Patricia O’Neill has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.
Her appointment, approved on Monday by the Management Committee of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, comes after a comprehensive recruitment process.
“We are delighted to appoint Patricia O’Neill as our new CEO”, said Mr Nick Loukas, President, of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.
“Patricia is well known to many in the Cairns business community and I am sure her appointment will be welcomed.”
“Patricia is highly experienced and has a strong commitment to, and belief in, local business. She demonstrates a strong understanding of the sector and the contemporary challenges that come with it.”
“I am confident that Patricia will bring great enthusiasm and passion to this vital role, and will guide the Cairns Chamber through a time of great opportunity.”
Patricia has worked in the media industry in Cairns for the last 13 years. During this time she has worked closely with both the business and corporate sector in building strategies to ensure the long term sustainability of the Cairns region.
In 2014, alongside others stakeholders including but not limited to Cairns Regional Council and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Patricia was part of the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) working committee. ATE is Australia's largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event which was hosted in Cairns in 2014. The committee was successful in delivering a seamless event, which showcased the Cairns region to a large number of people from all over the world.
Patricia O’Neill said “I am a passionate advocate for small business and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to work with the Management Committee of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce in supporting the growth and prosperity of the Cairns Business Community.”
“I feel honoured to be offered the position as CEO and excited to meet with and build on the strong foundation currently in place with our existing members and key stakeholders.”
“I am a passionate Scot by birth, however Cairns is my home and upon recently returning from a short trip to ‘the motherland’ I can confidently say there is no place quite like Cairns.”
Patricia O’Neill will commence her role with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce on Monday 23 September 2019.