From the CEO, October 2018


Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom (B4) was our main point of focus in September. The project Steering Committee met twice during the month to review drafts of the report, including workshopping the recommendations. Invaluable to their deliberations was the feedback we received from government and our members during the socialisation sessions where we ‘stress tested’ the recommendations. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The final report for the B4 project – Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity has now been finalised and outlines 11 opportunities, seven recommendations and a number of actions. All are strategic in nature, so that Perth can be competitive as a great place to live, visit, invest and study.

Also during September, John Langoulant AO officially announced his retirement from the Board after 10 years serving the Committee for Perth, the past six as Chairman. Our Deputy Chair, Gaye McMath has also announced her retirement, which creates two vacancies on our Board and nomination forms are with members now.

Reflecting on working with the Chairman, I don’t think that many people appreciate how many hours John dedicates to the organisation. My conservative estimate is about 30 hours a month where he officiates at events, meets with members and reads - and critiques, our research. My first meeting with John was in 2007, when he was CEO at CCIWA and I can’t say it went smoothly. However, he joined the Committee’s Board a year later and he has become our greatest advocate.

During John’s time as Chairman he set an ambitious agenda - for us to increase our research capacity, move to more appropriate office accommodation and grow our member base. He leaves the organisation in good shape for newly re-appointed Director, Kate Lamont, who will succeed him in mid-November. I know that Kate has been very appreciative of the well wishes she has received and John equally chuffed to have had lots of congratulations on a job well done.

Our joint venture research project with The University of Western Australia – FACTBase has turned 10. The ongoing project has resulted in the release of 61 FACTBase Bulletins and 7 FACTBase Special Reports since 2008. Acknowledging the achievements of the joint venture at the last Chairman’s 20 event for the year, the Chairman thanked the Vice Chancellor and Professor Matthew Tonts for the quality and quantity of the work produced over the past decade.

The Board has been busy on the governance front over the past couple of months with a review of the Constitution undertaken by Herbert Smith Freehills, as well as the annual audit. Members will convene at the Annual General Meeting on 13 November to approve the changes to the Constitution, receive the financial statements and find out who the two new Directors are, arising from John and Gaye’s retirement.

In closing, October is going to be a busy month preparing for the launch of the B4 report and as the month starts, I will be in Amsterdam as a guest of the Dutch government to look at smart technology. I look forward to providing you with an update next month.

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