Allan Pidgeon AM – Vice President

Current Professional Occupation
Engaged in family property business
Last two Professional Occupations
Stockbroker
Family Details
Married with three children
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements
Australian national flag association
Mater hospital foundation
Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board
Have been attending ICCI functions for many years, so happy to be involved at a deeper level.

Comm Hon Santo Santoro – Treasurer 

Current Professional Occupation

Commendatore the Honourable Santo Santoro is recognised as a leading source of counsel on Australian and international politics, policy and regulatory affairs.

One of a handful of Australians to have served as a Minister in the Executive of both State and Federal Parliaments, Santo’s background includes time as a member of the Queensland Cabinet as Minister for Training and Industrial Relations, and as an Australian Senator and Minister for Ageing in the Howard Government.

Santo acts in a range of roles, including that of analyst, adviser, or formal advocate and representative, in both business-to-government and business-to-business formats.

Last two Professional Occupations

Family Details
Married with two children
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements

Santo has been heavily involved in the Italian community for over 40 years.   Santo has served as Vice-President of Com.it.es Queensland and Northern Territory and President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Queensland) between 2011 and 2020.

Santo is very heavily involved in many other organisations and activities within the Italian community of Queensland and Australia.

Currently, Santo serves as President of the Brisbane Chapter of the Accademia Italiana dell Cucina, President of the Organising Committee of Festitalia and is also a proud member of the Sicilian Association of Queensland.

Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board

Santo’s commitment to ICCI (Qld) has seen his return into the service of the Chamber as Treasurer of ICCI (Qld).

Giovanni Antonaglia OAM

Current Professional Occupation
Director / Self-Employed – Jewellery Industry, Retail and Wholesale
Last two Professional Occupations
As above
Family Details
Married with  3 daughters and 7 grandchildren
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements
Reading, Writing, Bible studies
Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board
To support and to offer my professional guidance in order to develop and strengthen the organisation together with my fellow board member – to continue the traditions of Italy in Australia and the relationship between our countries.

Tino Arquilla 

Current Professional Occupation
Treasurer of ICCI Qld
Last two Professional Occupations
Director – Finance and administration
Director – Contract management
Family Details
Married with two children
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements
Soccer, Gardening, Fishing
Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board
I wish to assist in whatever capacity to roster the trade relationship between Italy and Australia.

Antonio Bosso

Current Professional Occupation
Tony is a prominent member of the Queensland business community.
Tony is a Director of a number of companies operating throughout Australia, in civil engineering construction, mining construction, transport industry and commercial property development. From its birth in Mt Isa in the early 1970’s, the group has expanded to the point where it now has a presence Australia-wide and internationally. Tony is highly respected in industry circles.
Family Details
Antonio (Tony) Bosso arrived in Australia as a young child with his immigrant Italian parents. Tony grew up in Perth and has maintained a close connection with his Italian heritage and culture. Tony has 6 children and 5 grandchildren and enjoys being involved with them in a close family relationship.
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements
Tony has a long history as a benefactor of charitable causes, such as Marist Mission Centre in Australia, Fiji, Brazil and New Zealand and San Isidro Care Centre, Aruligo in Solomon Islands. He is also a very strong supporter of Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Research Foundation (RBWH). Tony also started a foundation through the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute for research into blood cancer treatment. Tony has supported the promotion of international ballet in Queensland and has always supported organisations involved in mental health care and children with disabilities.
Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board
Tony is keen to promote the Italian culture in Queensland and to foster and promote closer relationships and business opportunities between local and Italian businesses. An excellent way of networking and meeting various business group and people.

Cav. John Kotzas AM

Current Professional Occupation
Chief Executive, QPAC
Last two Professional Occupations
Managing Director of Brisbane Festival, Teacher at Brisbane State High School
Family Details
Married with 3 kids
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements
Sport, community development, passion for multiculturalism.

Hugh Ritchie

Current Professional Occupation

Hugh is Co-founder and Chairman of Union Institute of Language (UIL) operating in the international education sector and Co-founder and Director of Inclusive Solutions Australia Group (ISA) with businesses in the disability care, training, and accommodation sectors.

Last two Professional Occupations

With over 30 years’ experience in senior management and board positions for Australian and multinational companies, Hugh is committed to strengthening trade, investment and cultural understanding between Australia and all overseas destinations with a particular focus on Italy and Indonesia due to their unique cultures and strong ties into the broader Australian community. Hugh is a past Director of Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI QLD), in addition to being past-Chairman and current Committee Member of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC QLD).

Rosie Vecchio

Current Professional Occupation
Property Manager / Consultant
Last two Professional Occupations

Hospitality business owner
Fashion wholesaler
Family Details
Born in Brisbane, three children  
Non-Professional Interests and Involvements

President Sicilian Association of QLD Inc., Member of the Accademia della Cucina Italiana – Brisbane Chapter
Why I am involved in ICCI (Qld) and willing to be a member of the ICCI (Qld) board
With my dedication to the promotion of the Italian culture, I would like to support the Chamber in its continued growth & success, both financial & social. In this way, see the strengthening of the commercial links between Italy & Australia.