Our Board

The Committee for Perth has a Board of nine directors and a company secretary. Our current Board members have been elected by the membership and offer a wealth of experience. Directors include leaders from the banking & finance sector, commerce, construction & development, tertiary education, aged care and law.

Kate Lamont

Kate Lamont

Chair - 2018 to date

Kate Lamont has more than three decades of experience in the wine, food and tourism industries in Western Australia. She has overseen the development of her family’s business from a tiny one person farm to an integrated food and wine group with 80 employees. The family operates popular licenced restaurants, cellar door and specialist wine stores in the Swan Valley, Margaret River, the Perth CBD and Cottesloe. Amongst the Lamont’s businesses is a winery that produces between 7 and 10 thousand cases of wine a year from fruit sourced across Western Australia and an import/distribution operation that sources wines from all over France, Italy and Spain that specialises in Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany. As one of Western Australia’s best known chefs, Kate Lamont has written 4 cook books with sales in excess of twenty five thousand and has contributed to various books, magazines and newspapers including The Weekend Australian and The West Australian. She is an occasional guest presenter on ABC local radio Perth. Kate is experienced in developing new, relevant and desirable products that attract new customers as well as keep existing users satisfied, advocating and spending. Kate has developed, maintained, protected and grown a brand in a highly competitive sector which includes driving sustainability and profitability through a variety of revenue streams. As a part of the now established Lamont business ethos, Kate revamps the group’s activities, and even venues, long before they tire in the public’s perception. She is a regularly requested speaker for the corporate and the hospitality worlds and is a regular advocate for small business entrepreneurship. As an example, in September 2014 Kate was invited to and delivered the Graduation Address to The University of Western Australia’s Science faculty. Kate Lamont has the sound skills and coalface experience to recognise flaws in strategy that can compromise implementation. This includes a respect for relevant community views. Kate has worked in the service sector for 30 years, speaks to customers every day and has a genuine sense of what appeals to various demographics and ages. As an employer she has a substantial understanding of what innately drives performance and practical IR solutions.
Jon Smeulders

Jon Smeulders

Director - 2016 to date, Deputy Chair - 2018 to date

Jon joined member-company Georgiou in early 2011, and is currently appointed as Executive Director of Georgiou Property with over 27 years of property experience. His industry roles in Perth include almost a decade with international agency Knight Frank working in commercial property and facility management, before joining Multiplex where he led the company’s property and facility management business as WA General Manager. A move into the property development operations of Multiplex saw him integrally involved with landmark Perth projects like The Old Swan Brewery, Raffles Waterfront, and the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. As Executive Director of Georgiou Property, Jon is responsible for growing the company’s property development portfolio and maintaining a pipeline of quality projects across a variety of property sectors. Jon became a member of Committee for Perth’s Reshaping Working Group since 2014, was elected as a non-executive director in 2016, and appointed deputy chairman in late 2018. He is currently board chairman of STRUT Dance Inc, an independent member of Presbyterian Ladies’ College Perth school council’s masterplan and infrastructure committee, and is a former state councillor of Creative Partnerships Australia.
Maya vanden Driesen

Maya vanden Driesen

Director - 2016 to date

Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel - Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010, Maya was appointed General Manager Legal - Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation. Maya holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member and former secretary of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (WA Chapter) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. She sits on the Executive Committee for the “GC 100” representing the general counsel of Australia’s top 100 listed companies within the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia (ACC) and is a member of the UWA Law School Advisory Board.
Prof. Deborah Terry AO

Prof. Deborah Terry AO

Director - 2016 to date

Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014. She is currently Chair of Universities Australia and a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). She is also a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council, Committee for Perth Board, St Hilda’s Anglican School Council, Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia's Academic and Research Network Board, and a past Chair of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences. Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), the country’s highest honours system for achievement and service, in June 2015 for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.
Meath Hammond

Meath Hammond

Director - 2018 to date

Meath Hammond is Head of Corporate Affairs for BHP Iron Ore, Petroleum and Nickel West assets in Australia. His career in resources spans almost thirty years in senior corporate affairs roles across the mining, petroleum and the government sectors in Australia and overseas. Meath has served as a Director on the David Wirrpanda Foundation and was inaugural Chairman of the Pilbara Australian Technical College. He is currently on the Board of Celebrate WA, the UWA Business School and the Port Hedland Industries Council.
Gina Hogan

Gina Hogan

Director - 2018 to date

Gina Hogan is General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo in Perth, overseeing the largest audio network in Australia’s western capital with flagship brands including mix94.5, hit92.9 and PodcastOne - reaching over half the local population each week. Gina has spent over 20 years in media, including roles as Station Manager of Seven Network FNQ, and General Manager of SCA Cairns – a role she was appointed to at just 23 years old, making her the youngest General Manager in SCA’s whole network at the time. Gina’s contribution to the media industry has been recognised with awards from Commercial Radio Australia and Cairns Business Women's Club. She is committed to using her extensive media expertise and management experience to help drive the city of Perth beyond the boom.
Tim Shanahan

Tim Shanahan

Director - 2018 to date

In a strong corporate and civic career, Tim has led key Western Australian organisations that have shaped the State, including the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the WA Municipal Association, and more recently the Energy and Minerals Institute at The University of Western Australia. Tim is Chairman of WA Super with $3.6B in FUM and 50,000 members. Tim is a Director of RAC Holdings Pty Ltd, the owner of insurance, motoring, finance, aged care, retirement and tourism businesses. He is also a past RAC President. Tim is currently Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Battery industries, WA SuperNet a project with the objective to bring enterprise level broadband to the WA Grainbelt and of Perth based IT Company Zetta Group. Tim was a founder of the In The Zone geo-political business forum, and the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).
Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Director - 2018 to date

Andrew Hill is the Chief Operating Officer – Food, Beverage and Entertainment at Crown Perth. As COO of WA’s largest single site, private sector employer, Andrew is actively involved in the promotion of tourism on a daily basis and acts as a mentor and role model to a cross section of his 2,438 strong hospitality team, across Crown Perth’s three hotels, 39 restaurants and bars, nightclub, convention centre, property services and theatre. “Crown’s vision is to create a world-class tourism destination and I am proud to be part of the strategic committee dedicated to achieving this goal.” With a proactive sponsorship program and conventions portfolio, Crown works to attract world-class events and tourism opportunities for Western Australia. Long-term partners include the state’s AFL teams and Crown also previously partnered with the Tourism Council of Western Australia as venue sponsor of the Western Australian Tourism Awards. Andrew is the Vice President of the Tourism Council of Western Australia and has been a board member for the last 13 years, enjoying the strategic challenges of board involvement in the development of the industry in Western Australia. Andrew also sits on the Tourism Committee for the Perth Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was previously President of the Accommodation Division for the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) W.A, with formal induction into the AHA Hall of fame in 2015 for his dedication and commitment to the tourism sector. Andrew is married to Danielle and they have two sons named Harrison Samuel and Lachlan Mitchell.
Charlotte Cameron

Charlotte Cameron

Company Secretary

Charlotte is a solicitor who joined the Committee for Perth as company secretary in May 2017. She is a Senior Associate in the corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth. At Herbert Smith Freehills, Charlotte specialises in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.