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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sara has 15 years-experience in communication, stakeholder engagement, public relations and event management. Prior to establishing C7EVEN, Sara held various communication positions for national organisations The Law Council of Australia and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Federal Government Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.
Sara’s extensive experience in high-level and sensitive relationship management and her ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously was awarded with a National Australia Day Medal in 2011, where she was recognised by the then Prime Minister for her role in the successful delivery of an extraordinary number of projects.
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, regional tourism and lifestyle companies and financial institutions.
Sara is passionate about regional Australia having grown up in the small country town of Cooma on the Monaro and now finding herself in Tamworth. Her ambition is to close the city, country divide by demonstrating the benefits and career opportunities available outside the major centres.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) and is currently studying for Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Youth Frontiers Mentor.
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.
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 Motors.
Woodley’s currently employs 110 Staff and is the largest Motor Vehicle dealer in Tamworth.
Mary Ryan-Garnett is the Executive Manager, Member & Community Engagement for Tamworth Business Chamber.
Mary’s expertise extends over 25 years’ working in senior leadership and organisational development roles, coaching and people engagement across a broad range of industries including finance and hospitality.
Mary has worked with teams and individuals across areas including; executive coaching, team effectiveness and leadership and talent development. She has supported and worked with organisations and individuals through extensive change management processes, navigating the challenges of rapid growth.
Mary has served on several boards including Tamworth Regional Development Corporation and Tamworth Business Chamber. She has also served on numerous committees and her philosophy is to always give back.
When not at work or helping out her clients you will find Mary exploring the big wide world.