Board and Management 2019

President - Caroline Babbage

Caroline Babbage

I envisage a strong and dynamic committee committed to actively seeking out members’ needs and opinions. The appointment to the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce board of members representing tourism, trades, retail, financial services will ensure a balanced focus benefiting all members. 

Kalamunda is uniquely positioned both in terms of its environment and its proximity to a rapidly growing Perth. Through a managed approach, working with stakeholders such as the Shire of Kalamunda, Tourism Western Australia and the Eastern Metropolitan Council a successful well led Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce will benefit all local businesses.

At a personal level I have gained valuable business experience over the past 13 years through the very successful establishment of Fawkes House Country Spa Retreat. Award winners for the past seven years locally, Fawkes House recently was also awarded Silver in the Hosted Accommodation 2015 Western Australia Tourism Awards.

I am looking forward to an exciting 2018 representing members’ interests, and developing a strong, inclusive, open and transparent KCC to benefit all businesses and the wider community of the Shire of Kalamunda.

Deputy President - Bob Melville

Bob Melville has been in the Rose Industry for approximately 50 years. Bob began working for his father in Carmel. He started the Melville Nurseries in 1977 mainly as a wholesale rose nursery and also growing perennials. Melville Nurseries was run by Bob as the Managing Director with his sons Robbie and James, in the wholesale and retail sales of roses. The Rose Heritage Cafe built in 1997 was a major part of the nursery.  In 2015 the sale of Melville Nurseries and the Rose Heritage Cafe was completed.

Bob has been President of the National Rose Society of Australia and the Rose Society of Western Australia. He has served for approximately 15 years in both Societies as President and Vice President. Bob is also an International Judge and has been representing Australia for many years at the invitation of many countries around the world. Bob is also a member of the Horticultural Media Association of Australia and has been a board member for the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA. He also served for a number of years as President of the Tourism Association of WA.

Bob has won the Australian Rose Award which is the highest and most prestigious award in the industry. He has also won the T.A. Stewart Memorial Award which is the oldest award. Bob's efforts in the horticultural industry have been rewarded with the Melville Nursery winning many awards at the annual Garden Week event.

Bob has been the original player in bringing into Western Australia the many varieties of the Heritage Rose and all types of Roses. He is also well known in his efforts of going to the many areas in Western Australia, giving talks and teaching people in all aspects of growing roses, water conservation and recycling.

Bob was inducted as a Life Member of Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Deputy President - Lee Fox

Lee Fox is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Director at Desborough Accountants, located in Barber Street, Kalamunda. She began her career in banking before moving to public practice accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2006. There she specialised in international, personal, and employment taxation. After working for several firms in Perth Lee settled at Desborough Accountants in 2013 before being invited to become a Director/Owner of the business in December 2014. Lee assists her clients in all areas of taxation and accounting, but enjoys the most satisfaction in helping businesses to grow and achieve their goals.

Lee was born and raised in Kalamunda and has spent the majority of her life living in the hills. She currently lives in Lesmurdie with her husband and two teenage children and their dog Billie.

The whole family loves being a part of the vibrant and close-knit hills community and is involved in many local community groups. Lee was a long time Cub Scout Leader before taking up her current role as Chairperson of the 1st Kalamunda Scout Group Committee. She is also the current President of the Lesmurdie Warriors Netball Club. Netball is a long-held passion of Lee's - in addition to her committee role she coaches a team and plays socially.

Desborough Accountants have been a member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce since 2015. Having recently joined the executive board, Lee looks forward to working together with like-minded local business people to continue to offer opportunities for networking and growth to the Kalamunda business community.

Peter Withers - Executive Committee Member

Peter is a mechanical engineer. He owned and operated a machine tool business in Birmingham UK. He was chair of a group of companies including a metal pressworks, a fastener distributor, two wholesale power tool companies and a specialist insurance brokerage. Peter became president of the UK Association of Engineering Distributors and also served on his local Shire Council. In 1989 he sold up and emigrated to Australia where he worked as a senior manager for Pacific Dunlop Group in Perth.

Peter then started his own business as WA agent for two machine tool companies, Iscar Tooling of Israel and Dimac Tooling of Melbourne. The Iscar Business was later sold to Warren Buffet of USA based Berkshire Hathaway and Peter retired in 2008.

Peter married Meiling in 2012 (having met at Kalamunda Farmers Market!) and they started Relax Chinese Massage in Kalamunda which is very successful. Peter now operates as a hobby a Classic Car restoration business and enjoys his time on the Chamber executive.

