The NSW Business Chamber is pleased to advise that Professor Trevor Cairney OAM has been elected unopposed as its new President.
Professor Cairney succeeds Tony Dormer, who will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President.
Nola Watson has been elected Deputy President.
Including its commercial services division, the NSW Business Chamber has in excess of 700 employees across its 70 offices in Australia, China and the United Kingdom.
In his role as CEO of New College, an independent incorporated entity that serves UNSW through the provision of residential accommodation, Professor Cairney is responsible for all operational matters, welfare of residents, stakeholder management and development. In recent years he has led the expansion of the College through the creation of the New College Village that is home to 315 postgraduate students from over 50 nations.
As an academic, Professor Cairney has been a researcher and writer on education, training and regional development. He has contributed to business and industry in many ways including directorships and chairmanships of various technology-based companies and industry bodies, the judging of industry awards and as an advocate for the economic and social development of Greater Western Sydney.
Professor Cairney is a former President of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“I would like to thank the NSW Business Chamber members for placing their faith in me, and I also want to acknowledge the great work of my predecessor, Tony Dormer.” Professor Cairney said.
“The NSW Business Chamber celebrates 190 years of operations in 2016, which highlights the long standing role that we have played in being the link between business, government and the broader community.
“With membership now pushing the 20,000 mark, it is clear that there is a continued need to provide businesses with the support, expertise and representation to continue to grow and prosper.
“I’m looking forward to the NSW Business Chamber continuing to play its influential role with the policy makers from all sides of politics, without fear or favour.
“Anyone in business will know that standing still is not good enough, and we have to ensure our political leaders understand the changing requirements of the modern day business owner.
“The opening of our office and trade showroom in Shanghai last year shows just how serious the NSW Business Chamber is about providing every opportunity for Australian businesses to maximise their potential.
“I look forward to hearing many success stories from our international trade team in the years ahead as we open up new export opportunities for Australian SMEs.
“I’m also really keen that the NSW Business Chamber continues its work in advocating for and providing solutions for youth unemployment. Having been committed to education all of my working life, we can’t just continue to accept youth unemployment levels in some areas of Australia in excess of 25%.
“With a Federal Election scheduled for some time this year, we will also be prosecuting the case for reform in workplace relations and the taxation system to better reflect the needs of our global 24/7 society.
“Of course, something we are all looking forward to is when Sydney welcomes the world next year as we host the 2017 World Chambers Congress – a gathering of business leaders and Chamber executives from across the globe held every two years,” Professor Cairney said.
NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Cartwright, said that he is delighted with the election of Professor Cairney.
“Having known and worked with Trevor for some years now, I know that he will continue on the great work of his predecessors,” Mr Cartwright said.
“Trevor brings to the Presidency a great deal of enthusiasm and experience – the staff and members are in great hands under his leadership and I know that he will hit the ground running,” Mr Cartwright added.