The Chamber Management Committee comprises volunteers from the Southern Downs who are active in business and community, elected each year by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The current committee are:
|Julia Keogh’s professional experience includes senior positions in the community services sector, leading teams through strength based strategies and strategic operational plans to achieve improved outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people throughout Queensland. In 2015, Julia was awarded the inaugural Women in Business Awards Downs Region ‘Community Dedication Award’.
A team member of WoW (Women of Warwick) Julia is also co-founder of both CNoW (Community Network of Warwick) and BNoW (Business Network of Warwick). Julia has held executive roles with several local community organisations in addition to operating her own commercial cleaning business.
Julia is a qualified Justice of the Peace, holds a Diploma in Community Services Coordination, accreditation in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Solution Orientated Narrative Approaches and Principals, Cross Cultural Facilitation, Certificate IV in both Employment Services and Workplace Trainer/Assessor in addition to Queensland Disaster Management Coordination accreditation.
|Dr Louise Clarke graduated with a Bachelor in Science in 1988, and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Bristol 1991. She also has postgraduate qualifications of a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1995) and a Fellowship in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2000). After a medical/surgical internship in Bristol Dr Clarke decided to relocate to Toowoomba in 1992. She has worked in rural areas including Toowoomba, Roma, and Mt Morgan, before moving to Warwick as a GP in 1994. She has worked in general practice since that time, a fluid time from a business point of view, as the structure of her practice changed three times.
Dr Clarke is now a joint owner of the Condamine Medical Centre, which is a large general practice with 20 doctors who are full- or part-time, and a large administrative and nursing staff. Her main focus is leading the educational and training side of the practice, focusing on the training registrars who stay with the practice for either one year or six months.
Dr Clarke has had speaking engagements on Rainbow FM, Probis, Women of Warwick, and the Mental Health Professional Network, as well as at a book launch for ‘Friendship Food’, written by Felicity Philp.
|Dave Martin is the owner/managing director of Southwest Wholesalers, an independent wholesale distributor, supplying high quality wholesale products across the Darling Downs.
Established in 1993 as a one-man vending machine operation servicing local business owners in Warwick, increasing demand saw the business steadily expand into the distribution of snack foods, drinks, packaging, confectionery and frozen foods, supplying quality products to local Cafe’s, Restaurants, Service Stations, Pubs & Clubs, Motels & Hotels, Hospitals, Sporting Clubs, and School Tuckshops.
Today, Southwest Wholesalers is the largest truly independent, family owned wholesale distribution company based on the Darling Downs.
|Jane Pollard has over 25 years of accounting and tax experience and is the owner of Catalyst Accounting and Tax. Having travelled extensively and lived in a variety of countries she has experienced a broad range of industry types, management styles and systems. Her professional career began in public practice with Price Waterhouse in Sydney, NSW. Jane travelled and worked in the mining industry in Western Australia and Ghana, West Africa then for a winery in Griffith, NSW before choosing to return to public practice in 2004.
Jane is passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs and supporting family owned businesses to thrive. With several large manufacturing clients, she has also developed a specialisation in this area. Jane speaks your language and is an excellent listener and considers it an honour to be the trusted financial advisor for her clients.
|Jacob Cadman is a local finance broker running Unlocked Finance offering financial solutions for locals.|
|Anne-Louise Byrne has been a senior personal banker at the ANZ for the past 4 years, where she enjoys building and assisting customers and businesses in reaching their financial goals. Prior to this, Anne-Louise ran a very successful small business employing seven staff and found that the key to success was through engaging her team in continual education. With her passion for small business Anne-Louise is currently a co-owner of a rural cattle property with her husband.|
Additional support is provided to the Management Committee by the following volunteers:
|Lyn Prowse-Bishop has been running her virtual assistant practice, Executive Stress Office Support (eSOS) since February 2000. One of Queensland’s most well-known and respected VAs, she is founder of the Australian Virtual Business Network, is a foundation steering committee member of and regular speaker at the annual Online International Virtual Assistants Convention, past Queensland Representative on the national board of Independent Contractors Australia, and was Chair of the steering committee of the Australian Chapter of the Alliance for Virtual Businesses. Lyn is also host of Australia’s first-ever internet radio show/podcast for the VA industry: The Virtual Business Show.|
|Karli Fahey is the Owner/Mortgage Broker at Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers. She is passionate about providing a personalised service to her clients that caters to their current and long term financial goals. Karli has completed a Diploma of Finance & Mortgage Broking Management and is a Qualified Justice of the Peace.|