Roz White – Co-owner White’s Grocers
Over 25 years White’s supermarket business has grown from a small corner store to a group of multi-award winning, market leading stores focusing on supporting their community and local providers through their unique ‘locavore’ program.
Roz is a passionate business advocate having held leadership positions including board chair, is a professional member of various industry groups, mentor and regular speaker at trade and industry events. Roz is an active community volunteer having founded and co-ordinated many successful fundraising events. Roz is a current member of the board of directors for Montrose Therapy and Respite Services and has recently joined the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board. Roz is a current member of the Sunshine Coast Business Council and USC Business School External Academic Advisory Committee and a past advisory member of the Queensland Community Foundation (Sunshine Coast).
Roz was recognised as the SCBWN Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 2015 and named Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year in 2016 by the Australian Institute of Management. Roz was inducted in the IGA Hall of Fame in 2017 as the first independent female, a prestigious honour and significant milestone for women in the supermarket industry. Roz was also awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2019.
VICE PRESIDENT | LIZZIE HENEBERY
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 content writing, public relations, social media and online promotions.
Through living, studying (she's a proud USC undergrad and post-grad Alumna) 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.
SECRETARY | 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.
TREASURER | ANITA OWENS
Anita is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of CPA Australia, professional member of the Australian Restructuring and Turnaround Association, member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Accounting) from Monash University.
In September 2019, Anita joined Vincents Chartered Accountants to head up their Sunshine Coast office specialising in forensic accounting services. Her accounting career commenced in public practice in Noosa Heads in 1986 and she has extensive experience in taxation, audit, insolvency which provided the skills and experience to now deliver advanced financial investigation and forensic accounting services.
After 12 years membership of the Network, Anita was reintroduced to the management committee and accepted the nomination as Treasurer in 2018. She also serves as treasurer of Suncoast Community Legal Service and enjoys contributing to the community as a foundation member of the SunnyKids P100 program.
EVENTS & AWARDS CHAIR | MIN SWAN
Starting her own business in the financial services industry at 21 years of age, Min went on to grow that firm into one of the largest in South East Queensland. After merging with three other financial services organisations, Min exited the firm to add the corporate sector to her resume in the Financial Planning Division of Challenger Financial Services.
Min implemented the rollout of a joint venture with Bank of Queensland, before being asked to move to Sydney to take on the role of Senior Adviser to the CEO, Financial Planning. In this role she worked on the complete restructure of the division as a part of an executive team of seven and was responsible for managing, reporting and designing the strategic plans for the Challenger Board. This role provided Min with the necessary disciplines, structures and actions of big business which she was able to bring back with her to Queensland, where she established prestige event management firm, White House Celebrations.
White House Celebrations has been responsible for many of the major fundraising and corporate events on the Sunshine Coast since 2009. Leaving no stone unturned, Min and her team are known for executing with excellence and achieving memorable events on time and on budget. Min is dedicated to building world class reputations for her clients and believe strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to live their potential. Min has also been the Judging Chair for the Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year Awards since 2017.
MARKETING CHAIR | NATALIE CROMBIE
Working in the graphic design, advertising, and marketing industry for over 10 years, Natalie has a passion for all things branding and corporate image. Assisting small start-ups through to large corporates, Natalie is a seasoned professional with a wealth of knowledge and also possesses specialized skills in co-ordination, coaching and brand development. She has a deep understanding of the digital marketplace within Australia and excellent program management skills.
NETWORK DEVELOPMENT CHAIR | PAULA WILLIAMSON
As the Senior Private Banker for ANZ Private Sunshine Coast, Paula looks after an influential group of high net worth clients who rely on her ability to connect them with specialists who can further support and enhance their wealth creation strategy. Her desire to provide an exceptional client experience is evident in her work.
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Paula has returned after spending her career to date in North Qld and Northern Territory. Paula notes that working in regional and remote locations has taught her to be resilient and resourceful. Throughout her banking career Paula has managed large teams with a particular focus on consistent service, sales delivery, compliance and operational efficiency. A change leader at heart, she is always looking for ways to improve day to day business and client experience through new ways of working.
Paula is particularly committed to helping young women progress, whilst managing the challenges of a fast paced world and motherhood. A long term employee of ANZ, Paula feels the organisation shares her desire to help women succeed in business through flexible working practices and the support of women in leadership. Paula encourages all women in participation, flexibility and the desire for leadership. #equalfuture
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CHAIR | KAITLYN AKERS
Kaitlyn, through PCOC, is delivering a number of small projects with including strategy planning, cultural assessment audits, McQuaig job fit assessments for performance, process development, governance document audit, alongside a medium term project with an Allied Health group, bringing operational alignment to strategy and preparation for future growth & commercialization of innovation program.
Kaitlyn is a proud Alumni of USC Executive MBA program, Stanford Graduate Business School and Harvard Business School, Professional Business Woman of the Year 2007, Suncorp Supervisor of the Year and National Deposit and Payment Specialist , to her name.
She is active in community leadership as Director of Surf Lifesaving Queensland and Executive to SCBWN and IML business networks, youth economic forums and Industry advisory panels.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO | CLARE MCCARTHY
Clare’s passion is developing current and emerging leaders to become the best version of themselves, believing the balance of cultural and commercial skills underpins this. She is a fierce advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to developing high performing teams and work environments.
Her focus is on supporting and challenging leaders to develop deep self-awareness, believing that this in turn will support their teams and organisations to do the same, underpinning their growth and development. After completing her study in Nursing and specialising in Gastroenterology, Clare spent the early years of her career in Nursing Management.
In 1999 Clare became one of the founding partnership group of an Australian based Coaching Company. She focused on the development of the Intellectual Property and support materials which remain as core to the IP offering. Following several successful years building her Coaching practice in Australia, Clare and her family moved to London to launch the Coaching Business in the UK in 2003. From 2004-2009 she was the CEO of the international business which during that period, launched into Europe and the USA. In 2010 she moved to the Middle East to support the launch in the region.
Deciding on a change of focus in 2014, Clare then built a successful distribution company which imported and distributed skin care and cosmetics throughout the Middle East. Clare returned to Australia and the Sunshine Coast in 2017. Clare now works with a select portfolio of clients with a focus of business, executive and leadership development.
Through owning and operating businesses within Australia, and Internationally within the UK, United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Clare has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in business strategy, leadership, management, management consulting, coaching and entrepreneurship.