Marjolyn says it’s time to go

TAMWORTH businesses will continue to thrive only if they embrace a rapidly changing corporate environment, an outgoing local business leader has claimed.

Tamworth Business Chamber (TBC) executive officer Marjolyn Thomas has announced she is stepping down from the role after almost three years with the organisation.

The 36-year-old has helped forge closer relationships with the chamber’s 430 member businesses, making Tamworth chamber one of the strongest in the state.

But Mrs Thomas said it was critical the traditionally resilient Tamworth business sector remained positive and continued to evolve.

PERSONAL CALL: Tamworth Business Chamber executive officer Marjolyn Thomas is moving on after three years at the organisation. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 090714GOC01

PERSONAL CALL: Tamworth Business Chamber executive officer Marjolyn Thomas is moving on after three years at the organisation. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 090714GOC01

“The future is bright but only for those that are open-minded and willing to move with change,” she said.

“You can’t expect to progress in this environment unless you’re prepared to embrace technology and the new opportunities it offers.”

She said working closely with the chamber board and enhancing the lines of communication with members had been two of her highlights in the role.

Mrs Thomas said she was leaving the role for personal reasons and to spend more time with her husband and two children.

TBC president Tim Coates paid tribute to Mrs Thomas’ “deep commitment” to meeting members’ needs.

“She has brought enthusiasm and flair to the role and helped the board deliver many successful activities, including the business awards, our Small Biz Connect program, new residents network and Inspired Business Lecture Series,” Mr Coates said.

Meanwhile, the chamber has advertised for a new executive officer. Expressions of interest in the position close on Thursday.

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