In a tough year for ACT businesses Canberra Business Chamber’s membership has remained steady after growing by 20% in 2020, and the Chamber reported an operating surplus and the launch of new services for members.

The Chamber also welcomed four new board members following yesterday’s Annual General Meeting.

“In a difficult year like 2021, more than ever, it is critical that we are both listening to and speaking for business,” said Chamber CEO Graham Catt. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that the media, government and the community understand how critical business will be to the territory’s recovery and long-term prosperity.”

“We’ve focused on listening to our members, providing timely information and resources, supporting employers with workplace relations advice, and making sure that governments and the community understand what business needs.”

The Chamber launched new services for employers to help with recruitment and access to HR documents, and Canberra Business Buzz – an online, multi-topic community forum to help businesses connect and share information.

Providing networking opportunities, facilitating business connections, and supporting international trade are all core activities. “We were unable to run many major events due to Covid restrictions but moved quickly to offer the Covid Safe return of business networking in July 2020 and to offer more online opportunities.”

Following the retirement of long-standing directors Craig Sloan (KPMG), Vicki Williams (University of Canberra) and Jo Metcalfe (GHD), four new directors were elected to the board:

  1. Matthew Andrews, ACT General Manager CPA Australia
  2. Mark Field, Founder & MD Access Recognised Training
  3. Lisa McPherson, CEO Nexus Human Services
  4. Kimberley Ohayon, Owner The Pop Inn & Manager Advocacy & Engagement CPA

“We welcome our new directors as we continue to focus on long term growth,” said Chairman Archie Tsirimokos at the AGM.  “Craig, Vicki and Jo have made a huge contribution to the Chamber and to the Canberra business community and on behalf of all members I would like to thank them for their commitment and outstanding contribution to the Chamber over many years.”

Continuing board members are:

  1. Scott Leggo – Owner, Scott Leggo Gallery
  2. Carrie Leeson – CEO, Lifeline Canberra
  3. Craig Wagstaff -General Manager, Canberra FM
  4. Richard Snow – Head of Property, Canberra Airport
  5. Sarah Rajic – Director, Capital Recruit

A full copy of the Annual Report can be found at

Media Contact:

Graham Catt, CEO, Canberra Business Chamber T: 02 6247 4199