The Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee is a volunteer committee made up of leaders and business owners from the Camden Haven community.
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.
Nigel has lived in Bonny Hills for the last 13 years and has been practicing as an Architect during that time. Nigel is currently a Director at King + Campbell in Port Macquarie and has worked on a variety of projects within the Local Government Area.
Nigel has been associated with the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Bonny Hills Progress Association for the last 4 years and has been part of the executive team. Nigel enjoys living and working in the local area as it constantly evolving.
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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.
Marisha undertakes the day to day operations of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Officer.
Marisha’s career started in international hotels, but she soon realised her passion for tourism and returned to university to complete a Bachelor Degree of Business in Environmental Tourism Management with first class Honours at Southern Cross University in 2014.
Marisha brings to CHCC solid experience working for professional membership organisations including the Australasian Research Management Society and the Byron Visitor Centre where she has demonstrated delivery of membership benefits and value.
Marisha is passionate about the sustainable development of tourism in regional areas, particularly nature-based and ecotourism, visitor servicing and tourism research
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