From the CEO, May 2020

In April we stayed connected to our members through a series of webinars which have proven to be very popular. An unexpected bonus has been in some cases, we have increased the amount of contact we have with people in our member companies.

We kicked off our online event series COVID-19 Impacts and Responses with two scene-setting webinars: Adam Marshall from Marketforce provided advice on branding, positioning and communicating during COVID-19, while John Daley from the Grattan Institute discussed scenarios for the crisis endgame.

These were followed by the commencement of the Sudden Impact series, with Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Brown and Curtin University Vice Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO, discussing the immediate effects that have been experienced by the airport and university. In upcoming webinars, Committee for Perth Chairman, Kate Lamont and Keystart Chief Executive Officer, Paul Graham will share their insights about the future of the tourism and hospitality sectors and potential pathways for recovery. Also to come are presentations by Water Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Pat Donovan and WACA Chief Executive Officer, Christina Matthews the week after.

We have tapped into our global network of colleagues to hear personal stories of life in lockdown in the UK, New Zealand and the US. Articles from our long-term researcher Gemma Davis (Queenstown) and collaborators Prof. Jon Shaw (Plymouth) and Lyle Bicknell (Seattle) can be found on our website at

As I have said many times over the past month, there are worse places to be living through lockdown. Perth, with its warm sunny days, friendly people and beautiful natural environment, has come to the fore during isolation. I am getting out for walks twice a day and receiving such joy out of watching parents and their children, now with quality time to spend together, walking, riding bikes, playing with their dogs or kicking a ball around. The simple things in life matter so much at the moment.

As regular readers of this column know, I am part way through studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. With travel restrictions in place, our week of intensive learning moved online (following the example of so many other educational institutions). With a blend of pre-recorded lectures, readings, case studies, group work and interactive sessions, it was almost as good as being there in person.

Most of my meetings have been via Zoom, a platform that I am becoming adept at. One of our first calls was a check-in with Ray Haeren, Regional Director of Urbis. When just about everything seems abnormal, it’s been good to remain connected to our members. I’ve so enjoyed our engagements.

Being innovative and adaptive is the new norm and at the Committee for Perth we’ve embraced the opportunities this crisis has provided. So too has the State Government. I am sure you will enjoy the story on iThink below which aims to both capture and implement good ideas.

Until next month, stay well and stay connected.

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.