Canberra Business Chamber Ltd
ACN 600 390 538

Notice of Annual General Meeting


Please note the Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on Wednesday 21 November 2018, at 4.00pm at the Canberra Business Chamber, Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon.

Please find attached the documents for the AGM 2018.


1. Notice of AGM 2018 

2. Draft Minutes of AGM 2017

3. 2017-18 Annual Report

If you can please email your completed forms ie: Appointment of Proxy Form and Directors’ Nomination Form to the following email address:


A Member may appoint a proxy to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

A Member must submit the attached proxy appointment form at least 48 hours before the General Meeting of Members to the Secretary at either or Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.

Please note that only financial Members are permitted to vote at the General Meeting of Members and each financial Member is entitled to one vote only.

Archie Tsirimokos
Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers

Archie is Chair of Meyer Vandenberg, the largest independent law firm in the ACT.

He is an experienced commercial and property lawyer and has been recognised by various industry organisations for his ability, including as MBA Professional of the Year 2011; Real Estate Institute organisation in 2017) and Property Council of Australia (ACT) Professional of the Year in 2014. He has been listed in the list of Best Lawyers Australia and Doyle’s Guide for his expertise in Real Property Law in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Archie has been a board member of the Canberra Business Chamber since its establishment, having previously served as Deputy Chair of the Canberra Business Council prior to its merger with the Business Council, Archie was integral in bringing together the two organisations representing business in the Territory.

Archie has extensive board and corporate govenernace experience, having served as Chair of Communities@work (which has an annual tunrnover of $35,000,000,00), President of the Hellenic Club Limited and as a board member of Lifeline Canberra and Kulture Break.

Craig Sloan

Craig is a Chartered Accountant and has been with KPMG since 1987.  He is currently a senior Partner within the Management Consulting division of the firm, responsible for the provision of financial management, costing and government advisory services.  He is a member of the firm’s national Management Consulting Executive Board and the CFO for the National Management Consulting practice.

He has extensive experience which has included the provision of accounting, taxation, business viability, feasibility and due diligence advice as well as costing, modeling, capability development, procurement and program advisory services to a wide range of entities, specialising in the provision of services to both Federal and State/Territory government agencies.

Outside of KPMG, Craig has over 20 years serving on boards and committees in the ACT providing Craig with a strong understanding of governance, strategic planning, implementation and review processes. His current and recent Board experience includes:

Current roles

  • Chair of Canberra Institute of Technology
  • Chair of CIT Solutions Pty Limited
  • Chair of the Gallery of Australian Design Ltd
  • Chair of Construction, Energy and Infrastructure Limited
  • Director of Canberra Business Chamber since its formation in 2013 and Director of Canberra Business Council since 1996 (holding the position of Chair for 7 years). He is a life member of the Canberra Business Chamber.
  • Director of TAFE Directors Australia Ltd (Chair of the National Council of TAFE Chairs sub-committee)
  • Director of Hockey ACT Ltd

Other recent Appointments

  • Chair of Regional Development Australia ACT for 4 years from 2010 to 2014.
  • Director of AFFIRM: The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research from 2008 to 2016.


Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, University of Canberra
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia
Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member of the Australian Society of CPAs

Lyndal Thorburn 
Viria Pty Ltd

Lyndal Thorburn’s company, Viria Pty Ltd, has been a member of Canberra Business Chamber and its predecessors (Canberra Business Council and Australian Business Ltd) for around 20 years.  Over that period, Lyndal served on ABL’s Canberra and South East Region Council and in two taskforces – the former Environment Business Taskforce and the current Innovation Taskforce.

Lyndal chaired CBC’s Innovation Taskforce for four years, stepping down in November 2018.  Over that period, she initiated and managed a number of successful taskforce projects, including the ACT Health Engagement Day (2016), the Open Data Discussion Paper (2017), the prototype Canberra Tourism Dashboard (part of the ANU Techlauncher program in 2018) and the taskforce’s recent cybersecurity survey. Lyndal also contributed significantly to development of the Chamber’s response to the ACT Government’s Zero Emissions Discussion Paper in early 2018.

Lyndal brings to CBC a strong personal Canberra network, being a non-executive Director of Enabled Employment Pty Ltd, recently appointed to the board of Capital Health Network Ltd, a member of Capital Angels and a mentor to companies accepted into the Griffin Accelerator.  Lyndal’s professional focus is in company growth, industry development and building of regional and national supply chains.

Lyndal will also bring substantial experience as a Director to the CBC board as, in addition to her current appointments, she is a former director of Good360 Australia Ltd, Neopec Pty Ltd and AusBiotech Ltd (an industry association). She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over 30 person-years’ experience on the boards of private companies, not-for-profits and industry associations.

Lyndal has a degree in biological sciences, a Grad Dip Legal Studies, Grad Dip Education, Dip Accounting and a PhD in economic geography.  She has previous experience in the federal government in policy development review and Ministerial liaison.

