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Chris Rodwell

Chris Rodwell | Chief Executive Officer

Chris Rodwell has been Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) since February 2018.

Chris has many years of experience in senior trade and investment roles, including spending the past four years as Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

This role involved regular travel to WA to establish and foster relationships with many major businesses engaged in international export and import markets, including successfully securing participation of WA’s resources sector in Mexico following a historic reform program.

Prior to this, Chris was the Queensland State Government’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Americas, and the Director of Australian Industry Group in Queensland.

He has specific expertise in innovation policy and skills development, and has held non-executive positions on bodies regulating workplace health and safety, workers compensation and vocational education and training.

Chris is leading CCIWA’s vision for Western Australia to become a world-leading place to live and do business. 

His commitment is for CCIWA to be the most contemporary reflection of the business community it represents.

He believes advocating for a regulatory framework that inspires innovation, and inserting WA businesses into global value chains, through digital and other technological transformations, will be central to the state’s future success.


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