Chris Sutherland


Chris Sutherland is a member of CEDA's State Advisory Council in Western Australia.
Chris is an experienced executive who has held senior management positions in various engineering, maintenance and contracting businesses with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (UWA) and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2001.
Chris was the Managing Director and Group CEO of Programmed from January 2008 until his retirement September 2019. Programmed was a major public listed ASX company until October 2017 when it was acquired (for an enterprise value of $1 Billion) by the major Japanese company Persol who are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Programmed is a leading staffing, maintenance and facility management services provider with revenue in excess of $2.4 Billion and more than 25,000 employees across Australia and New Zealand.
Chris was a member on the Board for 4 years (2012-2016) of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. Chris was also a founder and Chair of a Perth-based group CEOs for Gender Equity. In November 2017 Chris was awarded the Australian Human Resources Institute CEO Diversity Champion Award (AHRI).
Chris currently is a non executive Director of MACA, a public ASX listed mining services company and Chairman of three unlisted emerging companies, Remsense (technology), Stelect (medical device) and Copper Search Australia (mineral exploration).

View full list of CEDA's West Australian State Advisory Council Members.