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.

Kate Lamont

Kate Lamont

Chair - 2018 to date

Kate Lamont has more than three decades of experience in the wine, food and tourism industries in Western Australia. She has overseen the development of her family’s business from a tiny one person farm to an integrated food and wine group with 80 employees. The family operates popular licenced restaurants, cellar door and specialist wine stores in the Swan Valley, Margaret River, the Perth CBD and Cottesloe. Amongst the Lamont’s businesses is a winery that produces between 7 and 10 thousand cases of wine a year from fruit sourced across Western Australia and an import/distribution operation that sources wines from all over France, Italy and Spain that specialises in Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany. As one of Western Australia’s best known chefs, Kate Lamont has written 4 cook books with sales in excess of twenty five thousand and has contributed to various books, magazines and newspapers including The Weekend Australian and The West Australian. She is an occasional guest presenter on ABC local radio Perth. Kate is experienced in developing new, relevant and desirable products that attract new customers as well as keep existing users satisfied, advocating and spending. Kate has developed, maintained, protected and grown a brand in a highly competitive sector which includes driving sustainability and profitability through a variety of revenue streams. As a part of the now established Lamont business ethos, Kate revamps the group’s activities, and even venues, long before they tire in the public’s perception. She is a regularly requested speaker for the corporate and the hospitality worlds and is a regular advocate for small business entrepreneurship. As an example, in September 2014 Kate was invited to and delivered the Graduation Address to The University of Western Australia’s Science faculty. Kate Lamont has the sound skills and coalface experience to recognise flaws in strategy that can compromise implementation. This includes a respect for relevant community views. Kate has worked in the service sector for 30 years, speaks to customers every day and has a genuine sense of what appeals to various demographics and ages. As an employer she has a substantial understanding of what innately drives performance and practical IR solutions.
Michael Schoch

Michael Schoch

Director - 2015 to date, Deputy Chair - 2018 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 for the Crux Project, a Shell operated gas project in the Browse Basin, and Shell‘s 27% interest in the Woodside operated Browse Project. Michael was a member of the Committee’s for Perth’s Reform Working Group 2011–13 prior to chairing the Steering Committee for the Filling the Pool’ Project. In August 2015 Michael became a Director of the Committee for Perth. Michael is a keen long-distance open water swimmer, and is Dad to three children.
Jon Smeulders

Jon Smeulders

Director - 2016 to date, Deputy Chair - 2018 to date

Jon joined member-company Georgiou in early 2011, and is currently appointed as Executive Director of Georgiou Developments with over 26 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, and was appointed as a non-executive director in 2016. He is a former Independent Public School board chairman and past state councillor of Creative Partnerships Australia, and is currently board chairman of STRUT Dance Inc, the national centre for choreographic development.
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. She is also Deputy Chair and member of the Board of Universities Australia and member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council. She is also on the Board of AARNET, the provider of Australia’s network infrastructure for research and education, a past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and a past Chair of 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 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.
Gina Hogan

Gina Hogan

Director - 2018 to date

Gina Hogan is General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo’s office, overseeing the largest audio network in Perth, with flagship brands like hit92.9, mix94.5 and PodcastOne – reaching over half of our Perth population each week. With Perth her family’s adopted forever home, Gina is committed to using her unique combination of extensive media expertise, management experience and youthful enthusiasm to help drive Perth to be bigger and better beyond the boom. In her 20 years of experience in media including as General Manager of SCA Cairns and Station Manager of Seven Network FNQ, Gina’s contribution has been recognised with awards from Commercial Radio Australia and Cairns Business Women's Club. Gina was the youngest appointed SCA General Manager in Australia at the time she was appointed at 23. In Gina’s role, she works with all departments to ensure there is a clear strategy, engaging culture, and that SCA remains the leading entertainment company in Perth.
Tim Shanahan

Tim Shanahan

Director - 2018 to date

In a strong corporate and civic career, Tim has led key Western Australian organisations that have shaped the State, including the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the WA Municipal Association, and more recently the Energy and Minerals Institute at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Tim is Chairman of WA Super a WA based superannuation fund with $3.6B in FUM and 60,000 members. Tim is a Director of RAC Holdings Pty Ltd, which owns and operates the RACWA’s insurance, motoring, finance, aged care, retirement and tourism businesses. He is also a past President Tim is also Chairman of the Bid for a CRC for Future Battery industries and of WA SuperNet a project with the objective to bring enterprise level broadband to the WA Grainbelt. Tim was a founder of the In The Zone geo-political business forum, and the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).
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.