Rick Newnham


Rick Newnham is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy, which comprises some of Australia's best and brightest policy minds, and guides CEDA's research agenda.
Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Rick worked at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA  as the Chief Economist, and as an economist for Shell around the world, including postings in Australia, the UK and the Middle East. Rick is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and is an Ambassador for Australia Day. In 2011, Rick was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year for establishing Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank of young minds. 

Rick led the WA industry campaign to fix the GST which received the backing of the Productivity Commission when they adopted CCIWA’s proposal to change the GST formula. The campaign was described by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as being "the most successful lobbying effort over the last few years". Rick was credited by The West Australian newspaper as having provided the “intellectual grunt” necessary to achieve the change which resulted in an additional $4.7 billion being returned to WA. 

Rick completed his undergraduate studies at UWA and post-graduate studies at Oxford University. His thesis at Oxford evaluated Uber and Airbnb’s government relations strategies worldwide for which he won the Oxford Business School prize.

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