James Walsh

Principal Economist

How would you describe your role at CCIWA?

Challenging, fun, and dynamic. I get to solve some of the most important and complex real-world problems facing the WA economy alongside a supportive, engaging and high-performing team.

What does a typical day look like?

It always starts with a coffee and 30 minutes catching up on the news, but every day in the office is different. I could be working on some of our larger projects, attending meetings with government officials or presenting to the boards of CCIWA’s corporate members.

I get to solve some of the most important and complex real-world problems facing the WA economy alongside a supportive, engaging and high-performing team.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Observing how our work directly benefits local WA businesses and households. We meet with leaders in business, government and everyone in between to identify the biggest challenges facing the economy, and then get to work solving them.

What’s your most memorable achievement at work?

Publishing my first major economic report (Outlook) and seeing our economic forecasts reported in the Australian Financial Review.

Best career advice you’ve ever received?

Back yourself.

Who inspires you?

My dad — he taught me everything I know!

Describe CCIWA in three words.

Supportive, inclusive and high achieving.