Board and Management
President: Dr Brian Gordon
Brian holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and is currently managing the research and affairs of Parliamentary Committees whilst being a principal of an embryonic start-up online business – My Emporium. This business reflects Brian’s passion for supporting and promoting small business. My Emporium will feature owner operated artisan products from around Western Australia in a common market place.
Brian has enjoyed an eclectic business career which reflects his commitment to community including:
o GM of Australian Red Cross
o CEO of Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation
o Founder of Perth City Mission - now Mission Australia
o Initiator and founder of Foodbank WA
o Co-Founder of the Governors Prayer Breakfast:
o Many years in corporate finance- negotiation, structuring and placement of corporate funding packages
o Treasurer and Board member of a number of Western Australian and international Not for Profit agencies and initiatives
o Owner operator of a supermarket and service station
Joining the Board of KCC is reflective of Brian's continuing belief in the value of strong communities and local business..
Vice-President: Caroline Babbage
Caroline, along with husband Richard, are the proprietors of Fawkes House, a luxurious and historic B&B in the Bickley Valley. Caroline is the current President of the Kalamunda Districts Tourism Association, and has become the Vice President to facilitate the merger of the KDTA with the Kalamunda Chamber.
Vice- President : Linda Stanley
Linda has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Electronic Commerce) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Asian Studies). She currently works with her husband John in their retail consultancy business John Stanley Associates. John Stanley Associates is devoted to assisting small businesses globally to improve their business and personal skills to better understand their customers and how to meet their customers’ needs in order to grow their own business market share and increase their profits.
Linda’s passion for sustainable living and caring for the environment lead to the development of The Friends of Piesse Brook Inc in 2000 to remove invasive weeds from the Kalamunda National Park, and the development of the Kalamunda Farmers Market for the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Linda was the Market's ‘Spiritual Director’ for the markets first 12 months of operation with the intention that the market would be an incubator for small business and provide a venue for farmers and producers to get their produce to the end consumer economically. In 2011 and 2012 Linda began working with GIY (Grow It Yourself) Australia developed the Kalamunda Community Garden to encourage locals and especially children to reconnect with nature and learn to grow their own food.
Joining the committee of KCC is an opportunity to assist the chamber to further develop opportunities for small businesses and tourism and to assist the implementation of ‘green’ strategies in our beautiful shire.
Secretary: Jan Fletcher
Jan Fletcher has owned Lotsa Books for over ten years and been a member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce for around nine years and lives in Gooseberry Hill. She prides herself in having a friendly and interesting secondhand book shop that offers something for everyone, young and old. The huge selection of books covers all areas of fiction and a wide variety of nonfiction topics. Her business buys, sells and exchanges books six days a week and has a large number of regular customers. As a member of the Chamber Jan was Secretary for seven years, Treasurer for one year and has once again returned as the Secretary.
Treasurer: Troy Rychlak
Robert Bentley BA Dip Retail MAICD
Business Coach, Acuity Coaching & Consulting
Rob, a former member of the SAS, has been involved in personal and professional development for the past 17 years, providing his skills primarily to leaders, managers and business owners in the private sector.
Rob brings together skills developed across a broad career, drawn from roles including:
In the private sector.
- Principal of a successful business-coaching firm.
- Learning & Development Executive with Caltex Australia Petroleum.
Rob's roles in the public sector include being a member of Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and a stint as a member of the training staff, Australian Defence Force Academy.
Rob has been involved in business coaching since 2001, and established Acuity Coaching and Consulting in September 2006, with business partner Steve Goddard. Acuity now has 4 coaches, including one in Queensland.
Rob believes that awareness is the key to making good decisions - both personally and commercially, and his role as a business coach is to help people see things clearly.
Rob enjoys applying his skills to the exciting challenge of reinvigorating the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce, is a keen golfer, and will be having another go at cycling in the French Alps in 2010.
Karan Gilmour : Sundowner Coordinator
Grace is a professional life coach working with individuals, executives and small business and has run personal development workshops for over 20 years.
She has a background in marketing and business development in both the corporate and Not for Profit sectors and believes in community and helping to build social capital.
Working as a volunteer with numerous Not for Profit Boards and enterprises before joining the Chamber in 2012, Grace is currently activating a new business start up helping to showcase small business artisans in Western Australia.
Kim Johnston: Life member
Peter Stewart is a Justice of the Peace and is a Certified Financial planner and Principal of his Financial Planning Practice Benchmark Consultants located in the CBD of Kalamunda. Peter has been in business since 1984. Peter is an active community member who has established several instrumental community groups.
Peter founded, Cygnet which was very popular for its informality and friendship. Issues such as beautification of the Kalamunda CBD, entrance statements, signage, Crime prevention, underground power for CBD areas and Economic Development including Tourism promotion and services were topical issues that came out of Cygnet. Peter also helped establish a group called Kalamunda Zig Zag Railway Inc
In 2005 Peter was elected the new President of Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and he set about to establish a more professional administration and operational structure of KCCI. The highlight of Peters 3rd and last year as President in 2007 was the inaugural Business Awards night and the development of the business sponsorships to KCCI.
Peter is passionate about good Economic Development for Kalamunda that balances out the Environmental, Commercial, Residential and Amenities needs of the area. He is particular concerned that the lack of entertainment and recreational outlets for teenagers and young Adults singles and couples. Peter strongly believes that local youth need better local services, our young people are the major consumers in our economy and provide that valuable workforce. Peter is driven by the needs of the local business community and the youth demographic and believes that the Kalamunda Chamber will have a pivotal role in meeting the needs of local business and youth.
Ben van der Kooy
Executive Officer : Karen Stevens