Panel Session 1
The WA Economy
Hon Ben Wyatt
Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs
Ben Wyatt is Australia's first Indigenous Australian Treasurer and was appointed in March 2017.
He also holds the position as Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs.
Prior to his appointment as a senior Minister in the current Government,Ben held positions of Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Government Accountability.
AO, Cit WA, FAICD, FAIM, Sf FIN
Chairman of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited and SC8 Limited
John is a Board Member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a Director of Crown Perth, Orbital Corporation Ltd and the Security Research Institute Advisory Board. John is also the Chairman of Council of Christ Church Grammar School and Giving West.
John is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a WA Citizen of the Year award in the industry and commerce category.
BJuris, LLB, GAICD
Company Director and Chairman
Samantha has deep and diverse industry experience having been a senior executive and/or director in a range of industries that includes oil and gas, energy, resources, infrastructure, engineering, legal, financial and venture capital.
Her current Board portfolio includes Director Clean Energy Finance Corporation; Director Synergy; Director Saracen Holdings Ltd; Chairman Aerison Pty Ltd and Deputy Chairman WAAPA.
Executive Director - WA & NT ACIL Allen Consulting
John Nicolaou is the Executive Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, which is one of the largest Australian owned, independent, economic, public policy, and public affairs management consulting firms in Australia.
John was educated at the University of Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Master of Business Administration, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School.
Panel Session 2
Future of Work
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - Hawaiian
As Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of Hawaiian since March 2000, Russell Gibbs oversees one of Australia's largest privately owned property groups including shopping centres, office buildings and hospitality assets.
His current Board responsibilities include: Chairman of the West Coast Eagles, St Ives Group and Satterley Property Group.
Dr Andrew Crane
Chief Executive Officer - CBH Group
Dr Andrew "Andy" Crane joined grain marketer, Grain Pool Pty Ltd in 2001 and was appointed General Manager of the Marketing and Trading business when it merged with CBH in 2003.
In 2008 he became the CBH Group's GM, Strategy and Business Development and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2009.
Dr Alec OConnell
Headmaster - Scotch College
Dr Alec O'Connell commenced as the 7th Headmaster of Scotch College in June 2011.
He currently is a Director of the Association of Independent Schools in WA (AISWA), a member of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Committee and is an inaugural committee member of the Forrest Foundation Committee of the University of Western Australia.
Panel Session 3
Local Government - Community Engagement
Chairman - WALGA
Lynne has a Psychology degree and for many years has worked in her own practice in the Pilbara. During her career she has worked with a diverse range of people in both community, government, not for profit, and the private sector.
Lynne is currently the President at the Shire of East Pilbara and also the president of WALGA. She also sits on many Boards and committees.
Chief Executive Officer - City of Rockingham
Andrew Hammond is Chief Executive Officer of the City of Rockingham. Andrew has significant senior experience in Local Government having held CEO positions in Albany, Wyndham East Kimberley and Nannup.
He holds an Executive Master of Business in Administration from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of Local Government Managers in Australia. In 2012 Andrew was awarded the inaugural Institute of Public Administration WA Local Government Leader of the Year.
Chief Executive Officer - City of Joondalup
Garry has held executive positions in Local Government since 1977 including his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Joondalup, and prior to this the City of Perth and City of Melville.
He has held executive positions with the Institute of Municipal Management (now Local Government Professionals Australia) and the International City/County Management Association based in Washington DC, USA.