Nola Watson has been elected unopposed as the new President of the state’s peak business
organisation, the NSW Business Chamber.

Nola Watson has been elected unopposed as the new President of the state’s peak business
organisation, the NSW Business Chamber.

She replaces Professor Trevor Cairney OAM, as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Professor Cairney remains on the Board as Immediate Past President.

Lyall Gorman has been elected as the new Deputy President.

Ms Watson has a broad range of business, Board and Committee experience. She has spent many years in senior executive positions in financial services, as well as within the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

Ms Watson is currently the Principal of Business Consulting with the Incom group, and was previously an Executive General Manager in Insurance Australia Group with global responsibility for risk and governance.

During her career in government, Ms Watson worked in Sydney, Canberra, and a diplomatic posting in Washington. She was also part of the executive leadership team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

In 2001, she was named a Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year and was later awarded the Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business and leadership.

“It is a great honour to be elected by the members to lead this prestigious organisation, and I’m looking forward to continuing the great work of my predecessors to ensure that the NSW Business Chamber remains as influential and relevant into the future as it has been since it was formed back in 1826,” Ms Watson said.

“In today’s digital world, connectivity is king. Companies are seeking smarter and innovative ways to connect with business partners, customers and the community.

“The NSW Business Chamber is a member based organisation which is dedicated to helping businesses of every size and industry sector to thrive and grow, which in turn provides a much broader benefit to our communities through increased economic activity and job creation.

“I saw first-hand last year during the hugely successful World Chambers Congress in Sydney how the NSW Business Chamber is in many respects a world leader when it comes to member offerings, commercial services and advocacy to government.

“My goal, and that of the Board, is to see this continue and grow stronger.

“I am delighted to have Lyall Gorman, the CEO of the Manly Sea Eagles, as the Deputy President. I have worked with Lyall as a fellow Director and value the insights and experience he brings to the table.

“With an election in NSW just over a year away, along with a Federal election in the next 18 months, the NSW Business Chamber will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of the business community at both a State and Federal level.

“We know that to do this most effectively, we must constantly listen and to respond to what business people are telling us, and I look forward to travelling around the State and meeting with our more than 20,000 members in the coming months to further this dialogue.

“Having worked overseas, I also know the important role that international trade plays for Australian business owners, and our Shanghai trade office (which facilitates trade into China for Australian SMEs) is just another example of the role the NSW Business Chamber plays in assisting business owners maximise their potential,” Ms Watson said.

NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Cartwright said that he was looking forward to working with Ms Watson.

“Nola brings a fresh perspective and sharp business acumen to the Presidency, and I know that the members and staff of the NSW Business Chamber will be excited by her election,” Mr Cartwright said.

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