About The Chamber

The Chamber is a non-profit association which represents the Hawkesbury’s Business & Industrial Communities and provides a wide range of benefits and services to help improve your business.

Networking

The Chamber gives members the opportunity to network with other businesses in the Hawkesbury. Get to know the people who work around you on a personal basis, exchange ideas and promote your business.

Informative Speakers

Our monthly breakfast meetings host informative guest speakers with advice on a broad range of topics aimed at helping your business.

Advice

The Chamber offers advice on issues important to your business including industrial relations, employment awards and OH&S issues via the NSW Business Chamber.

Community Links

Have your say in what’s happening in your community. The Chamber is your direct link to Council and your local Members of Parliament. By joining with other members we have a strong, united voice in issues that affect Hawkesbury businesses.

Chamber Staff

The friendly and professional Chamber Executives are available to help you use the combined experience, knowledge and networks of other members of the Hawkesbury business community.

Workshops

We often host workshops and seminars for our Members aimed at specific areas of Business with experts in their field presenting to our audience.

Meet our Executive Committee

Our friendly and professional Chamber Executive Team are available to help you use the combined experience, knowledge and networks of other members of the Hawkesbury business community.

Angela Dye

President

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Krystina

Vice President

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David Goodwin

David Goodwin

Treasurer

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Elyse Powell

Elyse Powell

Secretary

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Robert McMaster

Robert McMaster

Executive Committee

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Jo Dunstan

Jo Dunstan

Executive Committee

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Ruth Schembri

Ruth Schembri

Executive Committee

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Strephon Billinghurst

Strephon Billinghurst

Executive Committee

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Julie Ryan

Julie Ryan

Executive Committee

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Gordon Cormack

Gordon Cormack

Administration

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Angela Dye

Angela Dye – President

I have been operating my own businesses for many years and I love living and working in the Hawkesbury. I am passionate about helping our community and am proud to have been elected as President of the Chamber.

There is so much to know and do when running a business, and I hope that the Chamber can help our great local business community to be better represented and connected. I believe there is a lot of benefits to be gained for members of our Chamber and I look forward to working with the Executive, Chamber Members and other stakeholders to make things better for the Hawkesbury business community.

When I’m not working or volunteering, I really enjoy time with my family and getting away for weekend trips.

Krystina Francica
Macquarie Community College
Macquarie Community College
Macquarie Community College

Krystina  – Vice President

My experience as a small business owner began in 2007 when my husband and I established our own Electrical business specializing in automation. As a young couple with a growing family, the plunge into business ownership was not without challenge. On the ground experience, and a compulsion for study, I established an accounts / bookkeeping company in 2009. My directorship of this company enables me and my staff to share our skills and experiences with other business owners.

It has been this love of learning that has seen the development of my relationship with the Hawkesbury. I pursued the development of an early learning center for the Windsor District culminating in the purchase of The Alphabet Academy, a family focused center, where enjoyment for learning, in a personalized environment is the priority.

My subsequent association with the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce has meant that my skills in leadership, success in small business along with a passion for learning can be combined in a collaboration with other business owners.

David Goodwin

David Goodwin – Treasurer

Having seen the value the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce provides its members and the community, I am pleased to be part of the Executive. As an accountant working with local businesses, I love being able to take the information provided at the monthly presentations and applying it to benefit clients.

Before settling in the Hawkesbury in 2017, I grew up in Qld, but lived for periods in Western Australia, the USA and Germany while running a small business.

Outside of accounting I enjoy golf, watching quite a few codes of football (NRL takes preference), maintaining our property, investing, and am also involved in the sport of show jumping on a number of levels.

Elyse Powell

Elyse Powell – Secretary

I first moved to the Hawkesbury in 2014 as a practicing lawyer and quickly fell in love with the area and the true community spirit. In 2019 I made the decision to open my own small law firm with a focus on providing dynamic, quality legal services to the Hawkesbury. I am a strong believer in creating genuine, personal relationships with my clients and removing the stigmas associated with typical law firms.

As a new local business owner I hope to use my position on the Executive Committee of the Chamber to bring a fresh perspective and help our Chamber and it’s members thrive for years to come.

Robert McMaster

Robert McMaster – Executive Committee

I’m semi-retired currently working one day per week as a Director of C-Mac Industries (Aust) Cooperative Ltd promoting and advocating for more employee-owned cooperatives. My other role within the Hawkesbury is that of Business Chaplain, Greater West for Christ.

Actively involved in Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church and Scouting which has always been part of my life, currently a member of the Hawkesbury Blackhorse Scout Fellowship.

A toolmaker tradesman, a production engineer, then employed in the family business as General Manager for 27 years. Retrained in Chaplaincy Pastoral Care before transitioning family business to all employees. Lived and raised a family in Glossodia over the past 40 years.

Looking forward to continuing with my probono chaplaincy work by being present to listen, providing support and encouragement, care and assistance, praying if requested and empowering business owners.

Compassion, hope and humility based on my biblical understanding of humanity.

Jo Dunstan

Jo Dunstan – Executive Committee

I’ve been operating Angel’s Florist in South Windsor for over 20 years and I feel I am very much a part of the Hawkesbury. Apart from my business, I volunteer in community groups and am very pleased to be part of the Chamber of Commerce Executive.

Compassion, hope and humility based on my biblical understanding of humanity.

I hope to be able to help the Chamber and its members through my network of local connections, business contacts and friends.

Ruth Schembri

Ruth Schembri – Executive Committee

I moved to the Hawkesbury region in 2014, when I decided to retire from a long term career in small to medium size business management consulting. Soon after, I realised that, like me, many others who lived in cities, had a strong desire for country living and recognised the prospects of converting our blueberry farm into a farm stay.

Since then, I have been actively involved in the tourism industry, promoting our beautiful region, and collaborating with other small businesses in our community.

I am passionate about helping businesses develop and grow. I hope that as an Executive Member of the Chamber of Commerce, I will be able to support other Hawkesbury business owners to achieve their desired outcomes and maintain a good quality work-life balance.

Ruth Schembri

Strephon Billinghurst – Executive Committee

Strephon is CEO of Hawkesbury District Health Service. Prior to that role he was CEO of St John of God Richmond Hospital, and worked at other Health care facilities including Calvary Hospital Canberra and Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia.

Strephon became a member of the Executive Committee at the end of 2020, and is passionate about the Hawkesbury Community.

Julie Ryan

Julie Ryan – Executive Committee

Julie is the owner/publisher of the Independent Magazines, overseeing the sales side of the business and managing her own client portfolio. She is an advocate for small business, and a strong believer in sharing positive news and the great stories that happen every day within our amazing communities. Julie joined the Executive Committee in 2020.

Gordon Cormack

Gordon Cormack – Administration

I am pleased to have recently been appointed to the administration role of the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout my working life I have performed a range of administrative tasks at various levels and I know the importance of having effective admin systems in place to help things run smoothly. The Administration role within the Chamber supports both the Executive and the members.

My link with the Hawkesbury District started in the mid 1970’s when I worked as a Clerk with the Department of Main Roads. I also spent many years working at the Hawkesbury Agricultural College (which became a University) where I carried out various roles working with staff and students.

I have lived in the district for nearly 20 years, and can see the huge potential for the area as Sydney’s north west continues to grow.

As a small business owner, I can relate to the challenges and demands of so many small to medium size businesses, and I look forward to getting to know, and support, members of the Chamber.

My interests include music, running, playing golf and home restoration.

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