The Chamber Staff work closely with the Board of Directors, which is made up of local business people who hold a membership with the Tamworth Business Chamber. Members of the Board of Directors volunteer their time and are nominated and elected by financial Chamber members at the AGM each November.
The directors bring to the table both ideas and issues from the local business community, as well as represent the Chamber on various committees and working groups.
The current Board consists of an excellent mix of industries and business experience.
Jye is the owner operator of CH On Peel Boutique Hotel and employees 20 local staff. Jye has a deep passion for the continued growth and development of Tamworth and the business community.
Over the past fifteen years Jye has served both as a chairperson, vice president and as a board member in various organizations and committees within NSW and the Tamworth region. These roles have included industry engagement, industry development, product development, domestic tourism marketing, event management, corporate governance and business development. As a previous senior board member Jye has also been responsible for evaluation of key employees within these organizations, developing business and marketing plans, facilitating meetings, development of company policies and community engagement as the media spokesperson.
In his past experience as a chairperson he has learned that a good chairperson should not just facilitate meetings they must also possess the ability to be a leader by having complete independence within the role, encourage other board members to be active participants within the organization, be a strong communicator and a mentor when required.
Jye previously served on the Tamworth Business Chamber board in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 during this time he held various roles including Vice President, chair of the Queen of Country Music Quest, Chair of Tamworth Junior Chamber & was an active participant to the board.
Mark has lived in Tamworth all his life and is happily married to Jane with 4 children.
Mark has been involved with the Motor Vehicle Industry since 1984. As Dealer
Principal, he is a fourth generation successor in the motor trade, at Woodley’s
Motors in Tamworth.
Woodley’s Motors is a large Motor Vehicle Dealership that sells and services new &
pre-owned motor vehicles. It was established in 1919. It is located in Tamworth
NSW, one of the largest and fastest growing regional Cities in Australia.
“My experience and career path at Woodley’s has been in many different areas of
the business & our different departments. I believe that this long experience has
been one of the greatest preparation for life and also for continuing on in the
business here at Woodley’s Motors.” Mark Woodley, Dealer Principal – Woodley’s
Woodley’s currently employs 110 Staff and is the largest Motor Vehicle dealer in Tamworth.
Now a local solicitor, Fiona was born and raised on a sheep, cattle and cropping property in northwest NSW and comes from a long line of Australian graziers. After attending the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Fiona was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2004 and has extensive experience as an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She practised in Sydney and New York before returning to Tamworth in November 2015, to manage Slater and Gordon’s Tamworth office.
Fiona now dedicates her career to her home town and its surrounding region, investing those world class legal skills in strengthening the legal services available in rural NSW. She manages a team of local professionals and understands the importance of encouraging development and growth in regional Australia.
Fiona relishes the opportunity to serve her community, and past service includes as a volunteer solicitor at the Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney, and as a volunteer suicide and crisis counsellor at Samaritans NYC.
Fiona’s board and committee experience includes serving as a strata board member for a large residential strata property in Sydney, and her work on the New York City Bar Association’s Disability Law Committee.
Sara has 15 years-experience in communication, stakeholder engagement, public relations and event management. Prior to establishing C7EVEN Communications, Sara held various in-house communication positions for national organisations and the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet where she coordinated high level Guest of Government programs for some of Australia’s most prominent visits and events including the visit to Australia by the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, the visit to Australia by Her Majesty The Queen, the visit to Australia by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and The Honourable Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General to name a few. During this time Sara coordinated COAG meetings, Prime Ministers XI Cricket as well as Prime Minister’s Official Australia Day functions. She was also the Liaison Coordinator for the APEC Australia 2007 Taskforce and the PIF Australia 2009 Taskforce.
Sara’s extensive experience in high-level and sensitive relationship management including successful delivery of prominent national events has enabled her to achieve outcomes of the highest level often within a national media context. Her ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously while meeting priorities in dynamic and changing environments was awarded with a National Australia Day Medal in 2011, where she was recognised by the Prime Minister for her role in the successful delivery of an extraordinary number of visits and events.
Following her move to Tamworth in 2012, Sara has developed and implemented successful communication and marketing campaigns for a range of clients including; corporate agribusinesses, research and development corporations, local and federal government agencies, academia and financial institutions. Most recently Sara has managed the public relations program for the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth achieving unprecedented results and over $36M in value.
Sara is passionate about regional Australia having grown up on the Monaro and experiencing first hand some of the issues faced by regional Australians. Now her ambition is to close the city country divide by connecting clients with their audiences in real and meaningful ways. Sara holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) and is currently studying for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Clint is a lawyer at Everingham Solomons, Tamworth. Clint grew up on a property in the Tamworth area and attended Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School. Clint attended the University of New England, Armidale from 2006 to 2010, completing degrees in Economics and Law and has worked at Everingham Solomons since. Clint’s legal practice focuses on business law, property law and commercial disputes. Clint previously oversaw Everingham Solomons’ criminal practice which has given Clint significant courtroom experience.
In 2013, Clint completed a Masters degree in Commercial Litigation through the College of Law, Sydney and is currently completing a Masters of Laws through the University of Sydney. The focus of this study has been around business law, including advanced study of contracts, insolvency, taxation and Commercial trading trusts.
