2020: A Year in Review and two new Directors

Last month the Committee for Perth held its Annual General Meeting where we announced the two new Directors who were elected to the Board, and launched our 2020: A Year in Review report.

Dr Andrew Crane, Chancellor of Curtin University, and Professor Amit Chakma, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, commence their three year terms as of 12 November after being voted in by the Committee for Perth members.

Dr Andrew Crane is currently the Chancellor of Curtin University and has over thirty years’ experience in agriculture, food processing and international trade and related infrastructure. He has held executive positions in Strategy & Business Development, Marketing, Trading, Manufacturing, and most recently as CEO of Australia’s third largest private company, the CBH Group.

Professor Amit Chakma the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, was born in Bangladesh and rose to prominence in Canada as an outstanding scholar and administrator. Named a member of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 List, he became President of the University of Western Ontario in 2009. There, he led the re-branding of the University and its Strategic Plan, “Achieving Excellence on the World Stage”.

Committee for Perth Chair Kate Lamont AM welcomed the two new appointees to the Board and said their experienced added to the diversity of the Committee’s leadership.

“Dr Crane and Professor Chakma are both hugely experienced and will provide the Board with another rich layer of expertise, insight and leadership,” she said.

“I would also like to thank our two other nominees for their interest and encourage all members to think about nominating for Director positions in 2021.”

2020 has been difficult for many of our members and we are grateful for their support and engagement throughout the year. This year we were pleased to finalise our 2019-2020 major project Hashtag Perth through the release of Boorloo Kworp, which made nine recommendations about how to boost Perth’s reputation as a place to live, work, study, invest and visit. We also commenced work on our 2020-2021 major project the Future of Work.

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.