Board of the North West Business Alliance
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.
As a local business owner and also resident of the North West region I am very passionate about the opportunities of growth in our local community
I am a practicing chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience and am the principle owner of Tick Tax Accountants in Port Adelaide. Our focus is around educating and supporting our clients with any tax, business or financial related needs. Helping small business owners within the community and abroad ensures that our North West region will continue to grow and prosper.
I believe that by supporting each other in business through our networks and keeping it local will impact on the steady economic growth and sustainability of our local business community.
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 Snowdens Beach) and now passionately involved in tourism (operating Viking Yacht Charters in the region for the past 16 years) I have a well-balanced perspective on the needs of businesses and the community at large and look forward through the NWBA to encourage further collaboration and networking between businesses.
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.
I have a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Adelaide a Diploma in Human Resource Management through Deakin University, a Diploma in Business Services (Frontline Management) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116).
I am also the Founder of Westwick Small Business Solutions. With over 20 years of Small Business Management experience we offer a range of services that support small businesses giving them the freedom and time to focus on their core business.
I have very high EQ and strong commitment to Customer Service. I’ve managed a significant range of leadership development programmes in diverse industries. I have extensive recent experience in managing in a culturally diverse environment. I have managed large consulting teams, as well as all the key account management responsibilities for the contract.
I have lived and worked in the local area for over 10 years and am passionate about sustainable economic growth, and keeping Australian dollars in the local business.