COVID-19: Sudden Impacts

The second in the series lead by two of our Board members Kate Lamont, Director of Lamont's and Paul Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Keystart will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on their business and steps being taken to respond in this crisis.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Kate Lamont

Director, Lamonts

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 France, Italy and Spain. 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. 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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Paul Graham

Chief Executive Officer, Keystart

Paul has over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the banking and financial services industry across Australia and Asia Pacific.

Having lived and worked in Asia for over 10 years Paul has a unique insight on what it takes to effectively engage and successfully partner with the region. Australia's connectivity and successful interaction with the region remains a core pillar for our future economic prosperity.

In his current role Paul works closely with State and local Government to implement sustainable policy that provides economic stimulus whilst improving the lives of Western Australians. Since its inception in 1989, Keystart has made the dream of home ownership a reality for over 100,000 Western Australians. Paul and his team also provide one of W.A’s most successful social policy outcomes through the provision of the Aboriginal Home Ownership Scheme and the Access housing scheme which provides avenues to affordable and accessible home ownership for people with disabilities.

Paul is a strong advocate for education and self development and is passionate about gender equality and diversity in the workplace and developing the next generation of business leaders.

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.