Meet the COSBOA Team

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Matthew Addison

Chair and Director

Matthew Addison is the founding director and CEO of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. He trained as a Chartered Accountant in Practice which led to establishing his own small business accounting practice from 1993 until 2008. He has worked intensely with small business, advisers to small business, the tax office and multi-levels of government as an advocate and stakeholder voice.

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Elizabeth Skirving

Deputy Chair and Director


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.

Christine Pope

Director and Treasurer

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.

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Colm Maguire  

Director and Company Secretary


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.

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Jos de Bruin



Jos is CEO of Master Grocers Australia Ltd. which trades as MGA Independent Retailers & Timber Merchants Australia (MGATMA), a leading a national registered industry organisation dedicated to supporting the needs of independently owned supermarket, bottleshop, timber and hardware businesses and other retail outlet owners. MGATMA represents more than 2700 members who generate more than $16 billion in sales per annum and employ over 120,000 staff members. 

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David is the Chair of Advocacy at CAFBA, The Commercial & Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia Ltd. CAFBA represents Commercial Finance Broking firms whose prime area of business is the distribution of commercial finance facilities to business clients.

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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...

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Wes Lambert


Wes is the former CEO of the 2020 Association of the Year, Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA),the national industry association representing the interests of more than 48,000 restaurants, cafés and catering businesses across Australia. Wes is IFRS CPA Qualified, a Fellow of the Governance Institute, recently earned his Certified Association Executive accreditation and for over 20 years, has progressively built his executive level change management, lobbying, negotiation, governance, finance & accounting experience in diverse roles across multiple industries and sectors around the globe and enjoys the art of dealmaking. He was also named and AuSAE Influencer for 2020.

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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. 

Alexi Boyd

Chief Executive Officer

A fully qualified BAS agent, Alexi has over 20 years experience working with small and family businesses in addition to running her own bookkeeping practice. She has hosted her own community radio show and podcast dedicated to small business education and advocacy since 2014. Alexi was appointed CEO in September 2021.

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Alexi Boyd divides her time between Sydney and Canberra. She is in Canberra on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and in Sydney on Mondays and Fridays.

Peter Strong

Former CEO


Peter Strong was the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia from June 2010 - June 2021. He made the decision to retire in 2021 and we wish him all the best.