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About the Small Business Commissioner

John Chapman PhotoJohn Chapman was appointed as Small Business Commissioner on 24th September 2014.

He brings to the role extensive experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Most recently he was Chief of Staff to the SA Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence Industries and Minister for Veterans' Affairs Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith.

Prior to that, John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for eight years where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education. He was responsible for the MTA's Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Scheme which employed more than 550 apprentices and trainees.

He has held a number of board positions including:

  • President of Group Training Australia (SA);
  • Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia - the automotive industry's national training body; and
  • Councillor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

Prior to joining the MTA, he was the General Manager - International Business at Business SA and held a number of executive positions with Insurance Australia Group.

Earlier career history has included senior experience with the South Australian Government including Executive Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet with responsibilities for all economic related cabinet items, policies and policy implementation including major projects.

John has also worked as a Chief of Staff to former Premier Hon. John Olsen as well as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Hon. Stephen Baker.

As a journalist, John worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation specialising in finance, political and industrial reporting for both radio and TV.

He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Adelaide University Graduate School of Business in 2004, and is a fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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