Conservation and Parks Commission

Marion Fulker

Marion Fulker - Chair


Marion Fulker is the Chair of the Conservation and Parks Commission. Marion accepted the position in May 2016, having notable experience in senior executive and board roles. Currently, Marion is also the CEO of the Committee for Perth, and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Previously, Marion has been the Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Division, the Chair of the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Director of Rugby WA. Marion’s education includes an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business. In 2015 Marion was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, in 2016 was the winner of a WA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award and has recently been named as a finalist in the 2017 Western Australian of the Year Awards. Her opinions on Perth’s future are regularly sought by Government, industry and the media.


Professor Chris Doepel, PSM

Professor Chris Doepel, PSM - Deputy Chair


Chris is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. Until March 2016, he was the Dean of Business and Chair of College Committees for Arts & Sciences, Business and Law at the University. Prior to undertaking this last role, he was also Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business at Murdoch University in Perth. Before joining Murdoch University in 2008, Chris was the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Native Title Tribunal. He has extensive experience as a senior manager in public administration and in the formulation of policy advice to governments. Chris holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, a Bachelor of Law, and a Master of Arts. He is an Associate Member of the Law Society of Western Australia, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is currently Chairman of the Western Australian judging panel for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. In 2006, Chris was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Australia Day Honours for his native title work.   


Mrs Ingrid Cumming

Mrs Ingrid Cumming - Member

Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, during her career she has presented and published an article with the United Nations Women Leaders Collective in Israel; represented Indigenous Australian Business at the Supply Diversity forum in San Antonio, Texas; presented at TedXPerth, 2014; been a keynote at various conferences and leadership forums about Indigenous knowledge, leadership and reconciliation; and won Indigenous Business of the Year at the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2014. Earlier this year she became a board member of the National Indigenous Women in Business Group. In 2010, Mrs Cumming founded and became CEO of Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit): A Perth-based indigenous consultancy that also offers additional training and workshops across Australia and while promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths and strategy. In 2016, Ingrid joined forces with Kia Dowell and Chantal Harris to create the new company: Codeswitch. The trilogy brings together of 20 years of experience and innovation.   


Dr Regina Flugge

Dr Regina Flugge - Member

Dr Regina Flugge has over 25 years of experience in environment, climate change and sustainable development roles.  Dr Flugge has worked in the education, government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors with responsibilities across environmental management; corporate environmental governance; education; research; policy development; the provision of high-level advice; strategy development; business planning; and advocacy.  Dr Flugge’s career includes substantial experience in the resources industry through roles with the Chamber of Minerals & Energy and Rio Tinto, especially in the Pilbara region.  Dr Flugge also has over 16 years of experience as a board director across statutory and not-for-profit boards and committees and is the Chair of Rangelands NRM WA. Dr Flugge was a non-executive Director of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia and her past associations include the Governing Council of the West Pilbara College of Technical and Further Education; Rangelands Regional Assessment Panel for the Natural Heritage Trust; Air Quality Coordinating COmmittee; and the Coastal Planning & Coordination Council. Dr Flugge has a Bachelor of Applied Science; Master of Science; Master of Business Administration; Master of Management; and is a Doctor of Business Administration.  Dr Flugge is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a member of the National Environmental Law Association; and a member of the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand.  Dr Flugge maintains a keen interest in the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Pilbara region.   


Mr Brian Middleton

Mr Brian Middleton - Member

Mr Middleton has an accounting practice in Margaret River. He has been President of Rotary; President of Margaret River High School P&C Association; Treasurer of Friends of the Cape to Cape Track; Chair of the Business Enterprise Centre; Chair of the Margaret River Education Campus Board; Chair of the Shire’s Sustainability Advisory Committee; and has served six years as a shire councillor. Mr Middleton’s special interests are business and community development, education and preserving significant natural heritage areas. He is a passionate bushwalker who believes preservation of wild spaces is vital in enabling and encouraging people to enjoy the wonders of nature.     

Mr Kim Colero

Mr Kim Colero - Member

Kim is Managing Director of JK Colero Enterprises P/L, an Australian fishing company, focusing on the Western Rock Lobster Industry. Kim was appointed to the MPRA in December, 2002. He has a history of involvement in the commercial fishing industry and is a past president of the Dongara Professional Fisherman’s Association Inc., past member of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council Rock Lobster Sub-committee and past committee member of the Fisheries Adjustment Scheme. He was appointed to the board of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) in January 2007 and was Chair of WAFIC 2009- 2011. Kim is the immediate past Chair of the Combined Zone C Association (CZCA) and is still an active member of the CZCA committee.   



Professor Ross Dowling, OAM

Professor Ross Dowling, OAM - Member

Professor Ross Dowling is a Foundation Professor of Tourism and the School of Business at Edith Cowan University. Professor Dowling is an environmental scientist conducting international research, training and development of tourism in natural areas. His principal teaching, research and consultancy interests lie in ecotourism, geotourism and cruise ship tourism. He co-founded Ecotourism Australia and is a former Chair of the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism (FACET) in Western Australia. Professor Dowling is a geotourism advisor for UNESCO Global Geoparks and a founder of the Global Geotourism Conferences. Prior to moving to Australia, Professor Dowling worked in New Zealand where he was Foundation Advisory Officer with the Ministry for the Environment and was awarded a Nature Conservation Council Foundation Citation for his efforts in conservation education. Professor Dowling brings to the Commission knowledge and experience in relation to conservation and tourism development.