Committee

 

The Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee is a team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to advancing local businesses.

Steven Boyd - President

Dr Steven Boyd is the program coordinator of the Bachelor of Property Economics and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Additionally Steven is the sole proprietor of a business based at Sunshine Beach.

Since 2001 he has been active in property funds management, valuation, consultancy and education. Steven is the President of CCIQ Noosa (Noosa Chamber of Commerce) and a Queensland Divisional Council member of the Australian Property Institute. In the past he contributed to the region's Property Council of Australia (PCA) and held the Chair for the Noosa Biosphere Economic Board.

Darren Walters - Vice President

Darren started his company Ecotekk in 2015, after 15 years’ experience in Resort Management, the last 3 years as General Manager of Australis Noosa Lakes Resort. Recognising a need for a more sustainable business framework Ecotekk was formed, with a focus on reducing energy and environmental cost and offering Resorts with new and unique products and services to lessen their carbon footprint.

Ecotekk has grown in the last year to incorporate Noosa Electric Bikes: Hire, Tour and Sales to offer tourists an eco-friendly way to experience Noosa.

Darren’s exceptional flair for networking, innovative business ideas and enthusiasm has led him to hold positions on various business and community boards that focus on Sustainability, Tourism, the Noosa Biosphere and its future, as well as being a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2017.

Caroline Edginton - Committee member

Corporate experience at executive level over a number of years has given me wide experience within a number of businesses either as an owner or in a consultancy role. 

Mostly, I have been involved in delivering services within the travel, tourism and technology sectors as a director of Jetcorp Pty Ltd.

Current projects include the designing of mobile applications for SME’s and NFP organisations.

In relocating to Noosa, from Sydney, it is my intention to remain involved in the business community locally and nationally. The Chamber provides the opportunity to become involved and also to contribute where there is a need.  

Noosa provides a wonderful work and lifestyle balance with the opportunity to enjoy the many outdoor activities as well as the cultural events.

Andrew Hedley - Committee member

Andrew is currently working on his own start up venture named 'Business On A Bike' which brings business people together to network and share ides/challenges through a common interest in cycling. For the past ten years, Andrew was worked in the real estate industry in both Noosa and Wollongong and ran his own company for three of those years. Andrew is still connected to the industry in a 'consultative capacity' assisting his loyal clients to navigate through the buying and selling process.

Andrew also has an extensive corporate career which led him to be the General Manager Sales & Marketing for one of Australia's leading health and well-being providers. Andrew has previously had an active role in the Chamber of Commerce space which saw him operate as Vice President/Secretary of the Northern Illawarra Chapter. He is passionate to get his sleeves rolled up to assist with the economic development and environmental sustainability of the Noosa region. Andrew will also be making sure that Noosa is the best and safest place in the world to cycle!

Ryan Taylor - Committee member

Ryan has lived in Noosa for 30 years. In 2000 he completed a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in finance) at Bond University and then spent 8 years working for Billabong, working his way up from warehouse sweeper to National Sales Manager of Network Surf. Ryan left the Gold Coast in 2010 to take control of the family businesses, Belmondos Fresh Food Market and Café Le Monde, and to raise his own family in the place he grew up. Since then he has restructured Belmondos from a ‘gourmet’ wholesale market to an ‘organic’ wholesale market and opened Clandestino Roasters, a wholesale coffee business with his brother Jaxon. In 2012 Ryan became the vice president of the Hastings St Association. In 2014 he co-founded Tanglewood organic sourdough bakery and, with his wife Jo, Noosa Cleanse - the first certified organic juice cleanse business in Australia.

Ryan is passionate about local business, surfing and feeding his family organic food. When he finds the time, he also indulges in his other passion, flying, out of Noosa and Gympie airports.

Patrick Sherwood - Committee member

Patrick draws on the experience of over 20 years in property management, property ownership, retail management and sports and leisure management.  His focus and ability to manage positive outcomes has been a significant driver in the growth of Alluah Property Management, based in Tewantin.

Michael Tarrant - Tourism Noosa representative

Michael joined Tourism Noosa as a Director in 2014, bringing 25 years of academic experience and 10 years as a business owner in the field of sustainable tourism. He is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Global Programs in Sustainability for the University of Georgia in the US, and former founding director and owner of American Universities International Programs Ltd where he worked with more than 20 US universities and colleges on educational study tours in the South Pacific.

Michael is widely published in the field of sustainable tourism and views tourism as an ideal avenue for sustainable growth and development. His adjunct faculty appointments include a position with Central Queensland University (Noosa).

Originally from the UK, he lives in Sunshine Beach with his Kiwi wife Kate and tries desperately to stay fit enough to keep pace with his two young boys, Bray and Darcy.

Annie Guthrie - Committee Member

Brian Turner - Committee Member

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