An update from Minister Whitby

The Chair’s 20 is a forum through which a group of leaders from our gold and silver members can come together to discuss issues that are critical to Greater Perth’s future.

At this luncheon, the Hon. Reece Whitby MLA, appointed Minister for Environment; Climate Action in December 2021, will give an update on his portfolios as they relate to the Perth, Greater Perth and Peel regions.

Join us for this insightful discussion to share your business and industry expertise, and to further advance our advocacy agenda and contribute to shaping our vision of Greater Perth and WA.

Meet our speakers and panellists

The Hon. Reece Whitby MLA Image
The Hon. Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

Reece Whitby was elected as the Member for Baldivis in March 2017 - becoming the first local member for the new electorate.

Reece was re-elected as the Member for Baldivis in March 2021. He was sworn in as the Minister for Emergency Services; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Volunteering in the McGowan Government on 19 March 2021. He became Minister for Environment; and Climate Action on 21 December 2021.

Reece grew up on the outskirts of Perth, working from a young age in his parents’ family business - giving him first-hand experience of the challenges small business owners face. His experience growing up in an outer suburb gave him an insight into the importance of quality transport, schools, hospitals, and community and sporting facilities.

Reece’s interest in community and current events led him to embark on a career in journalism. He started as a cadet reporter at a country newspaper before later joining the ABC, followed by a stint at Nine News, and a 20-year career at Seven News.

Reece often reported on battlers standing up for a fair go, which encouraged his interest in the potential for the political system to help create better, fairer communities. Reece is passionate about the role education plays in creating opportunities for young people, and ensuring the State’s economy continues to grow and diversify to provide good jobs and prospects for all Western Australians.

Reece is married to wife Natalie and they have four children – Faith, Sam, Luke and Hope.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.