Board of the North West Business Alliance
I ran my own business for 20 years as a Mortgage Broker and have now retired still living in the Port Adelaide area.
In 2016 I was approached to assist in starting up a new organisation to help the businesses of Port Adelaide grow working closely with the Port Adelaide Enfield Council
Our aim is to have all businesses in Port Adelaide and Enfield Council as members.
I moved into the north-west from the north-east 3 years ago to be closer to the beach and to have a change of lifestyle.
I believe the north-west of Adelaide starting with the Cities of Playford and Salisbury and following the new express roads being built and ending in Port Adelaide and Semaphore is going to play a substantial role in the growth and prosperity of our city and our state.
As a small business owner, I want to be part of that growth and will do what I can to attract business, both big and small into our important corridor of the state.
I believe partnerships with other business and community focussed organisations and departments will enable the NWBA to become a focal point for small business.
Linked to my business and industry, I am passionate about seeing small and medium-sized businesses get as much opportunity as they can to grow and reach their potential. When an option to join the North West Business Alliance was put in front of me which would enable me to potentially help a whole area full of small businesses, it wasn’t a difficult decision to say yes! It is certainly exciting to say that as an organisation we have a chance to have a positive impact on our own local community’s economy.
As I’m originally from the UK, in my spare time I am a football coach (or soccer to you Aussie’s) at both Adelaide Olympic and the Football Federation of South Australia as well as doing some school work representing Adelaide United. Very rewarding and great to see the children grow and mature over the years – I even have a previous player in one of my squads who has signed with a professional contract in England this year with hopefully more to come over the next few years.
I am the owner and director of a small boutique corporate training company (Fulcrum People) which specialises in leadership development. Therefore I am passionate about the growth of people and communities.
Unlike many of my colleagues, I was not born in this area and spent the majority of my life living in the eastern suburbs. When we decided on a sea change in 2006, we moved to Semaphore Park and now live in West Lakes Shore.
The community in this strip, built by my neighbours, plus the friendliness of the businesses in Port Adelaide, led me to believe that this was a place where I wanted to stay.
With past local developments stalling, there was some negativity about the new era of growth here. I joined the North West Business Alliance (NWBA) Board at its inception and am currently the secretary. NWBA works with businesses to build relationships and support them in this growth. I feel very positive about this venture.
With the region experiencing an exciting and progressive period it is important that government, local businesses and the community collaborate to make sure that we do it right. The North West Business Alliance facilitates this interaction and also fosters networking between businesses to ensure that we all have the opportunity to benefit.
Having been extensively involved in major project developments (including Marina Adelaide at
I joined the NWBA to support local business in the North West and make connections between NWBA and other community organisations.
I believe the role of the NWBA is to focus on the most important issues of small business in the area and then lobby on behalf of the small business sector.
Formally a Secondary School Principal, and then, small business owner working in schools, universities and private organisations both in Australia and overseas. Now retired.
• Current Board member-NWBA.
• Current President-Port Adelaide Rotary Club.
• Current Board Member-Diamond House.
• Current Chairperson- North West Business Awards Management Committee.
• Current Chairperson-Rotary/ NWBA Business Network lunch meetings.
• Current Chairperson-Rotary/ NWBA Open For Business Breakfast meetings.
I have worked at ATEC (formally Port Adelaide Training and Development Centre –
I am passionate about our peninsular and the growth of Port Adelaide and look forward to exciting changes ahead. I also enjoy the close teamwork the NWBA has as a Board and am very pleased with the success of the events the NWBA has been involved within the past two years.
Moving forward, I think the NWBA will bring significant support to the business in and around Port Adelaide which will strengthen relationships and provide business opportunities that might otherwise be missed
Director of Diamond House which is a not for profit organisation that provides psychosocial rehabilitation supports for people with the lived experience of mental illness.
I have 25 years experience in management including program planning, strategic planning and policy development. I am the Chair for Clubhouse Australia which is the peak body for the Australian Clubhouses and am a Board Member of the Mental Health Coalition of SA.
I am passionate about improving people’s quality of life through the development of life skills, advocacy and increased employment opportunities.
I joined the NWBA Board to be actively involved in the economic and cultural growth of Port Adelaide.