Annual Chairman's Lunch

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Kate Lamont


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.

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Marion Fulker

CEO, Committee for Perth

Marion Fulker is the inaugural Chief Executive of the Committee for Perth Ltd. She took up the position in January 2007 having previously been the Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Division. Marion is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and holds an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Aside from leading the Committee, Marion is the Chair of the Conservation & Parks Commission. As an evidenced based organisation, Marion has led a number of landmark Committee for Perth research projects which have resulted in reports such as:-

  • Towards a Bright Future which outlines two scenarios for Perth as a region of 3.5 million people
  • Filling the Pool a gender equality report aimed at growing the number of women participating and progressing in corporate life in Perth
  • Get a Move On! the Committee’s outlines a mobile and connected future for the region
  • Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom the Committee’s focused on economic prosperity and diversity for Perth & Peel.

In the past decade, Marion has undertaken study tours throughout the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australasia and the UK to examine how cities work. Her research focus has been on a range of topics including inner city vibrancy, urban renewal, economic development and public transport. In 2015 Marion was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and in 2016 was the winner of the WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the For Purpose & Social Enterprise category. In 2017 she was named as a finalist in the Western Australia of the Year Awards. Marion’s opinions on Perth’s future are regularly sought by government, industry and the media.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.