Peter is a customer services specialist and is very enthusiastic about the growth and development of Kalamunda small businesses.

Treasurer - Jon Elbery

Jon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and moved to Perth in 1975. He has lived in the City of Kalamunda since 1984.

After working with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) for a number of years Jon became the first full time employee of Heytesbury Holdings, the private interests of the Holmes a Court Family and was managing director of Heytesbury for several years, seeing the acquisition and growth of operations on 3 continents.

After Heytesbury, Jon was an executive director of public company CTI Logistics Limited up until his retirement from that role in 2007. CTI is a company involved in a number of business service operations including transport, warehousing, security, and printing.

After 6 months of retirement Jon made the decision to focus on building business locally and operates a small business advisory company Now Business Mastery along with his business partner Dr Bob Cross and also an online business web development agency called fortunegreen.

Jon is on the board of Pickering Brook Primary School and is secretary of the organising committee for Kalamunda Live, an organisation dedicated to providing a platform for amateur musicians to perform in public.

Jon has been a Chamber member for several years and is keen to see the Chamber continue to develop in a professional manner, providing relevant services to all Kalamunda businesses so that more businesses will find membership of the Chamber of benefit to their operations.

Peter Stewart

 Peter Stewart is the Owner and Principal Certified Financial Planner® at Benchmark Consultants. Established in 1986, Benchmark Consultants is located in the heart of the Kalamunda CBD and offers clients a holistic approach to planning their financial future including Budgeting, Superannuation, Investments through to Pensions, Retirement Planning, Aged Care Transition and Estate Planning. Peter is also a registered Justice of the Peace in Kalamunda (by appointment only).

Peter has always been an active community member who has established several instrumental community groups over the past 30 years. In 2005 Peter was elected President of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and he set about to establish a more professional administration and operational structure and introduced business sponsorships to the Kalamunda Chamber. He founded the Cygnet group as part of the KCC to encourage business owners to develop friendships and discuss common issues. In Peter’s last year as President in 2007 he established the inaugural Business Excellence Awards and Awards Presentation night. Peter remained President for three years when he stepped aside for Robert Bentley, however Peter has remained on the Chamber Committee ever since.

Throughout his years on the Chamber Committee he has dedicated his time to tackling a large range of issues such as; beautification of the Kalamunda CBD, entrance statements, signage, Crime prevention, underground power for CBD areas and Economic Development including Tourism promotion. Peter also helped establish a group called Kalamunda Zig Zag Railway Inc.

You can find out more about Peter here:


Francesca Flynn – Manager

Francesca joined the Chamber as Manager in July 2019. Prior to coming onboard at the Chamber, she held the position of Operations Manager at Perth Observatory. In just 18 months, she secured external funding valued at almost $1 million to redevelop the site and preserve its heritage, including design of the flagship Aboriginal Astronomy Centre Worl Wangkiny. She also authored major award applications which saw the Observatory awarded Winner of the Premiers Science Award in 2019, the Kalamunda Tourism Business of the Year in 2018 and recognition as a Finalist in the 2018 Perth Airport Tourism Awards.

Francesca has two honours degrees in Environmental Science and Psychology and a Masters degree in Environmental Science. Prior to her managing the Observatory, she held the position of Team Lead and Principal Environmental Scientist in the AECOM Geoscience Group and was responsible for managing a team of over 30 scientist engineers. She has over 10 years experience in environmental consulting and extensive knowledge of contaminated sites assessment, management and remediation.

Francesca is also the Managing Director of Evergreen Consultancy – a progressive Perth Hills based business consultant offering personalised solutions to project planning, management and funding, with a focus on tourism businesses. Since May 2018, she has held the position of Chair of the Kalamunda Tourism Community Reference Group, established by the City of Kalamunda, and she recently authored the 2019 Tourism Development Strategy to guide the City’s tourism development over the next 6 years. She is a Hills resident and is passionate about supporting her local community and seeing it achieve its potential.

You can find out more about Francesca at Evergreen Consultancy

Lisa Beeby - Admin

Nicole Airey - Market Manager - Kalamunda Night Market

Andrea White – Market Manager - Kalamunda Farmers Market


Contact Information

Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce,
50 Railway Road Kalamunda
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Thurs 9am-12pm
(08) 9257 3508
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+61 (0) 487 431 361


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