• Our Executive

    Michael Barnes 2018
    Michael Barnes
    Under Treasurer

    Michael Barnes is the State’s Under Treasurer, and Chairman of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation.

    As Under Treasurer, Michael is the principal economic and financial adviser to the State Government, with statutory responsibilities around the management and reporting of the State’s finances, including formulation of the annual State Budget.

    As Under Treasurer, he is also responsible for leading the Western Australian Department of Treasury.

    Michael has a Bachelor of Business with Honours in Economics. Born and raised in Perth, Michael moved to Canberra after graduating from university to take up a position in the Commonwealth Treasury, where he worked for nearly six years, mainly in the area of taxation policy.

    Michael returned to Perth in late 1997 and has been working at the State Treasury ever since, in various roles spanning revenue policy, economic and revenue forecasting, Commonwealth-State financial relations, fiscal strategy, and whole-of-government financial reporting.

    As Under Treasurer, he is also Chairman of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation, which is the State’s central borrowing authority.


    Michael Court 2018
    Michael Court
    Deputy Under Treasurer

    Michael was permanently appointed Deputy Under Treasurer in September 2016 after having acted in the role since February 2014. This followed more than five years as the Executive Director of Treasury’s Economic business unit.

    In his role, Michael assists the Under Treasurer in the management of Treasury, with a primary focus on whole-of-government budget management and fiscal strategy and other priority strategic issues. Michael is also responsible for Treasury’s corporate service functions, and providing advice and strategic direction on public sector reform issues.

    Michael joined Treasury in 1997, after working in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Commonwealth Treasury.

    During 2017-18, Michael has led and participated in several cross-agency steering committees and is Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation Board.


    Alistair Jones
    Alistair Jones
    Executive Director
    Economic

    Alistair is the Executive Director of the Economic Business Unit. He was previously the Executive Director Strategic Policy and Evaluation since June 2012.

    Alistair works closely with other Government agencies through a series of cross-agency committees and working groups on a number of Government reforms and major projects. He actively champions the use of data analytics to deliver innovative policy outcomes.

    Alistair joined Treasury in 2008 having previously worked in the Commonwealth public sector, local government and the private sector in a number of policy and communication roles.


    Michael Andrews
    Michael Andrews
    Acting Executive Director
    Strategic Policy and Evaluation

    Michael Andrews is the Acting Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Treasury, having commenced in this role from February 2019. 

    Michael and his team are responsible for managing the provision of advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in key State Government agencies. 

    Since joining Treasury in 2007, Michael has worked across a number of business units in senior positions and continues to represent Treasury on a series of cross-agency committees and working groups that oversee Government reforms and major projects. 

    He actively promotes the use of data analytics, evaluation and service redesign to deliver innovative policy outcomes.


    Zaeen Khan 2018
    Zaeen Khan
    Executive Director
    Public Utilities Office

    Zaeen was appointed as the Executive Director of the Public Utilities Office in November 2017. The Public Utilities Office provides advice to the Minister for Energy on all aspects of energy policy. Zaeen also holds the statutory position of Coordinator of Energy and is responsible for the State’s emergency management response to disruptions in gas, liquid fuels and electricity supply.

    Zaeen has been with the Public Utilities Office since September 2014. He has extensive experience in providing regulatory and economic advice across energy, water and transport infrastructure sectors in Australia. Zaeen has held senior roles with the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Queensland Competition Authority and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales.

    Zaeen is a member of the COAG Energy Council’s Senior Committee of Officials, the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and chair of the Wholesale Electricity Market reform coordination committee.


    Richard Watson 2018
    Richard Watson
    Executive Director
    Infrastructure and Finance

    Richard is the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Finance, having commenced this role in July 2018. Prior to this, he had been the Executive Director of Treasury’s Economic Business Unit since May 2014.

    Richard is responsible for the oversight and governance of Government Trading Enterprises, supporting the State’s financial management framework, legislative and accounting standards advice, and supporting efficient and effective delivery of Treasury Services for the State.


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