Dominique Lamb appointed QLD’s new Small Business Commissioner

Dominique Lamb, former CEO of the National Retail Association (NRA), has been appointed Queensland’s new Small Business Commissioner.

The position and office of Small Business Commissioner became permanent in May this year, following the passing of the Small Business Commissioner Act 2022 in March. Lamb will take up the position from 23 December 2022.

Di Farmer, Minister for Employment and Small Business, said Lamb brings to the role extensive experience working with the small business sector across a wide range of policy areas, including economic recovery and industrial relations.

“Dominique Lamb has extensive experience in leading change in complex environments and has been involved in significant engagement in the Queensland sector as an advocate for retail, particularly during the COVID 19 pandemic and the economic recovery period.”

Lamb will take over from the Maree Adshead, the outgoing temporary Commissioner, who Farmer said has provided invaluable support for Queensland small businesses over the past two and a half years.

“Maree Adshead is a passionate advocate for small business and she and her team have provided a strong voice for small businesses across Queensland, helping small business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as leading engagement with government at all levels to champion Queensland small business needs and issues.”

Heidi Cooper, CEO of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), said CCIQ welcomes the appointment Lamb and looks forward to working closely with the Queensland Small Business Commission.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and the heart of our community.  It is essential that Queensland businesses are supported to manage challenges that may arise as well as being able to capitalise on the opportunities ahead.”

Farmer said that small businesses make up more than 97 per cent of all businesses in Queensland, employing over 970,000 people and contributing almost $120 billion to the state’s economy.

“The appointment of a Queensland Small Business Commissioner under the new legislation will ensure small businesses continue to receive high-quality support and advice.

 “I congratulate Ms Lamb and look forward to working with her to continue to support the needs of our small business sector.”

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