New faces on com­mit­tee as De Ross steps up to lead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce are putting a new foot for­ward fol­low­ing the re­cent AGM and busi­ness fo­rum held on Oc­to­ber 29.

With Phoebe Kitto of HR Dy­nam­ics step­ping down from the pres­i­dent’s role af­ter four years at the helm, Port Dou­glas Bendigo Bank branch man­ager He­len de Ross has been ap­pointed the new pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber, with Phoebe re­main­ing by her side as vice pres­i­dent.

“In her rel­a­tively short time in the re­gion He­len has al­ready gained a great deal of re­spect and con­fi­dence from the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and her ap­point­ment as Pres­i­dent is a re­flec­tion of that,” said Ms Kitto.

“I have no doubt she will be suc­cess­ful in guid­ing the Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce over the next 12 months.

“This is a re­ally pos­i­tive time for the re­gion and mov­ing for­ward we are look­ing through a fresh set of eyes and re­newed fo­cus. I have thor­oughly en­joyed my time as pres­i­dent but as a mother, wife and busi­ness owner I feel I need to step back and spend more time with my fam­ily,” said Ms Kitto.

At the most re­cent com­mit­tee meet­ing it was a sea of fresh faces with six new mem­bers join­ing the group in­clud­ing Cathie Jones from Trop­i­cal Jour­neys, An­to­nia Eg­gers from Mar­tinique on Macrossan, Sh­eryn Blund­stone from Penin­sula Bou­tique Re­sort, Adam Bar­rell from Marino Moller Lawyers, Paul McMahon from Moss­man Ho­tel as well as Sue Chap­man from Veran­dahs Apart­ments.

Re­main­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers in­clude Kym Row­ley from the Tin Shed, Liz Ross from Far North Train­ing & Con­sul­tancy, Gerry Ire­land from Dou­glas Inc, Wade Greasley from Ni­ra­maya Day Spa and Jess Uh­lig of TNQ Mar­ket­ing. Top pri­or­i­ties for the group mov­ing for­ward in­clude the cur­rent wi-fi cri­sis in the Dou­glas Shire; work on a new staff ”in­duc­tion pro­gram” to in­crease lo­cal knowl­edge and cus­tomer ser­vice, as well as in­creas­ing sup­port for lo­cal busi­ness through a se­ries of events in­clud­ing the Shop Small VIP Shop­ping Night.

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