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Board Members

  • Peter Hood FICHEM.E, FAICD


    Peter Hood FICHEM.E, FAICD


    Peter was elected ACCI's President in November 2013. He was appointed to the ACCI Board in 2009.

    Chair of Apollo Gas Pty Ltd, Peter is a successful and experienced Chairman and Chief Executive. A graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, his skills and experience is comprised of forty years as a Chemical Engineer driving the development and management of resources and energy projects in the West.

    Peter has a comprehensive knowledge of the minerals and resources industry, how government policies impact the viability of projects and the issues which concern businesses operating in and around the sector.

    Peter is the Immediate Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia and former Vice Chairman of the Australian Petroleum, Production and Exploration Association, Peter is also an accomplished industry advocate.

    Other positions held:

    • Chairman of MAK Industrial Water Systems Pty Ltd

    • Chair of Equip Health Systems Pty Ltd

    • Chair of Swan Gas Pty Ltd Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

    • Director of the Australian Chamber Alliance (ACA)

    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chemical Engineers

    • Chairman of Matrix Composites and Engineering Ltd 

    • Non-Executive Director GR Engineering and Services Ltd

    • Former Vice Chairman Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

    Board & Policy Committee memberships: 

    • Chair - Audit & Risk Board Committee

    • Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee


  • Terry Wetherall

    Deputy President

    Terry Wetherall
    New South Wales Business Chamber


    Terry Wetherall was elected President of NSW Business Chamber in February 2012 and was Deputy President for two years prior to that.

    Terry has over 25 years experience in providing a range of specialist town planning and property valuation services. Terry joined JBA Planning as a Partner in 2007, following the merger of JBA Planning with Terry's firm - TCW Consulting of Wollongong.

    He has held numerous senior positions in the Illawarra, including President of the Wollongong Chamber of Commerce and President of the Illawarra Business Chamber.

    He is a member of various professional associations, including the Australian Property Institute (API) and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), Terry is a respected opinion leader within the property industry, particularly for his understanding of regional issues.

    Terry is a Director of JBA Planning. He is a Justice of the Peace, a Certified Practising Planner and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

    He holds a Dilpoma in Urban & Regional Planning and an Associate Diploma in Valuation.

    Other positions held:

    • ACCI Chairperson Employment, Education and Training Committee
    • Director of JBA Planning
    • Justice of the Peace
    • Member of the Planning Institute of Australia
    • Member of the Australian Property Institute
  • Richard Holyman

    Immediate Past President

    Richard Holyman


    Richard was elected ACCI's President in November 2011 and was appointed to ACCI's Board in 2003.

    Owner and CEO of Martin & Pleasance Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based manufacturer, importer and exporter of natural medicines, Richard's skills and experience have been acquired over more than 30 years of growing successful business outcomes.

    A successful Chief Executive with a global outlook and perspective, Richard has particular knowledge of the health and wellbeing products industry.

    As both a local manufacturer and importer, he understands the challenges that excessive regulation poses for business!  He also has firsthand experience at opening up export markets for Australian products and the policies required to support Australian business to expand into global markets.

    Other positions held:

    • Chair of the Melbourne Awards
    • Chair of BottleCycler Australia Pty Ltd
    • Chair of Tripoint Marketing Pty Ltd
    • Past President of the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Director - Australian Chamber Alliance (ACA)
    • Board Member of Good Health New Zealand Ltd NZ
    • Board Member of A.V Industries Pty Ltd
  • Tracy Horton

    Tracy Horton
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia


    Tracey is currently a Non-Executive Director for SKILLED Group, Navitas Limited and Automotive Holdings Group. In addition to these corporate roles, Tracey participates in community activities as Chair of Council of Presbyterian Ladies College Chairman of Perth Fashion Concepts Incorporated.

    Tracey initially began her career in Sydney with the Reserve Bank of Australia after graduating from The University of Western Australia (UWA).

    After completing her MBA at Stanford University in California, Tracey spent the next several years working for the international management consulting firm, Bain & Company, where she provided strategic and management advice to many international clients in the technology, retail and utility sectors.

    Tracey returned to Perth in 2000, as a Director at Poynton and Partners and GEM Consulting.

    She joined the University of Western Australia in mid-2004 and was Dean of the Business School until August 2011 when she left UWA and was awarded the life-time title of Emeritus Professor.

  • Deidre Willmott

    Deidre Willmott
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia


    Deidre Willmott recently commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia. She has worked as a lawyer and held a number of high profile roles in industry and government.

