The council has appointed an experienced small-business owner and guild president to help fill the vacancies.
COSBOA board gains 1 as 2 leave
The COSBOA board has gained fresh small-business expertise as it looks to fill the void created by the departure of two directors.
As directors Colm Maguire and David Gandolfo decided to leave the council’s board, small-business owner and president of the Western Australian branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Andrew Ngeow, was appointed to help fill the vacancies.
At COSBOA’s June board meeting, Mr Ngeow was selected to fill the casual vacancy. The council said he will bring practical, hands-on experience of the challenges small businesses face to the association and valuable insights across the pharmacy community.
Mr Ngeow said he is looking forward to helping the council advocate for small businesses across the nation.
“I am excited about this opportunity to help shape the policies and strategies which will ensure the small-business sector remains viable and sustainable,” said Mr Ngeow.
“This is a challenging time and one we must prepare for and face with the confidence that comes from having an organisation like COSBOA supporting all the businesses in the sector.”
The appointment of Mr Ngeow also filled the pharmacy expertise gap left by Mr Maguire after exiting his position on the board that he served on for five years.
COSBOA said Mr Maguire, the chief operating officer at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, made a significant contribution to supporting small businesses and advocating on their behalf, with his professional insights having played a key role in shaping COSBOA’s strategies and initiatives.
“I am incredibly proud of the work undertaken in my five years on the board and the special relationships forged with some great people focussed on ensuring small business is supported, prioritised, and advocated for,” said Mr Maguire.
“With new leadership now in place and a bright future ahead, I wish the team well and thank them for the friendship, professionalism, and dedication to small business across Australia.”
Chair of advocacy at the Commercial and Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia Ltd (CAFBA), Mr Gandolfo, also departed the COSBOA board after nine years of service as he was due to take up a position as a director with the Jobs and Skills Council.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to the COSBOA board, team, and members, individually and as a collective, for their unwavering support throughout my tenure,” said Mr Gandolfo.
“It’s been an incredible nine years spent as a board member, serving three terms and previously holding the position of deputy chair, however, I am now excited to embrace new opportunities and challenges, including my recent appointment to the Digital Skills Organisation (Jobs and Skills Council).
“While I am stepping down from my board member position, I am pleased to announce that I will continue my involvement with the council, representing CAFBA. Rest assured, I will remain an active participant and devoted supporter of COSBOA, contributing to its growth and success.”
The council said the director positions would be elected at the COSBOA AGM in October 2023.