Director General, Department of Planning Lands and Heritage

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Gail Mcgowan

Director General

Department of Planning Lands and Heritage

Gail McGowan is the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the State Government agency responsible for planning and managing land and heritage throughout Western Australia. Gail has held senior positions across Government including at Worksafe and the former Department of State Development. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of Chief Executive Women of Australia, CEOs for Gender Equity, Murdoch Vice Chancellor’s External Advisory Board, Western Australian Planning Commission, Pastoral Lands Board and Transport Infrastructure and Station Precinct Executive Committee. Gail is committed to collaborating across all levels of government, industry and the community to ensure outcomes deliver economic and social benefits to the State, now and in the future. Gail was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours for her outstanding public service to land use, planning and industry development in Western Australia. She also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Murdoch University in 2019 to recognise her career achievements and demonstrated leadership qualities

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