Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI) Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott has today announced that she will step down from the peak business body’s leadership role early next year.

CCI President Agu Kantsler thanked Ms Willmott for her strong contribution to Western Australia’s business sector over the past four years.

“Deidre has been a passionate advocate for the WA business community during what has been a difficult time for our state following the resources downturn,” Mr Kantsler said.

“Under Deidre’s leadership, CCI has been transformed into a modern, sustainable, and agile advocate and business services organisation, which will ensure CCI is able to provide impactful advocacy for the business community for many years to come.

“To ensure continuity, Deidre has advised that she will continue in her current role until the transition takes place.”

Ms Willmott said she took great pride in the reputation CCI has built as Western Australia’s peak business advocate, which could not have been achieved without the commitment and energy of our staff and members.

“Industry associations are only as strong as their membership and CCI’s members are among the most hard-working, resourceful organisations in the country,” Ms Willmott said.

“I am particularly proud of the work that we have done to reshape the way CCI operates and delivers its services, and our advocacy on key issues including tax and GST reform, penalty rates, retail trading hours reform, and the promotion of WA’s elite defence capabilities.

“It has been an incredibly difficult decision to leave CCI to pursue my non-executive roles, but I believe this is an ideal time.

“It has been a privilege to advocate on behalf of WA’s business community to help make Western Australia the best place in the world to live and do business.”

Executive search firm, Gerard Daniels, has been appointed to manage the recruitment process.