From the CEO, March 2019

The team has been back at work for six weeks now and we’ve hit the ground running with lots of plans and activities ahead.

During last month, we made a start on the next strategic plan which will guide activities through to 2022. As part of the preparation, I interviewed each of our Directors to give them the opportunity to reflect on progress against the current plan and capture their thoughts on the goals for the next one. Our Chairman, Kate Lamont, also held four workshops with members to get perspectives on our successes to date as well as capture ambitions for Perth at 3.5 million people.

Pleasingly, the lists are long on both sides of the ledger. This means that we have achieved a lot and have made a positive difference to the Perth and Peel regions. Yet there is still more work to do.

Directors and members hold the view that we need to make more of the large knowledge base we have developed and that we need to share it more widely and in ways that are easy to digest. To that end, we are in the marketplace looking to appoint the inaugural Marketing & Communications Officer. This will allow us to bring in-house a number of related activities that have been shared amongst contractors and our existing team. View the advertised role here.

One of these contractors, Tony Monaghan, has been an extended member of our team providing public relations services through member company The Brand Agency for 9 years. He has just started in a new role at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and to farewell him we recently made a pasta lunch at the office. Perth’s future and food are topics discussed in the office on a daily basis so it was a fitting way to say goodbye and thanks!

In April, we will also farewell our Research Officer, Georgia Harford-Mills. Georgie has been with the Committee for 4.5 years, starting as an Intern whilst completing an Honours in Urban & Regional Planning at UWA. Upon graduating in 2015, Georgie was appointed as Research Officer and has flourished since, becoming a fully-fledged researcher in her own right. She is the author of a number of the What We Thought Would Kill Us case studies, FACTBase Bulletins and, more recently, the FACTBase Special Report on Kwinana. Georgie also coordinates our submissions to government, research publications and the meetings of our working and project groups. At an organisational level, we will miss Georgie’s skills and diligence but personally I am thrilled for her to be taking the opportunity to travel and work overseas. Recruiting for this critical and exciting role has now also begun, see here.

During February, the Board has also been working with Brad Hooper and his team at EY to develop a risk management plan. Protecting our reputation as a credible source of research, facts and solutions is central to this work. Both plans will go to the May Board meeting for approval and will be shared with members at the Annual Chairman’s Lunch in July.

As February draws to a close, I farewell my favourite time of year in Perth – festival season. By all accounts, Perth Festival Director, Wendy Martin, has delivered a quality three-year program which saw an emphasis on local story telling. Iain Grandage now takes over and is the first born and bred director to be appointed. Having met him twice now, I am confident he will build on Wendy’s success yet bring us own unique insights into this city and state. Long-term Artrage CEO, Marcus Canning also leaves his role following another successful Fringe World season to pursue other arts and creative interests including opening Rechabite in Northbridge. I can’t wait to see what is on offer at this new four-storey entertainment complex. Knowing Marcus, it will be a spectacular and breathtakingly unique venue in Perth’s cultural landscape.

Next month, the Governor will be convening a roundtable 'Perth's Vision' to discuss celebrating and enhancing the vibrancy of Western Australia's cultural identity. Over the past decade we have extensively researched and added to discussion on cultural life in the region. I’ll be going well equipped with a solid knowledge base with five of our reports in hand, see here.

Until next month.

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.