    Deidre has many years' experience in policy and advocacy on behalf of business. From 2006 to 2008, Deidre worked with ACCI and CCI as the Executive Director Policy for CCI from 2006 to 2008. In this role she was instrumental in driving changes in the Liquor Licencing Act to allow for more flexibility in Perth’s restaurant and bar industry. She also led the campaign for extended retail trading hours.

    Other high profile roles have included Chief of Staff to Premier Richard Court, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Director External Relations at Fortescue Metals Group and Executive Chairman at strategic communications firm Cannings Purple.

    As Chief of Staff to Premier Colin Barnett, Deidre was involved in advising on a number of key projects including in the oil and gas industry. 

  • Stephen Cartwright

    Stephen Cartwright
    New South Wales Business Chamber


    Stephen Cartwright is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the peak business organisation in NSW, the NSW Business Chamber. Stephen is also Chief Executive Officer of Australian Business Solutions Group and Chairman of Australian Business Lawyers, both wholly owned subsidiaries of NSW Business Chamber. Stephen became a member of the World Chambers Federation Council in January 2011 and a Director of the International Chamber of Commerce Australia in October 2011.

    Stephen was formerly the Managing Director of listed recruitment firm Chandler Macleod Group Ltd (a company which he founded in 1995) and prior to that was a founding partner of specialist employment law firm Fisher Cartwright Berriman.  Stephen is a proven business builder, and is a dynamic and visionary leader with exceptional people skills.
    Stephen holds an Associate Diploma of Mining Engineering and a Bachelor of Laws, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Other positions held:

    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Chief Executive Officer of Australian Business Solutions Group
    • Chairman of Australian Business Lawyers
    • Member of the World Chambers Federation Council
    • Director of International Chambers of Commerce Australia




  • Peter Kennedy

    Peter Kennedy
    Master Builders Australia


    Peter was Executive Chairman of Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd from 2010 – 2012

    After successfully completing three years of the Building Diploma course at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Peter joined Hansen Yuncken in Victoria in 1972 where he has held a number of senior positions in the company prior to his current retirement from the company after 40 years of service.

    In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Peter oversaw the national strategic and focused growth of Hansen Yuncken, and has been instrumental in it achieving its status as a major national construction business.

    He has been committed to further advancing Hansen Yuncken through ongoing training and recruitment of staff; further development of procedures and systems; maintaining a culture focused on client satisfaction and the ongoing development of building related services.

    During his 17 years as CEO he was instrumental in growing the company to be the 27th largest national private company and the largest private commercial builder with a turnover of $1.2 billion and a balance sheet of $140 million. 

    Peter has considerable industry experience having been involved in projects and operations across Australia. He has also contributed to the development of the construction industry through his involvement in a number of industry related associations. In 2008 he was made a life member of the South Australian Master Builders Association in recognition of service to the industry over many years.

    Other positions held:

    • Chairperson ACCI Small Business and Services Industries Committee
    • Director United Super Pty Ltd (CBUS)
    • Chairman CBUS Investment Committee
    • Director & National President Master Builders Australia
    • Director Mortow No 8 Pty Ltd
    • Chairman Whitehall Flats Pty Ltd
    • Life member of the South Australian Master Builders Association
  • Mark Birrell

    Mark Birrell
    Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry


    Mark Birrell has deep experience as a non-executive director and corporate adviser. He is the Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Chairman of the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

    Amongst other roles he is Chairman of Citywide Pty. Ltd. and serves on the statutory board of Infrastructure Australia. Recently he was appointed as an independent director and Chairman of the Australia Post Superannuation Fund.

    Earlier roles have included being the national leader of the infrastructure group at Minter Ellison Lawyers and Chairman of Evans & Peck Limited.

    Mark was a Cabinet Minister and Government Upper House Leader in Victoria.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mark Stone

    Mark Stone
    Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry


    Mark Stone is the Chief Executive of VECCI, Victoria's most influential business representative organisation. Mark is a Director on the Board of Tourism Australia, an Australia Day Ambassador and Fellow of the Williamson Leadership program.

    Prior to joining VECCI, Mark was the Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria. This followed a 12 year period as Chief Executive of Parks Victoria, which manages one fifth of Victoria's land area, employs 1200 staff and has a $4 billion asset base.

  • Nigel McBride

    Nigel McBride
    Business SA


    Chief Executive of 'Business SA' (South Australian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry) South Australia's peak business and employer group.

    In addition to being a board member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigel is a board member of Cancer Council SA, the National Business Action Fund and CEDA SA. He is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian  Institute of Company Directors.

