Our Staff

Meet the AmCham Team

 


Chief Executive Officer
April Palmerlee

April Palmerlee was appointed CEO of AmCham in 2017 after an international career in government, education, and the corporate sector. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She received a BS from Georgetown and a Master’s from Columbia. In Australia, she has worked for the University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Centre for Independent Studies, and Potomac Partners. In the US, she held the rank of Assistant Secretary at the Department of State with the remit for international women’s issues. Before that, she was a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and not-for-profit The Spanish Institute. She is on the boards of CIS and Georgetown University Australian and New Zealand Centre. She also chairs a scholarship selection committee at the Fulbright Commission.



General Manager - SA
Rasa Buckley

Rasa Buckley joined AmCham in 2019 after 20+ years in Asia. She is based in Adelaide.

A graduate of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Economics (Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Rasa worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia for global media companies including Lucasfilm, CNBC, BBC and TechTV.

An expert in building exposure, promoting brands, creating compelling stories and producing innovative events, Rasa ran her own communications company for clients including Disney, Maker Studios, NBCUniversal and Sony Entertainment Television Networks.

Drawing on her long experience in Asia, Rasa’s role at AmCham supports business objectives by connecting people globally as well as locally and leading them to success.



General Manager - QLD
Colin Fruk

Colin Fruk is AmCham’s General Manager in Queensland. He is an accomplished business growth specialist who has played an integral part in the evolution of many iconic Queensland brands. Most notably, as General Manager at the Queensland Chamber of Commerce, he directed all communication with Queensland’s 300,000 small and medium businesses throughout the initial economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic.

Colin has a Bachelor of Business (Communications) from QUT, which he put to good use through various marketing roles at Queensland Theatre Company, Endeavour Foundation, and child protection charity Act for Kids. Immediately prior to joining AmCham, Colin served as Chief-of-Staff for an Australian Government Minister.

The son of a Croatian immigrant who fled communism in the early 1960s, Colin has first-hand experience of how individual liberty, economic freedom and success through hard work can transform lives. Through the AmCham network, he has dedicated himself to advancing these values globally, and to ensuring that Queensland becomes more prosperous and globally connected than ever before.

Although global in his outlook, Colin is a Queenslander, through and through. Raised on a farm in the state’s central west, he is happiest when he is immersed in his latest home renovation project, or cheering his beloved North Queensland Cowboys to victory in the national rugby league. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Ivett, son Xavier and labradoodle Barkley.



General Manager - NSW
Doug Grant

Doug Grant joined AmCham in 2018 after a distinguished career in the finance industry. He is based in Sydney.

With over 20 years’ experience working within the finance industry as a Business Development Manager, broker, consultant and sales and marketing representative, Doug has built a broad network of business clients and referral partner contacts across most industry sectors through his focus on relationship creation, ongoing relationship management and solutions sales.His understanding of sales processes, cycles and mindsets has enabled him to quickly establish and build rapport leading to constructive relationships with all business levels, from administrative staff through to senior executives.

Doug engages actively with current members and continually forms new relationships to grow the membership base of valued AmCham business partnerships.



National Strategy Director
Sara James

Sara James is National Strategy Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Her role with AmCham follows a distinguished career in journalism. Sara is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who travelled the globe for NBC News and frequently anchored at the Today Show news desk. Among her many prestigious awards, Sara earned a New York Festival award for her report on the first woman considered for the US space program. Sara’s featured segment An American in Oz airs fortnightly on ABC News Breakfast.

Sara is a Board Director of the American Australian Association Limited and Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the Vice President of KCNQ2 Cure Alliance, and a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia. Sara James is the author of An American in Oz (Allen & Unwin), co-author of The Best of Friends (HarperCollins) and editor of An Extraordinary School (ACER Press).



