Chris Lamont has been appointed as the small business commissioner for NSW, effective 15 June 2020.
Mr Lamont was most recently the general manager for capital projects and infrastructure with the City of Melbourne, and was previously the director of the NSW Business Chamber’s policy and advocacy division.
NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the appointment would help the Small Business Commission maintain its track record of advocacy and issue resolution.
“[The commission] is a passionate supporter of small business and has played a critical role in assisting businesses during the drought, the recent bushfires and now COVID-19,” Mr Tudehope said.
“Chris is known for his ability to develop relationships within government, industry and the business community, and this experience is sure to be of great benefit and he will be a strong advocate for small business in NSW.”
Mr Lamont said he was excited to be taking up the role given the importance of small businesses to the local economy.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of their communities and they make up 97.5 per cent of businesses in NSW,” he said.
“This is a tremendously challenging time for small business, and I look forward to working with the Small Business Commission to assist them over the coming months and on the other side of COVID-19.”
Mr Lamont will be taking over from the current acting commissioner, Stephen Brady.