Rick Newnham


Rick Newnham is a member of CEDA's State Advisory Council in Western Australia.

Rick Newnham is passionate about making Western Australia a world leading place to live and do business. He joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI) as Chief Economist in January 2017. Prior to joining CCI Rick worked as an Economist for Shell around the world, including postings in Australia (Brisbane and Perth), the UK (Aberdeen) and the Middle East (Dubai).

Rick is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, he is an Ambassador for Australia Day and a State Advisory Council member and a Trustee of CEDA - The Committee for Economic Development Australia. In 2011, Rick was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year for establishing the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank of young minds.

Rick is passionate about innovation and policy that will advance Western Australia’s position in the global economy. Through the economic policy, start-up and trade communities Rick stays connected to the economies of the Middle East and Asia, where his experience and interests most overlap.

Rick completed his undergraduate business studies at The University of Western Australia and post-graduate studies at Oxford University. His thesis at Oxford evaluated the economics of Uber and Airbnb’s government relations strategies worldwide for which he won the Saïd Business School prize. Rick is the youngest person to have completed executive education at the Oxford Business School.

Rick is an alumnus of CEDA’s Copland Leadership Program, which he completed in 2011. 

View full list of CEDA's West Australian State Advisory Council Members.