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

Janet Kake - President

Janet is very local dating back to the early ancestors.  She moved to Brisbane and started her own real estate company, buying a building and employing 40 sales people.  Janet is passionate about systems in business.

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.

Tarryn Melia - Secretary

Kristin Satyanadhan - Treasurer

Kristin has over 15 years experience in the international hotel industry, including event and revenue management. She relocated to the Noosa region in 2017 and now runs her own social marketing business while also building a career in the finance industry.

Kristin is passionate about supporting others in growing their business and being involved in the local business community. 

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.

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 - Committee member

Michael brings 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) and University of Sunshine Coast (USC).

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.

Steven Boyd - Committee Member

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 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.

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