From the CEO, July 2018


Mid-year is the time when one of our biggest member events is held with the Chairman hosting his annual lunch. With a great turn-out, the luncheon provided the opportunity to give an update on the Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom (B4) project, and leaders from our membership base were highly engaged as we discussed areas of emphasis and likely recommendations for the upcoming project report.

The Annual Chairman’s Lunch also gave John Langoulant AO an intimate moment to share with our members that he will be retiring at the Annual General Meeting this year. John has been a Director of the Committee for Perth since 2009 and was elected Chair in 2012. In November, he will have completed the maximum number of years allowed under our Constitution, three terms of three years.

Finding someone who has the time, passion, knowledge and respect of an incredibly diverse group of members and stakeholders is a difficult task and the Board has been working with Alison Gaines at Gerard Daniels to identify a suitable replacement. As part of John’s retirement, we will be seeking one or more new directors and the annual election process will begin in September, with nomination forms posted to all key representatives. In the meantime, we have a busy agenda and one which John is passionate about – growing our membership base and completing the B4 project.

To date, we have released nine pieces of research and I’ve undertaken three study tours for B4. With FACTBase Bulletins still to come on industry competitiveness and policy responses from other cities, we will be busy over the next few months. In early July, I will be making a three-day trip to Singapore to meet with government and industry to learn about their regional economic development planning. Although a different form of government, Singapore is a city-state that has continued to reinvent itself and strengthen its economic importance as a result, and these learnings will be useful as we start to draft the recommendations for the B4 report which will be launched in October.

Pivotal to the report will be the findings of our triennial Perth Perception Survey, which Ipsos has conducted for us. The survey will provide real insights into the attitudes of people living and working across Perth and Peel, the results of which we will share at a member only event in July. 

In closing, in mid-June I enjoyed participating in a positive two-way discussion at a forum at The University of Western Australia, where students and industry talked about being equipped for the future. Together with Tony Brun, Diane Smith-Gander and Robyn Sermon, we spoke about the need to be more than a set of expertise, with adaptability, understanding your values and working in teams being important to future employees.

It is clear that students value time spent ‘on the job’ through work placements and internships. At the Committee, we enjoy a rotation of interns from both Curtin and UWA, with a marketing student just about to complete a placement with us and a political science student ready to start. To make their time with us practical, we give our interns a real project to work on, which often includes presenting their findings and recommendations to the Board, it doesn’t get any more hands on than that!

Marion Fulker, CEO

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