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.

Louise McNeich - Treasurer

Louise McNeich is the principal of LMC Accounting and Financial Services.  LMC Accounting is an accounting firm located in the heart of Noosa. The team at LMC provide all our clients with a high standard of service that is friendly and professional. We take the time to understand the needs of our clients as well as ensure our clients understand the issues that affect them.

Louise is a Registered Tax Agent, Certified Practising Accountant and has a Diploma in Financial Services.  Louise has been in Public Practice for some 12 years and has been the Principal of LMC since 2012.

Robyn Walter - Secretary

Robyn owned and operated a large group travel and event management business for the last fifteen years with offices on Sunshine Coast and Sydney.  Previous management in hospitality with Hyatt Hotels, in real estate administration with ReMax, and ownership of catering and cafe businesses.  Semi retired and living in Peregian Springs with my husband of 30 years, I represent Peregian Beach Business Association where I hold the office of Secretary.

Darren Walters - Committee member

Darren spent the first part of his career in Sydney working for an electrical appliance retailer. From 1999 Darren managed a resorts in Noosa and Twin Waters.  He was promoted to Resort Manager at Australia Noosa Lakes in June 2012 until October 2015 when the Management Rights were sold.  From his previous experience working in Resort management Darren started his own business, Ecotekk, which offers solutions for reducing energy cost to resorts and providing them new and unique products and services for guests and the opportunities for the Resort  to become Eco friendly. Darren also provides this service to all other businesses and homes.  

Darren has also held management positions on various boards in Noosa over the past 15 years.  These include Tourism Noosa, Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) representing tourism.  Darren currently is on the management committee of the Noosa Community Biosphere Association (NCBA) and the Noosaville Business Association (NBA). 

Richard Barnes - Committee member

Dick was born and educated in the UK and has an MA in Engineering and Management Science from Cambridge University. He worked in systems and planning for IBM, Whitbread, and the UK Co-op.

In 1980 he joined the Mars Corporation, where he worked for 23 years in a wide range of products, functions and countries around the world. For the last 7 years he was Chief Financial Officer for the global corporation based in Washington DC.

On retirement in 2004, he and his Australian wife, Kim, moved to Australia and Dick became an Australian citizen. They settled in Noosa in 2006 and subsequently took up beef farming in the Hinterland. They have children and grandchildren in the area and Kim is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Education at USC.

As well as being a member of the CCIQN Management Committee, Dick is the President of Country Noosa, President of the Noosa Community Biosphere Association, and Treasurer of Noosa and District Landcare Group.

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.

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