From the Chair


It is with a great deal of pride and some pleasure that I write my first, From the Chair for the December newsletter.

After being involved with the Committee for Perth in its early years, I return with renewed interest and energy and a strong desire to continue to leverage the great work produced by the Committee.

2018 has been a significant year for the Committee, releasing 13 research publications, including Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity, the final report from Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom, 25 events were held, 20 new members were welcomed, and we moved to a more professional office suite.

Starting early next year, I’m looking forward to holding roundtable, strategic conversations with our members so that we can start drafting our Strategic Plan 2019-22. Following that, the Board will hold a number of strategy sessions to set the future direction. The draft plan will come to the May Board meeting for approval and I plan to share the final document at the Annual Chairman’s Lunch in June.

The Committee’s Strategic Plan is one of our most important documents, it guides our future direction and ambitions. That’s why I encourage members to take advantage of the opportunity to be actively involved in the process of creating our fifth strategic plan. We want to hear your thoughts about the Committee’s future direction so that we continue to deliver value for your membership investment, while increasing our relevance, profile and membership base. Producing evidence-based research that positively influences policy and decision-makers is our core business. The focus it takes, I believe, needs members’ input.

I want to take this opportunity to thank former Chairman John Langoulant AO for the outstanding job he did over the past six years. His leadership acumen has been genuinely valued.

Congratulations to Michael Schoch and Jon Smeulders who have both been appointed as Deputy Chairs, and I’d like to welcome new Directors Gina Hogan and Tim Shanahan, I’m know they’ll both bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role.

Finally, as the end of the year rapidly approaches, I’d like to wish you and your loved ones all the best for the festive season. I hope the year has been a good one for you, both personally and professionally. And I look forward to catching up with a number of you at our end of year function on Wednesday December 5.

Kate Lamont

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