Meredith Abrams – Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth
Meredith is the Marketing Communications Manager for The Powerhouse Hotel Group 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!
Tamara Ferguson – Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Tamara is a food lover and dog mother, working as a Community Liaison Officer for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Tamara’s role includes sharing with the community the importance of the Helicopter Service – something she has great passion for. Tamara has lived in Tamworth for the past 3 years, and when not fishing or camping with her fiancée, she is spending her time immersing herself in the local community. As part of her role within the Junior Chamber Sub-Committee, Tamara hopes to help build the profile of other young professionals in the Tamworth region.
Sarah Martin – Public Works Advisory
Sarah is a Project Manager and Team Leader with Public Works Advisory in Tamworth. She grew up in Tamworth and after 10 years away, returned 2 years ago to take up this position and to spend some time in the country. In this role Sarah manages infrastructure projects through design and construction in the Hunter New England region anywhere from Newcastle to the QLD border and from Guyra to Gwabegar.
Beginning her career as a Landscape Architect, she studied her Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) in Brisbane. After working in Brisbane for a few years she spent over 6 years living abroad in China and Europe, working on projects in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In this time she travelled to 32 countries and is now stuck with a travel bug that requires self-medication (usually in the form of good coffee, or a Dobsons Gin always hits the spot!)
Sarah is passionate about being involved in the community and loves to meet new people; leading her to join the Junior Chamber Committee in 2017. Currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Asset Management she is found during her free time (slowly!) renovating her house, in the garden, getting away for a weekend, or spending time with family, her partner, friends and her 2 dogs.
Tennille Johnston - TAFE NSW
Tennille is a Human Resources professional and has been a member of the Tamworth Junior Business Chamber for 2 years. Tennille completed her tertiary studies at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour, and first moved to Tamworth in 2010. Working in the Recruitment Team for TAFE NSW, she assists managers with the recruitment and workforce planning functions across the western region of the state.
In her spare time, Tennille enjoys spending time with her family, restoring her boat and travelling. After previously visiting Europe and North America, she’s eagerly anticipating an upcoming trip to USA later in the year.
Tom Gayford – Tamworth Business Centre
Tom is the Group Technical Specialist for the Telstra Business Technology Centre. He is responsible for complex solution and network designs and is a technical escalation point for issue resolution for large key corporate and enterprise accounts across NSW. Tom’s strengths are in developing strong customer and internal relationships and providing business analysis and consultation to implement technical solutions to achieve business outcomes. Tom thrives on helping our customers and keeping up to date with the latest technology trends to continuously grow the regions technical capabilities. He envisions a Northern NSW which is an innovative technology hub outside of state capitals. In his spare time, he enjoys hitting the gym and renovating his house.
Alex, Ziyuan Wang – Tamworth Regional Council
Alex is the Economic Analyst in Tamworth Regional Council. His primary responsibility is to assist in the implementation of Tamworth Regional Council’s Economic Development strategy, Tamworth Tomorrow. He is also responsible for conducting economic development related research, and stakeholders engagement. Alex holds a Master of Commerce (Economics) from Macquarie University, and a bachelor degree, BSc Economics and Finance from the University of London with academic direction from the London School of Economics and Politic Science. He is now a member of Economic society of Australia New South Wales Branch.
Prior to Tamworth, his career began in Petroleum trading area in Singapore as an analyst, and subsequently as an assistant manager in the Market intelligence department. He likes to make use of both quantitative and qualitative skills to understand the driving force of economic development.
When he is not busy with work or study, he enjoys a glass of wine over the weekend or a holiday with family or friends.
Ryan Roberts – Humes Concrete Products
Ryan is the Business Unit Manager for Northern NSW with Humes, which has a manufacturing hub in Tamworth that has been in operation for over 60 years. Ryan is passionate about creating opportunities across the state that can be manufactured within Tamworth to bring jobs, training and exposure to large complex projects to the community.
His interests are travel and the outdoors, enjoying visiting beaches, cities and national parks across regional Australia.
Julie Fleck - Tamworth Regional Council
Julie is an Engineer with Tamworth Regional Council in the Water and Waste Department. Working in headworks and operations, she assists with the planning and delivery of water and wastewater infrastructure construction projects. Julie completed a Bachelor of Structural Engineering at Victoria University, and moved to Tamworth in 2016.
Julie lives locally with her husband, their two large breed dogs and a cat. When not doting on 75kg worth of dog, she enjoys creative pursuits, outdoor adventures and learning the art of photography.
Emily Norton - ANZ
Emily is a Business Specialist with ANZ Bank in Tamworth. Emily has worked in the Finance sector for the past five years across both retail and small business banking. Emily is passionate about developing relationships and helping customers to achieve their financial goals.
Emily moved to Tamworth six years ago with her partner and enjoys spending her weekends horse riding or exploring the countryside.