Kevin Skipworth CVO, has been appointed chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB). He replaces outgoing chairman, Ian Laurance AM, who has retired after seven years at the helm of the bureau’s board of directors.
Skipworth was, until late 2015 the Agent General for Western Australia in London. He took on the role of chairman for two years, effective 21 November 2016.
PCB’s chief executive officer, Paul Beeson, said: “Someone of Kevin’s stature and standing both locally and internationally will help to profile the role of the PCB and the significant contribution the business events sector makes to the Western Australian economy.”
Skipworth has had a distinguished career in the Western Australian public sector since joining the Public Works Department in 1964 and has served successive State Governments as Private Secretary to four Ministers of the Crown in the portfolios of Lands, Forest, Works, Water Supply, Housing, Tourism, Regional Development, the North West, Conservation and the Environment.
Skipworth said PCB had a reputation as a soundly structured organisation that was delivering excellent results for the State. “It is particularly pleasing to be joining PCB at a time when the business events sector is seen by governments as a key economic driver for their destinations, particularly in developing strong global trading, cultural and social links,” Skipworth said. The PCB is funded by the West Australian Government through Tourism WA and by the City of Perth.
The bureau has also appointed a new senior business development manager. Amy Hallam will focus on bidding and securing large scale international conferences for Perth and Western Australia.
Beeson noted Perth’s large conference venue capacity had grown substantially in recent years, complementing the world class conference facilities of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Perth.
Appointed for a two-year contract term, Hallam will commence with PCB on 5 December 2016. She will report to PCB’s director of business development, Gareth Martin.
The new role has the specific task of lobbying international not-for-profit associations and securing their high yielding events, in addition to high level engagement with industry, State and local government. Prior to her appointment to PCB, Hallam worked with the City of Perth in Economic Development. She also managed the City’s involvement in significant business events including the recent 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG18), one of the largest events ever held in Perth.