Anthea Wesley

Senior Policy Adviser

How would you describe your role at CCIWA?

I work in the policy team, which champions policy that aims to grow and diversify the WA economy. As part of this remit, I meet with members to hear their concerns, I draft policy papers and submissions advocating for key areas of reform, and I engage with government to deliver positive policy outcomes.

What does a typical day look like?

I am a policy generalist so no one day is the same. A typical day will include internal and external meetings, drafting documents such as letters or submissions to government and undertaking research and analytical work on various policy challenges. Invariably, there is a good robust discussion, and always a laugh!

I meet with members to hear their concerns, I draft policy papers and submissions advocating for key areas of reform, and I engage with government to deliver positive policy outcomes.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Seeing policy ideas come to life – that is, either adopted internally within CCIWA or by governments. CCIWA is genuinely committed to making WA the best place to live and do business. The research and analysis our team undertakes is meaningful and delivers value, and that’s exciting to be a part of.

What’s your most memorable achievement at work?

I’ve played a leading role in CCIWA’s statement on climate change and associated program of work. The position statement received endorsement by a group of successful WA business leaders. It will be fantastic to see this program of work come to life and make a difference within the WA community.

Best career advice you’ve ever received?

I was told by a former manager to believe in my value, back myself and take a leap of faith. With that in mind, I accepted a short-term contract position at CCIWA, and I eventually secured a permanent position. Best career decision I’ve made.

Who inspires you?

Women who’ve advanced their careers and progressed into leadership roles, while also balancing family commitments and expectations. It is not easy being a working mum with young children, but these women show me it is possible with supportive organisations.

Describe CCIWA in three words.

Positive; Driven; Impactful.