Stephen Tait, CEO
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 7th 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.
Alexander Zafiriadis, Chief Commercial Officer
Alex Zafiriadis joins CCIQ with more than two decades’ experience in leading strategic business to business teams across the world. Having previously managed commercial teams in Hungary, Austria, and Portugal, Alex returned home to Brisbane and joined Suncorp where he worked across the insurance and banking businesses, culminating in driving customer centricity by leading a national team to design innovative customer solutions.
With a career servicing businesses commercially, Alex’s experience contributes strongly to CCIQ’s responsibility in supporting small businesses in Queensland. With a particular focus on membership engagement and delivering tangible and effective outcomes for Queensland businesses, Alex plays a vital role in linking members’ needs with CCIQ service delivery. Alex is also passionate about CCIQ’s sustainability focus and addressing carbon abatement and circular economy opportunities given the impact on the state’s economy.
Alex values CCIQ’s ability to support, set an agenda for and influence more than 450,000 small businesses and actively aims to ensure current and future members have effective and efficient access to CCIQ benefits.
Amanda Rohan, GM Policy & 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.
Ken Leung, GM 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, GM Commercial Operations
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.
Jason Wales, GM People & Culture
Jason Wales has worked for companies such as BHP Billiton, Liebherr Australia, and Spotless Group in senior HR management positions. Jason holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Central Queensland University receiving a scholarship from Rio Tinto Hail Creek Mine; as well as a Masters of Employment Relations from Griffith University. With 10 years’ experience Jason is committed to supporting CCIQ’s SMEs through all HR/IR issues and understands the difficulties faced when managing staff on a day-to-day basis.