Agent General welcomes Western Australian visitors to the WA Government Office in the United Kingdom.
While it is a priority of the Agent General to bring together the Western Australian diaspora within the United Kingdom as informal ambassadors for our State, Western Australians visiting the United Kingdom for a short period are regularly welcomed to the office to engage in discussions around their priorities, the activities of this office and discussions around areas to work together to advance issues of mutual benefit.
Through this quarter, the Agent General and the WAGO team welcomed Marion Fulker AM and engaged in valuable discussions centred around a broad range of issues including infrastructure and smart cities, skills and workforce issues and the energy transition. Marion’s significant knowledge and experience provided a platform for a very meaningful discussion with the team – thank you for your insights Marion.
The Agent General also had the opportunity to meet with Kevin Pfleger, who amongst many other hats, holds the position of Director Biomedical and Health Innovation at UWA and the WA Life Science Innovation Hub. Kevin is a passionate advocate for Western Australia’s capabilities in the health and life sciences sector, and this office has certainly learnt a lot from each of our engagements with Kevin – one of our stand out statistics is that Western Australia well and truly bats above its weight in commercialising world-leading research, with 6 of the 15 drugs FDA approved drugs developed through the Australian university sector coming from Western Australia.
It is not just engagements with individuals that this office pursues, this quarter the Agent General has engaged in several roundtable discussions including with Engineers Australia when its President Dr Nick Fleming GAICD and CEO, Romilly Madew AO were in London. The roundtable explored the transformative and leading practice of the engineering industry in the UK and Australia in addressing engineering outcomes on sustainability, climate change risks as well as solutions for addressing skill shortage in the immediate and medium terms. There is so much that we can learn from each other’s jurisdictions and roundtables such as this provide the opportunity to share learnings across jurisdictions to pave the way for future solutions.