Our Staff

Meet the AmCham Team

 


Chief Executive Officer
April Palmerlee

April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. 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 is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she was appointed to the senior executive service of the US Department of State where she served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues (now called Ambassador-at-Large, equivalent to Assistant Secretary). 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 currently on the selection committee for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW and the Georgetown University Australian and New Zealand Studies Board.



General Manager
Rasa Buckley

Rasa Buckley joined AmCham in 2019 after 20+ years in Asia. She is based in Adelaide.

A graduate of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Economics (Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Rasa worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia for global media companies including Lucasfilm, CNBC, BBC and TechTV.

An expert in building exposure, promoting brands, creating compelling stories and producing innovative events, Rasa ran her own communications company for clients including Disney, Maker Studios, NBCUniversal and Sony Entertainment Television Networks.

Drawing on her long experience in Asia, Rasa’s role at AmCham supports business objectives by connecting people globally as well as locally and leading them to success.



General Manager
Doug Grant

Doug Grant joined AmCham in 2018 after a distinguished career in the finance industry. He is based in Sydney.

With over 20 years’ experience working within the finance industry as a Business Development Manager, broker, consultant and sales and marketing representative, Doug has built a broad network of business clients and referral partner contacts across most industry sectors through his focus on relationship creation, ongoing relationship management and solutions sales.His understanding of sales processes, cycles and mindsets has enabled him to quickly establish and build rapport leading to constructive relationships with all business levels, from administrative staff through to senior executives.

Doug engages actively with current members and continually forms new relationships to grow the membership base of valued AmCham business partnerships.



General Manager
Libby Marshall

Libby Marshall MBA joined AmCham in 2021. A long-time AmCham member, supporter and Academy graduate, she is based in Brisbane.

With more than 30 years’ experience working within the disciplines of organisational capability, leadership learning and development, organisational strategy and business development, Libby understands what AmCham members need. Her professional experience spans tourism, airlines, sport, government, not-for-profit, energy and higher education in the UK, France, the USA and Asia.

Libby is currently a contracted Executive MBA Coach to the University of Queensland Business School, the University of Sydney Business School and the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA.  She is also Managing Partner at Tanner Menzies. She has held previous board directorships with Tourism and Events Queensland, the Celebrate Queensland Committee (Australia Day Council Queensland) and MS Queensland.  Libby holds post graduate qualifications in HR and Business and is an MBA graduate from the University of Queensland Business School.



General Manager
Adam Serry

Adam Serry joined AmCham in 2020. With over 20 years of management experience, he is based in Melbourne.

Adam’s career spans general management, relationship management and business development across sectors including not for profit, membership organisations, finance / accounting, legal and professional services. He has excelled at senior relationship / engagement and management roles at CEDA and The Institute of Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand), and as General Manager VIC/TAS of The Tax Institute.



General Manager
Kristie Young

Kristie Young joined AmCham in 2021. With over 20 years experience in industry, she is based in Perth.
 
Kristie is a respected member of the mining and business community with strong connections across industry, academia, government not-for-profits and service providers. Her unique background across technical engineering, business development, marketing, strategy, growth, commercial, consultancy, account management, diversity & inclusion, advisory, governance, education and HR provides a unique mix of skills that sees her well placed to effect real change in the Australian business landscape.
 
Kristie is currently non-executive director with ASX listed companies Lithium Australia and Primero Group. She sits on the Wesley College Council/Board, the Board of the Petroleum Club of WA, is a Perth UQ EAIT Alumni Ambassador, and a member of the CMEWA Diversity & Inclusion Reference Group.
 
Kristie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Hons from the University of Queensland, a Post Graduate Diploma of Education (Mathematics & IT) from the University of Western Australia, a CertIV HR from the Australian HR Institute and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 



PA to the CEO &
Event Coordinator

Maya Quester

Government Relations Manager
Amie O'Mahony

Member Engagement &
Administration Lead

Karen Kelly




Event Manager
Claire Harrison
Special Projects Officer
Alice Abraham

National Academy Lead
& Membership Administrator

Kiara Mackellar

   
 Digital Communications Lead
& Event Coordinator 

Hannah Harding

 Accountant
Michele Merdith

 Assistant Accountant
Harry Wijesundara