There’s never been a better time to be in Devonport, says new president

The Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s new president, Claire Smith, said “Surely there has never been a better time to be in Devonport?”.
Relocating from Burnie in 2021 to take up a job with Synectic Accountants and Advisers, the 38 year-old quickly realised Devonport was experiencing a major transformation.
“What started as an urban revitalisation project, has really become much more than that. ‘Living City’ has had a positive impact not only on the way our city looks, but also on the way that people living here, feel about ourselves.
It’s an honour to be given the task of building on the hard work and vision of Chamber office bearers and members before me, during such an important and exciting time, and I am lucky to be supported by a great committee.” Ms Smith said.
Ms Smith acknowledged the hard work of Dave Race who stepped down from the role last month, and James Foster who, as Senior Vice President, stepped up to cover the vacancy at the time.
Ms Smith was elected as president at the AGM on 28 September, alongside the following Executive Members:

  • James Foster, Senior Vice President
  • Rod Bramich, Vice President
  • John Alexiou, Retail Sub-Committee Chair
  • Mike Badcock, Industry & Education Sub-Committee Chair
  • Kylie Bell, Tourism Sub-Committee Chair
  • Ian Macleod
  • Tina Treloar, Secretary
    Early next year the Chamber will be reviewing its strategic plan, with a view to aligning it with the City of Devonport’s Greater Residential Growth Strategy 2021 – 2024 and other initiatives, and supporting the soon to be released investment prospectus, Invest Devonport 2023 edition.
    “My personal goal as President, is to increase, better understand and better represent our membership, so we can make it easier for businesses to make Devonport prosper. The great relationships we have with Devonport City Council and the State Government means we’re well very placed to do that.

Claire is a senior executive and accountant with almost 20 years’ experience across the private and public sectors. Her work history goes beyond traditional accounting and finance roles, encompassing risk management, quality assurance, compliance, human resources, workforce development, economic development and digital transformation.
Claire has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a graduate of the 2019 Tasmanian Leaders Program. A Fellow of CPA Australia, Claire is very involved with the accounting profession, and currently serves on CPA Australia’s Divisional Council (Tasmania).
Her other roles include Independent Member of the Department of Treasury and Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee, Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Tasmanian Chapter) and volunteer Director at Karinya, which provides crisis accommodation for young women.
A foodie at heart, she enjoys any excuse to cook up a storm and appreciates spending time outdoors in the sun, travelling and experiencing different cultures.

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