Meet our Board
The Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board is elected and nominated from eligible members at our annual general meeting.
Each elected executive position is a two-year, voluntary term. Those joining the board as invited Special Purpose Executive Members may serve as per resolution of the board.
We commend our past and present volunteer executives for their passion and commitment to the advancement of our association – and the region.
Interested in joining our board? Check out ‘Discover what’s involved’ or contact one of our current Board Members now.
Executive Member, President
Our recently appointed President, Viki, is a qualified Insurance Broker, and has worked in the industry for over 30 years, and with Nexus Risk Services for the past 12 years. Working in this industry means that Viki has a varied client base, and enjoys being able to effectively meet their insurance needs to best insure their business and other assets. Viki’s family immigrated to Geraldton from the UK back in 1975, and both parents were involved in running their own retail business, serving on local council and being involved in community groups. This drove her to become involved in both the Chamber as well as being actively involved with other community groups. Being our resident fitness Queen, Viki also enjoys our wonderful beaches, a good book and assisting Chamber members to reap the benefits of being a part of the Chamber. Also seeing Geraldton grow and become more of a focal point in WA is important.
Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Services (Broking)
QPIB (Qualified Practising Insurance Broker)
Member via: Tony Viner suggested she would be a great asset to the Board
Executive member since: 2014
Term expiring: 2020
Also a member of: Geraldton Greenough Rotary Club, and a past President of that club. Board member of Geraldton Club.
Executive Member, Vice President
Paul joined our board in July 2016 to channel his passion for the Mid West and the region’s great potential.
As a Relationship Executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Paul has a unique perspective on the region’s potential and challenges. His input at the board level is grounding, insightful and has helped guide many strategic decisions during his time.
Whilst Paul is an advocate for the MWCCI’s informative training and annual Business Excellence Awards, he also believes in the power of the more light-hearted networking environments such as the MWCCI’s corporate sports days and popular Business After Hours nights.
You wouldn’t know to look at him today, however; according to a source he was extremely shy as a younger self. It’s also rumoured he loves to cook and is still recovering from his operation to become an Australian Citizen in 2012 after being born in the UK.
Whilst on the MWCCI board, Paul plans to remain focused on how the Chamber can best represent the region as a great place to live, work and do business.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Finance and Marketing
Member via: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Executive member since:
Term expiring: 2021
Also a member of: Drummond Cove Progress Association, Former President /member Carnarvon Touch Football League
Executive Member, Treasurer
Kara joined our board in July 2015 to lend her accounting and finance expertise whilst building her board and networking skills. Today, having been a valuable executive member for over four years, Kara has grown to be a prolific and effective business networker.
Having climbed to Senior Manager as a Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA) at RSM Australia over the past 14 years, Kara is keenly aware of matters impacting Mid West businesses across a range of industries and sizes.
Kara and her husband themselves come from a small business background, having together owned and operated a franchise in Geraldton for several years.
During her current term on the board, Kara wishes to guide the Chamber towards growth and deepen the organisation’s sustainability through diversification of revenue streams and member benefits.
Whilst an accountant, many describe Kara as ‘not your typical’. She possesses a terrific sense of humour and can often be heard laughing when she isn’t diligently working the numbers. It’s hard to believe today, but Kara swears she was quite shy before she started attending MWCCI events. We’ll just have to take her word for it…
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA)
Member via: RSM Australia (Geraldton)
Executive member since: 2003
Term expiring: 2021
Also a member of: Geraldton Toy Library
Haley is a qualified chef and manager of her successful family business in Geraldton, Skeetas Restaurant – started by her Mum and Dad in 1991.
Having also been a member of the MWCCI since 1991 (27 years!), Haley has represented Skeetas at several of our annual Business Excellence Awards and is an active participant in MWCCI networking opportunities including Business After Hours, Economic Forums and learning events.
As testimony to her leadership, Skeetas won the prestigious 2018 Mid West Business of the Year award on top of many other accolades over the recent past. With a focus on Mid West tourism, Haley’s drive for regional growth permeates through her business and contributions to our board.
Whilst a serious businesswoman and self-confessed taskmaster, Haley is about as down-to-earth as we come. She’s an avid boxer, camper and is known to indulge in fine food (nearly) as often as she prepares it.
During her time on our board, Haley hopes to build onto existing members benefits by introducing a discount booklet – which will feature members and be exclusively available to members.
Qualifications: Qualified Chef
Member via: Skeetas Restaurant
Executive member since: 2018
Term expiring: 2020
Also a member of: Cruise Geraldton
David joined our board in August 2018 to provide assistance with member benefit programs, marketing and strategic direction. Since then, David has been an active contributor and has headed up our Marketing Sub Committee.
He’s a staunch believer in the power of membership with a Chamber of Commerce. He believes a proactive Chamber can aid terrific growth for individual businesses as well as the long-term health of entire regions. During his term David wants to assist the MWCCI to develop its marketing strategies and introduce new member benefits including a Member Discount Booklet.
