The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) today celebrates the appointment of Esme Bowen and Dr Liz Dallimore to our Board, achieving gender equity at our highest level.
CCIWA President and Chairman Nicolle Jenkins said the newly balanced Board composition is “an important baseline” that’s vital to the continued success and strength of the State’s peak business organisation.
“We have focused on progressing many forms of professional, community and social diversity to drive different voices, perspectives and thought leadership reflecting our business community. With a 130-year legacy, I’m proud of how CCIWA continues to drive our vision to make WA the best state in which to live, work and do business,” Jenkins said.
“With their diverse and distinguished careers, Esme and Liz will further enrich the experience and insight that CCIWA can draw upon. Their leadership will be particularly valuable in the context of diversifying the WA economy, as they bring experience across community, not-for-profit, emerging technologies, life sciences, health, transport, professional services and small business sectors.”
Both Board members cited CCIWA’s vital advocacy in advancing economic reform prospects to secure better living standards for all Western Australians as a primary concern.
“CCIWA’s mission is to foster the best conditions for opportunity and prosperity for everyone in this State,” Bowen said.
“I welcome the Chamber’s focus on the care and community sectors, and I’ll be proudly backing further advocacy within these sectors in this Board role.”
Bowen brings nearly 30 years of experience as a leader within the community, disability and nursing sectors. She’s a director of Volunteering Australia and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, and was formerly the RAC President and director of the Australian Automobile Association. Bowen has also been involved in retail, tourism and hospitality businesses, and she holds a BSc (Nursing) FAICD.
A member of CCIWA’s General Council, she brings 20 years of leadership experience in biotechnology and management consulting to the role, including senior positions at KPMG, EY and PwC.
With a PhD in Neuroscience completed jointly at Oxford University and UWA, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and as a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dallimore says we need to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship to diversify WA’s economy.
“WA can be more competitive and ambitious in sectors like biotechnology and advanced manufacturing, and I’m looking forward to making this state a world-leading place for startups.”
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