AICC(WA) Annual Productivity Event featuring Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
11 November 2016
EY, Level 5, 11 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth
AICC(WA) Annual Productivity Event
Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
“The More Things Change: Why Business Must Lead in an Uncertain World”
“We are living in a period of global uncertainty and volatility, technological disruption and increasing popular scepticism of institutions. Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council, will discuss how businesses must not only adjust to this environment but also provide leadership and continuity in uncertain times.”
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of housing and the secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources
Jennifer has also advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.
Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.
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