Board Nominations – November 2016

18 November 2016

Under Clause 9.2 of the Chamber’s Constitution, three Board Members will retire at each Annual General Meeting and an election will be held to fill the vacant Board positions. Accordingly, nominations have been sought for candidates suitable to be elected to these three vacant Board positions at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

The nominations are as follows:

Andrew Balmaks

Andrew Balmaks
Chief Executive Officer
Noetic Solutions

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 15 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) 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 at the schoolboy rugby level.

Jason Duarte

Jason Duarte
Executive Manager, Head of Corporate Banking ACT
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Jason Duarte joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2007 as Senior Relationship Manager, Government Banking, Institutional Banking & Markets, with responsibility for relationship managing the Bank’s government related and University clients in NSW and ACT.

Jason moved to Canberra in early 2014 as Director to build and grow the Bank’s Government, Education, Health & Social Infrastructure business and in February 2015 was appointed the Head of Corporate Banking ACT, leading the Industry focused local sales teams.

Jason joined the Bank after a diverse financial services career which included 3 years at Citigroup, Corporate & Investment Bank, managing transactional banking services for Government & Financial Institution clients, 4 years at NSW Treasury in Audit and senior Policy roles, and a senior Government Relations role at the Financial Planning Association leading advocacy for reform to superannuation and financial advice, which included two appearances in Parliamentary Hearings.

He holds an Economics degree from Macquarie University, Post-grad Law from Sydney University and Master of Applied Finance through Kaplan. He is a Fellow of Finsia, a member of Institute of Company Directors, member of Institute of Public Administration, member of Property Council, Canberra Business Chamber and on the Board of three not-for-profits as well as being a Mentor at Menslink. In 2014 Jason came runner-up AFR Emerging Leader of the Year award which included an MBA scholarship at Sydney University Business School.

Kathy Kostyrko

Kathy Kostyrko, MAICD, FAIM
Hays Specialist Recruitment

Kathy was actively involved with the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and the Canberra Business Council for the last 20 years.  She has been Chairman of the Chamber twice during that time and was on the inaugural board of the new Canberra Business Chamber.  She is passionate about supporting business in Canberra and speaks publicly on issues such as diversity, inclusion and engagement of the workforce.

Kathy has had a career in the recruitment industry for over 30 years starting in New Zealand and then spending the last 22 years with Hays Specialist Recruitment located in Canberra.  Kathy managed the Canberra office of Hays for 9 years, set up the Hays business in NZ and ran it for 4 years from Canberra and then more recently has had national roles running their public sector business and developing thought leadership papers on employment related issues which she presents to industry groups and clients around Australia and NZ.  Kathy is the Diversity Champion for Hays nationally and is a member of their Diversity Committee.

Kathy is a Board member of CIT Solutions and was previously the Chair of the CIT Advisory Council.  She is a Council member of the ACT Institute of Public Administration Australia that has membership across most of the federal government departments and the ACT Government.  She has been a long term member of their Governance Committee and has also been a mentor to their Young Professional Network.

Lorcan Murphy

Lorcan Murphy
Chief Executive Officer

Lorcan Murphy is Chief Executive Officer of Communities@Work, a highly respected and successful social enterprise serving the ACT and wider capital region.

With a clear understanding of the unique relationship between the business and community sectors, Lorcan would be a valuable member of the Board of the Canberra Business Chamber.

His insight into how businesses can best engage with local communities for their mutual benefit would complement the Board’s perspective of community related issues and assist Chamber members to fulfil their commitments to corporate social responsibility. In addition, as an influential leader who exemplifies integrity, humility and a collaborative approach to decision-making, Lorcan has the personal attributes to be a worthy and respected Board member.

Lorcan holds formal qualifications from the Leinster Business Institute (Dublin, Ireland) in Business Studies & Computer Applications, Human Resource Management, Project Management and Business Finance. He is also accredited with the Australian Institute of Management as a Senior Corporate Manager.

He has served on a number of Boards and Committees, most recently as Treasurer and Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee for the St Vincent de Paul Society, Canberra Goulburn.

Lorcan’s career spans over 23 years in executive leadership and senior management positions across numerous sectors, including in multinational organisations across Europe, America, Asia and Australia. In particular, he has experience in the financial services, aviation, construction, production and community sectors.

Lorcan’s clear vision, strategic focus and sound judgement have been instrumental in laying the foundations for Communities@Work’s future growth. His keen business acumen and commitment to the delivery of quality community services have been fundamental in anchoring the organisation as a highly professional and sustainable social enterprise that is responsive to community needs. His commitment to high standards of governance, industrial relations and ICT proficiency has also driven the adoption of enhanced corporate management systems.


Alicia Shepard
Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised in Canberra, Alicia still remains one of Canberra’s biggest advocate for growing business and a young family, which is exactly what Alicia does every day.

Alicia considers herself as an extremely multi-skilled woman, in business and in life. Her work experience is in retail, sales and operations in industries such as residential and commercial furniture, architectural products and now operating locally born, globally dominating ONTHEGO® Sports, specialising in custom made sportswear. Her previous and current worlds, as well as being involved in the fitness industry demonstrates her to develop a high level of client and supplier collaboration and maintain a large client network in Canberra, interstate and around the world.

Twelve months ago, Michelle Melbourne (Intelledox), a member of the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) Board, recommended I encourage the Board of the CBC to create a specialised position for a young Canberran business person. For me, the position provided three key opportunities: to gain valuable insight and perspective of the Board, to raise the profile of my business within the ACT business community, and to encourage, nurture and foster my learning, as a young and up-andcoming businesswoman in the ACT.

As the first candidate of the Future Leadership Program, I’ve:

had exposure to, and helped develop some fantastic projects, including Destination 2030

attended and contributed to the CBC Board meetings

grown my mentor base, as without the other Board members, I could not have achieved the successes over this year that I have

had to opportunity to undertake the Foundations of Directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Being a member of the CBC Board has shown me it is prepared to be challenged by young business people, entrepreneurs, and the ‘disruptors’ in the market, who do things differently, take risks, question the ‘why’ and use new mediums to reach out to the local experts and the market.

I believe that now, after 12 months’ on the CBC Board as a future leader, I have more to give, have more of an impact, and believe I have a lot more value to add to the CBC, and its stakeholders.

I bring a high level of enthusiasm, positive disruption and lateral ideas that would assist in developing the network of memberships for the CBC. I possess a high-level of communication and interpersonal skills, efficiency when tasks need to be delivered and the ability to collaborate and delegate as required. I am dedicated to every aspect of my life, and ensure I surround myself with a healthy, active approach to every day.

Glenda Stevens

Glenda Stevens
MBA, GradDip Human Rights, BBus (Mkting)
Chief Executive Officer
Volunteering and Contact ACT 

Currently the CEO of Volunteering and Contact ACT, Glenda brings considerable experience as a CEO and manager, Chair and board member. Her thirty years of experience, in Australia and internationally, have been in diverse areas – social services, business and banking, education, defence, philanthropy and fund-raising, and now volunteering and community information. Her roles have included CEO, business and finance manager, consultant, community development, marketing and communications and advocate.

This background enables Glenda to draw on experiences to create vision, empower others, and together build inspired solutions. She is a realist, who can get things done.