Deidre Willmott

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Deidre Willmott is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.[1] Prior to becoming Executive Chairman of Cannings Purple Strategic, Wilmott was Communications Director of External Relations for the Fortescue Metals Group.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia, and studied law at the University of Western Australia.[4]


As a student, Willmott, when she was elected was only the second female President of the University of Western Australia Student Guild since its founding in 1913 [5]

Willmott was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1986.[4] After working as a commercial lawyer she was General Manager of the 2006 Commonwealth Games between 2003 and 2006.[4] Willmott was the Executive Director of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 2006 and 2008.[4]

She was the Cabinet Secretary and Chief of Staff for two Western Australian premiers, Richard Court and Colin Barnett between 2008 and 2010 (withdrawing as the Liberal candidate for Cottesloe in the 2008 state election, to assist Barnett),[4][6][7][8][9][10] and was considered as a Federal Senate candidate to replace Chris Ellison.[11]

She was the initial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting state director 2011 for Perth[9][12]

Personal life[edit]

She married a fellow UWA student Michael Lishman.[13] She is the deputy chairman of St Hilda's Anglican School[6][14] and board member of the Senses Foundation.[6]


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  4. ^ a b c d e "Deidre Willmott (1986) > Faculty of Law: The University of Western Australia". 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  5. ^ Guild - About The Guild. Retrieved on 2012-09-25.
  6. ^ a b c "Deidre Willmott - Chief of staff to Premier Colin Barnett". Perth Now. 2008-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Willmott to stand down as Cottesloe candidate". 6 August 2008. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Willmott gets unexpected support". 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Willmott to quit Barnett Government - The West Australian". 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Media Statements - Statements - Assistant Director General, Deidre Willmott". Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  11. ^ Willmott admits Senate not her first choice. (2008-09-21). Retrieved on 2012-09-25.
  12. ^ "New role for Willmott - ABC Local - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  13. ^ "Pandora Archive". 2006-08-23. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  14. ^ St Hilda's School Council, Mosman Park, WA - Our School. Retrieved on 2012-09-25.

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