AmCham Staff

 

CEO
April Palmerlee

April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in October 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. Most recently, she was a senior executive at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She has strong relationships with governments, business leaders and the public service in Australia and the U.S.  American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She received a BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University. She served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. 

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 The Spanish Institute. She is currently on the Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee and the Selection Board for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW.
 

General Manager QLD
Alicia Doherty

Alicia L. Doherty commenced as AmCham’s General Manager for Queensland in January, 2017. She commenced her career in the U.S. Army Aviation Corps and has held business relationship and event management positions with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Events NSW, and Canberra CBD Limited, and she worked with the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet on their inaugural Innovation and Investment Summit in 2016.

Alicia held board and committee roles with the American Club in Sydney and served as the President of the Australian American Association in Canberra for a three-year term. She has also served on the advisory committee of the Canberra Theatre Centre and coordinated events with multicultural groups and the government in the ACT, in close collaboration with business, government, the U.S. Embassy and the Canberra Diplomatic Corps.

General Manager VIC
Ray Doyle

Ray Doyle joined the American Chamber of Commerce in 2010 as General Manager for Victoria responsible for promoting economic activity and developing member relationships in Victoria. Ray has extensive business management and industry experience with international manufacturing organisations including Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Australian General Electric, NEC and the Gribbles Group.

In 2005 Ray joined the Victorian Government in the position of Executive Director for the Office of Manufacturing and Service Industries. The office works with Invest Victoria to deliver investment, and export programs.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Majoring in Electronics and an MBA from Monash University.

General Manager NSW & ACT
Robert Hossary

Robert Hossary was appointed as the General Manager NSW / ACT for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) in August of 2011. Mr. Hossary is responsible for the day to day operations of AmCham in NSW and the ACT as well as being the secretary of AmCham’s Trade and Government (TAG) and the Chamber’s Women in Leadership (WIL) Committees.

His career in Australia has spanned several industries including Technology, Transport, Fashion and Healthcare. He was involved in the 1992 (Barcelona) &1996 (Atlanta) Olympic Games as an Australian Olympic Sponsor. He worked in the USA for a technology manufacturer and in May 2008 was named in VSR Magazine’s 1st Annual Review & Outlook as a business leader in the USA’s Mobility Industry. Robert has also worked in Taiwan with responsibility for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

 

General Manager SA
Bernadette Sewer

Bernadette Sewer was appointed General Manager, SA for the American Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Bernadette is a passionate South Australian who brings over 20 years’ experience in communications; public relations; marketing and event management; and operations within corporate; media; international trade; and not-for-profit industries.

Bernadette has spent 7 out of the past 10 years in the United States of America, and has worked for iconic American brands including McGraw-Hill Publications and Levi Strauss & Co.,  as well as spending time working in the office of the Australian Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington, DC.

General Manager WA & NT
Penelope Williamson

Penelope Williamson was appointed as the General Manager of the American Chamber of Commerce in Western Australia on the 19th June 1995. Her role was expanded to encompass the Northern Territory in 2008.

One of her most successful initiatives includes developing the concept and organising all facets of a State and Federal Government endorsed National Trade Mission to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas. After the success of the first delegation in 1999, the OTC is an annual event for AmCham members, with representation from companies throughout Australia. Penelope is Project Manager for all AmCham Trade Missions, including O&G, Mining and Defence.

Prior to joining AmCham, Penelope’s career encompassed international trade and marketing, with an emphasis on Japan. Her knowledge of the language, protocol and etiquette required her to forge on-going business relationships at the highest level, resulting in the formation of 2 companies, to deal with Japan.