Ruth Shean was the director general of the Western Australian government’s Department of Workforce Development, until leaving in 2017. Prior to this, Dr Shean was Commissioner for Public Sector Standards. Her other previous government CEO roles include director general of the Disability Services Commission, and acting director general of the Department for Community Development. Dr Shean has also been a non-government CEO (of the Cerebral Palsy Association), and has held leadership positions on both state and federal government reviews and committees. She has also been on governing councils of both Curtin and Murdoch Universities.