Stuart Bate has a heart for community and a mind for business. He loves to challenge the status quo and ignite questions from the audience. Stuart’s manner is engaging. He describes himself as a simple person who loves surfing, nature, people and never wastes a moment.
Stuart’s career variety spans from the heart of Australia to England and Canada – spanning the sectors of real estate, hospitality, construction, IT, sales recruitment, and business processing outsourcing. He shifted to community services and worked with people who were long-term unemployed, recovering addicts, and ex-offenders.
Stuart then moved to the Northern Territory to live and work in remote Aboriginal communities. His role centred on education in the NT and Queensland.
His work culminated in his current dream job as a manager of performance and strategy for CoAct, a network of not-for-profit organisations. The role is based in Brisbane, but Stuart and his family live in beautiful Dunbogan, right on the beach, work remotely, and get involved in community organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Girl Guides, Soccer and the Mid North Coast Innovation Network.
Stuart has also kicked off his own fledgling business SOEE, Strengths Opportunity Education and Employment delivering pro bono mentoring services and speaking engagements.
One of Stuart’s goals is to see the Camden Haven move ahead in a way that enhances our quality of life through development and progression while protecting the natural beauty. At every opportunity, Stuart’s intention is to flick a switch in the mind of the person or people he is engaging with; for people to make a connection with the topic, understand something new, or realise a new direction for themselves and their business.
Stuart’s talents lie in his ability to translate the complex into meaningful messages which break through to people of varying ages and experience, particularly those who are disengaged. His engagement on topics comes from a place of heartfelt experience and simplicity.
Wayne Heilman began his career in real estate in Cowra in 1981. Not long after this, in 1983, the company he worked with joined the LJ Hooker family. An advantage Wayne has found being part of such a well-known brand, L.J Hooker, is the ability to combine local knowledge with an international pool of buyers and sellers.
Wayne covers all of the market place including residential homes, smaller hobby farms, from 5 to 100 acres, Commercial & Industrial properties, vacant land of all types including development property and Business sales.
A proud achievement of his has been qualifying as a member of the LJ Hooker “Captains Club” on numerous occasions. Captains Club Membership is a privilege – not an entitlement, it recognises and rewards the top achievers in the L.J. Hooker Group.
In 2004 he was recognised by the LJ Hooker company and invited to be an Admiral (an elite group of top achievers) for the continued support of the company and fellow franchise owners. This group helps guide the company from a grass roots level to ensure the voice of the Franchise owners is listened to.
In 2015 Wayne & Leanne (and Manni, their pet Spoodle) moved to the Camden Haven area. After 53 years in the same town and 34 years in the same firm Wayne took on a new challenge of a second L.J Hooker office here in Laurieton. “it was rewarding to have to create new friends, clients and business associates.” Becoming a member of the Chamber was helpful in building a new network as well as using my past experience to help local businesses & tourism move forward.
He has now sold his Cowra business and is looking forward to becoming even more active in the Camden Haven Community.
Anna Battersby is the Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson of the Camden Haven Tourism Marketing Co-operative. Anna and her husband Nathan run Haven Waters Motel in North Haven.
As a first-time business owner, she is passionate about assisting new and existing local businesses to succeed and grow. As a newcomer to the Camden Haven, Anna hopes to bring fresh ideas to the Chamber of Commerce and local tourism industry to further promote the visitor economy and the benefits it provides to local businesses and the community.
Born in Sydney’s northern suburbs in the late 1940’s, Jenny started her career in the travel industry in 1975 following a fantastic 3-week trip around Asia (got “the bug” so to speak).
Jenny moved to the beautiful Camden Haven in 1980 and part owner of Dunbogan Boatshed in the 1980’s whilst working in travel in Port Macquarie. In 1983, Jenny took over Camden Haven Travel and has been there ever since.
Jenny loves her work, arranging wonderful experiences for her clients and enjoy escorting tours to the four corners of the world with like-minded people.
Jenny has been involved with the Chamber since first arriving in the Camden Haven and has held all positions – Secretary, Treasurer, President and currently act as Public Officer. Jenny is passionate about the Camden Haven and was instrumental in keeping Kendall Station open with a huge rally organised in December 1990.
April was raised in the Camden Haven and has a strong connection to the area and its people. She is passionate about supporting and growing the local business community and economy and wants to see the natural beauty and lifestyle of the Camden Haven nurtured and preserved.
April is well known in the Camden Haven and has contributed to numerous local not-for-profits and community groups. These include the Camden Haven Community Council Action Team (CCAT) and the Primary Ethics Program at the local Primary School of which she implemented and coordinated.
April has 17 years’ experience across the Health Care, Construction and Energy/Utilities industries. She has a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and brings experience leading organisational change and transformation. She is committed to fostering innovation in the local area, and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Greg has been a resident of the Camden Haven for more than 30 years. Greg and his family spent 15 years on a small farm at Lorne and 16 years at Dunbogan. Greg’s children were raised the Camden Haven and attended Kendall Central and Camden Haven High School.
Greg and his family arrived in the Camden Haven after purchasing a lease over the Royal Hotel at Kew. Upon the sale of the hotel, they have since been involved in a number of business ventures in the Camden Haven and Port Macquarie, including an outback travel and fishing business, an indoor plant hire business and a café-restaurant in Port Macquarie. During this time, Greg returned to his profession, surveying, and operated from offices in Port Macquarie and Laurieton over a 25-year period.
Greg is passionate about living in the Camden Haven and through surfing, golfing and bush walking enjoys the wonderful natural environment every day.
Over the past several years, Greg has seen a decline in the prosperity of the Laurieton CBD. As a member of the Chamber committee, Greg will be working towards facilitating a CBD upgrade and revitalisation, creating an atmosphere that will attract sustainable business and development.
Marisha is passionate about the sustainable development of tourism in regional areas, particularly nature-based and ecotourism, visitor servicing and tourism research. Marisha is currently undertaking a PhD on the economic benefits of NSW Marine Parks from tourism.
Marisha brings solid experience working for professional membership organisations including the Australasian Research Management Society and the Byron Visitor Centre where she has been responsible for membership management and governance.
Marisha has been a member of the Chamber committee since relocating to the Camden Haven from Adelaide in 2017. Marisha hopes to support the growth, transformation and evolution of the Chamber as an organisation to see it create business engagement, greater impact and drive sustainable development, ensuring the protection and enhancement of environmental, cultural, social and economic values in the Camden Haven.
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Holly Lambert is the Events Officer for the Chamber of Commerce. Holly has a strong customer service, human resource, and events management background. Before moving with her family to the Mid North Coast in 2019, she was a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Qantas and a Regional Cabin Crew member for QantasLink. Prior to this she was an Events Coordinator for the Bavarian Hospitality Group where she planned and organised a variety of large events from weddings to corporate functions.
The sense of community she noticed when moving to the area is what attracted her to begin working with the Chamber. She is passionate about the growth and development of the Camden Haven region and is driven to support local businesses reach their full potential. She enjoys exercising and exploring the outdoors with her family to discover what this beautiful region has to offer.
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