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Maree Gooch

Maree is an engaging and successful entrepreneur, mentor, and long-time educator, with more than three decades of experience spanning people development and business transformation, coupled with working with and advising government agencies. She is passionate about helping people be the best they can be. She has a knack for putting people at ease and finds ways to help you discover what you are good at, then hoist you up, so you can see the possibilities and a bigger picture and achieve the greatest goals.

Her Story

Maree's strengths lie in people development, business strategy, business transformation and financial management across multiple industries and government. Maree is an experienced facilitator and is passionate about working with business managers and organisations seeking transformational change for growth, future planning and implementing successful change management.

She has extensive experience in and is passionate about tourism, agriculture, strategy, business transformation and people development at an executive level across several industries and government. Her strengths are in market analysis, marketing, and business development – specialising in the tourism, agriculture and agri-tourism, food production and service, regional development and investment. Being involved in hands on hospitality, tourism and small business operations for more than 32 years, Maree understands first-hand the opportunities and challenges faced by tourism-based businesses. She has owned and operated an a-la-carte restaurant, a bed and breakfast, hosted coach tours on her farm and worked across all facets of hotel management and hospitality.

Maree sits on several boards in WA and nationally – in the areas of business, safety, and telecommunications. Her key areas of expertise are governance, strategy, and finance. She is Chair of CRISP Wireless providing fast and reliable internet across 14 of WA’s Local Government Authorities across approximately 30,000 square kilometres and is a board member at the Rotary Club of Perth and sits on two national boards located in Canberra and Melbourne.

Maree is a Graduate member and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 2004), and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (since 2009), the Entrepreneurs Institute (since 2016). Maree completed an Executive Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia in 2010 and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2012 after a long career in tourism and hospitality, transport and logistics, agriculture production across grains, livestock plus developing niche markets and education.

Maree gives much of her time generously for philanthropic pursuits, especially regional and rural initiatives – supporting the Wheatbelt Business Network and Kimberley Small Business Support for many years. She has mentored many Master of Business Administration students through the UWA Career Link and Business School (six years), and given her time to support policy and planning initiatives at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA - 5 years).

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