KEEP THE BANGALOW BOWLO LOCAL
We are presently a group of 15 members, with many more still coming forward to offer their help and expertise. A core group of members is pictured below along with brief bios. Others, for the time being at least, will prefer to remain in the background where they can be more effective in providing support to the core team.
We all share a common desire to preserve a valuable member-owned asset for the people of Bangalow to enjoy for many years to come. With a range of backgrounds and expertise, we believe we can run the club profitably while raising funds to complete building works over time. Our business plan has more about that.
I am a long term Byron Shire local, having gone to school at Byron High and raised our kids here. I own and run Byron Bay Muesli, am finishing my MBA with UNSW and am a councillor on Byron Council. I coach my sons soccer team with the Bluedogs and have lived just a short stroll from the Bowlo for eight years with my family, celebrating birthdays, dinners, gigs, campaign launches, fundraisers and just enjoying a cheeky beer at our local while the kids play in the cage.
I moved to Bangalow in 2010 and established Pantry 29. My children attend Bangalow Primary and are involved in many local activities, including soccer and rugby. I am a regular at The Bowlo and have been a member for a number of years. I have 30 years of hospitality experience amongst other things. I am entrepreneurial by nature, hard-working and have strong organisational and time management skills. I love taking on various projects and seeing them through to completion. I am very passionate about our town and community.
I moved from western NSW to the Byron Shire in 1999. I currently work in the distribution and service of industrial instrumentation for the agriculture industry, and am a qualified agricultural auditor. I have previous work experience having owned businesses in wholesale distribution, retail hospitality and catering, and worked in commercial hospitality design and fit-out. I am a strong believer in community volunteering, and at the moment I am a member of the Bangalow Lions Club, Bangalow Parks Trust, Bangalow Progress Association and Bangalow Men's Shed.
A newcomer to Bangalow in 2021, I was attracted to the local area for so many reasons. With a keen interest in just about every sport, particularly soccer, cricket and tennis, I enjoy watching my daughter play for the Bangalow Netball Club. My professional experience is mostly in the aviation industry and I currently hold a senior position at a major international airline. I have 15 years’ governance and financial management experience having served on the board and executive at two non-profit, member-based associations. I hold a Masters degree and am a qualified JP. The Bowlo is a special and unique place, proudly owned by, and for the benefit of, local community members.
We were frequent visitors to Byron for many years, because our kids loved the place, and finally moved to Bangalow in late 2015 to live near our daughter, a Byron Shire resident for some 20 years. Involvement with community clubs has been a regular feature of my life, so I joined the Bangalow
Progress Association in 2016 and became president in 2017. The BPA committee now comprises
long-term residents who are passionate about Bangalow, have essential skills, and are committed to achieving great outcomes for the community. I’m a communications engineer, but my professional life involved enterprise solution selling for global US technology companies. This required developing
and maintaining business relationships with the largest companies and public organisations in Australia, where the objective was to justify and implement technology proposals involving significant capital expenditure items. The delivery of optimal solutions always demanded active collaboration with stakeholders, an approach that also works well for protecting the heritage, environmental, cultural, and ethical values of Bangalow.
Co-Owner of Byron Bay Taxis & Limousines. I’m an accomplished corporate executive with over 20 years experience leading diverse teams through transformations, developing enterprise level strategies, and negotiating supply and service agreements. I’m now a recovering corporate executive who relocated to Bangalow in 2021 with my wife and two children. I’m also a volunteer board member of Destination Byron. I love the Bangalow Bowlo and I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to keep it owned and run by locals.
I have been a Bangalow resident for 24 years. I spent 20 years as the CEO of NRCS Ltd, a non-profit with around 250 staff. I have experience in all aspects of financial management, funding applications, property management, compliance, insurance and HR. I served as Board Director of FDCA Ltd (2015-2018), a non-profit national PL insurer and peak organisation. I also chaired its finance sub-committee. I served as treasurer of the A&I Hall Committee for 2-3 years. In 2012 I was elected as Byron Shire Councillor (until 2016). I am a qualified Lawyer and JP. I love Bangalow just the way it is... a family friendly village that has retained its country charm. I want to see the Bowlo kept in local ownership and control, and remain the heart and soul of our community
Having holidayed in the region we bought property in Federal in 2016. As a university Professor in public policy and regulation I have worked for justice, integrity and good governance, community sustainability and resilience. I've been a chief investigator on seven Australian Research Council grants, the most recent a Centre for Excellence on Electromaterials Science; as a political scientist working alongside engineers, chemists and battery, solar and hydrogen energy researchers on circular economy and ethical supply chains. For over 20 years I have also worked on community impact of gambling including Chair of the Victorian independent Gambling Research Panel, Head of Research for the Responsibility in Gambling Trust in the UK, Canada, and served two years on the international gambling Advisory Panel for the Singapore government. With a keen interest in corporate governance, I've served many boards, most recently for a community wind farm, Hepburn Energy. I am vitally interested in keeping communities safe from big corporate interests and harmful commodities.