Chris Rodwell assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer with the Chamber of Commerce
and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA) in early 2018. Since commencement Chris has
led a significant strategic reset of the organisation to strengthen its impact. During this
time the CCIWA has secured significant policy change in areas including GST distribution,
payroll tax and skilled migration.
Prior to joining, Chris spent an extended period abroad developing Australia’s
international trade and investment footprint. His work in international business spans
Australasia, North America, Latin America and Europe.
Over the course of his career he has held a number of board, advisory and senior
executive posts for organisations engaged in trade & investment, education & training,
and workplace health & safety. These include:
- Board Director, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (current)
- Member, Streamline WA Steering Committee (current)
- Member, Invest & Trade WA Advisory Forum (current)
- Trade Commissioner, Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, Austrade
- Trade & Investment Commissioner – The Americas, Queensland Government
- Queensland Director and Member, National Executive, Ai Group
- Chair, SkillsTech Australia (TAFE Queensland)
- Member, Queensland Premier’s Employment Taskforce
- Board Director, QMI Solutions
- Board Director, Q-COMP
- Board Director, Workplace Health & Safety Queensland
- Member, Queensland Industry Advisory Group
Earlier in his career, Chris worked in public relations consultancy, both in Australia and
Europe, where he consulted to companies across the financial services, technology,
infrastructure and life sciences sectors. Chris began his career in Canberra where he
worked as a policy advisor with the Australian Industry Group. This followed the
completion of a graduate program with the Department of Defence.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from Charles Sturt University and
graduated with the prize for Political Science. He has also completed the Australian
Company Directors’ Course. He is married to Katie and together they raise four children,
Max, Harri, Oscar and Lucinda.