Perth in Focus
Beyond the Boom - Ageing and the State's Economy


Tuesday, 24 October 2017
11:30 - Registration Opens
12:00 - Event Start
14:30 - Event Concludes


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth


Individual Ticket - $175 
Table of 8 - $1320
Table of 10 - $1650  

Individual Ticket - $210
Table of 8 - $1600
Table of 10 - $2000

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One of the great achievements of human kind has been a dramatic rise in age expectancy over the past century. Yet, while living longer is a positive trend that is delivering new opportunities for individuals and society, there is also concern that longer life expectancies combined with declining birth rates, will have a negative impact on future economic output, on society, and on government expenditure.

As part of our latest research project, Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom, the Committee for Perth has examined WA's ageing population and will specifically articulate the broad, predicted impacts of ageing on the economy including the workforce, public spending and society.

At our next Perth in Focus luncheon, the Committee will release its latest FACTBase Bulletin ‘Sizing Ageing in Western Australia’ and CEO Marion Fulker will share the key findings.

After the keynote address, there will be a Q&A panel session with local service providers, who will reflect on the research as well as the opportunities and challenges arising from an ageing population

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Vaughan Harding

CEO, Juniper

Vaughan is the Chief Executive of Juniper in Western Australia. 

He has contributed to the sector in a range of leadership roles, most recently as:

  • Aged and Community Services Australia
  • Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA)
  • UnitingCare Australia (UCA)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
  • Immediate past President
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board
  • Chair, Housing & Retirement Living Committee
  • Member of National Committee
  • Chair of the Aged Care Network
  • Member of General Council
  • Chair the Health and Community Forum
  • Deputy Chair of the Social Policy Committee

He has a Bachelor of Business (Management) and advanced qualifications in organisational practice and industrial law.

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Rebecca Tomkinson

Executive Director of Aged Care Services, MercyCare

Rebecca has a diverse professional background that includes government relations, strategic policy development, social advocacy and stakeholder management together with delivering key business growth initiatives in the government and non-government sectors.

Prior to joining MercyCare, she was the Chief Operating Officer for BaptistCare, developed Corporate Social responsibility initiatives for Bankwest and was Director of Government Relations for UnitingCare Australia.

Ms Tomkinson is a fellow of Leadership WA and has more than 15 years’ experience working with private companies and national and local government organisations providing strategic planning advice, managing business development initiatives and building communication and marketing strategies.

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Col Dutton

General Manager Residential, Stockland Western Australia

Col Dutton is the General Manager Residential for Stockland Western Australia, the largest developer of residential communities in WA with a portfolio that includes 7 active developments and more than 16,000 residential lots across the State. Col is responsible for leading Stockland’s extensive development activities across WA including award-winning masterplanned communities located in growth areas of greater Perth. Col was appointed to his current position in 2011 and heads a team of more than 70 staff. 

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Melanie Kiely

Executive General Manager of Social Care, Silver Chain Group

Melanie is an experienced executive and company director with almost 30 years of experience in health care, financial services and consulting in Australia, Europe and South Africa. She is currently Executive General Manager of Social Care with the Silver Chain Group.  She is also a non-executive Director of Australian Finance Group and the Black Dog Institute. Prior to this, Melanie has held senior executive positions at HBF Health Fund, nib health funds, MBF and was an Associate Partner at Accenture in the health and financial services practices.  She has also held a number of Board positions in these sectors including Hunter United Credit Union and Intelife (Disability). Melanie has an Honours Degree in Business Science from the University of Cape Town and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Kiely joined the AFG Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2016.

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Marion Fulker

CEO, Committee for Perth

Marion Fulker is the inaugural Chief Executive of the Committee for Perth Ltd. She took up the position in January 2007 having previously been the Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Division. Marion is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and holds an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Aside from leading the Committee, Marion is the Chair of the Conservation & Parks Commission and a professional representative on the state’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee. As an evidenced based organisation, Marion has led a number of landmark Committee for Perth research projects which have resulted in reports such as:- 

• Towards a Bright Future which outlines two scenarios for Perth as a region of 3.5 million people
• A Cultural Compact, the 10 year challenge which articulates a vision to make arts and culture part of the everyday lives of Western Australians
• Filling the Pool a gender equality report aimed at growing the number of women participating and progressing in corporate life in Perth
• Fremantle as a reconnected city which details the opportunities for the future of the Fremantle region.
• Get a Move On! the Committee’s outlines a mobile and connected future for the region
• Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom the Committee’s current project focused on greater economic diversity for Perth & Peel.

In the past decade, Marion has undertaken study tours throughout the USA, Europe, Australasia and the UK to examine how cities work. Her research focus has been on a range of topics including inner city vibrancy, urban renewal and public transport. In 2015 Marion was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and in 2016 was the winner of the WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the For Purpose & Social Enterprise category. This year she was named as a finalist in the Western Australia of the Year Awards. Marion’s opinions on Perth’s future are regularly sought by government, industry and the media.