2021 Executive Committee and Management

CHAIRPERSON – JON ELBERY

jon@fortunegreen.com.au

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 chairs Blue Arts Fly Inc, an organisation dedicated to providing a performance platform for musicians in the Hills. Jon is also a member of the Kalamunda Economic Development Advisory Committee

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.


DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON – DENISE TWIGGER

Denise moved with her husband and 2 year old to Lesmurdie from Darwin in 2002 and set up her bookkeeping business from her dining room.  As the client base grew, she decided to get amongst the business vibe and moved into an office behind The Forrest Cafe on Haynes Street – 8 years ago. 

Denise has been a member of the Chamber for 7 years and has been on the Executive Committee 3 times during the 7 years, the past year in the role of Vice Chair.

You will often find Denise helping out at the Kalamunda Farmers Market and the voice behind the live streaming on facebook during market days.

A passion for Small business, networking and meeting new people, being the locally known bookkeeper is a tag that Denise wears with pride.

Denise says that she is “blessed to live, work and socialise in a fabulous community that is the Perth Hills.”

Denise is the Founder, Director and Trainer at Bas and Balances | Paperless Business Solutions – creating efficiency using cloud based solutions for SMEs & Trades providing Bookkeeping, Payroll & BAS Services.


TREASURER – STEPHANIE LEE

Stephanie has been an active member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and, since April 2014, has also been working behind the scenes as KCC’s bookkeeper. Stephanie has recently joined the committee in 2020 as Treasurer where she will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on Chamber finances. Her accounting background, along with knowledge of the chamber’s operations and financials will be a great asset to the organisation.

Stephanie also runs her own bookkeeping business – Imprest Business Services, which is based in Bickley. Imprest provides accounting, payroll, BAS lodgement services and MYOB consulting and integration support. Imprest also specialises in helping small business owners gain financial and operational insight into their businesses to better achieve their goals, streamline their processes, and get back in the drivers’ seat.

Stephanie believes strongly in the value of connecting with the local businesses community whilst continuing to learn and grow as business owners. She believes that Chamber provides the perfect forum for these opportunities and is keen to contribute to the successful delivery of these benefits to our members.


Kalamunda Chamber Of Commerce

SECRETARY –


KEVIN BENNETT

Kevin is the owner operator of Rothwood, which is located at the bottom of Lesmurdie Hill on Welshpool Road East.

Having emigrated to Perth from the UK in 2006 and undertaking a tree change if ever there was one by moving to the foothills from Claremont in 2013. Kevin has established himself in a place he can call home and wants to further enhance Community contacts and be a very small part in creating a bigger better City for everyone to live in.

All of Kevin’s 40 years experience in the building trade and as a serial property renovator, was needed after acquiring Rothwood. The former equestrian centre required lots of love and hard work turning it into a short term accommodation business and more recently as a unique garden wedding and reception venue. Having obtained WA Tourism Council approval and recognition as a Quality Tourism Business, things are just beginning for Rothwood.

Kevin has been a regular attendee and observer at Kalamunda Council briefing forums and OCM’S for several years now. He has been accepted onto various sub committees for Kalamunda Council including the upcoming Kalamunda Tourism Advisory Committee.

Back in June 2018 Kevin helped start up the Future Wattle Grove Association Group representing landowners in Wattle Grove South.

He has also been a member of the Kalamunda and Wattle Grove Rate payers Associations.

As a member of the Chamber’s committee Kevin is looking forward to working with new business’s within the City but especially those that are orientated around Tourism. Kevin quotes “These are very exciting times for Kalamunda and the hills.

Many believe we’re on the cusp of a new era of Tourism infrastructure in WA. It will be a challenge and a privilege to help lead the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce, who in turn can help small and bigger business tap into this undervalued market space


LYN SYKES

Lyn is the proprietor of Hainault Vineyard and Cellar Door in the heart of the Bickley Valley


PETER STEWART

After 35 years in practice and selling his Perth-based financial planning and advice business in 2020, Peter wanted to help the owners of other financial firms. That is why he has transitioned, so he can now focus on guiding and mentoring them through the complexity of estate planning processes and their own succession plan. He knows what they are going through.

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: www.benchmarkconsultants.com.au


STEVE HALL

Steve has been a life member of the Chamber for many years.

Steve is an executive director of Adult Teen Challenge, a not for profit organisation providing rehabilitation services, support and education to meet the needs of young people and families experiencing drug and alcohol related problems.


BRETT SCAREY

Brett joined the executive committee in December 2021.

Brett owns local business BM Graphics and is also Marketing and Design Manager at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Western Australia.

PETER WITHERS

Peter re-joined the executive committee in December 2021.

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.

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

RITA LEONE

Rita joined the executive committee in December 2021

Rita works for Hawaiian’s Forrestfield as the Shopping Centres Property Manager.

Hawaiian firmly believes in developing its Centres into connected community spaces and as such, Rita has joined the Committee to further strengthen and grow these opportunities.


JUDY HOULAHAN – MANAGER

manager@kalamundachamber.com

Judy joined the Chamber management team in January 2020

Born and raised in Kalamunda, Judy graduated from Curtin University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and for the next 10 years worked as an Art Director and Copywriter for some of Perth’s leading advertising agencies including Marketforce, Clemenger BBDO, Bates and Grey. Judy is also a graduate of AWARD School and lectured at Curtin University, School of Design.

In 1997, Judy moved to Singapore after being offered the role of Associate Creative Director for a local advertising agency. 

In 2000, Judy joined Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore as Creative Director Team Saatchi working on clients such as, MTV, Carlsberg, Guinness, Starbucks, Sony, Blush! and Lexus.

In 2001, Judy became Team Saatchi Regional Creative Director working exclusively on the Hewlett-Packard account, overseeing 12 Creative Directors in 16 Asia-Pacific countries. Judy was invited to work on the US$180 Million global advertising campaign for Hewlett- Packard out of the Publicis Hal Rinney office, San Francisco, USA. Judy has also spent time working in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

In 2003, Judy organised and hosted the first Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Creative Conference in Ho-Chi Minh, Vietnam attracting 50 Creative Directors from the region over 7 days. Judy went on to join the strategic and creative team for the initial advertising launch of Compaq and HP Direct.

Judy’s creative work in television, radio, print, and direct mail has earned her creative awards in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Australia.

In 2004, Judy returned to live in Kalamunda with her husband, where they have raised their two children.

In 2012, Judy undertook a Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Education at Murdoch University and went on to work locally at several schools as an EA and with children with special needs.

Judy accepted the role of Manager of Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce in 2020 and is thrilled to be able to give-back and work in her local community that has been home to five generations of her extended family.


ANDREA WHITE – MANAGER MARKETS

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