From the CEO - June 2018


The first event we held last month was a boardroom style lunch with prospective members and there was strong interest from a number of organisations about joining. In fact, Alec Coles at WA Museum set a new record because he submitted their application for membership less than 50 hours afterwards. Along with WA Museum we also welcomed GESB into the fold.

Our membership base of 113 organisations is deliberately cross sectoral. That’s where the Committee for Perth’s influence comes from. We don’t represent vested interests but rather provide a unifying voice across sectors about the many challenges and opportunities Perth faces as a region that is growing to 3.5 million people by taking an evidenced based and solutions focused approach.

At the second event in May, I unexpectedly found myself as the guest speaker at our Executive Women’s Leadership Forum, when a diary glitch meant that our scheduled guest – Libby Lyons couldn’t make it. Libby was profusely apologetic and has agreed to speak later in the year. From my perspective, although I am used to the limelight as the face of the Committee for Perth, I am not one to share my backstory often and although impromptu, it was very well received.

Our Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom (B4) project continues at pace and I recently visited Brisbane to understand the basis for their region-wide economic development plan. It is clear that having a single authority for the entire Brisbane metropolitan region creates the impetus to think and act at scale. Their unique Brisbane Marketing Authority, working with the City’s economic development team, are responsible for delivering many of the goals outlined in the plan including growing jobs, the economy and per capita income.

Whilst in Brisbane I had the opportunity to meet with Thomas Sigler, one of the collaborators of our FACTBase joint venture research project. Thomas is an academic at The University of Queensland (UQ) and he and Kirsten Martinus at The University of Western Australia are working on an upcoming bulletin for the B4 project on Perth’s global connectivity.

I also met with Terry Fitzsimmons on the beautiful campus at UQ. Terry, the lead researcher of our Filling the Pool project, has been busy over the past couple of years establishing the Australian Gender Equality Council and conducting research into school aged children to understand subject selection, confidence and leadership. Terry won’t publish his findings until later this year but has agreed to visit in early 2019 to share his research with Committee for Perth members.

We are working on our next Reconciliation Action Plan and have a member of our team working with the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute. As Manager Member Services & Operations, Holly has a wealth of experience in setting up systems and processes and recently attended their board strategy session. Both of us attended the graduation this month of women in the Yorga Djenna Bidi program. What a treat to share in the celebrations of 16 Aboriginal women graduating from the leadership program steeped in culture, see the young Middar dancers, as well as hear Gina Williams sing two songs from her new album. The program is a credit to its co-founders Rishelle Hulme and Robyn-Smith Walley.

As you read this article, I am on annual leave and according to the itinerary we will be in Dubrovnik just a few days into a cruise. I never thought of myself as a ‘cruiser’ but it is a very pleasant way to get a taste of a number of places so that you can work out the ones you would like to come back to and spend time in. Prior to that we spent 10 glorious days in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy discovering its food and delights.

Until next month.

Marion Fulker


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