NEW TEAM: Incoming vice-president David Martin and president Julia Keogh go through the hand over with outgoing Chamber of Commerce secretary Brian Tombs.
NEW TEAM: Incoming vice-president David Martin and president Julia Keogh go through the hand over with outgoing Chamber of Commerce secretary Brian Tombs. Jonno Colfs

New chapter for Warwick Chamber of Commerce

THE Warwick Chamber of Commerce has a new crew at the helm.

At Monday's annual general meeting, the previous executive committee stepped down due to other commitments, and a new executive was elected.

Incoming president Julia Keogh said the chance to become a part of a very fresh vibrant diverse team was one of the key motivators of taking the role on.

"I've been the vice-pres for the past year and also part of the team that put together the Business Network of Warwick, that is auspiced by the Chamber of Commerce, and saw the opportunity to provide some strategic leadership," she said.

"I've had an active interest in the chamber and was afforded the opportunity to come on board with the 2016 executive team."

Ms Keogh said the new executive had a wide range of experience and skillsets within the business sector.

"Some of the team have worked for and run large businesses," she said.

"We've got people who are highly experienced in not-for-profit sector, others who are highly experienced in the workings of state government and those who have an understanding of the needs of the both the employees' and employers' perspective."

The new executive has Julia Keogh as president, David Martin and Dr Louise Clarke as vice presidents, Lyn Prowse-Bishop as incoming secretary and Brendan Doyle as treasurer.

Ms Keogh said the team had a big job ahead of them.

"I'm very excited for the challenge ahead," she said.

"There are opportunities to continue to strengthen the Warwick Chamber of Commerce relationship with the Southern Downs Regional Council.

"I have already had discussions with the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce president, John Bylicki, and we are definitely on the same page when it comes to providing a proactive mindset."

Outgoing president Lewis von Stieglitz said it was a good time for change.

"I had done two years and others, such as Brian Tombs and Rod Kelly had other commitments, so it was due," he said.

"I'm a strong believer the chamber should change over quite regularly, otherwise you get the same old people doing the same old thing.

"I will remain a very interested participant and have very much enjoyed being president and look forward to the economic growth in Warwick, which I'm sure will continue."



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