Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board 2017

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President - Peter Taylor

Kennedy House and Bizspace

Peter and his family moved to Broome in Broome in 1992.  He has worked in a number of senior operational management roles in the resources industry in the Kimberley, spent time in the real estate sector in Broome and has developed a number of commercial properties through his family company, Kennedy House PL.  Peter is passionate about the need to create the right environment for small and medium businesses to grow and prosper in Broome as they are the drivers of the local economy and provide jobs and opportunities particularly for the hundreds of young people and young families looking to make their futures in the region.

"Broome has a wealth of natural advantages not least of which is it's sense of community and it's liveability which must be protected. Whilst business conditions are challenging, the cycle will turn and Broome will inevitably continue to grow and provide the opportunities which have been part of Broome's enduring attraction."  "The next cycle will bring new challenges and it is vital that businesses continually review and question their business models, systems and service focus to ensure they can take advantage of the rapidly changing world."

Peter is currently also chairperson of Kimberley Personnel, a NFP organization dedicated to assisting people with barriers to employment find long term job opportunities.

Immediate Past President - Rhondda Chappell

With years of experience as a project manager in health and safety as well as compliance and education, Rhondda Chappell currently consults to business across a range of best-practice structure and implimentation.

Rhondda is now manages events at the Shire of Broome, before which she worked for Toll Mermaid Logistics Broome, in the role of Project Manager/Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Advisor.

Vice President - Andre Veder

RFF Australia and The Lock Up Cafe

Andre is a director of RFF and an expert in the strategy development, engagement and consultation of communities.

Andre has a background in communications and project management where professionally he has developed experience working with State Government and the Resource Industry.

Andre also started up the Lock Up Cafe in Broome.

Secretary - Gareth Jenkins

Pritchard Francis

Gareth is the current Project Director and Regional Manager for Pritchard Frances based in Broome.

Some of Gareth's achievements include the design on the $150m West Kimberley Regional Prison, the East Kimberley Development Package, the Ochre Health Centre In Kununurra and the Derby and Kununurra Dialysis Centres.

Gareth has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Science, he's a Green Star Accredited Professional and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Treasurer - Charles Kleiman

Kimberley Ports Authority

Charles is Chief Finance Officer at Kimberley Ports Authority (previously Broome Port), a position he's held since 2010. He has over 25 years  experience in the finance industry including CFO for a private University and Training college.

CFO and Executive Director of a Finance Group that includes a Private Bank, Life Insurance and Investment company.

Board Members

Alan Clayton


Clean Kimberley Tasman Chemical

Alan Clayton has Lived in Broome for 14 Years.

He has a sales and marketing background having previously been part of the Lion Australia (Breweries) Sales and Marketing Team for over 20 years.

His business CLWS Industries (The Blindman ) services a large customer base in the North West. Alan also has a strong trades background , holds a Trade Certificate and Diploma in Hydro Design.

Elisabeth Lucke

Media Arm

Elisabeth Lucke is a Media Specialist who can help advertise your business on any platform. Elisabeth has a background in marketing, media, public relations, events and advertising.

Elisabeth has extensive networking and board experience including being a past member and Chair of Broome Circle and Broome Senior High School Council.

Susan Bergesen


Nyamba Buru Yawuru

Susan has had experience operating her own business which was a management consulting business for 7 years including Natcon Consulting, Natcon Business Advisory Services and Management Education Australia employing a number of staff and contractors in Perth.

More broadly she is an experienced senior corporate executive having worked in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors over the past 20 years (Perth, Sydney & Japan) in areas of finance and administration; economic and business development; business improvement; and strategic development and implementation.

Craig Kelmar

Mercure Hotel

In the last 13 years Craig has worked for AccorHotels throughout Australia. 

His key development occurred when working in Cairns at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort as an Operations Manager. The GFC had a strong negative effect on Cairns as a leisure destination and to be part of a team managing a large hotel and business during these times taught him to adapt to a challenging market and developing strategies to ensure a sustainable business throughout these times.

Natasha Aristei

The Outdoor Furniture Specialists Broome

Natasha is a focused business woman and board contributor with significant organisational skills and a passion for sport and recreation in Broome and the Kimberley Community. 

She is an experienced business Director conducting a successful business since 1987 with involvement in various industry sectors including building and service, retail, domestic and industrial gas as well as sport and recreation. 

Natasha  has experience and knowledge in different business structures including partnerships, companies, agencies, dealerships, franchises and non for profit.  She has been a member of the Chamber since its inception in 1987 and has seen the Chamber grow in strength over this time to become an influential leader within the business community.  

Gerard Petrov

Kimberley Outback Xposure

Gerard brings over twenty years of experience in the small business sector. His career began in the Automotive industry specialising in antique car restorations for museums and private collectors. Ten years later he started his own company in the building industry providing niche expertise to design outdoor entertainment areas and showcase the latest products and design trends to the Australian market.

In 2009, Gerard moved to Broome with his family and continued to use his expertise in the building industry including project management and development of housing projects for remote communities and regional centres. Over the past three years, Gerard has become involved in Flyboarding, the latest water sport craze to hit the shores of Australia.  He is the director of West Coast Flyboarding and Darwin Flyboarding and has worked alongside Australian Maritime Safety Authority and West Australian Maritime to develop guidelines and protocols for all commercial operators to adhere to in all Australian States. As a result this has created a smooth approvals process and WA has one the highest safety standards and successful commercial operations in Australia. 

Gerard is a director of Kimberley Outback Xposure in partnership with Traditional Owners, Frank Davey and Maureen Hunter from One Arm Point community. Their tourism venture, Gumbanan Bush Camp provides cultural story telling and activities including the first cultural quad bike tours to the Kimberley region. 

"Broome and the Kimberley has an awe about it, the diverse cultures, the histories, the people of the town and surrounding communities, the wild feel of nature and the amazing sunsets. As a small business owner I recognise and appreciate the diverse range of businesses and professionals within our community to achieve the best future for Broome and the Kimberley. Working together we can achieve anything".

Michelle Scally

North Regional TAFE

Michelle has lived and worked in the Kimberley for 26 years.  10 years have been in private enterprise with a Book keeping business and creating the first coffee shop in Derby.  

Michelle has a broad range across non-government and government departments.  Currently she is the Portfolio Manager Trades for North Regional TAFE. 

Michelle has been on various boards in the past including the Derby Chamber of Commerce and  Regional Development.  



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