Our Board

The Committee for Perth has a Board of nine directors and a company secretary. Our current Board members have been elected by the membership and offer a wealth of experience. Directors include leaders from the banking & finance sector, commerce, construction & development, tertiary education, aged care and law.

John Langoulant AO

John Langoulant AO

Director - 2009 to date, Chairman 2012 to date

John is a non-executive director and consults to Curtin University and Deloitte. He Chairs the Government Employees Superannuation Board, the Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline Board and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. He is Chairman WA of the Westpac Group. In other not-for-profit roles John chairs the Telethon Kids Institute and is President of CEDA in WA. John was Western Australia’s Under Treasurer under the Court and Gallop governments and was CEO at CCIWA, Australian Capital Equity and Oakajee Port and Rail. John was elected director to the Board in November 2009 for a period of three years until 2012. In November 2012 and 2015 he was re-elected for a further three year term.
Gaye McMath

Gaye McMath

Director - 2012 to date, Deputy Chair 2015 to date

Gaye McMath is a Corporate Advisor and Non-Executive Director. Her current boards include Gold Corporation, Perth Convention Bureau and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA. Her executive career includes 12 years at The University of Western Australia where she held the roles of the Executive Director Perth Education City, the Chief Operating Officer and the Executive Director Finance and Resources and CFO. Prior to joining the higher education sector, Gaye had a 23 year career with BHP Billiton where she held a range of senior executive roles in finance, strategy, planning, commercial and treasury operations. Gaye was a BHP Billiton nominated Director on a number of domestic and international mining and infrastructure subsidiary and joint venture Boards. Gaye was first elected to the Board in 2012 and was appointed Deputy Chair in August 2015.
Isaac Rankin

Isaac Rankin

Director - 2015 to date

Isaac is ANZ’s General Manager, Regional Business Banking Australia. In this role he is responsible for Agribusiness and regionally based mid-market commercial clients across Australia. Isaac joined ANZ in 2007 as a Director in ANZ's private equity business. Prior to joining ANZ, Isaac worked in a number of banking and finance roles in Perth, Melbourne and New York. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University (WA) and a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University (NSW).
Michael Schoch

Michael Schoch

Director - 2015 to date

Michael was born and raised in WA, he studied Economics at Murdoch University, graduating with an Honours Degree in 1985. He joined Shell in 1986, undertaking a variety of operational, commercial and governance roles in Australia (Perth & Melbourne), Central & Eastern Europe (London & Prague), and China (Beijing). Returned to Perth in 2000, joining Shell’s Australian oil & gas business. Now General Manager – Crux Project, a Shell operated gas project in the Browse Basin, Michael is also: Chair - Shell’s Local Content Roundtable with Govt. & Chief of Staff – Shell Australia’s Crisis Management Team. Michael chaired the Steering Committee for the Committee for Perth’s ‘Filling the Pool’ Project between 2013-15, and became a Director of the Committee for Perth in August 2015. Michael is a keen long-distance open water swimmer, and is Dad to three children.
Maya vanden Driesen

Maya vanden Driesen

Director - 2016 to date

Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel - Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010, Maya was appointed General Manager Legal - Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation. Maya holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member and former secretary of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (WA Chapter) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. She sits on the Executive Committee for the “GC 100” representing the general counsel of Australia’s top 100 listed companies within the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia(ACC) and is a member of the UWA Law School Advisory Board.
Prof. Deborah Terry AO

Prof. Deborah Terry AO

Director - 2016 to date

Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014 and is the immediate past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and member of the Board of Universities Australia. She is also on the Board of AARNET, the provider of Australia’s network infrastructure for research and education, and past Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences. Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University. She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was made an Officer in the General Division (AO) in June 2015 for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.
Stephanie Buckland

Stephanie Buckland

Director - 2016 to date

Stephanie Buckland is the CEO of Amana Living, one of Western Australia’s largest not-for-profit aged care providers. She has an extensive background in marketing and leadership and a personal interest in developments that create sustainable places to live and work. Prior to joining Amana Living in 2016, Stephanie was CEO of Tourism WA, where she led the State Government’s Strategy for Tourism which helped the industry to grow from $6.3 billion in visitor expenditure in 2010 to $9 billion in 2015. Her role included providing input to numerous development projects in Perth. Previous positions include senior marketing roles with BankWest and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in the USA and Australia. Stephanie is Deputy Chair of the Scarborough Redevelopment Committee (board sub-committee of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority); Deputy Chair of the St George’s Anglican Grammar School Council (Perth’s first inner city high rise school); and a member of Curtin University Business School Advisory Council.
Jon Smeulders

Jon Smeulders

Director - 2016 to date

Jon joined member-company Georgiou in early 2011, and is currently appointed as Executive Director of Georgiou Developments with over 24 years of property experience. His industry roles in Perth include nine years with international agency Knight Frank working in commercial property and facility management. With Multiplex he led the company’s property and facility management business as WA General Manager, before moving into the property development operations of Multiplex and being integrally involved with landmark Perth projects like The Old Swan Brewery, Raffles Waterfront and Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. As Executive Director of Georgiou Developments, Jon is responsible for growing a strong development business and maintaining a pipeline of quality projects across a variety of property sectors. Jon has been a member of Committee for Perth’s Reshaping Working Group since 2014, is a former Independent Public School board chairman and state councillor of Creative Partnerships Australia, and is currently board chairman of STRUT Dance Inc, the national centre for choreographic development.
John Nicolaou

John Nicolaou

Director - 2016 to date

John Nicolaou is the Executive Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, which is one of the largest Australian owned, independent, economic, public policy, and public affairs management consulting firms in Australia. John is highly respected across business and government, with more than 20 years of experience as an economist, policy leader and senior executive working at the Commonwealth and WA Treasuries and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA. John was educated at UWA and holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and an MBA, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School. In recognition of his contribution to economics and the policy debate, John won a prestigious WA Business News 40under40 award in 2011. John is also a Non-Executive Director of Brightwater Care Group, one of Western Australia’s largest providers of accommodation and care services for the elderly and people with a disability.
Charlotte Cameron

Charlotte Cameron

Company Secretary

Charlotte is a solicitor who joined the Committee for Perth as company secretary in May 2017. She is a Senior Associate in the corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth. At Herbert Smith Freehills, Charlotte specialises in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.