COVID-19: Sudden Impacts

In the final webinar in the Sudden Impacts series we will explore the pressure COVID-19 has placed on our finances and relationships. Join Acting Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support Sue Young from the Western Australia Police Force who will discuss what frontline officers have been dealing with during COVID-19. Sue will be joined by Jay Watson, General Manager at Westpac who will share how the bank has responded to their customers’ changing circumstances.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Sue Young APM

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support, Western Australia Police Force

Sue has been a police officer for 35 years and has enjoyed serving the community of Western Australia. She is currently Commander in the Operations Support Portfolio, improving and driving services across a range of policing issues, including youth policing, family violence, mental health, prosecuting, and some transformation work in relation to our custody management.

Over the years, Sue has gained experience in both metropolitan and country policing, as well as a detective, and trainer. Sue’s leadership experience has also seen her lead metropolitan and country police teams, and deliver strategic programs. Sue spent 12 months as a visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Police Management, and was humbled to be awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2017. Sue has a Masters in Leadership and Management (Policing).

Sue loves travelling around the world with her partner, and has a particular soft spot for Cambodia where she helps to build houses in remote villages with the Tabitha Foundation and support the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Phnom Penh. She also enjoys trying to improve her golfing skills and loves cheering West Coast Eagles to victory.

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Jay Watson

State General Manager, Commercial Banking, Westpac

Jay is a career banker, having worked for Westpac for over 37 years. Jay has been fortunate to have worked in every State and Territory in Australia, and has the benefit of honing his Banking skills through diverse geographies and industries.

Jay takes an active interest in the future direction of Western Australia and is active with the Committee for Perth and its present project Bigger and Better beyond the Boom, working to build strategies and recommendation in regards to broadening the economy of WA. Previously he was a member of Filling the Pool, a deep dive on gender imbalance and strategies to improve career opportunities for the female workforce. Additionally, for the past 3 years he has been involved with Chamber of Commerce WA and its Business Advisory Board. Also he is a regular contributor to CEDA forums and is a Trustee to CEDA.

Having now resided in WA for the past 12 years, and regarding WA as a great place to live and work, Jay is focused on working with stakeholders to build sustainability in the business community. Jay is the Commercial Bank leader tasked with building relationship with the Singapore and Malaysian business/investment community to strengthen pathways between Australia and those countries.

Jay holds a degree in Business Management and has an under graduate certificate in Australian Agriculture. He is involved in fundraising for various causes and an active member of Australian Institute of Company of Directors.

Jay is married to Robyn, a partnership of over 30 years and is the proud father of James and Ben.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.