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 of Entrepreneurial Services 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 particularly enjoys working in the entrepreneurial services space supporting local businesses.

Shonia holds the award of Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting)/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England, and a Provisional Membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Outside of work, Shonia is committed to continued professional development, and is currently in her final class in the Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Financial Crime program through the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (CSU). She is also a keen tennis player and is often found on the courts at West Tamworth Tennis Club.

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.

Michael Buckley

Committee Member

Tamworth Jockey Club


Michael grew up in the Adelaide Hills in the picturesque town of Hahndorf. Michael has always been community minded and spent his younger years playing, coaching and umpiring junior sport.

Upon finishing school, Michael began his working life as a Surveyor and seemed destined for a career in that field, however, he decided to make the move to follow his passion for Horse Racing. Michael moved to Geelong and spent a year at the renowned Horse Stud ‘Makybe’. He then moved back to Adelaide where he worked for leading Trainers David Jolly and Tony McEvoy before trying his hand at training racehorses in his own right.

Michael moved to Newcastle in November 2016 where he took on the position of Industry Liaison and Racing Manager for the Newcastle Jockey Club. While in Newcastle, Michael oversaw a variety of Club projects and worked hard at cultivating working relationships within the community.

In May 2021 Michael accepted the challenge of moving to Tamworth and taking over the ‘reins’ as General Manager of the Tamworth Jockey Club. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing AFL for the Tamworth Kangaroos and holds a position on their committee. Michael is passionate about fostering links between community and business and appreciates the differing opinions and conversations that result.

Jenna Rice

Committee Member

Roberts and Morrow


Jenna grew up in Muswellbrook and made the move to Tamworth after completing a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources) from the University of New England in 2012. One career change later, she has found her passion in public accounting, and is now a Supervisor at Roberts & Morrow Chartered Accountants, holds a Masters of Professional Accounting and is a Provisional Member of CA ANZ with one exam before full membership.


Jenna loves all things crafts, and can often be found with arms full of crafting materials in Spotlight, trying to learn a new skill, or cosied up at home with a book. She is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue their dreams, even if they might not know what they are just yet. She believes strongly in the opportunities of the Tamworth region and is looking forward to the future of our region.

Hayley Wilson

Committee Member

NSW DPI


Hayley Wilson is an early career researcher with the Tamworth Agricultural Institute. Moving to Tamworth in January 2021, she specialises in broadacre crop pathology with a current study focus on the management of chickpea fungal diseases. Hayley has a passion for Agriculture, food sustainability and it’s essential role in regional communities.

Having grown-up in and moved from Melbourne after completing Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Masters of Science, Hayley understands the benefits of regional living. She is keen to promote education, not just on an academic level, but on a professional development level in regional areas to sustain communities into the future and is herself about the begin a Ph.D. based in Tamworth. When she is not looking at Fungi or excel, Hayley enjoys drawing, writing, swimming, and a good weekend drive followed by ice cream.

Edwina Carrigan

Committee Member

Entrepreneur


"Having experienced a taste for city life during her University days, Edwina Carrigan can confirm with confidence that her roots are firmly planted here in rural Australia.   

In 2021, Edwina completed a Bachelor of Business (Leadership and Management Major) at the University of Newcastle. After her three years of study, she has recently made the move to Tamworth to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a business owner, with plans to set up a brick-and-mortar store in the Tamworth CBD.  

Edwina completed her secondary schooling at Calrossy Anglican School, and this has allowed her to build strong and continuing Tamworth district connections through immersing herself in local activities and volunteering.  

As a Boggabri district local, Edwina grew up on her family property, providing a solid foundation for her appreciation for agriculture and its direct impact on the rural community, and a deep understanding of the importance of community in regional towns. Edwina’s support for the local community includes participation in local Agricultural Show events and promoting the rural community and lifestyle.  

Edwina looks forward to contributing to the Chamber and continuing to build strong community connections by engaging with the community and with other local young professionals."

Chelsea Roper

Committee Member

C7EVEN Communications


Chelsea Roper is an Account Coordinator at Marketing & Communications Agency C7EVEN. Originally from Tamworth, Chelsea began her career working within regional and rural small business. She has experience in media, public relations and event planning, providing support for a variety of agricultural, corporate and government clients. In 2019, Chelsea completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), from the University of Newcastle, and also spent a semester abroad studying communications at the University of Leeds, UK.

After living and working in different city areas, Chelsea realised her passion was with the regional lifestyle and business community. She appreciates the value of mentoring, networking and professional workshops and she looks forward to assisting in the growth of these opportunities for the junior business community in Tamworth.

Karina Sultana

Committee Member

Stacks Law Firm


Karina has worked in the legal industry since 2017, commencing as a legal receptionist before moving into a law clerk position and later working as a criminal and family lawyer. Her work in various law firms has exposed her to many areas of law, including commercial, estates, personal injury, and conveyancing. However, her areas of expertise are criminal and family law. She enjoys the diversity of matters offered by these areas of law, where no case is the same as another.

In March 2022, Karina bravely left her family and friends behind in Sydney NSW and moved to Tamworth to further develop her career in the legal industry.

When she is not in court, Karina is finding the regional lifestyle to be a rewarding experience. She is a part of the local AFL team and is enjoying the local cafés and restaurants.

Karina is passionate about contributing to her community and looks forward to engaging with young professionals, alike.

Oliver Smith

Committee Member

McCulloch Agencies


Oliver Smith is a career driven Real Estate Agent at McCulloch Agencies, with an unwavering drive and passion for people. Oliver has strong community connections, and solid local insight having grown up in the region. Oliver thrives in the Tamworth community, supporting small business and enjoys connecting people with property.