Trevor Cairney, OAM, is the Immediate Past President and Board Director of NSW Business Chamber. He was first elected as a Director of the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) in 1997 and was President from 2001 to 2009. He has been a director of the NSW Business Chamber since 2007. He is also Chairman of the Board of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors. Professor Trevor Cairney is Master and CEO of New College at the University of NSW.
He was first elected as a Director of the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) in 1997 and was President from 2001 to 2009. He was instrumental in leading the former State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) to merge with Australian Business Ltd (ABL) in 2007. He has been a director of the NSW Business Chamber since 2007 and has served the organisation in varied ways including as a member of the Investment Committee, the Audit & Compliance Committee and as a director of the Australian Business Foundation.
In his previous role as CEO of New College, an independent incorporated entity that serves UNSW, he led the expansion of the College with the creation of the New College Village on the UNSW campus that is now home to 315 postgraduate students from over 50 nations.
As an academic, he is an active researcher and writer on education, training and regional development. His current role at UNSW and his previous leadership roles as Pro Vice-chancellor (Research & Development), Dean of Education, and Director of the Centre for Regional Research and Innovation at UWS led to his active involvement in the business community. He has contributed to business and industry in many ways including directorships and chairmanships of various technology-based companies and industry bodies, and as an advocate for the economic and social development of Greater Western Sydney.