

Charmian Barton

Charmian Barton was appointed as a full time member in October 2018.   Before joining the Tribunal, Charmian was a partner with global and national law firms in Perth and Sydney, representing the interests of public and private sector clients.  Charmian commenced her legal career with the WA State Solicitor’s Office in 1995.  She has practised planning and environmental law in Western Australia and New South Wales,  regularly appearing before the NSW Land and Environment Court in development appeals and judicial review proceedings.  Charmian holds degrees in law and science from Murdoch University and a Masters degree from Harvard Law School.   She was an inaugural member of the WA Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel and has published and presented widely on contaminated land law, waste law, corporate social responsibility and carbon risk.

Tim Carey

Tim Carey graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1981 with bachelor degrees in law and commerce. After a period as an associate to a Federal Court judge, he worked for 10 years in law firms in country Victoria and Melbourne, mainly in litigious matters ranging from personal injury/third party insurance and crime to commercial litigation and insolvency. In 1991, Tim commenced in private practice in Perth, working on a broad range of matters.

For the 11 years prior to his commencing with SAT in 2005, he was with the Australian Government Solicitor in Perth, where as a senior solicitor he practised in the areas of administrative law, migration, taxation appeals, bankruptcy and general litigation.

Felicity Child

Felicity Child has qualifications in both social work and law. She was a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board from 1992 until the incorporation of that jurisdiction into SAT. She worked for over 10 years within a number of community legal centres in Western Australia and as a tutor at Curtin University in social work and welfare practice. Prior to her appointment to SAT, Felicity was employed by Legal Aid WA.

Marie Connor

Marie Connor has studied urban and regional planning and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Studies) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning – Distinction). She has considerable experience in state and local government planning, and was a member of the Town Planning Appeal Committee and the Town Planning Appeal Tribunal prior to the establishment of SAT.

Bertus de Villiers

Bertus de Villiers (BA Law, LL.B, LL.D) is admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and South Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Law School of Curtin University and has lectured on a part time basis constitutional and administrative law at UWA, Curtin University and Notre Dame University. His areas of specialisation are constitutional and administrative law, environmental law and human rights, and native title and commercial law. He has published widely on these topics. His professional background includes positions as Manager (Principal Legal Officer) of the Goldfields Land and Sea Council and Principal Legal Officer for South African National Parks. From 1990-1996 he was head of the Centre for Constitutional Analysis in Pretoria where he had close involvement in the debates leading to and the drafting of the South African Constitution. He is the co-author (with Judge Parry) of the book Guide to proceedings in the WA State Administrative Tribunal (Lawbook Co / ThomsonReuters, 2012) (and a corresponding chapter in the WA Lawyers' Practice Manual (ThomsonReuters, loose-leaf)) and has written several journal articles in relation to SAT's practices, procedures and dispute resolution processes.

Patric de Villiers

Patric de Villiers studied architecture at the University of Cape Town. This was followed by post graduate studies at the Architectural Association in London and subsequently a degree in Urban and Regional Planning undertaken in Western Australia.

Patric has worked professionally in the fields of architecture, urban design and urban planning in Australia, the United Kingdom, Lesotho, South Africa and Malaysia in the private sector and for both local and central governments.  He was City Manager at the City of Fremantle, an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, and has served as the Chair of the Heritage Council of Western Australia. Patric was appointed as a Senior Sessional Member of the Tribunal in 2007 and was appointed a full time member in 2015.

Patricia Le Miere

Patricia Le Miere was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. She was a partner in a Perth law firm working in the areas of workers compensation, personal injuries and family law until she moved with her husband to a property out of Carnarvon in 1987. Between 1991 and 1998 Patricia practiced as a sole practitioner on a part time/full time basis in Carnarvon. On returning to Perth in 2005 she commenced work with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee where she became the manager of litigation. Patricia is an accredited mediator with a particular in interest in alternate dispute resolution.

