Marriott swaps KPCA for WA research hub
Catherine Marriott has had a busy few weeks.
On the day she was elected with two other councillors to the Shire of Broome, Ms Marriott announced she was resigning as chief executive of the Kimberley/Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association to take on another high-profile role based in the town.
Her new position as WA project manager with the Co-operative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia has the capacity to help bankroll a number of multimillion-dollar projects across the Kimberley region.
The Federal Government body she has joined is primed to pump $75 million of Commonwealth money in the next 10 years to support industry-led research collaborations.
The funding would develop new technologies, products and services addressing industry issues in northern Australia within three areas — agriculture and food, tropical health service delivery and traditional owner-led business development.
Ms Marriott was looking forward to working collaboratively to develop a research hub in northern WA with the State Government, industry organisations, universities, TAFE and other organisations.
She said it would be a place where people and organisations share resources to ultimately deliver relevant research to the community.
Her main focus initially would be to network map the region and determine what organisations and funding was available in the public and private sectors.
This would involve exploring the resources of each organisation and determining what projects were going to add the most value.
Ms Marriott was chief executive of KPCA for two years.
Her place at KPCA has been taken over by Emma White, previously an executive director with the NT Department of the Chief Minister.
Her experience includes nearly 20 years working across WA, the NT and Queensland in various policy development, community relations, stakeholder engagement and indigenous capacity building roles.
KPCA chairman David Stoate welcomed the appointment, saying Ms White was chosen from a competitive field of applicants for the role.
“The KPCA is now well positioned to capture the opportunities currently available to the industry. We are in a rapid growth phase and Ms White is just the person to lead us into this next phase,” he said.
Catherine Marriott (right) with Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey and deputy president Desiree Male.