Organisational Structure


Senior Officers 

Susan Bastian – Chief Executive Officer and Registrar

Susan holds the office of Chief Executive Officer of the Department. She is also appointed as the Registrar of the Commission and the Clerk of Court to the IMC. As the Chief Executive Officer, Susan is the Accountable Authority as prescribed in section 52 of the Financial Management Act 2006 (WA). Susan has extensive experience in industrial relations, administration and senior management within the public sector.


Kendra Hagan – Deputy Registrar

(LLB (Hons), BSW)

Kendra’s career has been one focussed on access to justice. She worked for a number of years as a social worker before graduating with First Class Honours in Law in 2010. Kendra specialised in industrial and employment law with unions and the community legal sector before her appointment as Deputy Registrar in May 2021.


Peter Groves – Executive Director

(Bach App Sci Psych, AGIA)

Peter has over 16 years’ senior management experience in corporate governance and compliance in both the public and private sectors. In addition, he has extensive experience as a principal policy adviser within a Ministerial office and as a member on national boards and committees dealing with policy, management and strategic operational services.


Michael Hadfield – Executive Director, Finance Data and Technology

(B. Comm, CA, MAICD)

Michael is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has over 16 years’ experience as a senior executive in the private sector and has managed large finance and corporate services teams in a number of industries, as well as serving as a Director and Company Secretary to a number of listed and private companies.


Alison Phillipson – Director, Governance and Culture

Alison came from a Western Australian union background prior to joining the Department in 2003.  Alison has many years’ experience as a senior manager in the finance and corporate services area within the Department.  Alison’s accountabilities include the Department’s corporate governance, workplace culture and workforce development.  



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