BlueScope is a long-term sponsor and supporter of the chamber. This length of this formal relationship was pleasing news when he arrived in Thailand as in his previous role based in the Pacific Islands was heavily involved in both the Fiji Australian Business Council (FABC) and the Fiji New Zealand Business Council (FNZBC). This multi chamber involvement came about as he was working for an Australian company but reported into New Zealand Steel, a fully owned New Zealand based subsidiary. He relied on these forums, particularly the FABC, Australian High Commission and Austrade to improve adherence to building and material standards following Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Through this work he became an industry representative working with the Fiji Ministry of Trade to review the suitability of these standards and how they are enforced. This presented great opportunity for a number of Australian businesses including BlueScope at which point he gained a real insight into the benefits of the Australian public and private sectors working together and the contribution that could be made through these forums in foreign territories. He hopes that if appointed to the BOD directors for AusCham Thailand his previous experience, passion for Australia and Thailand and current position in BlueScope would place him well to assist other Australian organisations make similar contributions in this region while growing their business.
2019 AustCham sub-committees: Chris is serving on the Construction & Property sub-committee.