The NSW Business Chamber, the state’s peak business organisation, is pleased to announce that Chris Lamont has been appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Illawarra First, the newly formed peak business advocacy body in the Illawarra region.
Mr Lamont, who will take up his position on Monday 1 August, will also be responsible for managing the operations of the Illawarra Business Chamber, thereby ensuring that business in the region has a powerful and united voice.
“Chris brings with him a tremendous mix of professional experience, including senior roles with business, government and industry associations, and he will be a great leader for business in the Illawarra,” said NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Cartwright.
“Just over four years ago we established Western Sydney First as our premium tier of the Western Sydney Business Chamber, and we’ve seen the amazing impact that this ‘voice’ has had on the landscape in Western Sydney – we expect similar results under the leadership of Chris in the Illawarra.
“I know the business owners of the region have been eagerly awaiting this appointment, and I’m personally delighted that Chris accepted the role,” Mr Cartwright said.
Illawarra Business Chamber President, Janine Cullen, said the region is going through a major transition and had a number of challenges and opportunities that need attention.
“Issues such as youth unemployment, the need for new productive infrastructure to support business and jobs growth, and ensuring that the Illawarra region is at the forefront of political discussions will all be a part of Chris’ brief,” Ms Cullen said.
“The purpose of Illawarra First is to ensure that our region has a powerful voice that can articulate our specific needs and develop solutions to ensure we can support businesses of all sizes to maximize their true potential,” Ms Cullen said.
Mr Lamont said that he is looking forward to leading Illawarra First and becoming the voice of the Illawarra business community.
“There is so much untapped potential in the Illawarra; working with the business community, decision makers and governments to realise this potential is an exciting opportunity.
“There’s no doubt that the Illawarra is too big to ignore and building a better business environment for the region is my number one priority,” Mr Lamont added.