The Junior Chamber

Tamworth Junior Chamber

Mission

The Tamworth Junior Chamber is a sub-committee of the Tamworth Business Chamber. We provide opportunities for people between the ages of 18 and 35 who work in and contribute to our community, to attend events and to network create meaningful connections. We provide opportunities to gain new management and leadership skills consistent with those required to help develop your career and become a strong business leader of tomorrow.

Tamworth Junior Chamber Strategy

  • Create a link and a network for young people working in and contributing to our community
  • Promote the Tamworth community as a great place to work, encouraging people to remain living and working in the region or to move to the region
  • Utilise social events to help build Junior Chamber networks (eg. Chambeers and Champagnes on the last Friday of every month)
  • Communicate with local business owners to promote our network
  • Make recommendations to Tamworth Business Chamber on matters relating to business, the development of the economy and the future of the businesses in the Tamworth Local Government Area.

Events

Tamworth Junior Chamber committee hosts at least 4 events per year (not including monthly Chambeers and Champagnes and other social/informal events). Typically, these consist of personal development events and social events. Each member is required to attend the Junior Chamber events where possible (we understand that you may not be able to make them all). Each event is assigned a Lead and Support Person from the committee, the remainder of the Committee provide support where needed.

You can also find us on the Tamworth Junior Chamber Facebook page 

Shonia Poole

Chairperson

Bell Partners


Shonia is the Supervisor – Business Advisory with Bell Partners Tamworth. She is a proud Tamworth local returning from working in practice in Newcastle in late 2020.

Shonia is an experienced accounting professional, working in Audit for 2 ½ years, for internationally renowned mid-tier firms, before making the transition to advisory in July 2021.  She has vast experience working with local not-for-profit organisations, agribusiness, research, and education, but particuarly enjoys working in the entrepreneurial services space.

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting) from the University of New England, and a Provisional Membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Outside of work, Shonia is often seen with a book in each hand, conjunctively continuing her studies as a final year Bachelor of Laws student (UNE) alongside the Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Financial Crime program through the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (CSU).

Shonia is passionate about living and working in the Tamworth community and holds interest in regional economic development particularly in the development of educational infrastructure in the area alongside networking and personal growth opportunities for young professionals.

Sophie Wood

Committee Member

C7EVEN Communications


Sophie grew up on a sheep and cattle property in Armidale where she completed a Bachelor of Business with majors in Marketing and Agribusiness at the University of New England. 

 

Moving to Tamworth in early 2018, Sophie started her professional career working for a private agricultural company in shipping and logistics. In October 2019, she changed careers and started working in the Communications team at Tamworth Regional Council. Sophie has recently moved back into private enterprise, starting an Account Manager role with C7EVEN Communications where she primarily works with Agribusiness clients.

 

Having grown up on a property and in a regional city Sophie has a great appreciation for agriculture and the overarching effect that it has on a city like Tamworth. She is involved in various community organisations and is particularly passionate about Agricultural Shows and promoting regional and rural Australia.

Adrian Hartanto

Committee Member

ANZ Bank


Adrian is a Business Banking Manager for ANZ. Adrian was born in Indonesia, grew up in Sydney & moved to Tamworth in 2020 to shift his career from home loans to commercial banking.

Adrian’s dream is to start his own business. Through this passion, he acknowledges the financial & emotional commitment that entrepreneurs give to their ventures. In his current role, he has developed an interest in being a part of a business’ exciting journey, from supporting them through their growth periods & celebrating the milestones.  

When Adrian moved to Tamworth, he was enthralled by Tamworth’s wholehearted community & wants to contribute his skillset towards Tamworth’s economic development.

Outside of work, Adrian is buried in books to complete his final year in an Economics Degree at The University of Sydney and working towards his Master’s in Business Administration. To wind down, Adrian loves to hike & explore new locations. Like many young Australians, Adrian is also constantly scouring the property market to find the right first house!

Luke Fielding

Committee Member

Williamsburg & The Press 2340


Luke Fielding is the owner and operating director of Williamsburg (Burger Bar) and The Press 2340 (basement bar). Luke has an extensive history and family background in business ownership and operations and has a strong passion in the hospitality industry to create employment and opportunities for our local community.  Luke places a strong focus on staff development, brand awareness, product uniqueness, professionalism, and consistency through his businesses. 

Luke is a strong advocate for local businesses, growth, and supporting one and other through the tough times and celebrating with them through their own prosperous times.  He is community minded and will always strive for improvement to bring Tamworth the absolute best in his respected field of business.  Luke is a big believer in Tamworth’s economic and growth potential, he has invested in this town as a proud business owner and is excited for its future.  Luke looks forward to bringing is own experiences to the JBC, and working alongside with its board and members in 2020.

Jack Howard

Committee Member

Prime 7 News


Jack is a Sports Reporter for PRIME7. He grew up in Quirindi and returned to the region after studying Sports Media in Canberra.

He spent two years reporting on news and current affairs in the New England-North West, before branching off into sport, one of his biggest passions.

During his time as a reporter he covered numerous Tamworth Business Chamber stories, developing an interest and appreciation for it's role in the Tamworth business sector.

He is looking forward to applying his knowledge on the city and its surroundings in a way which will give back to his community. 

Libby Campbell

Secretary

Everingham Solomons


Libby was born and educated in Tamworth. She completed her tertiary studies at the University of New England and the College of Law in Sydney.

 

Libby was admitted as a solicitor in 2017 and commenced working with Everingham Solomons in the same year. She works predominantly in workers compensation, employment law and commercial litigation. Libby is currently studying a Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Business Law.

 

Libby and her fiancé also run a small cattle enterprise in the New England area. Libby enjoys playing Oztag and Netball locally. Libby is excited to promote new business and ideas in the Tamworth region. Libby is the Secretary for the Junior Chamber for 2020.