Words from the CEO - October

October 31, 2023
CEO Update

Hello Members,

It was amazing to have a full house at our AGM recently and to welcome so many new faces onto our Executive Committee for 2024:

  • President – Danny Griffin (Laminex)
  • Vice President – Lynne Harwood (Forrest Personnel)
  • Treasurer - Mike Ansell (South Regional TAFE - not pictured)
  • Minute Secretary – Marina Quain (City of Bunbury Councillor)
  • Organisation Secretary – Kim Jones (HHG)
  • Committee Member – Todd Brown (Elders)
  • Committee Member – David Emerson (Seven Network - not pictured)
  • Committee Member – Claire Anderson (AqWest)
  • Committee Member – Cristal Fletcher (Albemarle)
  • Committee Member – Rhys Veen (Veen Physiotherapy)
  • Committee Member – Mikaela Kerwin (Wattle Consultancy)


As we fast approach the end of the year, our team are working tirelessly to bring to you some stellar connections and opportunities to build capability in our region.  They include:

The Critical Minerals Forum hosted by Southwest Development Commission, is a sold-out event tomorrow with 120 people booked to attend. This is an important event, particularly after the announcement of an additional $2billion in funding for projects associated with Critical Minerals.

The final of our ‘Future Skills’ series covering the Health & Social Assistance sector is being held at Chamber House on Tuesday 7 November from 9am. If you are from this industry and want to join the conversation, please book here - https://events.humanitix.com/future-skills-workshop-health-and-social-assistance

Using and understanding Facebook and Instagram advertising with local facilitator Josh Oakey on Thursday 9 November : https://www.bgcci.com.au/upcoming-events/using-meta-ads-manager-for-facebook-and-instagram-advertising

The Young People in Business are hosting their final event for the year at the South Bunbury Lawn Bowling Club on Friday 10 November: https://www.bgcci.com.au/upcoming-events/young-people-in-business-lawn-bowls

We are excited to be hosting our first International Men’s Day Event at Koombana Bay on Friday 17 November from 6.30am: https://www.bgcci.com.au/upcoming-events/international-mens-day

And to finish our year off with a complete WOW factor, we are hosting two back-to-back events – Pitch & Learn followed by Sunset Vibes Beach Party.

These two events promise to share the incredible tech & innovation talent we have in our region. Everyone is invited! https://events.humanitix.com/startup-fest-pitch-and-learn-and-sunset-vibes-beach-party

And continuing with building your business knowledge toolkit, there are some current funding opportunities available:

Important to note:
Signing up to the South West Development Commission’s e-newsletter will ensure you are kept across any news in funding or opportunities. Local Content Advisor Zoe Bodycoat is on hand to answer any questions – zoe.bodycoat@swdc.wa.gov.au.

And finally, our team are constantly working on continuous improvement in our own knowledge toolkit to be able to assist you. Tel : 9791 2292 or mobile 0437 398 726

Until next month...