Meet The COSBOA Team

Mark McKenzie

Chair & Director


Mark McKenzie is the CEO of Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) and holds formal qualifications in Civil Engineering (BEng) and Business (MBA). Mark was elected to the COSBOA Board in November 2015

David Gandolfo

Director & Deputy Chair


David is a Director of Quantum Business Finance and a Board Member and President of CAFBA – The Commercial Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia Ltd. CAFBA represents Finance Broking firms whose prime area of business is the distribution Equipment Finance facilities to commercial clients.

Elizabeth Skirving

Director & Treasurer


Elizabeth is Chief Executive Officer of Rural Business Tasmania. At the helm of the organisation for over 9 years she has during this time been a key advocate for rural Tasmanian business enterprises regularly reporting based on practical first-hand knowledge on emerging trends in the industry. Elizabeth liaises and meets with Federal and State Govt. representatives and between 2007 and 2009 sat on the Tasmanian Drought Task Force.

Jos De Bruin

Director & Company Secretary


Jos is CEO of MGA Independent Retailers (Master Grocers Australia) and leads an organisation dedicated to supporting the needs of the independent supermarket, liquor store and other retail outlet owners. MGA represents more than 2, 500 members who generate in excess of 14 billion per annum and employ over 115,000 staff members.

Sandy Chong



Sandy Chong is the CEO/Director of the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) and a COSBOA Director. Sandy has worked tirelessly to create relationships that move the hairdressing industry forward. Her role as CEO of the AHC has established better business practices, training and education; and building sustainable careers for future generations. 

Colm Maguire  



Colm Maguire joined the Pharmacy Guild in August 2017 as the Group Executive Pharmacy Transformation. The position is a member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s leadership and provides critical insight into the issues facing small business across Australia. Colm previously was the CEO of Touch Football Australia, where he had led the overall recovery of the organisation, significant growth, a collaborative focus to outcomes and achieved outstanding results.

Dominic Schipano



Dominic is the National Executive Officer for CITT, a ‘not for profit’ national Industry Training Organisation with 35 years experience dealing extensively with industry and government, working to implement VET ICT programs and strategies. CITT also manages the TITAB Australia Cabler Registry Services, one of the 5 Registrars approved by ACMA. 

Ben Kearney



Ben Kearney is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA), the peak national industry body for Australia’s newsagents and lottery agents, and influential authority on small business. Having spent more than 10 years at ALNA, Ben has been instrumental in some of the biggest legislative changes to help ALNAs members...

Christine Pope


Christine Pope is a Director and Treasurer of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society and holds formal qualifications in Commerce (B. Comm UNSW) and Health Sciences (B. Health Science Comp Med 2010). She was elected to the COSBOA Board in 2019. The Australian Traditional Medicine Society represents over 10,000 practitioners of natural medicine around Australia.

Peter Strong

Chief Executive Officer


Peter Strong is the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia and has been in this role since June 2010. The role requires advocacy for the Small Business community and representation of issues from members to politicians and government agencies.

(02) 9431 8646

Peter Strong is based in Canberra.

If you wish to contact Peter please call our Sydney office in the first instance on the number above.