Stephen Tait - Chief Executive Officer

Stephen joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland in January 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and is fiercely committed to ensuring Queensland’s 400,000 small businesses continue to be the driving force of the state’s social and economic prosperity.

Throughout this period, CCIQ have supported Queensland small businesses in their desire to innovate and adapt to the challenges of the future economy while proactively advocating on their behalf with all levels of Government for the creation of the best possible business environment for its members and the broader business community.

Stephen is an entrepreneurial and commercially astute business leader who has guided CCIQ though a significant period of change which has seen the Chamber post its 4thrd year of significant growth in its membership, profitability and media exposure to reach unprecedented levels.

With National and International experience in business strategy, strategic marketing and change leadership within dynamic business environments, Stephen arrived from Scotland via a proven track record of achievement forged in global media, in London, Melbourne and Sydney.

Stephen is a noted speaker, passionate advocate and driver of change and represents CCIQ and the interests of Queensland business as a member of several Government, Enterprise and Non-Profit Boards.

Ken Leung - General Manager Finance and Operations

Ken Leung is CCIQ's General Manager - Finance, previously having held the role of Financial Controller for CCIQ. Originally from New Zealand, Ken re-located to Brisbane from Wellington in 2004 and worked in various financial and accounting roles before commencing with CCIQ in 2007 as the Finance Manager.

A qualified chartered accountant, Ken has over 20 years of financial, accounting and operational experience. He commenced his career as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) and has subsequently undertaken a variety of roles in New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia, in both private and public sector organisations and in a range of industries including housing, banking, and financial services.

Karen Fitzgibbons - General Manager Corporate Alliances

Karen Fitzgibbons joined CCIQ in June 2012 in the role of General Manager Membership & Alliances.

Karen brings to CCIQ a wealth of experience, having previously held senior management positions within membership based organisations for the previous 12 years. Karen has demonstrated success in membership recruitment and retention initiatives within various professional associations.

Karen has previously worked in similar roles within the accounting sector and most recently with AMA Queensland, and has been instrumental in developing member benefits and sponsorship programs to strengthen the value proposition available to members. Karen’s prior experience has involved the delivery of member benefits and services to members located throughout Queensland with a strong focus on ensuring members needs in both Regional and Metro regions are met.

Phill Gallagher - General Manager Commercial

Phill joined CCIQ in September 2013 as General Manager Commercial.  Phill’s career is directed towards developing commercial opportunities for organisations looking to generate growth prospect.

Prior to joining CCIQ, Phill has recently returned to Queensland after 20 years in Sydney with Fairfax Media as Commercial Director at the Financial Review Group and the Australian Sales Director with Time Warner. Additionally he has contributed voluntarily to Mission Australia and UNICEF Australia as a member of their Commercial Board.

Growing up in Central Queensland in a Small Business family, Phill has a comprehensive background in B2B, SME & Finance media and is focused on providing workable platforms for collaboration and delivering profitable outcomes. He has built his career on anticipating and capitalising on market opportunities that result in innovative and shared solutions.

Kate Whittle - General Manager Advocacy

As General Manager of Advocacy at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), Kate oversees state and federal politics, workplace relations, workplace health and safety, law reform, trade and investment, competition policy, economic policy, and regional engagement. Prior to joining CCIQ, Kate was the founder and director of a consultancy firm specialising in government relations and strategic communications for the not-for-profit sector, and worked as an advisor to two state government cabinet ministers.  

Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of International Studies with a focus on international political economy and the ethics of political language. With a strong understanding of parliamentary process, policy-making, political strategy, and stakeholder engagement, Kate is drawn to working to influence key decision-makers, particularly in support of the issues that impact small and medium enterprises operating in an increasingly globalised economy. 

Colin Fruk - General Manager Member Engagements

Colin Fruk joined CCIQ in 2012. Colin brings to CCIQ a wealth of experience, in public relations, branding/marketing and management. Colin has worked in a variety of working environments across Queensland including law, business, government, not-for-profit, entertainment and the arts. Colin’s specialties include strategic marketing, digital marketing, writing for business, negotiation and public affairs. Colin has demonstrated success in new membership acquisition and retention initiatives during his time with CCIQ.