President – Ilze Jaunberzins
Principal PowerMind Leadership – science based leadership development programs make leaders effective.. not busy. Ilze works 1: 1 and with organisations to transform cultures into high performers. An expert in bullying management Ilze is a national and international speaker and facilitator. She has a background in primary school teaching and a long career in nursing in various roles of clinician, educator, quality and manager of a large community nursing service. Having arrived 2 years ago from the Central Coast Ilze joined the Tweed Valley Women’s Services Management Committee and PowerMind has been a sponsor of the WOW and BEATS awards. Passionate about our dynamic chamber Ilze commits to contribute to the growth and flourishing of all businesses in Murwillumbah.
Vice President- Helen Stubbin
Helen Stubbin Distribution
I grew up in Wollongong NSW but I have also lived in Queanbeyan, Canberra and Darwin, before moving to Murwillumbah three and a half years ago.
I hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), and an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Tropical Horticulture). For most of my working life I have been an Early Childhood Teacher. Positions held have included Teacher-in-charge at a Government Preschool in Darwin, a position I held for eight years.
My first venture into the business world was after arriving in Murwillumbah. I bought an established catalogue distribution business. This business has enabled me to gain a sound knowledge of Murwillumbah and the surrounding villages, as well as getting to know many of the local businesses and owners. I also work closely with other distributors, ensuring that local businesses can have their advertising delivered throughout the Tweed, Byron, and Lismore Shires.
My business is part time, giving me time to work in a voluntary capacity with several local organisations. I thoroughly enjoy living in Murwillumbah and appreciate everything the area has to offer. I am looking forward to being a Board member of the Business Chamber to support local businesses and help them to be a thriving part of the local community.
Secretary – Peter Hirons
I am currently working a couple of days a week for Altum Accounting Pty Ltd in Tweed Heads South. The balance of my time is spent doing all sorts of stuff which includes working with timber, repairing items, acting as Treasurer for The Tweed Heads Branch of Red Cross, Volunteer for the Red Cross Community Visitor Scheme, being an active member of the Tweed Valley Miniature Steam Railway located at Tropical Fruit World, having the odd coffee anywhere, but mainly in Marine Parade Kingscliff and generally keeping busy.
This follows a career of 41 years with ANZ in Victoria mainly in the fields of Retail Banking, Marketing, Project Management and Procurement and a later gig in Owners Corporation Management which was a great role for me given my knowledge of property, strata corporations and people.
Carol and I migrated from the south to Kingscliff in August 2012, hence meeting up with all the terrific people in the beautiful Tweed.
Don’t forget to turn SOUTH at the airport. Aren’t we a lucky bunch!
Director – Skye Swift
Born into a family of Pharmacists, Skye knew from a young age she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her Mum, Dad, brother and sister and be able to help people.
Con Varela saw Skye’s shared passion for looking after the community and in 2010 he invited her to become co-owner of Con Varela Pharmacy (now named Varela & Swift Pharmacy).
Once her babies became infants, Skye wanted Murwillumbah to know what great service should be expected from pharmacies. Varela & Swift Pharmacy won a trifecta at the 2016 BEATS Business Excellence Awards, including ‘People’s Choice’, ‘Employer of Choice’ and overall ‘Best Business Award.
As Business Officer for Murwillumbah Chamber, Skye gets to combine her passions for socialising and supporting businesses. Skye will be pleased to help you with any enquiries you have.
Director – Karissa Ball
My name is Karissa Ball, my husband Peter and I are the proud owners of ecOasis resort in Uki, NSW. I am very passionate about my community and the region that we live in. Since moving to the area in November 2015 I have become very involved in the local community and I am both honoured and excited to be part of the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber board. I look forward to helping Murwillumbah and the surrounding district grow and thrive. We are very lucky to live in such an amazing part of the Tweed.
Director – Eva Heath
Eva and her husband Ross established their business Heath’s Old Wares in the Northern Rivers in 1990.
In 2016 Eva & Ross relocated their home & business to the beautiful village of Burringbar.
Eva is the current secretary of the Burringbar Community Association Inc., and a past secretary of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce Inc., and has been involved in various bodies relating to these roles.
Director – Michael Simmons
Michael is a local visitor experience operator, entrepreneur and marketing manager with 20 plus years of experience in tourism and hospitality, web and traditional advertising, promotions and events. Currently a Co-Owner and Director of Mount Warning Tours & Tweed Valley Cruises. Michael is also Vice President of Tweed Experiences Network, served on the Tweed Foodie Festival Board and also Tweed Fusion. During his career Michael has worked on integrated campaigns and blended marketing solutions for small to medium sized businesses, international corporations and other major clients. “Colleagues know me as a highly creative marketer who can always be trusted to come up with a new approach. But I know that the client’s business comes first, and I never try to impose my ideas on others. Instead, I spend a lot of time understanding the business and the audience before suggesting ideas. I can (and often do) work well alone, but I’m at my best collaborating with others.”