Board and Executive

The Team

Heritage Perth Inc. is an incorporated association whose members form a voluntary independent board representing a range of organisations and groups in Perth.


Her Excellency Mrs Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia





LMVice Patron

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi



The Board

Paula Rogers (Chair)

Originally from Dublin, Paula Rogers was educated at University College Dublin before moving to London where she worked for financial media companies including; Euromoney and the Financial Times. Paula migrated to Perth in 2002 and has embraced everything that is great about the city and its way of life.

Since being here, Paula’s career has gone in new and interesting directions. She was Publisher for the publications division at WA Newspapers, where she and oversaw growth from 2 to over 26 publications which included Alston’s 10 year cartoon collection, Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide, Midland Railway Workshops and the Margaret Johnson cookbook series. More recently she became Marketing and Communications Manager for law firm Squire Sanders.

The mother of two boys, Paula is a member of Rotary Crawley, which is the fastest growing Rotary Club in Australia, and is passionate about education and the arts.

clr_greenCouncillor Jemma Green

Jemma Green was born in Perth and raised in the eastern hills. She received a bachelor of Commerce in Finance at Murdoch University in Perth, before beginning work as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan’s London office in the early 2000’s. Jemma helped setup J.P. Morgan’s Global Environmental and Social Risk Management office, which focuses on corporate social responsibility in business.

Returning to Australia in 2013, Jemma is now a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at Curtin University.  She has a particular interest in disruptive innovation and sustainable finance. Her doctoral research is focused on battery storage and modular construction. Jemma has made over 400 appearances on both radio and television as a commentator on transport, energy and sustainable economics.

Jemma was elected to the City of Perth Council in October 2015 and is one of the Council’s representatives on the Heritage Perth Board.

Councillor Reece Harley

Reece Harley is Founding Chair of the Museum of Perth and was elected a City of Perth Councillor in 2013.  Before his election to Council he ran a small-bar and history walking tours of Perth, sharing his knowledge of Perth’s thriving late night economy with hundreds of visitors and locals alike.

Reece has worked across various West Australian universities and the Federal Government and was the founding State Director for an indigenous mentoring organisation, supporting more than 1000 West Australian indigenous high school students into university, further study and employment.  Reece serves on a range of committees and boards and volunteers his time for a variety of community organisations.

Reece serves as a member of the City of Perth’s Finance and Administration Committee, and a Deputy Member of the Audit and Risk, and Works and Urban Development Committees.


Ben Della-Bosca

Born and bred in Perth, Ben can trace his ancestry back to ships arriving in the 1830’s. It is therefore no surprise that he has a keen interest in heritage. He has also spent considerable time working and travelling in the UK and Europe which has contributed to his passion for the conservation and promotion of Perth’s heritage.

Ben’s credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia, an ICAA Graduate Diploma from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and a Master of Applied Finance (Corporate Finance/Advisory) from Kaplan Professional. He has over 15 years of professional services and in-house experience with key expertise including valuations, financial modelling and project analysis and reporting.

Valerie-Hodgins-2Valerie Hodgins

Valerie is a commercial lawyer with over 14 years’ experience and is the Director, Legal and Governance Services at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority which has carriage of some of Perth’s largest development projects.

Before joining the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Valerie work as an in-house counsel for an international miniming company prior to which she worked principally in private practice and, before taking up a career in the law, Valerie was a human resource manager with over 15 years of experience. Valerie is the current Vice President of the Western Australian Chapter of the Association of Corporate Cousel Australia, the peak Australian national body representing in-house lawyers.  Valerie was a Board member of the Western Australian Legal Practice Board up until April 2017, when she did not seek re-election.


 Richard Offen – Executive Director
Richard Offen joined the staff of the UK National Trust in 1989 and from 1992 until 2003 was responsible for the Trust’s famous Neptune Coastline Campaign.  Under his direction the campaign raised over £28 million, enabling the Trust to buy and protect 160 kilometres of the spectacular British coastline.

Before being appointed Executive Director of Heritage Perth, Richard was a founding partner of the heritage management consultancy Solutions for Heritage.

Richard is a popular lecturer, has been a regular broadcaster on both radio and television and, in 1999, wrote and presented a 55 minute documentary video, Neptune’s Legacy, which charts the history of the UK National Trust’s most successful campaign.

Richard was co-author of the National Trust book ‘The Living Coast’ and wrote the extended captions for a book of aerial photographs of the British coast entitled ‘Coastline UK’.   More recently, Richard wrote the Perth edition of Pavilion Books’ very popular series ‘Then and Now’.   ‘Perth Then and Now’ has the distinction of requiring a reprint before it hit the bookshop shelves and is now on the Australian ‘best seller’ list.

In his spare time, Richard is on the Council of the Anglican Schools Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Swan Bells Foundation, on the Board of the Young Australia League and a Churchwarden at Christ Church, Claremont.

Emma BanksEmma Banks – Executive Officer

Before moving to Perth in March 2015, Emma had worked in the museums and heritage sector in the UK for over ten years. She started her career working with museum collections in Birmingham before moving on to work at community heritage sites including two winners of the BBC Restoration television programme, Saint Nicolas Place & Chedham’s Yard. Before joining Heritage Perth Emma worked as Museum Development Officer for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire. In this role she advised and supported over 80 museum and heritage sites.

Emma is a Committee Member for Museums Australia Western Australia and The Royal Western Australia Society Museum. In her spare time she is an avid bookworm and enjoys spending time exploring Perth and Western Australia.

Leigh Barrett – Executive Officer

Leigh has been working in the heritage industry since 2005 and has extensive experience in both the local government and private sectors.

In 2014 Leigh established Leigh Barrett Heritage Advisory Services providing heritage advice to local government authorities and private owners, primarily in the South West of WA.  She has a broad educational background with qualifications in history, business, environmental science and most recently a Masters in Cultural Heritage.

Leigh and her family moved to Perth in late 2016 after 24 years in the south west.

In her spare time, Leigh plays clarinet in the WA Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band, as well as with other chamber groups and with the SW Opera Company.  She runs several times a week and enjoys watching her teenaged boys play sport and music.

Joy Lefroy – Education and Learning Project Consultant

Joy Lefroy has been involved with heritage education since 2001. She was Manager for Education with the National Trust of Australia (WA) from 2001 to 2014 when she and Mike Lefroy began Museums Without Walls –  bringing local stories to life through walks and talks for all ages. In 2015 Joy was invited to join Heritage Perth’s Learning and Engagement advisory panel and later to develop education programs as an consultant.