    Immediate past Chief Executive and Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers SA/NT. The firm grew under Nigel's leadership to be South Australia's largest, with a leading reputation, attracting national recognition and awards and establishing a dominant market position.

    Nigel is also the immediate past Chairman of 'Advantage Adelaide'.  He has operated at top levels of business and government, and often provides input to other CEOs on the key strategic issues. He is a sought after speaker on business strategy, leadership and risk management.

    Before private practice and leadership roles in Minter Ellison in Perth and then Adelaide/Darwin, Nigel was the Director, Legal Administration of the Health Department Western Australia, managing a large team with a wide range of responsibilities - from running the State's largest legislative development program to dealing with legal, policy, compliance, industrial relations and risk issues across one of the State's biggest and most complex industries.

    Earlier in his career he worked in the finance and industrial relations sectors.

    Other positions held:

    • Board member of Cancer Council South Australia
    • Board meber of  the National Business Action Fund
    • Board member of  the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (South Australia)



  • Tony Dormer

    Tony Dormer
    NSW Business Chamber


    Tony Dormer is the Managing Director of a multi-discipline business advisory firm that he established over 30 years ago.

    Tony's personal specialist skills are around taxation services, mergers and acquisitions as well as business development issues.

    He is the current Chairman of Kreston Australia and New Zealand. Kreston International is ranked as one of the largest networks of experienced, independent accounting business advisory firms in the world.

    He is presently one of eight Directors on the international board of this organisation. With members in 94 countries, with over 700 offices and 20,000 staff, the network handles aggregate fee income of US$2.1 billion.

    In addition, since 2007 he has been a Board Member and Councillor with the NSW Business Chamber and the Chairman of NSW Business Chamber Audit and Compliance Committee.

    Tony is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.


  • Stephen Tait

    Stephen Tait
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland


    Stephen Tait joined CCIQ in January 2012 as Chief Executive Officer. Stephen is a commercially focussed business leader with a proven track record of developing organisations through periods of change in competitive business environments.

    Stephen hails from a strong commercial background, with over 20 years operational and executive experience in business strategy, leadership, sales management, marketing, change management and full profit and loss responsibility across international, national and local media organisations.

    Prior to CCIQ, Stephen most recently occupied the positions of Commercial Director of APN Australian Regional Media and Commercial Director of The Australian. Stephen’s career also has foundations in the United Kingdom, working in the past as Group Advertisement Manager for News International in Scotland, on newspapers such as The Times, Sunday Times, Sun and News of the World, before moving into the role of Assistant Managing Director – Commercial with Scotsman Publications Limited until 2001.

    Stephen has also owned and operated his own businesses in conjunction with his wife, mentored and invested in SME’s across a range of industries and comes from a family of small business owners.

Executive Staff

  • Chief Operating Officer

    John Osborn

    Chief Operating Officer National Campaign Director 2Big2Ignore


    John joined ACCI in December 2012, as a senior executive within Australia's peak business council. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) he is responsible for strategic growth, development and implementation of ACCI's business model and service provision. He is also the National Campaign Director of the 'Small Business, Too Big to Ignore' (2BIG2IGNORE) campaign. For more information visit www.toobigtoignore.org.au.

    Prior to joining ACCI, John worked in senior public affairs roles with experience in strategic and tactical communications, marketing, advertising and corporate fundraising. He has experience working as a political strategist and media advisor on both state and federal election campaigns and graduated from the Officer Training School in the Royal Australian Air Force.

    John has recently completed part-time study for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Melbourne Business School.

    John is a 3rd Dan Black Belt Instructor of Taekwondo and enjoys reading, cycling and listening to classical music.


    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Melbourne Business School)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) (Melbourne University)
  • Chief Economist  (Acting) and Director Economics and Industry Policy (Acting)

    Burchell Wilson

    Chief Economist (Acting) and Director Economics and Industry Policy (Acting)


    Burchell has been ACCI's Senior Economist since early 2009.

    His responsibilities and expertise include monitoring, analysis and commentary on macroeconomic conditions, monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax reform proposals, industry policy and competition policy.

    Burchell also produces regular Economic Policy Bulletins on major economic data releases and announcements by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Skills and experience:

    • Principal author of ACCI's Pre-Budget Submission (2010)

    • Co-author of ACCI's Taxation Reform Blueprint

    • Co-author of ACCI's submission to the Annual Minimum Wage Review (2010)

    • Burchell commenced  his career in the Domestic Economy Division of the Commonwealth Treasury and has also gained experience working in financial markets and the energy sector.


    • Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University)

    • Bachelor of Laws (Australian National University)

  • Director - Corporate Services

    Rozanne Crawford

    Director - Corporate Services


    Rozanne leads ACCI's Corporate Services Unit, acts as Company Secretary and provides support to ACCI's Board.

    Her responsibilities and expertise are  ACCI's corporate management and operations.

    Rozanne also manages ACCI's tri-annual General Council conferences.

    Skills and experience:

    • Corporate governance

    • Financial Management

    • Human Resources Management

    • Risk Management

    Other positions held:

    • Secretary of International Chamber of Commerce (Australia)

    • Secretary of National Business Action Fund

    Professional memberships:

    • Australian Institute of Company Directors

    • National Institute of Accountants

  • Director - Trade & International Affairs

    Bryan Clark

    Director - Trade & International Affairs


    Bryan leads ACCI's Trade and International Affairs Policy Unit.

    His primary responsibility is policy development and advocacy in this vital area on behalf of ACCI's National Member Network. Bryan also plays a leading role in ACCI's global engagement activities as Chief Executive of ICC Australia, the Australian Branch of the International Chamber of Commerce.

    Bryan also provides policy advice and secretariat support to ACCI's Trade and International Affairs Committee.

    Skills and experience:

    • International trade policy
    • International climate change policy
    • Natural resource management policy
    • Agricultural industry development

    Bryan has many years experience and a demonstrated record of achievement in industry advocacy, particularly in agriculture. His previous roles include Manager of Industry Development at the Grain Growers' Association and as a Director of Kealy Clark Pty Ltd.

    Positions held:

    • Chief Executive of the ICC Australia
    • Member - Standards Australia's International Policy Advisory Committee
    • Member - Standards Australia's Consumer Policy Committee (ISO COPOLCO Mirror Committee)
    • Member - Australian Customs and Quarantine Inspection Service's National Consultative Committee
  • Director - Communications

    David Turnbull

    Director - Communications


    David joined ACCI as the Director of Communications in April, 2011, after a distinguished career in journalism.
    David has held senior positions in radio, television and newspapers. Immediately before joining ACCI, he spent 15 years as the Chief of the Nine Network’s political bureau in Parliament House, Canberra, serving as reporter, producer, and office manager.
    As a 'pool' producer acting on behalf of all Australian television networks, David has organised news coverage of major international political and economic meetings such as the Asian Pacific Economic Conference, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and the Pacific Islands Forum. He has also fulfilled the same function on numerous Prime Ministerial trips overseas, and state visits to Australia.
    During his career, David has worked in news and current affairs, both for the ABC, and commercial television, and also has direct experience in the political process.

    Other positions held:

    •  ABC Television New Editor, Canberra
    • Senior reporter, “The 7.30 Report”, Melbourne
    • Melbourne Bureau reporter for “The West Australian"
    • Medical Roundsman for “The Herald Sun”, Melbourne
    • Producer, and occasional presenter of “The 7.30 Report”, Melbourne
    • Press Secretary to a Shadow Treasurer
    • Press Secretary to a Leader of the Opposition
  • Director - Employment, Education and Training

    Jenny Lambert

    Director - Employment, Education and Training


    Jenny has been serving the business community for 28 years as a senior manager within industry associations, including 17 years as a CEO of associations largely in the services sector. 

    Commencing with the Australian Hotels Association as their Industrial & Research Officer in 1984, Jenny then served as Project Manager at Tourism’s Industry Training Advisory Board in the early 1990s, working on projects relating to workplace reform, workplace assessment, competency standards, training accreditation and quality assurance. 

    Jenny took on her first CEO role as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW, and then jointly held the national CEO role until 1999.  Then followed six years as CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, overseeing amongst other activities, a structured professional development and accreditation system.  In 2005, she became CEO of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and in 2007, CEO of the National Tourism Alliance, which is the peak body for tourism associations nationally.  She commenced with ACCI in May 2011.

  • Manager - Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation

    Carolyn Davis

    Manager - Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation


    Carolyn has led the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation (WHS & C) team in ACCI's Workplace Policy Unit, since joining the organisation in mid 2010.

    With a background of more than twenty years experience of WHS &C policy, advocacy and implementation; Carolyn's experience includes senior management roles in business and in academia.

    Carolyn's responsibilities include the coordination and development of national policy responses to a range of WHS & C issues on behalf of ACCI's national network, including involvement and influence of the nationally harmonised WHS & C laws and regulations which are currently being developed and scheduled to be in place from early 2012. 

