Former mayor lands big new job

Former North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers starts her work as CEO of Growcom on Monday, 27 June. Picture: Julian Lehnert 235366_02

by Julian Lehnert

Just six months after her sudden resignation from the North Burnett Regional Council, former mayor Rachel Chambers has snagged her next high-profile job as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland horticulture peak body Growcom.

Ms Chambers, who in December of 2021 resigned after six years of holding the North Burnett’s top job, was announced as Growcom’s new CEO on Friday, 24 June, following what a spokesperson for the organisation called an “extensive recruitment process”.

As chief executive of the state’s horticulture industry peak body, Ms Chambers’ work will once again take her into Queensland’s rural and regional areas – a fact which the former local government representative looks forward to.

“I have a firm belief that to understand [something] completely you must experience it yourself, so I will be an active Chief Executive Officer right across Queensland – because as we all know, there are not too many farms in Brisbane on George Street,” she said.

“What is near George Street however are politicians. The familiar saying, ‘It takes one to know one’ rings true in this case, as after spending the last six years as a politician I have learnt the art of being able to navigate, communicate and negotiate with government.

“In my future discussions I will strongly represent the members of Queensland’s horticulture industry with data driven arguments and eloquent debate,” Ms Chambers added.

Prior to her upcoming position at Growcom, which is set to start on Monday 27 June, Ms Chambers served as Lead of Transport and Logistics for the Local Government Association Queensland between April and June of 2022.

Growcom Chair Belinda Frentz praised the organisation’s soon-to-be new CEO for her commitment to rural areas and advocating for its residents.

“The Growcom Board’s mandate to Ms Chambers includes ensuring the needs of Growcom’s members are met through optimising the structural and operational needs of the business,” Ms Frentz said.

“The responsibility Growcom has to advocate for and improve outcomes on behalf of its members is one I don’t take lightly,” Ms Chambers said in response.

“I look forward to building on Growcom’s strong advocacy platforms and shaping an organisation where members are the foundation on which all our knowledge, understanding and resulting actions are based.

“The horticulture sector will need unity, strength, leadership, and innovation to overcome the current challenges being thrown its way,” she added.

“Growcom has been a partner in horticulture for many years, and I will ensure we continue to have the industry’s back into the future as we ride out this next chapter together.”