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Chamber Chat: Big Shoes To Fill At Maitland Business Chamber

  • By Jem Perez
  • 27 Feb, 2017

Chamber Chat: Maitland Mercury, Monday, 27 February 2017

She was always going to be a short term rental due to the fact the she is studying law, and with her degree coming to an end, a great employee will leave us with big shoes to fill. Just like every business you must weigh up the employment market and the needs of the organisation at the time of recruitment and make the most strategic decision at that point in time.

Fiona came in and turned the administration of the Chamber into a well-oiled machine. Her book keeping skills coupled with event management abilities and capacity to help our members has made us a much stronger entity.

So as we say thank you to Fiona we look forward and reflect on the change that has occurred in recent times. Fiona has streamlined process and opened up time so we can now move forward and tweak the role. We still need an admin guru with great accounting fundamentals but we also can now use the role to service the needs of customers more face to face and also to hit the road to introduce the movement to more local business. We want this role to now be a combination of admin and business development.

I reflect on my time on the Executive and the fantastic change we have driven and with recruitment of the right minds to the Executive combined with Fiona’s efficiency I think the MBC is ready for even greater success.

I know talking people and recruitment is my lane, but I truly believe this has been the single factor that has led to the operational and financial success we currently enjoy.

So use the Chamber as your guide, look at how by understanding the true nature of the role and the skills and personality fit you can drive change and success to your business. Also accept that people will come and go, embrace what they bring and enjoy the ride.

Fiona has been a real breath of fresh air to our chamber and I personally wish to say thank you for your dedication, skill and drive. On behalf of all Chamber members I would also like to wish Fiona all the very best in her new career.

Keep an eye on the Chamber website as we will be having farewell drinks sometime soon.

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