The Launceston Chamber of Commerce President, Janine Healey, announced that three new Board Members have been approved to fill casual vacancies at last night’s Board Meeting. Ms Healey announced that Ray Mostogl, General Manager at Bell Bay Aluminium, Bede Clifton, Sales and Marketing Manager at Country Club Casino and Andrew Pitt, Manager at Neil Pitts, will take up positions on the Board from the next meeting in the New Year.

Ms Healey advised that “the Board reviewed the skills and experience of our current Board Members, and identified that we needed more marketing and communication skills, and we needed to cover more industry sectors including manufacturing, hospitality and retail. It was also important that the Chamber is recognised as an organisation that represents the whole Greater Launceston Region and not just the City Centre. The three casual vacancies had arisen from the resignations and departure of Pamela Graham, Launceston Airport; David Stallard, Stallards Camera House; and Rod Patterson of Autobarn Launceston. “Board renewal is really important for any organisation that wants to stay relevant in challenging times” Ms Healey said. “New Board Members bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the Board Room and challenge the way we all think, and that is what is needed in any successful organisation”. We are now in a position where we have a great balance of ongoing Board Members with corporate history, and a total of five new Board Members” she concluded.

The other two Board Members - Donna Bain of Self Help Workplace; and Honni Pitt of B&E Personal Banking, were newly elected members appointed at the Annual General Meeting in October. Details of the three new Board Members to commence in 2014 are as follows:

1. Ray Mostogl – General Manager, Bell Bay Aluminium Ray was appointed as General Manager at Bell Bay Aluminium (part of the Rio Tinto Group business unit, Pacific Aluminium) in March 2011. Prior to his appointment as General Manager, Ray held a number of management roles at Bell Bay Smelter, and has worked in the Rio Tinto Group for more than 16 years. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Ray spent 15 years at BHP’s Newcastle operations. Ray has just been invited to join the Northern Regional Reference Group for the Regional Economic Development Plan and has for the past 12 months been a member of Minister O’Byrne’s Freight Logistics Co-ordination Team.

2. Andrew Pitt - Manager, Neil Pitt Pty. Ltd., Launceston Andrew holds a senior role in the family business encompassing retail, café, hotels and property management. Prior to taking up the retail role in 2009, Andrew spent six years in the water sector and local government, and five years in medical and health economics research both in Australia and overseas.

3. Bede Clifton, Sales and Marketing Manager, Country Club Casino. Bede has a fourteen year background in marketing roles with a proven track record in marketing Business to Business and Business to Consumer products/solutions. He has worked with both advertising agencies and as a client, with a particular focus on strategic planning, demand generation, brand management and community engagement. Bede is experienced in a range of marketing disciplines including: advertising, digital marketing, public relations, direct marketing, and has a particular interest in sales strategy and planning.