CCIQ Advocacy Team

Amanda Rohan

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Amanda has a passion for, and proven experience in public policy development, regulatory analysis and advocacy on matters affecting small and medium businesses in Queensland.

Having gained experience in senior positions within government, private and not-for-profit sectors Amanda enjoys the dynamics of public policy making and providing advice to government on complex regulatory proposals to ensure government policy is effective, efficient and delivers clear benefits for Queensland businesses. With a collaborate approach Amanda aims to ensure the interests of business owners at a local and regional level are heard in all relevant policy forums.

Amanda has held previous board and committee roles, developed and delivered training to government agencies and was a guest lecturer on policy issues facing the tourism industry.

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Cherie Josephson

Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Cherie is an experienced policy advisor, strategic planner, management consultant and researcher. As Manager of the Policy and Advocacy team at the CCIQ, Cherie manages the development of CCIQ’s policy submissions and research projects across a broad policy space, advocating for the interests of small business across all sectors and regions in Queensland.

Cherie has 15 years experience in research, management consulting and industry advocacy. Prior to CCIQ, Cherie worked as a management consultant at one of the top four accounting and consulting firms, gaining extensive experience in planning and leading economic development and industry strategies, feasibility studies and business case projects, particularly on regional economic development and tourism and leisure projects and strategies across Australia. Prior to her career in consulting, Cherie was a senior industry policy advisor with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and prior to that worked as a strategic planning consultant on economic development strategies and tourism planning projects across regional Victoria.

Sustainability is a strong theme in Cherie’s career, through her experience consulting on nature based tourism projects and destination strategies, and more recently, advocating for a more sustainability-friendly business environment. Cherie holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Melbourne, and dual Bachelor of Business and Arts degrees from AUT University in Auckland.

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Gus Mandigora

Senior Policy Advisor

Gus Mandigora is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. Before moving to Queensland, he was the Trading and Market Development Advisor at Oxfam Australia and then Business Development Manager at Scope Global in Adelaide, South Australia.

Early in his career, Gus worked in research, policy-making and advisory roles for a leading think-tank and the British High Commission in South Africa. He then served as Executive Director for Trade Policy at South Africa’s peak business association, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), where he led private sector input into international trade negotiations, led outgoing business delegations and welcomed foreign business delegations on behalf of South Africa’s private sector. He then served as Partner Engagement Director for Africa for the global education movement, Teach for All, before migrating to Australia in 2016.

Gus holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Laws (International Trade Law) from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

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