Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon
The CEO's Study Tour


Tuesday, 12 September 2017
12:00 - Registration Opens
12:15 - Event Start
14:00 - Event Concludes


Level 15
123 St Georges Terrace, Perth 


This is free to member organisations of the Committee for Perth.

OPEN TO MEMBERS Registration has now closed

We invite you to attend the next Food for Thought Leader’s event for 2017, where the Committee's CEO, Marion Fulker will be presenting the findings from her bi-annual international study tour and reflect on what Perth can learn. Throughout May and June covering nine cities in 19 days, Marion was part of a delegation to Israel to examine technology and innovation and also visited Copenhagen, Oslo, Malmö, Edinburgh, Nottingham and London to further her research on these topics as well as public & active transport and gender equality.

  • Beginning in Copenhagen to explore spatial planning, green mobility planning, traffic innovation and transport.
  • In Malmö, the focus moved to waterfront renewal and social housing.
  • ‘Snowball’ Norway included briefings in Oslo by leading gender equality academics from both social sciences and business institutions.
  • Moving on to Edinburgh to review stage one of the newly implemented light rail system, Marion then visited Nottingham to ride stage two of the tram.
  • In London, the focus was on transport as a tool for urban transformation and was particularly pertinent to Metronet.
  • Jerusalem & Tel Aviv was a six-day immersive experience focusing on technology and innovation in the region.  

Marion returned with many insights from these different cities and has since been thinking about what might work in Perth.

We look forward to sharing them with you. 

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Marion Fulker


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.