Executive Committee
Independent Chair

Roz White

Roz White – Co-owner/founder White’s Grocers– Mooloolah, Bli Bli, Mt Coolum & Peregian Beach. Over the past 23 years the supermarket business has evolved and grown from a small convenience store to 4 multi-award winning IGA supermarkets. White’s IGA focus on supporting other local business providers, suppliers and growers which means they stock 100’s of local products. Roz is a passionate small business advocate having held leadership positions including board chair and is a professional member of various industry groups. Roz is a regular speaker at trade and industry events including providing insights through the University of the Sunshine Coast and Innovation Centre. She is the current vice-president of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network and an active community volunteer having founded and organised many community events and fundraisers for over a decade. White’s IGA have generated $100 000 back to the community through charity events, fundraisers, donations and sponsorships just in the past 12 months. Roz is a volunteer director with Montrose Therapy & Respite Services and a volunteer advisory member of the Queensland Community Foundation (Sunshine Coast).

Independent Chair

Michelle Hamer

Founder and CEO of Smart Advice is Michelle Hamer. Michelle’s career currently spans 4 businesses –Smart Advice, PC Smart, Smart Learning and University of the Sunshine Coast.

On returning to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 1994, Michelle developed PC Smart into a full-time business and has worked with a variety of local, interstate and international clients.

Services provided to these clients include training on a variety of PC desktop applications, consultancy services in relation to the set up of their computer environments and PC strategy, and consultation on workflow and document management.

In the corporate e-learning arena, Michelle has successfully completed projects for IBM in James Cook University (Medical Faculty) Townsville, Suncorp Metway, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

CEO Smart Advice

Secretary

Wendy Chadwick

Wendy is a well-known local businesswoman with a strong track record of investing in successful ventures. Initially operating as MBE Maroochydore, she has built Express Print & Mail from a one person small shopfront to become the largest full service commercial print and mailing operation under one roof on the Sunshine Coast. Wendy manages all HR, finance and administration for the business and in her free time can be found on her stand-up paddleboard exploring the waterways of the beautiful Maroochy River. Most recently Wendy was awarded Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network “Corporate Business Woman of the Year 2016”.

Marketing Chair

Lizzie Henebery

Owner, Lizzie Henebery Consulting

Lizzie is a qualified, experienced and awarded marketing and communications professional who has a way with words and a penchant for planning. She works in both traditional and digital media, and is particularly skilled in social media and online promotions. Through living, studying and working on the Sunshine Coast for most of her life, Lizzie is passionate about supporting this region. She has partnered with business across various industries and has a positive track record of creating strategies that deliver on objectives. Lizzie also works with a number of charities supporting fundraising events that deliver much needed services back to the Sunshine Coast community.

Independent Chair

Kaitlyn Akers

Kaitlyn Akers

Kaitlyn​ has ​responsibility for delivery of Commercial Strategic Projects, for Infocus Wealth Management, utilising her ability and very strong skillset in establishing and building new opportunities for the group.

In her former role with Stellar, she lead the partnership with the ATO to deliver a new inbound customer service, construct a contact centre and deliver efficiency gain though piloting innovation in process, recruit and train the key management team and 250 Customer representatives.

Kaitlyn’s dedication to building a culture of achievement and good governance across all operational frameworks has helped her to ensure the teams capabilities are fully realized in a fast-paced environment, heavily regulated environment.

Previously as General Manager for the Holman Group, she had responsibility for operational and strategic management of the group’s Financial Services, Insurance and strategic Pathway program.

An Alumni of USC, Kaitlyn holds an Executive MBA and is a Fellow of AIM, and holds post graduate certificate qualifications in Strategic Talent Management from Stanford University and Strategic Innovation and Sustainability from Harvard Business School.

Kaitlyn is active in community leadership as one of six Directors of Surf Lifesaving Queensland. She is also active in local business networks, youth development, economic forums and Industry advisory panels, having served on a number of volunteer boards including government service providers SCSAVCS (Laurel House) and SCBWN Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network.

Building relationships and supporting people to grow their capability, within a framework of sound governance and future orientation  is key to achieving sustainable successful outcomes according to SCBWN Professional Business Woman of the Year 2007.

Following 25 years of success of her teams, Kaitlyn believes following her core values closely are integral to providing an challenging environment that promotes consistent repeatable achievement where people to innovate while delivering great outcomes.

