- Chief of Staff and Lawyer
Deidre Willmott commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia in 2014. She has worked as a lawyer and held a number of high profile roles in industry and government. Deidre has many years experience in policy and advocacy on behalf of business. From 2006 to 2008, Deidre worked with ACCI and CCI as the Executive Director Policy for CCI from 2006 to 2008. In this role she was instrumental in driving changes in the Liquor Licencing Act to allow for more flexibility in Perth's restaurant and bar industry. She also led the campaign for extended retail trading hours. Other high profile roles have included Chief of Staff to Premier Richard Court, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Director External Relations at Fortescue Metals Group and Executive Chairman at strategic communications firm Cannings Purple. As Chief of Staff to Premier Colin Barnett Deidre was involved in advising on a number of key projects in the oil and gas industry.