Future Leaders Program

The Board of Canberra Business Chamber implemented its inaugural “Future Leaders Program” in 2015 in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). This program has been designed to develop young leaders by providing them with an opportunity to develop their skills and supporting them to take up Board Directorships in the future.

In partnership with AICD and through a mentoring arrangement with an existing Board Member of the Chamber, the successful individual will undertake a program that aims to offer development in relation to board governance, processes and decision making including attending Board meetings as an observer enabling the individual to gain practical experience and apply the theoretical skills gained from the AICD program.

This program runs for a 12 month period (commencing February 2019) and it is envisaged at the end of the program you will understand the workings of a Board and have developed skills to seek a Board Directorship or undertake further training in Board Directorship should you wish to do so.
Note: only one individual will be selected.

If you are an energetic and passionate business person who is keen to not only build on your own expertise but also contribute to creating an environment that enables all business across Canberra Region to be successful then this is the opportunity.

To nominate for this program:

  • You will possess solid industry experience in your area of expertise, operating your own business or holding a business leadership role.
  • You or the organisation for which you are employed will need to be a financial member of Canberra Business Chamber
  • You will need to be able to commit to approximately 10 Board Meetings each year and other activities such as business forums, taskforces and member engagement events.

To be considered for this program please provide a covering letter outlining your interest in this opportunity and the reason why you should be selected along with your resume/bio. Expressions of interest can be sent to the Secretary at either info@canberrabusiness.com or Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.


Previous Future Leaders


Elise Apolloni
Pharmacist, Capital Chemist

Highly awarded, respected and skilled local businesswomen Elise Apolloni will add to her many abilities by spending a year increasing her understanding of board governance as the 2018 Canberra Business Chamber Future Leader.

Ms Apolloni was selected for the 2018 Future Leaders Program by the Chamber Board from a very strong field. Ms Apolloni has worked in pharmacies since she was 14-years-old and today she is a partner and pharmacist at both Capital Chemist Wanniassa and Capital Chemist Kambah. She was named the 2017 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and is the first Credentialed Pharmacist Diabetes Educator based and accredited in the ACT.

“For the last few years, I have become increasingly interested in governance and have undertaken some training with AICD to further my knowledge. The Future Leaders Program will further my experience in this area and give me a chance to observe the theory I have learnt at the AICD.”


Sarah Rajic
Co-Founder and Director, Capital Recruit

Sarah Rajic is the co-founder of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check.

Capital Recruit specialises in corporate recruitment including accounting, human resources, communication and marketing, sales and administration across government and the business community in the ACT. Since its inception two years ago, it has grown significantly and recently began managing volume recruitment processes in government.  Staff Check is a leading supplier of security vetting services, providing personnel security services to government and business.

Sarah commenced her career in 2000 in accounting recruitment in Canberra.  For the past eight years, she has managed recruitment teams and branches across Canberra and Sydney.  In August 2014, Sarah founded Capital Recruit with Glen Heward.  Sarah was appointed General Manager to Staff Check mid 2016 to assist with the client management, strategy and leadership.

Sarah has a Diploma in Business and is accredited with the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA).  She regularly presents for CPA Australia on recruitment best practice, industry updates, leadership and career development.  Sarah has also been a facilitator for the Mums Exercise Group of Australian (Canberra), plays basketball and enjoys running.  In addition, Sarah is a founding and active member of the Canberra Giant Hearts.


Alicia Shepard
Operations Manager, ONTHEGO Sports

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

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.

Her business passion is in business growth and development. She has always been employed in the private sector, and almost 3 years ago made the wise decision to join a local Canberra “start-up”, ONTHEGO® Sports. Her role here is challenging and enables her to mature her business acumen.