Brian Easton AO has a distinguished career in the public service spanning three decades. Mr Easton was chief executive of Perth Zoo from 1999 to 2003 during which time he also served as vice president of the executive committee of the Australasian Zoos Association. In 2003, Mr Easton became a director of Melbourne Zoo assisting with strategic planning, designing new displays and visitor facilities, and in the importation of elephants from Thailand. Mr Easton operates a rural property based on sustainable living practices, encouraging community involvement through innovative displays and educational programs. In 2016, Mr Easton was the only West Australian recognised with an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to conservation and the environment through leadership roles with organisations including the Perth Zoo and Conservation Commission, public administration in Western Australia, and aged care.