From the CEO, December 2018


November was a bittersweet month as we farewelled long-term Chairman John Langoulant AO and welcomed in new Chair and returning Director Kate Lamont. Chairing the final Board meeting of his six year reign, John reflected on his past 10 years as a Director. Mentioning significant member growth, increased financial capacity, a move to new premises and a number of landmark reports as noteworthy achievements. Gaye McMath, our outgoing Deputy Chair, was acknowledged at the Annual General Meeting for her six years as a Director and of course, new Directors Tim Shanahan and Gina Hogan were welcomed. Our Annual Report was also tabled and the sheer scale of our activities and impact belies the fact that we are such a small team. Read more about the Committee’s achievements here.

New Chair, Kate Lamont is keen to have the planning for 2019 and beyond underway and will convene a series of forums to hear from members about their ideas to ensure that the Committee remains relevant and responsive to the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Perth region. More from Kate can be found here.

Shell is a long-term member of the Committee and are internationally renowned for their scenario planning work, so it was a great opportunity to partner with them on a half-day workshop ‘Perth as a Smart City’. Focusing on key themes of mobility and energy, the assembled group of professionals from our membership along with key government stakeholders also discussed planning and governance and we will share the outputs shortly.

In the meantime, it was a delight to share the learnings following my participation in the Dutch government’s Smart Urban Solutions study tour to The Netherlands with our members early in November and then at a forum for government with more than 100 people in attendance. The Honorary Consul of The Netherlands, Anthony Willinge was on hand to assist with any of my poor pronunciation at both of the aforementioned events. The slides can be found here.

Our Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity report launched in October continues to shape discussion, with many agreeing that Perth’s crisis of complacency is holding us back. As we continue to advocate for its recommendations, we have also been busy shaping our next major project to bring action to the first recommendation of the report – to create an investment and attraction strategy to inform the development of a brand to promote Perth as a place to live, study and invest. I am now out in the marketplace seeking funding partners to undertake yet another groundbreaking research project which will be completed in the lead up to the 2021 State election.

In talking about groundbreaking events, during November I attended Deloitte’s ‘Shaping Future Cities: A new WAy’ and EY’s ‘Future Realised’. Both were thought provoking and challenging of the status quo - the very space that the Committee occupies each and every day. Taking a business as usual approach in a world that is being disrupted is foolhardy. Thinking and planning for the future, even dimensions of it you don’t know and can’t foresee, is a much better approach.

This week our team meets to shape next year’s activities. Our Annual Staff Planning Day is a highlight of our calendar, as we report on the year that was and plan for the new year. In 2018, we started to record our wins and losses on a weekly basis and I am pleased to report that the wins jar is full to overflowing.

In the busy lead up to the Christmas break, I look forward to seeing you. I also wanted to thank each and every one of you who supported me taking a public stand against domestic violence. As I often say, leadership is a role that requires courage and it took all that I had to share my personal experience so publicly. Societal attitudes are changing and a subject that was once hidden behind closed doors is now well and truly out in the daylight, with the community at large saying, ‘it’s unacceptable’. So many of our member organisations have policies in place to help staff in this situation to get leave and help and I am incredibly proud to work for them.

Marion Fulker 


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