The state government has appointed veteran public servant Gail McGowan as the new director-general of the Department of Planning after an extensive search.
Ms McGowan, who is currently the deputy director-general of the Department of State Development, will start her new role next week.
She replaces Eric Lumsden, who stepped down from the director-general role in September last year to focus on his role as chair of the WA Planning Commission.
The seat had since been filled on an acting basis by Duncan Ord, who is a former deputy director-general at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
Planning Minister John Day said Ms McGowan 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.
“The importance of planning has never been greater as Western Australia transforms to accommodate a growing population," Mr Day said.
"Gail, like her predecessors, will play an integral role in ensuring our planning system adapts to this rapid growth. I am confident Gail will continue to drive the state’s planning reform agenda.”
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.