Kaitlyn  spends her spare time on the beach with family and friends, playing sport and seeking wisdom from others.​

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Professional Development Chair

BRENDA JAMNIK

Brenda’s experience encompasses working with leading national and international companies as well as government organisations to identify and achieve their future business needs.

She achieves this by facilitating, developing and implementing strategies to build and strengthen their human, systems and relationship capabilities and financial and intellectual capital through cultural and organisational change and relationship development.

The diversity of Brenda’s assignments range from providing advice and recommendations on community initiatives as member of advisory councils to the Ministers for Business and Women; assessing the reason for global fragmentation and providing recommendations to the United Nations and being invited to speak nationally and internationally (Asia, Europe, America, South America) on Leadership and Leadership development.

As a Leadership specialist, Brenda assists local businesses to develop their skills and assists them in identifying and achieving their strategic goals. Some of the businesses include ANZ Bank, Whites IGA, Huds and Toke and Suite 3. In a voluntary capacity she also mentors five Business owners, mentors University students and is the Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network.

Brenda has recently developed a strategic partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast Global Projects Development International Projects Group to make a positive difference to the lives of people in developing countries through capacity building. Recent projects include developing the competency based training framework or Indonesia, capacity building of Papua Early Childhood educators to optimise the use of minimal resources and increasing the skills of Entrepreneurs in PNG to have a positive multiplier impact on the jobs and PNG economy.

In her role Brenda has designed and implemented structural, cultural and leadership solutions through the diagnosis of current organisational status within the context of identified future needs in order to build capabilities that result in successful future sustainability in capability and performance for clients including Master Electricians Australia, Sunshine Coast Airport, and additional organisations who prefer to remain anonymous.

As well as holding both a Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Business Leadership and being a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Brenda is a Nationally accredited Mediator. She is recognised in Stanford’s Who’s Who Registry of Executive Professionals and Entrepreneurs, was a Divisional Chairman of the Australian Institute of Training and Development for 7 years and was the Deputy Chairman of The Events Centre, Caloundra for 6 years

President

VICKIE MAGIC

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Owner, Business Matters Magazine & Why Fitness Magazine

Vickie Magic is passionate about business. She is the publisher owner of Business Matters Magazine and Why Fitness Magazine, two local magazines aimed specifically to the Sunshine Coast population. Vickie is a multi award winner of local business awards on the Coast having won The Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Micro Business Women of the Year in 2011. Vickie is passionate to give back, she is passionate about growing the network and inspiring women to the absolute best version of themselves possible. Vickie believes that women on the Coast need to support, inspire and help each other wherever possible.

Treasurer

SHAREE WEBSTER

Principal, Holmans BComm, CA, CTA, RTA

Sharee Webster is one of the Principals of Holmans – a chartered accountancy and taxation business operating on the Sunshine Coast. Sharee is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, a Chartered Tax Adviser from the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Registered Tax Agent.

At Holmans, Sharee specialises in business structures, taxation advice, superannuation and in particular Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs). She has extensive experience in providing strategic tax advice to private clients, owner-operated family businesses and large corporate entities.

Sharee is passionate about being part of the Sunshine Coast Community and about giving back to the community. As well as being the current Treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network, as a Buderim local, she is proud to hold her position on the Board of Directors of the Buderim Community Enterprises Limited, trading as the Buderim Community Bank ® Branch of Bendigo Bank.

Independent Chair

DONNA NIAZOV

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Owner – Family Friendly Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control

I am passionate about people & business. After being in many different industries in 3 different countries, I finally took residence on the Sunshine Coast in 2011 and since then have started a family and my business in carpet cleaning and pest control.
My passion lies in connecting people and watching local businesses thrive within the community.
When I was introduced to the network and attended my first event I was blown away with the amount of support and knowledge across women of the Sunshine Coast and I just had to be involved!

Independent Chair

AMY RATCLIFFE

Operations & Marketing Manager for McGrath Real Estate Agents in Caloundra

Amy grew up on the Sunshine Coast & spent time in both Brisbane & Melbourne working in corporate Pharmaceuticals. She moved back to the Sunshine Coast to enjoy the lifestyle here & spent 3 years working for the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Amy has taken the role of Operations & Marketing Manager for McGrath Real Estate Agents in Caloundra & is looking forward to expanding her skills in a new industry. Amy also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network & also sits on the Committee of the Friends of the Caloundra Regional Gallery.
Amy is passionate about business relationships on the Coast, particularly amongst women, social media, marketing, personal branding & providing amazing customer service.