The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) is pleased to confirm Nicki Ivory as the next President, and Esme Bowen as Deputy President.
Ms Ivory said she was honoured by the appointment and ready to advance key priorities immediately. Her appointment follows a year in the role of Deputy President, and nearly four years on the Board.
“WA businesses face rising operating costs, interest rates, workforce shortages and geopolitical tension,” she said. “These conditions are harder for businesses to navigate and put WA’s economy and living standards under pressure. This community of businesses is a strong, shared voice for reform, a vital source of economic insight, and a much needed resource on workplace relations and trade challenges. Achieving our vision for WA to be the best place to live and do business remains as important as ever.”
Ms Ivory is Partner, Financial Advisory at Deloitte and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with 20 years of experience in consultancy, advising the resources sector, and in corporate leadership.
Joining the CCIWA Board this year, Esme Bowen will bring 30 years of experience in health, community advocacy, volunteering, small business and disability to the Deputy Presidency. “The care and community sectors are vital to our economy and fundamental to our society,” she said. “To have thriving communities and the best care and support, we need to ensure regulatory conditions are conducive to economic viability and continuing growth.”
The CCIWA Board warmly noted the continued leadership by distinguished women. Highlighting CCIWA’s powerful advocacy during COVID-19, and leading policy work on workforce disincentives and climate, the Board affirmed upcoming work on industrial relations and reducing the cost of doing business in WA are key priorities.
CCIWA expressed gratitude to outgoing President Nicolle Jenkins for her significant contribution to the organisation and our State over three years, including leadership through the COVID crisis.