Popular public servant Malcolm Wauchope recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mal Wauchope.
Mal Wauchope.

LONG-TIME public servant Malcolm Wauchope headlines a strong contingent of City of Melville residents named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2017.

The current Public Sector Commissioner has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of the 44 years he has spent working in the WA public sector.

Mr Wauchope has worked under 11 Premiers, five as chief executive of either the Department of the Premier and Cabinet or the Public Sector Commission, since first joining Treasury fresh out of university in 1973.

The Winthrop resident said he took pride in the fact he had helped lead major reforms for state overnments on both sides of politics.

Some of Mr Wauchope’s most important work lies ahead of him as he oversees a slimming down of State Government departments from 41 to 25.

“Currently we are embarking on probably the most far reaching reform program in the history of the WA public sector but I have great confidence that the public sector is up for this challenge,” he said.

Outside of work, Mr Wauchope spent seven years volunteering at the Willetton Junior Hockey Club, a stint he said was the result of a conspiracy between wife Julie and a work colleague.

“I came home from work to find myself coaching a mixed mini hockey team,” he said.

“That began a seven-year involvement in various capacities, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Mr Wauchope said he could not have achieved what he had throughout his career without the strong support he had enjoyed from his staff, colleagues and especially his wife.

He also wanted it stated on the record that he was a long-term member of the Fremantle Dockers.

The other City of Melville residents appearing on the Honours List are:

Dr Helen Jones (Bull Creek) appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to veterinary science and animal welfare as a clinician and educator, and as a mentor to women in the profession.

Michael David Agostini (Melville) appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the oil and gas industry as an engineer, and through a range of advisory roles.

Jeffery Wake (Attadale) awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to veterans and their families.

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