Shadow Treasurer; Shadow Minister for Finance; Energy
Member for Bateman
Dean is proud to have represented the local community of Alfred Cove since his election to State Parliament in 2013. Being actively involved in the community, he understands the issues impacting on our daily lives. As Minister for Agriculture and Food, and Transport, Dean has also had the opportunity to play a key role in working on some of the major challenges facing the state.
Born and raised on a farm in Wagin, Dean was educated at Wagin Primary School and Wesley College and gained a Bachelor of Business, Economics and Financial Management from Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Dean has worked at the highest level in the corporate world and spent 18 years at the ANZ Bank, where he became a Senior Executive. He held numerous roles and was responsible for more than 1,000 employees and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and profit. After leaving the ANZ he was the State Commercial Manager for Australia Post for two years.
He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and has previously been a Council Member of Wesley College including the role of Deputy Chairman.
Dean and his wife Colette have three children and understand the importance and challenges of family and the role community plays in raising their children. They have enjoyed living in Applecross since returning from Melbourne in 2004. When the children were growing up, Dean and Colette were actively involved in the school community, with Dean taking up assistant coaching roles with the local junior football club and school football teams and Colette working with the P&F.
A passion for politics runs in Dean’s family. His grandfather was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia for 27 years. He was Deputy Premier in the David Brand government, Leader of the Country Party and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. His father was elected in 1986 for the National Party of Western Australia, but sadly he fell ill and passed away 12 months later at the age of 49.
Dean is looking forward to continuing to represent the constituents in his electorate and striving to make Western Australia an even better place to live.