Deidre Willmott | Chief Executive Officer
Deidre Willmott commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia in 2014. She has worked as a lawyer and held a number of high profile roles in industry and government.
Deidre has many years experience in policy and advocacy on behalf of business. From 2006 to 2008, Deidre worked with ACCI and CCI as the Executive Director Policy for CCI from 2006 to 2008. In this role she was instrumental in driving changes in the Liquor Licencing Act to allow for more flexibility in Perth’s restaurant and bar industry. She also led the campaign for extended retail trading hours.
Other high profile roles have included Chief of Staff to Premier Richard Court, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Director External Relations at Fortescue Metals Group and Executive Chairman at strategic communications firm Cannings Purple.
As Chief of Staff to Premier Colin Barnett Deidre was involved in advising on a number of key projects in the oil and gas industry.
Jonathan Bowler | Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan has strategic accountability for the Financial, Strategic Planning and IT units of CCI. He has over 14 years experience in senior finance roles across varied business sectors and organisations, which has enabled him to develop a very rounded, commercial approach in coordinating Finance support to the wider business.
As the European Finance Director at Insight Inc, a NASDAQ quoted technology company, he was responsible for tactical planning, financial control, reporting and decision support across seven countries. During this period Jonathan led a successful acquisition, established both a European shared service centre and Treasury department, and was credited with successfully supporting the business to increase its market share in a fiercely competitive market place.
As the Group Finance Director for Kruger Inc, a private Canadian tissue manufacturer, Jonathan was integral in establishing a new, responsive Finance and IT team to support the operational business during a new start up that he led to deliver a strong turn-around in profitability. With a focus on driving underlying profitability he worked closely with the commercial business in order to instigate successive cost reduction initiatives and to prioritise key capital investment projects, whilst at the same time successfully incorporating the acquisition of a competitor.
In all senior finance roles Jonathan has led IT implementation change projects. These range from a European wide roll-out of enterprise resource planning software, bespoke system development across the UK, and the implementation of new software programs.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Economics from Manchester University, UK and is a professional member of both the UK and Australian Chartered Accountancy bodies. He has recently emigrated to Australia with his wife and twin daughters.