Many of my readers may well be aware but I have only recently been elected as President of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce for the 2018/19 year.  I consider this to be both an honour and a very significant responsibility.  Most importantly though at this stage I would like to thank all those that have taken the time to pass on their best wishes, support, congratulations and warmth to me as I enter this role.  The level of communication has been phenomenal, a very genuine and personal thank you.

With such a role comes significant duty and responsibility, one that I freely accept and will strive to excel at; certainly it will receive all that I can give.  Parramatta and Western Sydney are without doubt the centre of attention at present; my personal view is that this is very belated, but as they say, ‘better late than never’.   I will support my team to achieve all that is possible for not only this great City but also for the region that surrounds it.

Stepping into such a role is also a reminder of the governance issues that not only surround me, but for which I am now significantly responsible for.  We as a team will work hard to ensure that the organisation delivers responsibly not only to its members, but also to the Community as a whole.

The increasing revelations that leap out of the Banking Royal Commission must be a trigger for consideration by all.  When conducting an investigation one often starts with the smaller issues so as to potentially get them to the side quickly so that the really serious stuff can be delved into and thoroughly dealt with at length.  If this is the case here, and what we are seeing is the minor, then what is major, could come later and may well end up being catastrophic!

Leading or running anything, at any level, is a genuine responsibility; it should be respected.  However to many it’s ‘only a game’, ‘a bit of a lark’, or maybe ‘a good gig for now’, regardless it is a duty and a responsibility.  Regrettably you will see in many Board situations where Non Executive Members have been invited onto the Board maybe to build numbers, pass cushy paid roles on to mates, or merely to correct statistics; they promptly bolt when the going gets tough!  What in heavens name were they being paid for?  It’s easy to sit there and say “the weathers fine, the sea is calm, and all is well with the world, pass me another pina colada!”  But when the going gets tough the passengers (community, members, shareholders, stakeholders, etc.)  expect the crew (management (particularly the officers)) to get in and perform above and beyond; not get off!

There will be much to see and learn, and those that believed that you could almost get away with anything will truly learn that:-

You can fool all of the people some of the time, and

You can fool some of the people all of the time, but simply

You can’t fool everyone forever!