Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board 2018

All enquires and communications regarding Chamber activities should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber office: Elaine Jolliffe


President - Peter Taylor

Kennedy House and Bizspace

Peter and his family moved to Broome in Broome in 1992.  He has worked in a number of senior operational management roles in the resources industry in the Kimberley, spent time in the real estate sector in Broome and has developed a number of commercial properties through his family company, Kennedy House PL.  Peter is passionate about the need to create the right environment for small and medium businesses to grow and prosper in Broome as they are the drivers of the local economy and provide jobs and opportunities particularly for the hundreds of young people and young families looking to make their futures in the region.

"Broome has a wealth of natural advantages not least of which is it's sense of community and it's liveability which must be protected. Whilst business conditions are challenging, the cycle will turn and Broome will inevitably continue to grow and provide the opportunities which have been part of Broome's enduring attraction."  "The next cycle will bring new challenges and it is vital that businesses continually review and question their business models, systems and service focus to ensure they can take advantage of the rapidly changing world."

Peter is currently also chairperson of Kimberley Personnel, a NFP organization dedicated to assisting people with barriers to employment find long term job opportunities.

Vice President - Elisabeth Lucke


Media Arm

Elisabeth Lucke is a media and marketing specialist, with an extensive background working with businesses, industry bodies and government entities across the Kimberley region. The longest standing member of the Chamber Board, she provides valuable insight into inter-organisational relationships and strategic direction.

Her history of Board membership includes peak bodies representing the advertising, arts, music , community services and education industries. Elisabeth also sits on the Boards of the Australia's North West Expo event (currently in hiatus) and the Broome Senior High School.

She is a Justice of the Peace, a civil marriage celebrant and the first honorary life member of Broome CIRCLE, after a five year stint chairing its board.

Treasurer - Natasha Aristei

The Outdoor Furniture Specialists

Natasha is a focused business woman and board contributor with significant organisational skills and a passion for sport and recreation in Broome and the Kimberley Community.

She is an experienced business Director conducting a successful business since 1987 with involvement in various industry sectors including building and service, retail, domestic and industrial gas as well as sport and recreation.

Natasha  has experience and knowledge in different business structures including partnerships, companies, agencies, dealerships, franchises and non for profit.  She has been a member of the Chamber since its inception in 1987 and has seen the Chamber grow in strength over this time to become an influential leader within the business community.

Secretary - Gareth Jenkins

Pritchard Francis

Gareth is the current Project Director and Regional Manager for Pritchard Frances based in Broome.

Some of Gareth's achievements include the design on the $150m West Kimberley Regional Prison, the East Kimberley Development Package, the Ochre Health Centre In Kununurra and the Derby and Kununurra Dialysis Centres.

Gareth has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Science, he's a Green Star Accredited Professional and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Board Members


Susan Bergersen



Nyamba Buru Yawuru

Susan is an experienced corporate executive with a strong track record in successfully leading new strategic and business improvement initiatives. She has experience in state, national and international roles in Perth, Sydney and Japan within both commercial and not-for-profit sectors, having worked in financial management, board governance and reporting, economic and workforce development, business improvement, and business strategy and planning development. Susan has worked with Indigenous organisations for the past six years including four years on implementation of mining benefit agreements and economic development in the Pilbara. Susan has held a range of directorships including as Australian Director representing overseas companies operating in the resource and mining industry. She was the inaugural Chair of the Ear Science Institute of Australia Board which she held for five years and currently a member of the Shire of Broome, Economic Development Advisory Committee. Susan also owned and operated a Management Consultancy enterprise comprising Natcon Consulting, Natcon Business Advisory Services and Management Education Australia employing a number of staff and contractors in Perth for 7 years and is experienced with the matters of operating small business.

Craig Kelmar

Mercure Hotel

In the last 13 years Craig has worked for AccorHotels throughout Australia. 

His key development occurred when working in Cairns at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort as an Operations Manager. The GFC had a strong negative effect on Cairns as a leisure destination and to be part of a team managing a large hotel and business during these times taught him to adapt to a challenging market and developing strategies to ensure a sustainable business throughout these times.

Gerard Petrov

Gumbanan Wilderness Retreat

Gerard brings over twenty years of experience in the small business sector. 

In 2009, Gerard moved to Broome with his family and continued to use his expertise in the building industry including project management and development of housing projects for remote communities and regional centres. Over the past three years, Gerard has become involved in Flyboarding, the latest water sport craze to hit the shores of Australia.  

Gerard is a director of Gumbanan Wilderness Retreat in partnership with Traditional Owners, Frank Davey and Maureen Hunter from One Arm Point community. Their tourism venture, Gumbanan Bush Camp provides cultural story telling and activities including the first cultural tours to the Kimberley region. 

Sarah Cordiner

Notre Dame University

Sarah has been a business owner and leader in the education and training industry for over 12 years internationally.
She has operated her small business with a base in 3 countries, has employed almost 100 staff and is now based in Broome with over 11,000 students in 143 countries.
With her business now running on autopilot, Sarah holds a full time management position at the University of Notre Dame, Broome campus.

Sarah is a four-times international number 1 best-selling author, TV host, podcaster; was listed as the Huffington Posts 'Top 50 Must Follow Female Entrepreneurs for 2017' and is internationally acclaimed for her innovative strategies and approaches to business growth and development for businesses small and large in all industry sectors.

Sarah was recently a semi-finalist in this year's 'WA Regional Achievement Awards 2017' for Curtin University's 'Teaching Excellence Award', and works passionately on helping small businesses internationally and locally in their growth and development through local weekend workshops, online courses and professional speaking.

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Shayne Murray

Broome Transit

A man of few words.  Shayne doesn't mince his words, he's a long-time business owner and has more than tripled the size of Broome Transit since he took over the business eight years ago.  He's an innovative thinker, having launched his own technology app "Brooba" to meet new trends in consumer booking habits.  A founding member of Cruise Broome where he currently sits as Chair, Shayne is a key conduit to attracting cruise ships to Broome.

Peter Athanitis


Life & Soul

I have lived in Broome for nine years and been in the North West for eleven years.

I have 20 years experience working in national operations and business management roles for large corporate international companies such as Mars, Kraft and CSR.

I have an associate diploma of applied science in occupational health and safety - The past 11 years I have been co-director of two health and fitness businesses in the Pilbara and Kimberley with my wife employing over 100 locals on a full, part time or casual basis.

I am project growth focused and look forward to working with the Board on growing our fantastic community and business futures.

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