Dominique Lamb, the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Retail Association, has been appointed as Queensland’s new Small Business Commissioner.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said Ms Lamb comes to the role with 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,” Minister Farmer said.
Ms Lamb was selected following a national, merit-based recruitment and selection process.
Following the passing of the Small Business Commissioner Act 2022 in March, the position and office of Small Business Commissioner became permanent in May this year.
“Permanency of the Small Business Commissioner role in Queensland ensures our small businesses continue to have ready access to support, information and advice, and reduce the time and costs associated with resolving disputes,” Minister Farmer said.
Minister Farmer acknowledged the achievements of the outgoing temporary Commissioner, Maree Adshead who has provided invaluable support for Queensland small businesses over the past two and half years and prior to this in her role as Small Business Champion.
“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,” Minister Farmer said.
“Ms Adshead led us through two of the most difficult years and we have emerged with a stronger economy and business community as a result of her direct support to the business sector as a whole.”
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland CEO, Heidi Cooper, acknowledged outgoing Commissioner Maree Adshead for her time in the role and particularly for her leadership during the pandemic which represented a time of enormous challenge for many of Queensland’s small businesses.
“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,” Ms Cooper said.
“CCIQ welcomes the appointment of the new Small Business Commissioner and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Queensland Small Business Commission to ensure that Queensland is the best place to do business.”
Minister Farmer said small businesses made up more than 97 per cent of all businesses in Queensland, employing more than 970,000 people and contributing almost $120 billion to the state’s economy.
“There is a demonstrated need for a dedicated government access point for this important business sector,” Minister Farmer said.
“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.”
Ms Lamb will take up the position from 23 December 2022. She holds a Masters in Employment Relations, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Bachelor of Arts.