General Manager - WA
Natalie Meyer

Natalie Meyer joined AmCham in 2021 after working in Australia, China and Chile over the past decade. She is based in Perth. A graduate of the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing, Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Mandarin, Japanese), Natalie also holds a Master’s (Journalism and Communication) and Diploma (Global Business Journalism) from Tsinghua University. Natalie recently returned from Beijing and has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, spanning various roles with Chambers of Commerce in Chile, Taiwan and Australia, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in Western Australia, and Deloitte Consulting.



General Manager - ACT
Sheryle Moon

Sheryle Moon joined AmCham in 2022 after a career which spanned Australia, the UK and the USA working for multinational ICT and Professional Services companies such as IBM, Accenture and Manpower. Sheryle has also set up and run multiple business in the USA.

Sheryle graduated from Sydney University with an Economics Degree and followed up with a Masters of Management from ANU where she is a Distinguished Alumni recipient and sits on the Advisory Board for the College of Business and Economics. She has several Postgraduate Diplomas in Education, Workforce Planning and Leadership having studied at IMD in Lausanne and Saïd Business School at Oxford University. She is a Telstra Business Woman of the Year winner. Sheryle is an Advisor to proptech company PlaceChangers and until recently was Chair for Music for Canberra. 

Sheryle brings over a decade of work in Member based Associations, including Regional and Global representation, to her role at AmCham.



General Manager Government Relations
Amie O'Mahony

Amie O’Mahony joined AmCham in 2013 after a respected career in law. She is based in Sydney.

As General Manager Government Relations, she is responsible for managing all aspects of government affairs, industry and business engagement for the Chamber including acting as Secretariat for AmCham’s numerous policy committees and leading advocacy efforts on trade and investment issues impacting members.

Amie began her career as a lawyer specialising in corporate, litigation and insolvency over 14 years ago. An experienced professional, both in Australia and the UK, she has an extensive background in government relations, strategic thinking, negotiation, business development, project management, and stakeholder relations.

Amie is a member of the National Trade Facilitation Committee.

She has a Bachelor of Law from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
 


General Manager - VIC
Tully Smith

Tully Smith joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia as General Manager in 2021. Having built his career in Corporate Affairs he is an experienced Company Director and a seasoned executive who has held leadership roles in government, sport and business, including for top ten ASX companies.

Australian born, Tully is a steadfast supporter of the Australian US alliance. With an entrenched belief that the freedoms enjoyed across both our countries today are only possible because of the sacrifice of so many Australians and Americans before us. Tully believes that today the alliance has never been stronger or more important, it is this passion that Tully brings to the role at AmCham.

In 2020 Tully left his role in corporate affairs with Telstra Corporation to embark on an entrepreneurial venture. Not his first rodeo, Tully has been involved in a number of start-ups as a founder, board member and investor.

Success as a strategist has seen Tully twice included as a member of the Ipsos Reputation Council, considered as the definitive list of the worlds most influential communicators. A passionate member of the community, Tully sits on a number of not for profit boards and his work has been recognised with a Prime Minister of Australia’s Award for Service to the Community.

Tully will be based from the Melbourne CBD office located in International Chamber House, in his home state of Victoria. Tully lives in Melbourne’s West, one of the fastest growing communities in Australia, with his partner Agnes and their three adopted dogs.
 



Special Projects Officer
Josh Edwards

  National Academy Lead
Evelyn Labrum




PA to the CEO
Felipe Clift

 
  Member Engagement &
Administration Lead

Karen Kelly



 
National Event Manager
Denise Sorrell

Event Coordinator NSW/ACT
Anna Almeida

 
 
Event Coordinator VIC
Briony Rigg

 
 

Event Coordinator QLD
Louise Medcalf

 
Event Coordinator SA/WA
Brie Wilson

 
 
 
Events Administrator
Veronica Zangarelli



Finance Manager
Michele Merdith

  Assistant Accountant
Harry Wijesundara





Intern
Wyatt Batt

Intern
Logan Frederickson

 
Intern
Elizabeth Nutting