President – 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.
Vice President – 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.
Treasurer – Nick Moran
Partner – Mayberry Meldrum & Anderson
Nick grew up in Murwillumbah where his family has been in business since the early 1980s. After leaving for study, Nick returned in 2010 to raise a family in the beautiful Tweed Valley. Nick worked for local accounting firm Mayberry Meldrum Anderson for 4 years, before joining as a partner in 2014. As an accountant Nick strives to deliver top quality advice in all aspects of taxation and business decision making, and establish strong and trusted relationships with his clients.
Nick joined the Business Chamber Committee after seeing so many other inspiring people putting effort into the town and broader community. He hopes to continue the work of the Chamber in building a resilient business community that is supportive of each other, and engages positively with the wider community.
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.”
Director – James Perrin
James is a chemical & environmental engineer with experience in sustainability, innovation, and food manufacturing across Australia and New Zealand.
Currently the Sustainability Manager for Stone & Wood Brewing Co., he focuses on projects to improve the company’s environmental performance and to support and give back to the local community. James is also a Director of the Ingrained Foundation, a Northern Rivers based not-for-profit supporting grassroots environmental and social charities.
James moved to the Northern Rivers in 2015 and is currently building a family home in Kielvale. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening with his family and running and cycling around this beautiful region.
Director – Phillip Hepburn
Phillip relocated to Murwillumbah in 2017 and also relocated his local accounting business soon after.
With extensive experience working across regional, national and international companies in Financial Controller and CFO roles; Phillip brings a strong understanding of small business and how it
is essential in maintaining a positive standing within local business communities.
Phillip joined the Murwillumbah District Business Chamber Committee with the intention of helping local businesses in collaborating to be more successful independent operators, whilst enjoying a
sense of support from an aligned business community.
It is his belief that when the business community is vibrant and strong, the local economy is stronger – leading to better outcomes for all residents and visitors.