From the CEO, December 2019

In any given month I speak at a number of events on a variety of topics. To give you an insight into the breadth of interest in our research, recently I spoke to a group of school principals (alongside WAPC Chairman David Caddy) on the future of Perth, drawing on much of our research including Towards a Bright Future. The following week I presented on Filling the Pool and gender equality at AIM WA; that evening I chaired a panel session for the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce on the topic of the ‘Future City’. The week after I shared my own journey to career success as a panellist on ABC radio for a segment about alternate pathways. I also presented to leaders at DevelopmentWA about best practice strategies for community engagement, using the learnings from our What We Thought Would Kill Us case studies.

Personal stories are what brings colour and movement to the data. This month I was particularly pleased to have Noongar woman Robyn Smith-Walley lead a conversation with Aboriginal women as part of our Executive Women’s Leadership Forum. Next year, after more than a decade of providing a safe and supportive networking environment, this event series will undergo a name and format change in order to be more inclusive of Aboriginal women – an important evolution.

Our Food for Thought event with Westport Taskforce Independent Chair Nicole Lockwood was a popular event. So too was the presentation by futurist Rose Herceg at the lunch following our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

At the AGM our Chairman Kate Lamont welcomed Keystart CEO Paul Graham to the Board of the Committee for Perth. With all incumbent Directors either re-elected or appointed, Kate said she was pleased to have both continuity and a fresh perspective around the Board table.

The Chairman and I have been undertaking a round of meetings with our Gold Members to discuss our next tranche of research. In 2020 it is likely we will depart from undertaking one large project and instead do a number of smaller pieces of work that can be delivered quickly and cost effectively. I Iook forward to sharing the topics with more of our members over the coming months.

Our Hashtag Perth project, which aims to enhance Perth’s reputation, is ahead of schedule and we will begin socialising the major findings and draft recommendations in February. It’s exciting times as the first draft of the report begins to take shape, in addition to a new report on Perth as a region of 2 million people (to be launched in March).

With our Annual Staff Planning Day and End of Year Celebration in early December, plus a return to London for me – for the second week of intensive study towards an Exec Masters of Cities – we are as busy as ever!

Marion Fulker

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.