Cairns Chamber of Commerce head-hunting new CEO
A NATIONAL recruiting program for the first chief executive officer of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce starts next week.
Acting chief executive officer Shelley Evans-Wild said October 1 had been selected as the starting date for the new position.
She said Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland was managing the selection process and advertisements would be placed in local as well as national newspapers after the Cairns chamber finalised the role next week.
Ms Evans-Wild said the recruitment process was finally given the go-ahead after a number of issues had been agreed upon, including finding the money to pay a “substantial salary”, the upgrading of the role from executive officer to CEO and finalisation of the position, key performance indicators and the selection criteria.
“The CEO will become the face of the chamber, not the president, for the first time in the chamber’s 100- year history,” she said.
“The president and board will now take a behind-the-scenes role.”
She said the CCIQ had been asked to ensure recruitment agencies in Cairns also were involved.
Ms Evans-Wild said once the board had finalised the role at next week’s monthly board meeting on August 9 the chamber’s 585 members would be notified first, followed by the advertisements.
It’s been nearly a year since former executive officer Sandy Whyte left after 13 years.
Ms Evans-Wild was appointed consultant CEO for six months to “reshape internal operations” until October. Acting executive officer Judy Lloyd has been retained as office manager.
In the meantime, the chamber is putting together a position paper regarding its opinion on the Cairns Business and Sporting Group.
The CBSG was established by member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch to push for sports capital projects and to lobby governments at all levels to seek funding commitments, including a rectangular stadium, hockey and AFL stadium facilities, the Tobruk pool and cycling infrastructure.
Ms Evans-Wild said the chamber was meeting Tourism Tropical North Queensland, James Cook University, the Cairns Regional Council and other stakeholders.
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