Hannah Leslie

Hannah Leslie graduated from the University of Western Australia with a law degree in 1980. She then worked as a litigation lawyer in a broad range of areas. In 1989 she joined the Western Australian Independent Bar to work solely as a barrister. Hannah was appointed to sit as a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board from 1994 and of the Mental Health Review Board from 1997 to 2014. She joined SAT as a Senior Sessional Member upon its inauguration in 2005 and was appointed as a fulltime member on 1 January 2015. Hannah is an accredited mediator.

Jack Mansveld

Jack Mansveld has qualifications in accountancy and social work. He was employed in public accounting for 15 years, specialising in income tax and management accounting. He decided in 1986 to change careers and studied social work, graduating with first class honours in 1989. Since then he has managed a community legal centre, worked in the area of low-income housing policy, sat as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and has worked as a guardian and Manager of Advocacy and Investigation with the Public Advocate (WA).

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore is an architect with considerable experience in architecture, planning and building. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Built Architecture (Construction Economics and Management) from University College London. Rebecca has been a sessional member of SAT since its establishment and a senior sessional member between 2007 and 2011. Rebecca was appointed as a full time member of SAT in June 2011.

Natasha Owen-Conway

Natasha Owen-Conway was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2011. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (1986, UWA), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (1987, UWA) and a Professional Certificate in Arbitration (2010, University of Adelaide). Natasha was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in December 1987. Upon her admission, Natasha practised as a solicitor and in July 1991 she joined the Independent Bar in Western Australia and practised in a wide range of commercial matters, until October 2011. Natasha has also practised as an adjudicator, mediator and is a qualified Arbitrator. In 2003 Natasha was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair of the Building Disputes Tribunal of Western Australia, until her appointment to SAT.

Rosetta Petrucci

Rosetta Petrucci was appointed as a full time member of SAT in October 2016. Rosetta has qualifications in both law and business (Master of Laws (Merit) (2004, ANU), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (1999, UWA), MBus (1992, Curtin), BBus (1983, Curtin)). Rosetta was admitted to practice law in 2001. Upon her admission Rosetta practised law full-time as a solicitor in Sydney and Perth mainly in taxation and commercial law matters. In 2006, Rosetta was appointed a sessional member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT). This became a full-time appointment in 2010 and then from July 2015 she was a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (following the amalgamation of those tribunals). Rosetta is a fellow of CPA Australia and in 2010 was elected President of the Western Australian Divisional Council. Since 2007 Rosetta has been a sessional lecturer at the Curtin University Business School and Law School. Her area of specialisation is taxation law. Rosetta has completed training in mediation and is an associate of the Resolution Institute.

Delaney Quinlan

Delaney Quinlan was appointed as a full time member of SAT in September 2015.  Delaney holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University.  Delaney commenced articles with the State Solicitor’s Office in 2000 where she worked for 15 years until her appointment to SAT.  Within that time Delaney has also spent two years in the United Kingdom (2002-2004) in the areas of planning, rights of way, waste management and highways.  During Delaney’s time at the State Solicitor’s Office she has appeared as counsel across a broad range of criminal, civil and commercial matters with a specialty in large planning and land compensation litigation.   Most recently, Delaney was seconded from State Solicitor’s Office to be an arbitrator at WorkCover WA where she determined workers’ compensation disputes.

Stephen Willey

Stephen was appointed as a full-time member of the State Administrative Tribunal in October 2018.  Stephen has qualifications in law and town planning and worked as a town planner for 10 years before commencing legal practice.  In 2006 he commenced with Minter Ellison in Perth where he specialised in planning, environment, property, land compensation and local government law.  In 2010 he transferred to Minter Ellison in Melbourne where he was a senior associate.  In 2013 Stephen returned to Western Australia to join the State Solicitor’s Office and was appointed Senior Assistant State Counsel on 1 January 2017.  During his time at the SSO Stephen acted for a range of government clients primarily in relation to planning and land compensation matters.  Stephen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Planning) (Hons 1), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and a PhD (Urban Planning).  Stephen’s PhD was a comparative study of planning appeal systems across Australia, England & Wales and Canada.

Sessional Members - Senior

Sessional Members - Ordinary

Last updated: 18-Jul-2019

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