Meet the 2018/2019 Chamber Committee
We are a diverse bunch of business owners, with a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience, but we’re united in our mission to make it easier to do business in the Shire of Mundaring in order to foster economic and social prosperity for the whole community. Ask anyone on the Committee and they will tell you this is the reason they volunteer their time for the Chamber.
We meet on a monthly basis and are involved in ongoing projects and tasks that aim to achieve our vision; to make the Shire of Mundaring a first-class community to live and do business.
Patrick Bertola – President
Patrick Bertola is owner, director, manager, licensee and general operative at Lion Mill Vineyards, situated in Mount Helena, where hand-picked, speciality grapes produce premium & affordable wines.
Patrick is a historian and retired academic, specialising in historical and social science research methods. His historical writing covers OH&S, migrant and mining history, especially the economic, political and labour history of the East Coolgardie Goldfield in WA.
Patrick also served as an elected member (councillor) for the East Ward of the Shire of Mundaring and as a nominated Shire member for the East Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel.
As well as chairing Mundaring Chamber of Commerce, Patrick is also a member of the Sawyers Valley Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
T’Anne Mills – Vice President
T’Anne Mills is co-owner, director, web designer & web eggspert at INCUB8 .
T’Anne is a specialist business and IT consultant with experience across a broad range of systems with well-developed skills in business process analysis, project management, web design, web development and software implementation.
T’Anne qualified with a BSc from Murdoch in 1998 and almost immediately jumped into the IT industry. Now, with 20 years experience in assisting organisations develop software to meet business requirements, she provides a high level of communication to bring clarity to projects for both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Specialties: application development, business management, business process, consulting, software design and documentation, project management, project planning, software development, website design and development.
Leilani Leyland – Secretary
Leilani Leyland is co-owner of local honey producer, Bees Neez Apiaries based in Beechina. Bees Neez used to sell its branded honey in many retail outlets and market stalls around the Shire of Mundaring but it now wholesales all of its honey and bee products directly.
Leilani is active in the beekeeping industry as a participant on many committees pushing the political wheelbarrow to enlighten government departments to the importance of bees to the environment. Leilani was previously the Treasurer of the Mundaring Tourism Association, responsible for the Mundaring Visitor Centre prior to it being run by the Shire of Mundaring, so has maintained an interest in the local businesses sector for many years and tries to support local wherever possible.
Leilani is married to Bees Neez co-owner David and has two grown up girls, a small dog with attitude and 700 beehives based in Beechina but the hives are moved all over WA following the floral blooms.
Michelle Carr – Treasurer
Michelle Carr is owner and director of local bookkeeping business, MC Bookkeeping, providing a cost-effective bookkeeping and accounting service to small to medium sized businesses, and individual contractors in Perth W.A.
Michelle’s business offers everything from BAS Statements to full accounting services. For flexibility, MC Bookkeeping offer three bookkeeping and accounting options:
– At Your Office
– At Our Office
MC Bookkeeping is an MYOB authorised reseller, providing software and upgrades at a very competitive price. It also provide Xero cloud-based accounting solutions.
Michelle is also passionate about health and is a senior consultant with Zeal For Life.
Geoff Francis – Immediate Past President
Geoff Francis owns and operates Eastern Hills Pools and Mowers, formally two separate businesses; Eastern Hills Saws and Mowers and Eastern Hills Pool Supplies. Geoff has a wealth of experience, having been in the business for almost 30 years and is a prominent member of the business community. Geoff has played an instrumental role in the Chamber since its beginnings in 2011 and even before that, when it was the Eastern Hills Business Association.
Aside from his commitment to helping small businesses in the shire, Geoff is also a dedicated member and past president of the Rotary Club of Mundaring Inc, a community service organisation which raises funds for local, national and international community projects wherever there is a need .
Geoff is passionate about community engagement and he can often be found hard at work at community events with his side-kick Digger, his gorgeous kelpie, who is almost as well known locally as Geoff himself!
Fleur Adams – Committee Member
Fleur is a creative entrepreneur, head honcho, chief bottle washer, dreamer, creator, social media content manager, and has fun with websites. In fact, at present Fleur does it all – even sorting the bins and toilets on event days.
The Perth Hills Artisan Markets are not yet a year old, the concept was registered and idea worked up on the 31/12/17 and has since evolved beyond expectation, leaving Fleur in awe of the growth of the market and those involved.
The experience gained from running Hills Fabric and Craft De-Stash events, which have now been going for two years, has helped Fleur enormously with being able to run the markets. Fleur has been fortunate to have amazing background support from Mandi Parker of BareFoot Entertainment – keeping her on track and acting as an amazing sounding board – resulting in the markets growing faster than planned.
Fleur’s outstanding organisational skills come from her background as a purchasing officer for metals and manufacturing, and believes that the success of any market is underpinned by organisation, commitment and a love of what you are doing.
Karen Beale – Committee Member
Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting and has extensive experience in bookkeeping and accounting services. Karen is passionate about connecting community and among other projects, is responsible for the Bendigo Bank’s role in the hugely popular Rotary Twilight Markets, held annually in Mundaring.
