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The term of office for His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, 31st Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs Tonya McCusker, concluded on 30 June 2014.
 

Premier announces WA's 32nd Governor 
Kerry Sanderson to be Western Australia's first female Governor
 
Respected former public servant and Agent General Kerry Sanderson AO will be the next Governor of Western Australia.
 
Premier Colin Barnett made the announcement at Government House today after Her Majesty The Queen approved the Premier’s recommendation for the appointment of Mrs Sanderson to succeed Hon Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC.
 
Mrs Sanderson will be Western Australia’s first female governor. She will formally take up the appointment from October 20, 2014.
 
“Kerry Sanderson is eminently suited to undertake the role and I congratulate her on her appointment,” Mr Barnett said.
 
“Mrs Sanderson has had a distinguished career in the public sector and is widely respected throughout the community for her business acumen, her commitment to science and learning and her active involvement in the work of several charities.
 
“I am very confident that Mrs Sanderson will excel in the role and continue the excellent contribution that Malcolm McCusker made in the position.”
 
Mrs Sanderson is currently the Independent Chairman of the State Emergency Management Committee and holds several non-executive director positions in the commercial sector as well as roles in the community and not-for-profit sector. 
 
For 17 years Mrs Sanderson was chief executive officer of the Fremantle Port Authority, steering the organisation to a pre-eminent position, with Fremantle Ports being awarded the Australian Business Excellence Medal, the most prestigious award of its kind in Australia.
 
Mrs Sanderson also represented the State in London as Western Australia’s Agent General between 2008 and 2011, forging strong links in Europe for WA exports and investment. 
 
In 2004 Mrs Sanderson was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2005 was the inaugural inductee to the Lloyds List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame. In 1996 she was the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year for Western Australia.
 
Aged 63, Mrs Sanderson was born in Subiaco and has two sons. Mrs Sanderson’s husband, Lance, passed away in 2007. Mrs Sanderson is a graduate of Churchlands Senior High School and The University of Western Australia.
 
The Hon Wayne Martin has performed the role as Administrator of the State since July. He will continue in the role until Mrs Sanderson is sworn in on October 20, 2014.