Barry McKinnon AM spent 6 years as leader of the WA Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition between 1986 and 1992. He has extensive experience in community service, politics and the corporate & disability sectors. Mr McKinnon was involved with many organisations in the disability sector including the Disability Services Commission, Commonwealth Hearing Services Consultative Committee, Speech and Hearing Centre for Deaf Children, Amanda Young Foundation, Mental Health Advisory Council, Hearing Research and Support Foundation, and Deafness Council WA. In 1997, Mr MacKinnon was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to people with hearing impairments. He also received a Centenary Medal in 2001.