Kylie Dennis
Head of Direct Sales and Business  Development
Fairfax Media

Kylie Dennis is a marketing and sales professional who has been working in the media and communications industry for more than 30 years. She is currently the National Head of Direct Sales and Business Development at Fairfax Media. In this role she is responsible for multiple sales teams in the ACT, NSW and Victoria and works across Australia’s most prestigious publishing brands including The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age and the Australian Financial Review.

Kylie’s entire career has been in the private sector and as a result she has a deep understanding of the challenges facing small and large businesses, particularly in regards to digital transformation and change management.

From 2007 to 2010 she was a board member and then Deputy Chairman of the then ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From 2015 to mid 2018 she was on the board of the ACT Heart Foundation and she is now entering her fourth year on the board of the Fairfax Foundation. Last year she won the Fairfax Women of Influence award in the leadership champion category.

Kylie has been a Canberra resident for the past 17 years and lives in Tuggeranong with her husband Grant and son Mackay.

Andrew Balmaks
Chairman and co-founder 
Noetic Group

Andrew is the Chairman and co-founder of the Noetic Group and the Chief Executive Officer of its Australian arm – Noetic Solutions. Noetic is an international award-winning management consulting firm headquartered in Canberra, providing professional services to the government, not-for-profit, national security and defence, emergency services and resources sectors worldwide.

Andrew is a highly effective leader, manager and strategic thinker with over 35 years’ experience in the public (as an Army officer for 22 years), academic (12 month secondment to the Asia-Australia Institute – an East Asia focused think tank) and private sectors, both in Australia and overseas.

Over the last 20 years, Andrew has both overseen major consulting and implementation projects and personally consulted to a broad range of organisations (in the defence, government and private sectors) typically working directly with senior executives and leaders. A trusted advisor, he has significant experience in strategic thinking and analysis based around a consideration of alternate futures and the need for innovation. His work has strongly influenced the direction and development for a range of organisations.

Andrew is married with two adult children and enjoys sport (particularly rugby union where he is a premiership level coach with the University Norths Owls Club) and outdoor adventurous activities. He is passionate about fostering opportunity for emerging companies and individuals through Angel Investing, sponsorship of the Institute for Regional Security’s Future Strategic Leaders’ Program and coaching premiership grade rugby.


  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Defence Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (hons)

Current Director Positions

  • Institute for Regional Security (4 years) – Chairman and previously
  • Royal Australian Regiment Foundation (2 years) – Director
  • Noetic Group of companies:
  • Noetic Group (12 years) – Chairman
  • Noetic Solutions (17 years) – Director
  • Noetic Corporation (US company) (12 years) – Chairman
  • Noetic PNG (PNG company) (7 years) – Chairman
  • Noetic Timor Leste (Timor Leste company) (3 years) – Director

Previous Director Positions

  • Kokoda Foundation (6 years)

Other Relevant Positions

  • University of Canberra School of Government Course Advisory Group (4 years)
  • Karma Business Advisory Board (local Canberra start-up) (1 year)

Vicki Williams
Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Infrastructure
University of Canberra (UC)

Mrs Vicki Williams is the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Infrastructure at the University of Canberra (UC).  Vicki has responsibility for the University’s core business services of Finance, Commercial Services, Campus Estate, Information Management and Technology, Quality, Business Process Improvement and Planning and Analytics.  Her primary responsibility is to provide strong financial guidance and sound business acumen to support and enable the delivery of the University’s education, research and campus development objectives.

Vicki has held senior leadership positions for over 25 years managing the delivery of services across finance, human resources, information technology, capital program delivery, facilities and asset management.  This experience has been developed across a broad range of industries in management roles with PwC, Walter Turnbull, Calvary Health Care, AirServices Australia, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Prime Television.

Vicki is an alumnus of the University of Canberra, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors program and a member of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Corporate group, a committee of Universities Australia.

Vicki is currently Chair of the Radford College Finance Committee, member of the University of Canberra College Pty Ltd Board and member of the University of Canberra Union Ltd Board.  She has previously been a Board member of the Snowy Hydro Southcare Trust and Northside Community Services Ltd.

Vicki is a proud, long-term Canberra resident who has built her career here.  She can provide strong financial guidance to support business.  She supports the University of Canberra, as a member of the Canberra Business Chamber, to make a strong contribution to the Canberra economy.

Lisa McPherson
Nexus Human Services Incorporated

Lisa is the CEO of Nexus Human Services Incorporated, a specialist mental health and disability employment service provider. Lisa is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and a Director on the Nexus Human Services Board and a previous Chair of the Board of Ostara Australia. Lisa is also a committee member on the National Disability Services ACT Committee and National Committee for Open Employment.

Lisa has a range of experience in the employment and mental health sector as well as disability related areas including employment, community accommodation, project management, case management and human resource management.

Lisa has numerous contacts in the ACT with local business and is keen to contribute to the ACT Business Chamber strategies and governance by bringing her expertise and knowledge of both the business and the non for profit sector to the table.