POSITIONAL CHANGE: Ian Henderson has stepped down as Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce president.
POSITIONAL CHANGE: Ian Henderson has stepped down as Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce president. File

Changing of the guard

THERE'S been a shake-up at the top echelon of the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce.

Ian Henderson has stepped aside as president to allow businessman Bill James to come into the role.

"The priority will be the continuity of the chamber of commerce which is not in doubt at all,” Mr Henderson said.

"I've got every faith and confidence in Bill to do a great job and he has my absolute support.”

Mr Henderson, who is the CEO of Australian Vinegar, said forecast business opportunities meant he could no longer dedicate the time he thinks the presidency role requires.

"I have some very large business opportunities that have come by that I just really need to focus on.”

He has stood down from the committee altogether.

"Out of respect for Bill, if the leadership changes, they need to be in charge. Nobody needs someone looking over their shoulder.

"If I didn't think they were up to the task I'd be on the committee but the guys have got it covered.

"If I'm most proud of anything it's the Emu Swamp Dam project. It's had a number of people carry the baton and I'm pretty proud I carried the baton from the initial report to the granting of the deed to the chamber.”

Mr James said he looked forward to continuing Ian's and the chamber's good work to date.

"I'm very lucky. Nothing has changed. I've got a good committee that are enthusiastic.

"Ian had us on a very good and practical path... we weren't trying to be all things to all people but we have specific projects that are important to the district and we want to continue those,” he said.

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