Post-Event Update & Annual Report | AustCham Beijing Annual General Meeting 2016

Over 50 members attended AustCham’s 2016 AGM, held in the Chamber’s new event space at our Chaoyang office.

Chairman Tracy Colgan opened proceedings, explaining how the Chamber is adapting to better serve our members in a changing economic environment.

Over the past year the Chamber has invested greater resources in the secretariat and opened new facilities to deliver the tangible business outcomes our members demand. Another focus for the board is diversifying the Chamber’s revenue streams to build sustainability and strength going forwards.

Tracy also acknowledged the work done by retiring directors Kevin Zhang and Dave Garnier, thanking them for their contribution to the Chamber.

General Manager Nick Coyle followed, thanking departing staff Andrew Britz, Gabriella Yan and Echo Ye and welcoming Korri Weekes, Sherry Sun and Kristian Ricardo to the team.

Treasurer Russell Browne detailed the improving financial position of the Chamber and the board’s strategy for building a sustainable and strong balance sheet into the future.

The Deputy Head of Mission to the People’s Republic of China Justin Hayhurst thanked the Chamber for being a trusted and reliable partner in projecting Australia’s voice in China.

The assembly then unanimously elected six directors to the board:

Russel Browne, Founder and Managing Partner of LehmanBrown International Accountants

John McSwinney, CEO, Haileybury International School

Paul Su, Senior Managing Director & Chairman of Greater China, Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Group

Ian Tang, Chairman of 123 AustChina Education Consultancy

Zha Zhongmin, General Manager of Westpac Banking Corporation Beijing and Head of Financial Institutions China

Tony Zhang, Managing Director, Beijing Branch Manager & Head of Financial Institutions Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The full Annual Report can be found here.



The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been set for June 6 2016. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm sharp and will be held in our new events and seminar space at the Chamber’s office.

The AGM is a chance for our members to hear directory from the Chair, General Manager and the Treasurer on the performance of the Chamber over the past 12 months and plans for the year ahead. We will also be holding Board of Directors Elections and we would welcome applications from eligible voting members between now and 5pm on May 27.

Click here for the Agenda.

Click here for the Proposed Changes to the Articles of Association.

Below are this years nominees for the Board of Directors Elections:

Please remember that if you cannot be present on the night you can vote via absentee ballot or you can authorize another member to vote on your behalf.

For both absentee and proxy voting please access links.

Complimentary Food & Beverages will be served on the night. 

Date: Monday, 6th June 2016 (Click here to add this event to your outlook calendar or iCal)

Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Cost: Free (Members) 100RMB (Non Members)

Venue: AustCham Beijing Office / 中国澳大利亚商会北京办公室

Address: Room 1003, Tower A, U-Town Office Building, 1 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang Dist/ 北京市朝阳区三丰北里,悠唐写字楼A座1003室