The Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service, and Assistant Minister for Electoral Matters, Parliament of Australia
Ben Morton was elected as the Federal Liberal Member for Tangney in 2016. In May 2019 he was appointed Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In the Parliament Ben Morton has undertaken significant committee work, including Chairing the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories.
Prior to entering Parliament Ben Morton worked as a bus driver, an adviser to the Howard Government, and for one of Australia's largest home builders, BGC.
April Palmerlee, CEO AmCham and AmCham Taskforce Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
April Palmerlee was appointed CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia in 2017 after a career in government, education, and the corporate sector. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She was inducted to Chief Executive Women in 2019 and graduated the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2017. She received a BS from Georgetown and a Master’s from Columbia. In Australia, she has worked for the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Centre for Independent Studies, and Potomac Partners. In the United States, she held the rank of Assistant Secretary at the Department of State under Secretary Colin Powell. 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.
Tom Seymour, CEO PwC Australia, and Chair, AmCham Taskforce, PwC
Tom Seymour is the CEO of PwC Australia. As CEO he leads a team of more than 700 partners and 8000 staff across PwC’s three businesses - Assurance, Financial Advisory and Consulting.
Previously, Tom was Managing Partner of PwC Australia’s Financial Advisory business, covering Tax and Legal services, Deals, Infrastructure advisory and Private Clients. He was also the Tax Leader for PwC's Asia Pacific network, and part of the PwC Global Tax and legal leadership team.
Admitted as a partner in 2002, Tom has more than 25 years’ experience on taxation matters, particularly in the infrastructure, mining and energy industry sectors. Over his career Tom has led PwC teams advising on some of Australia’s largest public and private transactions. He has played a key role in PwC’s tax policy agenda, working with both state and federal governments seeking to improve Australia’s tax system, and has been a regular contributor to public debates on tax policy and broader economic reform.
Tom is also the Chair of PwC’s Elevate Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan, and a board member of Top Education Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queensland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Bond University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Danielle and three children.