International competitiveness: economic driver for WA

International competitiveness: economic driver for WA

Sep 25
CEDA brings together leaders across agriculture, resources and education to examine WA’s competitiveness on the global stage.


Jimmy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, CBH Group
Bronwyn Barnes, Chair, Legend Media Group
Phil Thick, General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia
Phil Payne, Executive Director, StudyPerth

Event overview

As a significant exporter of commodities, accounting for 30 per cent of WA’s Gross State Product (GSP) in 2017-18, there has been much discussion about the need for economic diversification for the state and the need for greater productivity and innovation.
CBH Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Wilson, will provide his insights around innovation, transformation, productivity and supply chain best practice. The panel discussion will explore how WA industries compare to their international counterparts; major and emerging markets trends; where WA currently excels; and where there is room for growth.

Meet the keynote speaker

Jimmy Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, CBH Group

Jimmy Wilson joined CBH as Chief Executive Officer in late 2017. He has a wealth of experience in supply chain management across multiple resource commodities. Jimmy was President of BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Member of the Group Management Committee at BHP Billiton from 2012 to 2016. Prior to this, he led BHP Billiton's Energy Coal, Stainless Steel and Nickel West division in Australia after managing BHP Billiton's Chrome and Aluminium operations in South Africa.

Meet the panel

Bronwyn Barnes
Chair, Legend Media Group

Bronwyn has had more than 20 years’ experience in leading mining in Australia and overseas for companies ranging from BHP Billiton to emerging juniors in director, leadership and operational roles. She is the Co-Founder and Chair of Legend Media Group, Non-Executive Chair of Indiana Resources Ltd and a Non-Executive Director on the boards of MOD Resources Ltd, Synergy and Perth Racing.  Bronwyn is also a Council Member Curtin Universities School of Business and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. In 2015, Bronwyn received the Outstanding Women in Resources Award from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources in the Women in Resources National Awards and in 2019 was inducted in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her contribution to the mining sector.

Phil Thick
General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil Thick graduated as a Civil Engineer at UWA and his career commenced with Alcoa at their Kwinana alumina refinery.  He then moved to Shell where he had a 20 year career in Australia and around the world and was Downstream Director for Shell Australia for his last three years. This was followed by a five year stint as CEO of Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana and then as Managing Director of New Standard Energy Limited, a junior listed oil and gas explorer based in Perth. Phil joined Tianqi Lithium Australia as General Manager in August 2016. He is responsible for the construction and operation of the $700 million Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant in Kwinana, which commenced construction in October 2016. He is the Chair of Perth Symphony Orchestra and was the Chair of Avivo, one of WA’s largest not-for-profits, for 10 years.

Phil Payne
Executive Director, StudyPerth

Phil joined StudyPerth as Executive Director in September 2017. Phil leads a team which, in collaboration with government, educational institutions and other stakeholders, provides a leadership role in building the profile of international education in Western Australia and overseas. Prior to joining StudyPerth, Phil was employed by Murdoch University as the Director of External Engagement, where he managed a team of over 50 staff who were responsible for the recruitment and admission of students, both international and domestic. From 2012 to 2014, Phil was the Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Murdoch University. In this role, he was responsible for transnational partnerships in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai and the development and management of pathways and partnerships. In 2012, Phil was also appointed as the inaugural Chair of Murdoch Singapore, a subsidiary of Murdoch University and remained a Director of the Board until 2017. Phil’s previous roles at Murdoch University included Pro Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Peel Campus and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Phil began his career in healthcare, in the UK then Australia, and has managed hospitals and a Medical School.

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