About Us

Introducing your

2023/2024 Hervey Bay

Chamber Committee

Members

 

 

The Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Committee members are all volunteers from the local business community, that generously give up their time to run the chamber.

The committee is nominated in June/July each year at the Annual General Meeting.

Committee members run the Monthly Chamber Breakfast events, Lunch Chamber events and Business Hervey Bay networking nights. don’t be shy and say hello to our committee members if you see them at an event. 

SANDRA HOLEBROOK

SANDRA HOLEBROOK

PRESIDENT

With over 20 years of commercial business experience, Sandra has acquired a wide-reaching portfolio of skills and experience forged from holding financial, operational, and general management/director roles in a diverse range of sectors including retail, distribution, wholesaling, and manufacturing.

With extensive hands-on experience in the management of two national retail chains selling recorded music and office products, channel management of PCs and peripherals as well as directors roles and general management positions in cable distribution and contract manufacturing. Sandra is passionate about using her unique skillset in developing, supporting, and assisting Hervey Bay’s business community to flourish.

LISA DANIEL

LISA DANIEL

VICE PRESIDENT

Lisa Daniel works as a senior lecturer with USC School of Business and Creative Industries at the Fraser Coast campus.  She teaches across the management discipline, particularly in the areas of strategic management, quality management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), governance and business ethics, and sustainability.  Lisa researches regional development, entrepreneurial ecosystems, business sustainability, and social innovation.

Lisa thinks she hit the jackpot being able to live and work in Hervey Bay with its unique energy, relaxed lifestyle and wonderful people. She is excited to be able to contribute to the local and business communities through her role with USC and the Chamber.

MICHELLE MADAY

MICHELLE MADAY

TREASURER

Having previously lived and worked in metropolitan and regional locations across Australia, including Melbourne CBD, Northern NSW, Darwin and regional Queensland, Michelle Maday and her husband moved to the Fraser Coast in 2017 and couldn’t be happier. With over 20 years experience in the Financial Services Industry, and 10 years prior to that in Retail & Hospitality, Michelle is currently employed as a Commercial Business Banker with ANZ, looking after a diverse portfolio of business clients based on the Fraser Coast.

Michelle is passionate about supporting local businesses and loves the energy and participation of the Chamber members. She hopes her experiences dealing with a wide range of industries and locations will contribute towards supporting the Chamber and wider business community.

KIM PARNELL

KIM PARNELL

SECRETARY

As a freelancer, I have been the Editor, writer, and photographer of What’s On Fraser Coast since the magazine’s creation. I am passionate about the Fraser Coast.

Over the last eight years, I have built up a strong reputation in the local community. During the previous four years with What’s On Fraser Coast, I have been fortunate to talk to the likes of Lee Kernaghan, James Reyne, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss and Marina Prior, to name just a few.

In 2016 I was awarded the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism People’s Choice Award for the “Best local tourism provider” with the very successful What’s On Hervey Bay. This was a huge honour; it was nice to be recognised by the people.

I became the business owner about two years ago and have never looked back. This has never been just a job, but a passion. I care about the community and the people in it and want to see the Fraser Coast thrive.

jody ridgeway

jody ridgeway

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Jody Ridgeway, Faculty Director at TAFE Queensland, is an enthusiastic and committed team member with a passion for training and skills development.

Having dedicated more than 28 years of service to TAFE Queensland, Jody has worked across a number of areas including; teaching, campus coordinator, educational manager and her current role as Faculty Director for Trades and Resources across TAFE Queensland East Coast region. It is this current role where Jody oversees the management of traditional and innovative training concepts for trade training, explores new and trending industry areas and applies her years of experience and vast knowledge to help shape training for the future.

Jody’s extensive business knowledge, having 35 years’ operating successful small business entities in addition to her time with TAFE Queensland, coupled with a Bachelor in Training and business acumen, have made her an invaluable asset to direct the training landscape in the VET sector where she shares her wealth of experience and insight to help the next generation of students achieve their dreams and foster an inclusive, innovative learning environment amongst TAFE Queensland educators.

Jody is proud to be a life member of Worldskills Australia , where she has been a dedicated advocate since 1988. In her volunteer role as Regional Chair she is an active contributor to regional, national and international events.

Ann-Marie Chapman

Ann-Marie Chapman

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ann-Marie Chapman is the Manager, Educational Quality at TAFE Queensland.  Ann-Marie has worked across various areas of the business over her 28 years of employment with TAFE Queensland.

In addition Ann-Marie has worked with the local university to identify articulation arrangements to create student pathways, and recently managed a state-wide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) initiative to recognise the existing skills and knowledge of students.

Ann-Marie has a strong passion for RPL and finds it rewarding to see all students graduate with a vocational qualification.

For over 25 years Ann-Marie has been providing a service to the community as a qualified Justice of the Peace and also volunteers her time to Worldskills Australia who provide an opportunity for vocational students to compete on a regional, national and international level.

A proud local raised as a farm kid at Bauple, who loves the Fraser Coast region for everything it has to offer.

Dean Comerford

Dean Comerford

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Dean career, spanning over four decades and two nations, has seen him gain skills in warehouse management, purchasing, retail and commercial sales, training, organisational management, and leadership.  He spent 30 years in community focussed management roles, both here in Australia and in New Zealand and has given leadership to an array of organisations focused on the needs of youth, men, and families.

2021 saw a sea change for him and his wife, Tania, as they moved to Hervey Bay.  Dean keeps himself busy as Practice Manager for Nourish Mind Soul Body, a counselling and trauma therapy practice, as well as Proprietor of Villa Cavour, a four-bedroom bed and breakfast in Point Vernon.  He is currently looking to expand his business portfolio with the addition of a retail store as well.

Dean loves Hervey Bay and feels privileged to be here.  He brings a wealth of experience to any role he takes on and is excited about serving the business community here in the Bay through his involvement in the Chamber.

Rebecca Greenshields

Rebecca Greenshields

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Since completing her Masters Degree in Economics in 1998, Bec has worn many hats.  From working in NZ, Sydney and London as a Statistician and Analytics Manager in Finance, to physically building and running an eco guest house in Ecuador, between the Andes and the Amazon.

In 2017, Bec moved with her husband and two children to Hervey Bay.  She is proud to call Hervey Bay ‘home’.  The family own and operate the multi-award winning local marine tourism business, Whalesong Cruises.
With entrepreneurial spirit, Bec enjoys trying new things and is unafraid to pursue new ventures.  This has led to her developing a relevant and varied skills toolkit – analytics, sales, marketing, finance, business development, operations management, strategy and leadership.
Bec’s approach to business is pragmatic, yet with full heart and open mind.  She believes in collaboration, innovation and creativity as well as getting the fundamentals right, no matter your industry.  Through the Chamber of Commerce, she is looking forward to working with the broader business community in Hervey Bay, and making a positive contribution in whatever form that may come.
SAMANTHA GOULD

SAMANTHA GOULD

SECRETARIAT

Sam is the Director of Gould Marketing, Australian-owned and operated business founded in 2015. Originally from Sydney and relocated to the Fraser Coast seven years ago. Sam has over 28 years of marketing experience and over 18 years of experience and knowledge in the digital world in a range of various industries. She loves working with local businesses and educating them in the digital and marketing space and helping grow their business.