New chief for busi­ness group

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

A new leader with a strong busi­ness fo­cus has emerged at the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of the body’s in­au­gu­ral boss.

Elaine Jol­liffe will take over as chief ex­ec­u­tive from Jael Nap­per at the Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try next month and is ready to help the lo­cal econ­omy grow and busi­nesses pros­per.

Hav­ing worked at the cham­ber in a train­ing and de­vel­op­ment role for the past two years and lived in north­ern Aus­tralia her whole life, Ms Jol­liffe said she had an un­der­stand­ing of the town’s busi­ness dy­namic and was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing up the new role.

“I see the po­ten­tial for Broome to be­come a fully sus­tain­able re­gional cen­tre in the fu­ture with end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“We are head­ing in a good di­rec­tion and my fo­cus is on main­tain­ing cur­rent projects that will drive up our lo­cal econ­omy and en­sure the busi­ness com­mu­nity can ben­e­fit from large-scale in­vest­ments.”

Ms Jol­liffe said she planned to im­ple­ment mea­sures that pro­vided fur­ther train­ing for small busi­nesses and pro­moted lo­cal em­ploy­ment.

The new chief will also in­tro­duce new events for mem­bers, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment work­shops, ex­pos and lun­cheons, in ad­di­tion to con­tin­u­ing ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives.

Ms Nap­per will of­fi­cially fin­ish work­ing as chief ex­ec­u­tive on March 5 and said she had “ab­so­lutely loved” her time in the role.

“It was a chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing po­si­tion and I am proud of ev­ery­thing we have achieved to­gether,” she said.

“We’re so lucky to live and work in such an ex­cit­ing part of the world.

“It isn’t an easy place to do busi­ness but it is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing if we con­tinue to fo­cus on the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead.”

Ms Nap­per be­came in­volved with the cham­ber in 2015 and was ap­pointed as the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first full-time chief ex­ec­u­tive six months later.

Un­der her lead­er­ship, mem­ber­ship in­creased 38 per cent to a record 370, a num­ber of so­cial and busi­ness events were launched, and a more in­clu­sive, small busi­ness-fo­cused cham­ber evolved.

But Ms Nap­per said the time was right to step down and she be­lieved the or­gan­i­sa­tion was in good hands.

“Elaine has the per­fect ex­pe­ri­ence and skill set to take us to the next stage,” she said.

“It is time that the cham­ber starts to en­gage with gov­ern­ment and large cor­po­rate stake­hold­ers on a more de­tailed level and it feels very nat­u­ral that I hand over to Elaine at this stage.

“I’ll al­ways be a strong sup­porter of the cham­ber and I have pledged that I will stay in­volved in what­ever way I can in the fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

New Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Elaine Jol­liffe.

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