Director General / Department of Planning Lands and Heritage
The state government appointed Gail McGowan as director-general of the Department of Planning in April 2014. Ms McGowan was previously the deputy director-general of the Department of State Development. She had led some of the state's most significant land assembly and development projects. In her role at the Department of State Development, Ms McGowan had oversight for major projects including the Oakajee development, the Ord-East Kimberley expansion, and the Browse liquefied natural gas project. Ms McGowan spent almost a decade as the director of policy and education at WorkSafe, and also spent a number of years as a principal policy adviser and chief of staff to state and federal ministers.