    Skills and experience:

    • Workplace, health,safety and worker's compensation policy

    • Secretariat support for ACCI's OHS Working Party and NEOSHC Forum

    • Representing ACCI's national network at various government and industry forums

    • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

    • Chemistry and occupational hygiene

    Professional memberships:

    • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

    • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)

    • Association of Dispute Resolvers (LEADR)

  • Senior Adviser Trade and Industry Policy

    Dr Imogen Reid

    Senior Adviser Trade and Industry Policy


    Imogen joined ACCI in December 2011, having spent the previous two years with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce as Policy and Communications Executive. Her current responsibilities include the management of ACCI's four quarterly business surveys that provide data and analysis on current Australian business conditions as well as analysis on various economic and industry policies.
    In addition to this work, Imogen provides her research and policy expertise to the Trade and International Affairs Unit within ACCI, which includes a specific focus on the G20/B20 process.
    Professionally, Imogen has worked as a freelance researcher and consultant for both public and private organisations, as well as lecturing and leading research initiatives within the university sector.
    She was awarded her PhD in International Business in 2009 from Monash University, Melbourne.


    • PhD International Business (Monash University, King's College London) 
    • Bachelor of Business Marketing (Hons) (Monash University) 
    • Bachelor of Arts (Marketing and German) (Monash University)
  • National Manager - Education & Training Advisors

    Stephen Bolton

    National Manager - Education & Training Advisors


    Stephen has managed ACCI's Education and Training Advisor Network since joining the organisation in 2006 and assists in provision of secretariat support to ACCI's Employment, Education and Training Policy Committee.

    His responsibility and expertise is the development of policies in response to a range of employment, education and training issues on behalf of ACCI's national member network.

    Skills and experience:

    • Vocational education and training

    • Employment Services

    • Language, literacy and numeracy development

    • Skilled migration

    • Disability employment

    • Indigenous employment

    Positions held:

    • Member - National Training Statistics Committee

    • Member - National Quality Council Framework Implementation Action Group

  • Researcher & Committees Secretary

    Cate Clunies - Ross

    Researcher & Committees Secretary


    Since joining ACCI in 2010, Cate has provided research, government relations and corporate affairs advice to ACCI's Economics and Industry Policy Unit and to the Office of the Chief Executive.

    Her primary responsibilities and expertise are the provision of research support in economics and taxation, regulation, environment and small business policy. Cate also acts as Committees Secretary, overseeing the function of ACCI's Policy Committees in these policy areas.

    Skills and experience:

    • Parliamentary Governance and procedure

    • Government relations and legislative affairs

    • Committee Secretary - ACCI's Economics and Taxation Committee, Industry Committee, Environment Committee and the Small Business Committee

    Positions held:

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Small Business Consultative Committee

  • Senior Advisor - Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation

    Toula Papadopoulos

    Senior Advisor - Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation


    Toula joined ACCI in July 1994 as Coordinator and then Manager of the Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation (WHS & C) team within the Workplace Policy Unit until 1991.

    After starting a family,Toula continues to play a key role in ACCI's advocacy on WHS & C policy as Advisor (part-time).

    Toula is also a national employer advocate on workplace health and compensation matters in Safework Australia forums and groups.

    Skills and experience:

    • Preparation and coordination of Policy Briefs

    • Coordinating the OHS and compensation policy activities

    • Manage relationships with regulatory agencies as well as employer and employee advocates

    • Human Resource Management

    Between 2007-2009, Toula was also on the Judging Panel for the Safe Work Awards.

    Professional Memberships:

    Safety Institute of Australia

  • Manager - Productivity Unit

    Zoe Piper

    Manager - Productivity Unit


    Zoe has over 14 years experience in project management, business consultancy, information technology and manufacturing. Having completed a broad range of assignments for both public and private sector clients, Zoe is highly experienced in analysing and enhancing organisational performance. She has delivered professional services in support of all stages of the procurement lifecycle, including business case development, and the definition, sourcing, evaluation and implementation of required capability (for projects ranging in value from under $100k to over $400m).

    During her time in private equity, Zoe conducted financial analysis and due diligence on buyout, expansion and venture capital funds in the Asia-Pacific region as part of a global team with over $3.2bil under management. In 2009 she co-founded Ecolour, an Australian based manufacturer of premium quality, non-toxic paint that is now stocked in stores across the country.

    Zoe currently manages the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Productivity Unit, recently established with the assistance of funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The Unit’s primary focus is on capacity building in businesses as to how the drivers of productivity can be assessed and improved. Zoe is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and her qualifications include an MBA, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Communication.