It’s wonderful to be back on deck at the Chamber following my maternity leave. New parenthood has been a tremendous, often all-consuming, adventure and it has been a privilege to take time away from work to spend with my daughter. This has been enabled by the unflagging support of our Board and team who have worked hard to ensure that the Chamber continues to thrive and grow over the last year.
I would particularly like to thank Elizabeth for the contribution that she has made during her time as Executive Director. Elizabeth has been vital in deepening the Chamber’s profile and influence on the post-Brexit Australia-UK trade relationship and leading the team to deliver a strong programme of work over the last year. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her as I have transitioned back into the role. Elizabeth will remain a close friend of the Chamber and we look forward to staying in touch with her in the future.
Looking ahead, I’m excited to build on the progress that the Chamber has made over the last year as well as reconnect with our membership. I’m returning at an interesting time on the eve of the Australian election and the cusp (or so it seems) of Brexit, both of which will have material impacts for business.
I’m interested to hear about what’s on your minds, how your business is experiencing the current environment and how we can make your Chamber membership count. One of our key priorities over the the coming year is ensuring that Members are leveraging all their membership benefits across their respective teams and connecting successfully across our network to build new relationships, share experiences, validate market findings and generate business. I’ve already met with several Members on this in recent weeks and will be widening this conversation over the coming months.
I look forward to seeing you soon and leave you with a farewell note from Elizabeth below.
CEO, Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
Farewell from our Executive Director
It was just over a year ago that I first stepped into the Chamber offices to take on the Executive Director role while Catherine Woo was on maternity leave. In the time since I have attended events ranging from FinTech to Trade Policy, hosted Ministers and CEOs to breakfast and, most importantly, met so many of our wonderful Members and network doing amazing things here in the United Kingdom.
The support that the business community gives to the bilateral relationship between Australia and the UK is exceptional, and it has been a privilege to lead the Chamber at this critical time in British history, helping companies and individuals to build on the strong historical ties to create a modern, forward-looking relationship with our trade and commercial ties at its centre.
When I started at the Chamber I thanked Catherine for the fantastic organisation and team she was handing over to my stewardship. Thanks to the engagement and support of all of you, I am proud to say that the Chamber has continued to build its network and profile over the past year, ensuring that we remain the leading independent body representing Australian and British business interests here in the United Kingdom.
As I move onto my next opportunity, I want to thank the team, Kylie, Kirsty and Yan for their dedication to the Chamber and our Members. Their hard work behind the scenes is critical to our success and I am very much looking forward to staying part of the Chamber network and watching it continue to grow under Catherine’s leadership.