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

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


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.

Allan Rutherford


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.

Darren Stevenson

Committee Member:

Darren and his family have been in Batemans Bay for 4 years and is the Managing Partner and Lead Consultant of his own business EPS Consulting Australia, where he provides services in the area of safety, emergency management, training and project management. Darren has a career background in emergency services as a NSW Police Officer and Operations Manager with the NSW State Emergency Service. Now as a Consultant Darren has managed numerous projects for clients in the Commonwealth, State and Local Governments and private industry. Darren has experience working with not-for-profit organisations and Indigenous health and has assisted several local clubs secure grant funding to improve their service delivery to the community. Darren is also a keen soloist musician and can sometimes be found performing at local venues.

“My family and I enjoy our lifestyle on the south coast and I am passionate about seeing opportunities for growth and employment to attract and keep younger families in the area. The Batemans Bay Business & Tourism Chamber is a vital resource to advocate and support this growth and I believe that I can support the chamber through my experience, integrity and enthusiasm. I encourage all business owners to get involved.”

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.

Clayton Birss

Committee Member:

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.

Belinda Shalders

Committee Member:

Belinda Shalders has a background in accounting but has owned and operated Batehaven Hardware and Garden centre for the last 8 years. Belinda has been an active member on the chamber executive for the past 7 years amongst other things she has helped to organised the Seaside Carnivale and other chamber ran events. I believe that being a member of the chamber helps you have a say on the future of our wonderful town. Belinda is a mother to 4 children and is active in various community groups.