Fran Berry – Committee Member
Frances (Fran) Berry has been an entrepreneur for 33 years including 25 years of experience in transforming the lives of people inside corporate organisations, and transforming organisational culture. Fran is the co-owner and director of The Chidlow Tavern and owner and director of training & development company Alive & Kicking Solutions.
Fran co-owns the Chidlow Tavern with her partner Norm and together they offer a place where people can come to learn about the rich history of Chidlow’s Community, where locals can work happily and where young people can learn a trade that will take them all over the world, giving them an income to support themselves. Fran is passionate about the local community and through the Chidlow Tavern offers a place where locals can enjoy social time, be entertained and truly engage with their community.
With a rich background in Educational and Organisational Psychology, Organisational Development, Accelerated Learning, Coaching and Human Development, Fran and her company, Alive and Kicking Solutions work with organisations all over the world to help everyone from top executives to the front-line staff to create positive change and real learning environments.
Paul Douglas – Committee Member
Paul Douglas is co-owner and operator of A Patch of Country Cafe and Gifts in the heart of Mundaring.
Paul and his wife Lynda have been running Patch Cafe for almost four years and in 2018 were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the second year in a row, making Patch one of the BEST Cafes in Mundaring.
Paul is a passionate advocate for the local business community and has held several positions on the Chamber’s Committee over the years including Vice President and Secretary.
Paul and Lynda also own and operate Up the Hill B&B – a beautifully restored cottage in Mahogany Creek, offering self-catered accommodation for visitors to Perth Hills.
Ruth Hampton – Committee Member
Ruth Hampton is co-owner and operator of new kid on the block, Just Real Estate WA (JRE). JRE is an amalgamation of two long standing Hills real estate franchises and is independently owned and staffed by people who live and breathe the benefits of a hills lifestyle. Prior to the merger, Ruth was real estate principal at Elders Real Estate, Mundaring, which she owned with husband Edwin for more than 10 years.
As a busy mother of three, Ruth’s foray into real estate began when she agreed to help her husband Edwin in the office, after he bought a real estate business. Her twin daughters were six-months-old at the time and looking back she recalls it was all a bit of a blur – but it was also the beginning of a new career direction for the self-confessed ‘people person’ who initially had carved out a career in human resource management in Canberra.
Ruth had an active role in establishing the Chamber and has been on the Chamber Committee for many years, including holding the positions of President and Secretary. Ruth believes it can only be good for a local business owner to join the Chamber, because not only does it raise their profile but also offers a great way to garner information due to its very social environment.
And for those people who are toying with the idea of starting their own business, Ruth says ‘go for it.’ As a rule I think people are very capable and sometimes you just have got to give it a go and if you make mistakes, just keep going
Ken Hetherington – Committee Member
Ken Hetherington is owner of Coral Coast Beef, which manages an alliance between the family businesses of Avoca Farms (1978) and Fairville Beef (1995).
Ken is a local resident in the Shire of Mundaring and Coral Coast Beef’s home farm is located on Australia’s Coral Coast near the twin towns of Dongara – Port Denison, not far from the famous wildflower trail to Mingenew and the Coalseam Conservation Park. It is the home of the breeding herd and production base for Coral Coast Grass-fed Beef.
Ken and alliance partner Craig know that the provenance of food products is of critical importance to their customers. Ordering Beef on a part-carcass basis directly from the farm gate enables traceability– A different way to ensure you genuinely receive the quality beef grass fed attributes which you desire. Coral Coast Beef is now being sold by Mundaring’s local butcher, ‘The Naked Butcher’.
As well as owning Coral Coast Beef, Ken is an experienced executive project director as both owner and contractor with a demonstrated history of working in all facets of the construction of infrastructure in the resources industry. Ken is a strong business professional skilled in project management and execution, strategic planning, project estimation, transition management, stakeholder management and contract claim dispute resolution.
Karen Mummery – Executive Assistant (Part Time)
Karen Mummery started employment with the Chamber in 2017 as a part time Executive Assistant.
Karen qualified with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Plymouth in the UK and her varied career has spanned many industries across two continents. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK; in the travel industry, human resources (strategic and operational), recruitment, mining & resources, food & beverage/hospitality and most recently in the visitor servicing industry in her nearly eight years living locally in Stoneville.
Karen is passionate about community participation, involvement and development and has brought her experience & dedication to many community organisations. Karen has held voluntary roles within several community groups including Treasurer for the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Secretary for the State Emergency Services (City of Stirling) and voluntary support worker for Ngala.
Marie Otty – Committee Member
Marie Otty is a Creative Freelance Graphic Designer and owner of Dilkara Designs.
As a graphic designer, Marie spend her days helping businesses stand out by creating a unique and personalised brand identity through their branding. She looks through the lens of her client’s business goals and target audience to make sure that their branding, website and all aspects of their online and printed media are working together to help them succeed – not just look great.
With over 20 years of experience in both the tourism and hospitality industries Marie is at her best when assisting businesses within the tourism and hospitality space. She understands how these industries work, who the customers are and what it takes to make individual brands stand out and appeal to the right people.
While specialising in tourism and hospitality, Marie has also worked with a variety of businesses in other industries over the years and is genuinely invested in helping local business succeed.