New board Chair appointed to Committee for Perth

A new board Chair will steer the Committee for Perth, WA’s leading independent think tank. It was announced at today’s Annual General Meeting that Herbert Smith Freehills’ partner Tony Joyner has been appointed as a Director and will serve as the Committee’s Chair following the retirement of Kate Lamont AM.

Mr Joyner brings a wealth of experience to the role, including his background as a senior board member, with a strong background in identifying purpose, and developing and executing strategies to achieve it. He is also passionate about Perth, having worked here for over 30 years as a senior partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Mr Joyner said it was a privilege to be appointed as Chair of the Committee which is renowned for its independent advocacy and fact-based research to help reform, reshape and revitalise the Greater Perth region.

“I look forward to continuing and enhancing the Committee’s work in informing and advocating for change that improves the cultural diversity, economic prosperity, sustainability and world-class amenity of Perth,” he said.

“This current period of change is rapid and transformational. The Committee for Perth is well placed to inform strategy and policy to ensure the Perth region seizes the opportunities before it.”

Mr Joyner thanked outgoing Chair Kate Lamont AM for her efforts and commitment over many years. Ms Lamont said it had been a privilege to have served as a Director twice, including three years as Chair, and confirmed she intended to remain an active member of the Committee.

“I am proud of all that the Committee has achieved, in particular, its extensive research base which provides the essential facts for business leaders and the policymakers in Government,” she said.

“I congratulate Tony on his appointment by the Board and believe he is a fitting choice given Freehills was a founding member of the Committee and Tony’s long-term personal involvement with our agenda.”

Following an election, Perth Airport’s CEO Kevin Brown becomes a board Director for a three-year term.

Mr Brown has been closely involved with the Committee in recent years, including chairing the Hashtag Perth Project Steering Committee.

“With 19 years in aviation, I bring a range of experience and expertise to help guide the Committee’s invaluable work in advocating and building a better future for Greater Perth,” Mr Brown said.

“This includes a strong track record in building international connections to promote trade, investment, tourism, culture and higher education – experience that aligns with the Committee’s work.

“I’m passionate about Perth achieving its full potential as a truly great capital in our region and look forward to continuing my contribution to the Committee as a Director.”

The appointment of Mr Brown follows the retirement of Directors Tim Shanahan after three years and Andrew Hill after two years’ service. Ms Lamont thanked both the Directors for their contribution and support.

At its November meeting, the Board re-appointed Jon Smeulders as Deputy Chair, a role he has held since 2019.