Clint lives in Tamworth and has played Rugby Union for Farrer, St Alberts College and Tamworth Magpies. Through his work, Clint has had significant exposure to the Tamworth business community and is keen to support is ongoing growth.
Ben’s career started 33 years ago when he left school to start working in some of the finest country house hotels in England. Starting as a kitchen hand he watched, listened, put his hand up for any task that involved food and pestered the chefs, asking questions constantly. Ben truly values how important everyone’s position is in an organisation when you start at the bottom and work your way up. From there Ben did two years formal training at a college, working the whole time in the evenings and weekends.
During my time at The Powerhouse Hotel Ben has worked with the New South Wales Local Development Board, mixing with Politicians and Civil Servants, who may not always see the importance of strong regional communities.
Ben says that his biggest challenge as a manager and human being, is being the single father of two amazing children and holding down a job in an industry that is not conducive to family life. Time management and people management skills have been tested to the limits during this time and his understanding of the importance of strong community ties for different reasons during these times has grown. He has grown as a person due to the situations and challenges experienced during his life and is a firm believer that as long as you always view every challenge as an opportunity, you should come out the other end a better and stronger person. He believes this can be taken into professional life as well; strength can be gained through unity and strong community.
After almost eight years as the Executive Head chef at the Powerhouse Ben was asked to take on the role of General Manager, which again is a total departure from being a chef. In his career, he has spent a lot of time championing the use of local foods and suppliers, nurturing a strong bond between businesses in the areas, trying to build a strong local business community. In recognising the bonds between various facets of the supply chain that we sit in, he fostered a strong and rapidly growing business community who were able to build profiles and profitability through strong advocacy of each other’s businesses. This translated into strong regional growth within the hospitality industry, using each other’s achievements to promote our own businesses.
Being the only Michelin starred Chef in Wales at the time provided me with the opportunity to cook for the likes of Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin and other G8 leaders, using all Welsh suppliers and promoting their businesses in turn.
I am a hands on problem solver and system implementation provider. I enjoy working with others to enhance and support the smooth running of business practice by way of sourcing, implementing and managing human resources and accounting solutions. I love making your work life easier and am passionate about small business.
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National Director Bookkeeping – H&R Block Limited
August 2016 to current
My current role sees me developing and leading a team of Bookkeepers that look after SMEs across the nation. At H&R Block we are rapidly expanding our Bookkeeping division with our Bookkeeping Headquarters now based on Peel Street in Tamworth CBD.
We are looking to develop our team over the next 3 years to include Bookkeeping specialists across a broad range of business sectors including Hospitality, Retail, e-Commerce, Agriculture, Manufacturing & Processing, Building & Construction, Transport & Logistics, and Health & Community Services.
Steph is a qualified scientist who graduated from the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biological and Chemical Technologies in 1996. Since then Steph has gone on to become the business operations manager, director and co-owner of East West a local company based in Tamworth. East West is a National Association Testing Authority accredited lab for testing soils for geotechnical,
environmental and agricultural purposes. East West also performs concrete, aggregate, plant, compost, manure, grain and water testing as well as contaminated site investigations. The East West business grew from Stephanie's desire to provide a soil and water testing facility in the Tamworth region, reducing the need for local businesses to send their sample's to metropolitan centres, and in turn, creating employment and skills opportunities locally.
Stephanie's vision for the future of her business is to become self-sufficient, allowing
growth and focus on social responsibility. Passionate about her community and the
environment Steph is actively involved in several community projects and groups. She is a founding member of the Tamworth Urban Landcare Group, Treasurer of both Tamworth Regional Landcare Association and Tamworth Club of Zonta, Chair of both New England North West Landcare Network Chairs and the Sustainable Northwest program, and she is the region’s representative and Deputy Chair of Executive NSW Landcare Committee.
Through her business, Steph has won Business Leader for 2015 at the New England
North West Business Chamber awards and went on to represent the region at the State Business Chamber Awards in Sydney. In March 2016 Steph was awarded the Local Women of the Year for Tamworth NSW and in 2017 finalist in Regional Women of the Year Category in the NSW Parliament.
Growing up in regional Australia, Jill Stewart knows the value of hard work. Living and working on the land from a young age, Jill had no choice other than to get in, get her hands dirty and get the job done. These early life experiences coupled with seeing first hand how the family business was run and a passion for all things media, led Jill to her chosen career.
Jill specialises in profile management for individuals and businesses focusing on brand awareness through publicity, brand alliances and clever marketing strategies. Jill has worked with a diverse range of clients ranging from entertainment, FMCG, food, technology and sport.
Jill’s impressive credentials are a direct result of her strength in finding the angle in any story and making it work for both her client and the media.
Over the last 15 years, Jill has been at the forefront of a number of high profile Australian publicity campaigns, including work for The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, AUSTAR, Southern Cross Austereo/Southern Cross Ten (Regional), PBR Australia and SONY Music. Jill has also successfully worked on the publicity for country music mega star Adam Brand and Australian Rugby player, David Pocock.
Jill’s cross-industry experience means she can tailor practical PR solutions to meet the specific needs of a wide range of talent, brands and businesses and enjoys the challenge of leveraging and extending her contact base to meet individual needs.