Date: Saturday 24 August
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Venue: University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009. Entrance #1

The prestigious 2024 Black Tie Event presented by the Graduate Management Association of UWA celebrates the best in our community, from passionate givers to ceiling breakers.

  • Christina Matthews AM, Former CEO of WA Cricket, is the Keynote Speaker
  • Matthew Pavlich as the MC
  • Three-course meal
  • Legends Award Nominations
  • Charles Harper Nominations 

We always encourage networking amongst our members, UWA Business School affiliates and guests.

Early bird tickets go on sale on the 10th June at 8 am.

  • Early Bird single ticket – $185
  • Early Bird non-alcohol single ticket – $170
  • Early Bird table tickets (10 seats) – $1750

Christina Matthews AM

Former Chief Executive Officer of WA Cricket

Christina Matthews AM is the Former Chief Executive Officer of WA Cricket, formerly known as the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), and former top Australian cricketer.   

Christina is a well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community with strong leadership qualities and over 36 years’ experience in various management, coaching and development roles within cricket, hockey and Australian Rules Football.  

She has proven herself to be an effective and courageous leader since taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer at WA Cricket in 2012 and has redefined the way WA Cricket approaches its business.  

A significant contributor to the development of cricket, she has spent many years supporting community cricket associations and is a Life Member of the Sydney Cricket Association, Honorary Life Member of MCC (Lord’s), and the Melbourne Cricket Club and is former member of the Board of the Bradman Foundation.   

Christina’s focus is not solely on cricket, also sitting on the CEO’s for Gender Equity Board, Youth Focus Board and the Board of Leadership WA.  In addition to this Christina is also the WA Chapter Lead for the Minerva Network which is a pro bono mentoring organisation for elite female athletes. In 2022 Christina was named WA Sports Administrator of the Year. 

Matthew Pavlich

Still Fremantle’s most respected and admired player in its history, Matthew Pavlich was long regarded as one of the AFL’s biggest stars. 

He starred in a number of roles for the Dockers over his 17-year career, becoming the first WA based player to play over 300 AFL games. Matthew was a six-time Doig Medallist as Fremantle’s Best and Fairest player and was named as an All-Australian six times including in the midfield, fullback, half forward and full forward. 

Appointed Captain at 24, he captained the Dockers for a record 9 years which sees him ranked 6th all time for games played as an AFL Captain. 

Off the field Matthew obtained both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from University of Western Australia while he was playing. He also completed a 3-year tenure as the AFLPA’s President and a member of their board of directors (9 years). During his career he also spent time on the AFL Laws of the Game Committee. 

He has been a brand ambassador for a number of corporate organizations and is now embarking on a blossoming career with Fox Sports and Channel 9. 

Matthew also has a number of business interests including PMY Group and PickStar. 

Matthew is married to wife Lauren and they have three young children; Harper, Jack and William. 

“Leading high performing and diverse teams.” Matthew is a sought-after speaking talent given his vast experience within the AFL industry, tertiary education and his burgeoning business experience. He opens up on his various anecdotes from his 17 years in the game focusing on dealing with failure and adversity, operating a high-performance culture, the importance of diversity and inclusion, team dynamics, feedback, values and behaviors and leadership. 


The Charles Harper Prize was established in 2000 as a means of recognising MBA students who make an outstanding contribution to the UWA MBA program. The award is conferred to the full-time or part-time student who has, in the opinion of the selection committee, made the greatest overall contribution to the program.


The GMA Legends Award is one we hope all GMA members strive to achieve. Introduced in 2014 initially as an Honorary Lifetime Award, it has been subsequently awarded to recognise a special contribution made by a GMA member or members.

Who will this years winner be?

See more information for the GMA Legends Award and nominations here.


Our prestigious members are UWA Business School postgraduate alumni and aspirational MBA students. GMA members are cross industry and represent Perth’s business elite. 

We serve our members, the UWA Business School, Board and Advisory Board, Department Alumni Relations (DAR), their supporting associations and other business oriented postgraduate degrees.

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