The membership of the Illawarra Business Chamber, Illawarra First and Local Chambers has confirmed the President and Deputy President of the 2017-2019 Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

Janine Cullen OAM and Amy Harper have been re-appointed as President and Deputy President. 
The Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber, Chris Lamont, said Janine and Amy have enormous pride and passion for the Illawarra and are both dedicated to the advancement of the region, local business and community development. 
The Regional Advisory Council assists in developing ideas, concepts, policies and programs to support businesses and the development of the region.  It also provides a barometer on business activity and report on business trends and issues.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve a further term as Regional President.  We have achieved a lot over the last two years and though new initiatives like Illawarra First, IllawarraYES and new member services we look forward to providing additional support to local businesses and advancing new opportunities for this region,” said Janine Cullen. 
The Chamber has advocated strongly to position the Illawarra to support the growing economies of Western Sydney and Sydney, while leveraging the competitive advantages of the Illawarra to support employment and economic growth.   
“The Regional Advisory Council is united in efforts to help realise the full potential of the region.  The Illawarra is ideally located and has a number of strategic assets, key institutions and expertise that can and should play a greater role in the economic future of New South Wales,” said Amy Harper.
The twenty Regional Advisory Councillors are elected for a two-year term. 
A list of the members is provided below. 

Illawarra Regional Advisory Council (RAC)

Regional Councilors elected September 2017

Local Chamber Members Business
Christopher Atlee Corrimal Chamber of Commerce
Shane Douglas Kiama & District Chamber of Commerce
Brendan Goddard Shoalhaven Business Chamber
Steve Horton Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce
Mike Leask* Shellharbour City Chamber of Commerce
Illawarra First Members Business
Michael Bassingthwaighte AM* Peoplecare
Mick Cronin NSW Ports
Melva Crouch* University of Wollongong
Mark Grimson* Wollongong City Council
Mark Sewell* Warrigal
General Members Business
John Apolloni* Kaizen Business and Financial
Sue Baker-Finch* SBF Consulting
James Cook Propix Pty Ltd, T/A Jamberoo Action Park
Janine Cullen* (President) JC The Power of One Pty Ltd
Amy Harper* (Deputy President) Kells
Rod Oxley* Sally Absalom Real Estate
Malcolm Passmore Ramsay Health Care
Daniel Rowan Internetrix
Jeffery Vaughan-Floyd itree Pty Ltd
Peter Watts IRIS Research
* Re-elected