David is also keenly interested in the health of small businesses in the Mid West. He understands their significant contribution to community, the economy and jobs.
David concluded as Manager for the Business Local service at RSM Australia in February 2019 after leading the small business advisory services for over four years. During that time, David assisted hundreds of small businesses to pursue sustainable growth. He continues to keep himself immersed in regional small business. Now working in his family business, Mid West Funerals, whilst offering copywriting services to small and medium businesses for grants, tenders and marketing collateral including websites.
When he isn’t working, David is renovating an apartment with his wife, Nikki, and enduring slow progress on the restoration of his old VW Beetle.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Current), Community Services
Member via: Mid West Funerals
Executive member since: 2018
Term expiring: 2020
Also a member of: Australian Funeral Directors Association
Our newest Board member, Michael is the Business Development Manager at Red Dust Holdings. As a Company Director of numerous Australian based civil companies, Michael gained extensive industry experience, networks and exposure at senior levels within the construction, infrastructure and resource sectors.
Michael also draws upon expertise in the equipment rental sphere, acquired as a Senior Manager of Operational and Sales teams throughout metropolitan and regional WA, with industry involvement spanning 23 years.
Recognised for his professional and community achievements and the alignment to the vision and mission of Edith Cowan University, Michael is the winning recipient of the 2009 Strategic Alliance Award, West Australia; as well as being a finalist for WA Business News 40 under 40!
With empathy of the Mid West economic climate from being a small business owner in Geraldton, Michael brings strategic planning, business management, negotiation and high-level stakeholder management skills to the executive on behalf of the Members.
Qualifications: Diplomas in Marketing, Management, Business Management, Civil Construction & Project Management
Member via: Red Dust Holdings & Abrolhos Adventure, combined with being passionate about the future of the Midwest and having financial interests in small businesses that are based in the Midwest
Executive member since: 2019
Term expiring: 2021
Also a member of: Railways Football Club and have been an assistant league coach for the past two seasons; Sponsor and supporter of the Towns CC; Committee member of Midwest Charity Begins at Home since 2017.
Special Purpose Executive Member
Wayne was invited to join our executive committee in 2018 in recognition of his valuable past contributions and detailed retail sector knowledge.
Wayne possesses a long-term outlook on economic development and MWCCI strategy. He has been a Shopping Centre Manager for over 27 years and sat on numerous community and government boards and working groups across various regions over the years. Wayne draws on his many business and board experiences to support our decisions.
During his time on our board, Wayne has been acknowledged for his pragmatic and balanced leadership style and is widely respected for his considered input.
Wayne is also presently involved in a retail committee and is passionate about vibrant participation in order to channel pertinent retail information and ideas into the Chamber.
Until he was 59 he loved to play basketball, however vigorously continues his passion by watching WNBL, WNBA and all NCAA games. We certainly know who to ask if there we need to know anything about how the Buccaneers are going!
Qualifications: Lendlease (Northgate Shopping Centre)
Executive member since: 2016
Term expiring: 2019
Also a member of: Retail Committee
Special Purpose Executive Member
Grant joined the MWCCI board as a Special Purpose Board Member by resolution of the elected members in 2018. The board recognised Grant’s skills, connections and interests in the Geraldton CBD development coupled with his involvement in regional tourism growth strategies.
As the General Manager of the multi award-winning Gerald Apartment Hotel and board member of Australia’s Coral Coast, Grant possesses the know-how and incentive to support the Chamber with business growth initiatives.
Among his talents, Grant is a registered builder and electrician and has a wealth of experience in property development across a broad range of project types and sizes. Having overseen the transformation of the former Town Towers to become The Gerald, it’s without doubt that Grant appreciates the challenges and opportunities investors may encounter in the Mid West.
Grant’s big personality is underpinned by his determination to get things done. Testimony to this, Grant once swam Perth to Rottnest, but having one arm seize up just 15 kms through; he pushed on to complete the feat with one working arm in 10 hours, 37 minutes!
Whilst on the board, Grant wishes to see the Chamber enhance its business advocacy services and be widely recognised as the go-to organisation where public policy meets business.
Qualifications: Registered Builder, Qualified Electrician
Member via: The Gerald Apartment Hotel
Executive member since:
Also a member of: Australia’s Coral Coast
Want to get more involved?
The Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the leading business organisation representing the interests of Mid West businesses.
Our focus is clear – maximize our members’ business success.
Established over 100 years ago, the Chamber is the most influential employer association in the region and is an independent, not for profit and non-government body.
Vision | Recognised leaders of sustainable business growth in the Midwest.
Mission | A conduit for people and organisations engaging in Midwest business to advocate and develop sustainable trade, commerce and industry through our shared values.
PURPOSE | Develop, advocate and support Sustainable Trade, Commerce and Industry.
COLLABORATION | Building knowledge, networks and opportunities in pursuit of common vision and goals.
