Dr Paul Vogel AM

1969 Collegian

Paul Vogel
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Dr Paul Vogel AM attended Floreat Primary School before commencing at Churchlands in 1965. Paul remembers his years at Churchlands fondly, including the influence of various teachers on matters of life and learning. He particularly recalls that Mr McCumskey did not see Paul’s broken neck (from a surfing accident in 1968) as any reason for special treatment and subsequently failed him in chemistry. The effect of this is a little difficult to determine as Paul went on to complete a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a PhD in chemistry at UWA.

Paul has had an extraordinary public career, holding senior positions in the department of Premier and Cabinet and in Environmental Protection. He was appointed the inaugural CEO and Chairman of the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority, and was Chairman of the West Australian EPA from 2007 - 2015. He is currently chairman of the Northern Territory EPA and also of a national Cooperative Research Centre on Contamination and Remediation of the Environment. He has unique knowledge and experience of environmental issues and regulatory matters relating to the delivery of strategic environmental and business outcomes. He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to these important areas.