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.
Stephen Maher is a Chartered Accountant operating a Chartered Accounting practice in Tamworth for over three decades. While providing predominantly tax accounting services, the practice also provides business management advice, auditing, self-managed superannuation accounting, and has a financial planning licence. Additionally Stephen has qualifications being Graduate Diploma of Financial Management, UNE, concentrated on small business studies, Masters Degree in Business Administration, UNE, with a major in agribusiness, Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) UNE, Master of Laws, Sydney University, covering taxation law, international tax law and international law.
Stephen was previously on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Enterprise Centre and the Tamworth Regional Development Corporation Ltd.
An opportunity to serve the community in any role is a privilege.
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.
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.
Meredith is the Marketing Communications Manager for Powerhouse Hotels in Tamworth & Armidale. Her role focuses on the core business segments of accommodation, food and beverage, conferencing and events to increase brand profile and revenue. She has a genuine love of hospitality & building relationships within the community.
Passionate about continuous growth, Meredith's studies began at the University of New England with a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in Media and Culture, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Marketing at the University of Newcastle & is currently undertaking a Diploma of Event Management with Meetings and Events Australia.
When not busy with work or study, you’ll find Meredith spending time with her family, friends or dog, Rupert!