EXCELLENCE | Inspiring success through continual pursuit of the highest standards.
INTEGRITY | The courage and commitment to act and deliver what is promised with respect and professionalism.
SUSTAINABILITY | Supporting an environment that encourage ongoing viable growth.
The Chamber will develop written position statements on issues relating to strategic infrastructure and business issues that accurately reflect the position of the majority of its members. These position statements will be clearly communicated to government, industry and the community.
The Chamber will continue to lobby political parties, Local, State and Federal government, private enterprise and individuals in order to address the strategic issues.
In collaboration with its partners, the Chamber will seek external funding opportunities that enable it to fulfill its mission.
The Executive Committee operates as a collective group in managing and providing the strategic direction of the Chamber. Individual Executive members should only ever act on behalf of the members as a group and with the prior consent or their Executive colleagues. (Granted through a properly convened Executive Meeting).
The Chamber employs staff to run the Chamber. The role of the Committee is to establish controls and monitor their effectiveness, to ensure that the staff provide an effective Chamber.
Role of Executive Committee Members
- To assist the President, Vice President and Treasurer as required
- Be a member of sub-committees or other task groups
- Be a spokesperson for the committee when needed
- Be aware of the legal responsibilities of the Chamber and ensure the committee deals with them
- Promote new ideas for the operation of the Chamber
- Be involved in the decision making process at committee meetings
- Represent the members of the group
- Communicate feedback and information to Committee meetings relevant to the membership and to the ongoing success of the Chamber.
The key responsibilities
The Executive Committee are established to support the Chamber’s purpose to:
- Promote the Chamber as the Business Voice of the Mid West Region.
- Provide a business information and resource service to Chamber members.
- Understand the needs and wants of our members.
- Lobby in the interests of our members to Government (at all levels) and other relevant groups / parties.
- Foster networking opportunities that enables members to share ideas and build on their contact base.
- Provide relevant training and skills development opportunities for our members.
KEY PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS
The role of the Executive Committee is to manage the Chamber in accordance with the Chamber’s stated objectives and specific responsibilities, including:
- To ensure that the Chamber operates in line with
- The Constitution
- The Associations Incorporation Act
- Any Agreements signed by the Chamber.
- Employer legal responsibilities are met, staff employment agreements are complied with, appropriate tax is deducted and safe working conditions are provide
- The Chamber has appropriate insurance cover
- Services are provided in a safe manner
- The Chamber operates in accordance with relevant Federal, State and Local Government laws and regulations.
Policy & Planning
The Executive Committee provides the strategic direction for the Chamber to ensure that:
- The Chamber has clear goals
- Plans are developed and evaluated on an annual basis
- High quality and effective services are delivered to members
- Written policies and procedures are developed and implemented.
The Executive Committee ensures that:
- The Chamber has an approved budget for the year and that expenditure is within the budget
- The Chamber has sufficient income to meet the budget requirements; or that the budget is appropriately amended from time to time
- The conditions of any funding agreements are followed
- Funds are properly accounted for and an independent audit is completed every year.
Other Committee Responsibilities
Other responsibilities of the Executive Committee include:
- The provision of support and guidance on service issues and matters as they arise
- Ensuring that the Chamber is strong and viable through having a strong membership and strong community support.
The board currently meets once per month at our Chamber offices on Flores Road. Presently these meetings commence at 4:00pm on the final Thursday of the month and generally conclude by 5:30pm.
Additional meetings are required if you join one of our sub-committees. The Marketing Subcommittee, for example, meets an additional time per month in order to set our marketing agenda. The Maketing Subcommittee meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month; commencing at 4:00pm and concluding by 5:30pm.
You will also be invited to participate in our annual Strategic Planning session, Business Excellence Awards and the Annual General Meeting. The 2019 strategic planning session was held in Kalbarri and was a whole-weekend investment from all who attended.
Business functions & representation
There are many other functions throughout the year of which your participation is encouraged. Events include:
- Ministerial business
- Investor meetings or summits
- Industry focus group sessions
- Charity or sporting events
- Business After Hours
- The annual Business Excellence Awards
Executive terms are 24 months.
There is an additional class of executive member called a Special Purpose Executive Member. These Executives aren’t voted to the role by the membership and are instead directly appointed by resolution of the board to fulfil a support role. The terms of these members are six months.
To be eligible to join the Executive:
- The business/department must be a Financial member of the Chamber and have been such for over 12 months.
- The person nominating is to provide a maximum 100 word personal profile with the understanding that this profile will be linked on our website for MWCCI Members to view and will distributed electronically to all our members.
- The person nominating is to provide a JPEG file, headshot (i.e. passport style) photograph of themselves (preferably at their place of work) with the understanding that this profile will be linked on our website for MWCCI Members to view and will be distributed electronically to all our members prior to the AGM.
You’ll receive confirmation from our office when your valid nomination is received. Next you’ll need to attend out upcoming AGM where a vote will take place from attending members.