David Maclachlan

David Maclachlan

Chamber President

David brings diverse background experience to the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber. Business ownership includes, Hotels, Venue Management and Event Company, 5 IGA supermarkets, Organisational Communication Consultancy and Property Inspection Company.

Davids background in contracting to all levels of government, combined with his commercial experience in tourism, assists with strategies focused on our largest industry being tourism. David’s work in the Shire for business enhancement is equalled by his interest in a lifestyle driven community.

Paul Biddlestone

Paul Biddlestone

Vice President

Chief Executive Officer, of the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club since June 2014 and active member of the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce. I have over 35 years’ experience in hospitality covering Food & Beverage, Accommodation, Sports Facilities, Events, Gaming and Community Engagement via club funding and member’s services. I am proud to be on the chamber executive especially seeing our strategic plan being developed and implemented, highlighting the potential our community has in business and tourist markets. I am keen motor cycle tourer and recreational kayak fishing and believe we live in the greatest part of Australia.

Anne Brown

Anne Brown

Secretary

Having re-located to the Bay following a successful real estate career in Broome and possessing a depth of customer service experience as owner/operator of a high profile business for many years prior, Anne has a strong determination to succeed and has previous experience in commercial nance, mining, human resources and of course residential and commercial real estate, Anne has also been involved in many business committees. Anne is enthusiastic, genuine and down to earth and believes that commitment, drive, sound marketing and negotiating skills are paramount in life. Anne has a strong community spirit and is a proud advocate of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber holding the position of Secretary on the Executive Committee.

Clayton Birss

Clayton Birss

Treasurer

Clayton’s family have owned and operated the Coachhouse Marina Resort since inception 40 years ago.

Clayton has an extensive background and training in tourism and hospitality. He began his training at the Hotel InterContinental Sydney where he studied in a Swiss style Hotel School with course content and accreditation conducted by City and Guilds of London. Clayton has also studied accounting at TAFE and completed an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management under the tutelage of New York born Mike Goss, a former Business Development Manager for the Hilton group who was involved in the opening of 28 Hilton properties worldwide.

Clayton’s employment history includes work for the Hotel InterContinental, Managing a café/bar for the Hemmes Family of Merivale’s Sydney. Work with Neil Perry and Luke Mangan of Sydney Restaurant fame and extensive resort, hotel and restaurant experience in Sydney, Adelaide, Whitsunday Islands, London, Austria and China. Clayton spent the last nine years in his wife’s home town of Adelaide operating his own successful small business in the construction industry as well as gaining a Certificate 4 in building.

Clayton along with his wife and 3 kids enjoy surfing, diving, camping and generally soaking up all this great part of the world has to offer.

Mathew Hatcher

Mathew Hatcher

Committee Member

Mathew has over 15 years experience around the world running hospitality venues. Originally from America he has called Batemans Bay home for the past 4 years. He is currently the GM of the Mossy cafe.

He owns his own green bean sourcing business alongside Numero Uno Co ee. He works with third world Co ee farmers to achieve a better price for their products. He is currently working with farmers in East Timor and Burundi and spends time with them refining processing methods.

Allan Rutherford

Allan Rutherford

Committee Member

Allan is the owner of Coastal Auto Group selling Ford, Subaru, Hyundai and Toyota motor vehicles.  The business is located in Batemans Bay and Moruya and currently has 44 full time employees.  A qualified CPA, Allan’s accounting skills will come in handy in his role as Treasurer.  As the Chamber grows and seeks more grant funding, financial management will be an important part of the Chamber’s success in the future.  Having served as President from 2013-2016, Allan is well placed to participate in the day to day operations of the Chamber and will be able to use his considerable contacts at all levels of government to achieve Chamber objectives.  Allan believes that being an active member of the community is essential to ensure a better future for Batemans Bay.

Amber Schutz

Committee Member

 

Charles Stuart

Committee Member

Charles Stuart has a 25-year history with Variety – The Children’s Charity. Charles is the driving force behind raising funds for the playground at Corrigans Beach, a $2M project. He is a retired owner of two successful private sector businesses and has had more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. In 2012 he, in conjunction with Batemans Bay High School, raised $150000 for a school bus fitted with wheelchair lift and anchor points. More recently he has raised $20000 for a ‘Liberty Swing’ for wheelchair bound children which is installed at Corrigans Reserve, Batemans Bay.