Board Members

Todd Sotheren

Todd Sotheren

President

Todd’s background is 15 years in the advertising industry and since relocating to Byron Bay five years ago, Todd has focussed on using his experience to assist local businesses, particularly start-ups. Demonstrating a passion to partner with ethical and sustainable businesses, to the benefit of the community as a whole, Todd is also an advocate for continual improvement in the quality of local businesses overall, to meet a rapidly changing market and local economy. When moving to the region Todd noticed the above average diversity and entrepreneurial activity in the Bryon Shire and is passionate to foster this already impressive diversity.

Inspired by the world class businesses that have made Byron their base he is keen for the Chamber to acknowledge their success and to support others to follow in their footsteps.

Penny Beaumont

Penny Beaumont

Vice President / Membership

Penny recently relocating to the Byron region after having lived in Canberra for just on 40 years. She was a business partner in what was previously one of the largest and most successful construction and development companies in Canberra. She acted as the Interior Designer, Marketing and Sales Manager, besides being a Company Director. She went onto Real Estate Sales, Project and Property Portfolio Management. Penny’s background is in all facets of the Land and Property Industry and her superior knowledge off the diverse options available has developed to a desire to explore all opportunities for Affordable and Sustainable development. Her multi-faceted understanding of children (having had 8 children herself), families and the interaction within that structure has gifted her with an immense depth of wisdom and compassion.


Penny’s ability to build rapport and to observe people’s interactions and behaviour patterns has her in good stead to be able to strategize for the future for the good of THE ALL.

Ben Funnell

Ben Funnell

Secretary

Ben holds a Master of Business Administration from The Australian National University, he is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an experienced executive from the tertiary education sector and has provided business transformation services to professionals in disciplines such as counselling, case management, nursing, psychology, social work and more recently the creative industries through SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay. He has managed a number of education businesses – both large and small – and is passionate about learning and growth.

Ben believes that education has a long lasting, positive impact in our communities well beyond mere job opportunities. To this end, Ben is keen to connect young people with local businesses for mutual benefit.

Adam Collett

Adam Collett

Board Member / Marketing

Adam spent 10 years in New York gathering experience in arts administration, event production and small business management, as well as founding his own internet agency before serving as Creative Director for an internet start-up company for 3 years.

Since returning to Byron in 2012, he has devoted himself to local arts and cultural initiatives, co-managing Kulcha Jam for 18 months before supporting and establishing a number of Youth and Indigenous programs. He founded the Creative Foundation Social Enterprise, and is the Founder of the Encounter Project Inc. which is designed to empower local creative arts, support small enterprise and facilitate social programs, all while fostering and showcasing the culture of Byron Bay.

Adam is dedicated to community and cultural development in Byron and beyond.

Alice Moffet

Alice Moffet

Board Member

Board Member, Alice Moffett comes to us with a wealth of business, marketing, project management and community engagement experience; both in her own business Light Touch Solar and Electrical and through her engagement with innovative local business, Flow Hive.

 

Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight

Executive Officer

Executive Officer Sarah Knight is actively involved in a broad range of community projects and regularly donates her time to assist with project development and promotion.

Having always loved the Byron Bay area, Sarah took on a role as a journalist with APN News and Media in 2015 that enabled her to relocate to the region. She now spends a large portion of her time indulging her passion for building and supporting local businesses through her ever evolving consultancy business, Shimmer Creative.

Throughout her career, Sarah has worked across many different industry sectors, including media, advertising and entertainment, hospitality and fine wine, leadership and community development and the NGO and NFP sectors.

Driven by a passion to celebrate and build great ideas Sarah joined the chamber at the beginning of 2018 and now contributes her strategic business development skills to assist our board to create more value for our members.

 

 

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