Carol Pachos | PresidentEmployed in the Health Services industry in Grafton over the last 10 years in the capacity of both Practice and Business Manager.
My business focus is leadership in team development and business growth.
I have been involved in the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards for the last 7 years as either an award winning business, judge or committee member.
Justin James | Vice PresidentJustin James is a Graphic/Web Designer with his own business based in Grafton. Specialising in Branding and Print Media, Justin has well over a decade of design experience both in city and country business.
Justin is the current Vice President of the Chamber.
Phil Belletty | SecretaryThe 25 years NT Government experience and the last 11 years in the private sector has equipped me with a diverse range of experience and understanding.. This experience includes all aspects of management including being a CEO with over 50 Staff, reporting directly to a Not for Profit Board, facility management, developer of service delivery strategies, strategic capital investment planning, maintenance planning, asset and land acquisition, disposals and leased asset management.
Glenn Thompson | TreasurerCommenced in public practice with Hudson Shepherd & Partners in July 1997 prior to joining WHK Group (now known as Crowe Horwath) in July 2005 and progressed through all areas of public practice to Principal in July 2006 with responsibility for audit and assurance assignments in addition to general practice client base. Responsible for the audit and business services provided by WHK Grafton up until January 2010 following a complete move into Business Services.
Annmarie Henderson | Exec OfficeOwner of Grafton Florist and active within the community in both Local Business circles and Schools within the Valley.
Des HarveySchooled in Grafton, Des completed watchmaking & jewellery apprenticeships; studied gemstones & became a Fellow of Gemmological Association of Australia & awarded Masters Degree in Business Administration. With wife Jennifer trade as Harveys Jewellers in Harveys Arcade being fifth generation jewellers in Australia, and now daughter Alison Terranova is transitioning into the business
Geraldine GallagherBorn and raised in Grafton my father has been a solicitor in Grafton for more than 40 years and my mother helps to run his business, AJ Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers. After moving away to study, work and live abroad for several years, I joined the family business as a solicitor. I joined the Chamber of Commerce with the hope that I can contribute to creating and promoting opportunities for the Clarence Valley community.
Natasha WatkinsonI joined the Chamber of Commerce to be part of and effect meaningful change in the economic future of Grafton. Our Region is in the grip of dynamic change. On the brink of a future bypass and with short term infrastructure giving a boost to the Region, we need to plan for the future long term. My two young children are the reason I am passionate about future proofing industry and strengthening the economic future of not only Grafton but the Clarence Region.
Riley LawI joined the chamber as a means to connect with & meet local business owners, & to stay up to date with up and coming projects for the region. Sitting down and chatting with the likes of Justin James, Phil Belletty & Des Harvey, I soon realised the chamber offers much more. The “Big Ideas” was a driving factor for me to be part of the executive. It is exciting to see so many projects nearing completion - I would like to play my small part is seeing the next “big ideas” come to fruition
Donna LaytonDonna Layton, B.Bus (Acc), JP
General Manager of J. Notaras & Sons Pty Ltd, a locally family owned Timber manufacturing Business.
My commitment to the Chamber is to continue the work that Spiro Notaras did for our community.
The 42 years of working in the Timber Industry has given me the experience to work with the executive team.
Michael CasementMichael Casement is a Barista/ Cafe Manager at ESP Espresso. After moving to Grafton from the Lower Clarence in 2014, Michael was inspired to do more for the business community. Michael wants to see Grafton and South Grafton prosper after the Pacific Highway Upgrade and became a member of the executive team to bring a young and different way of looking at situations. If you see Michael in the street, say hello, he is always keen to talk business.
Justine WebberI arrived in Grafton in 2009 with my teenage sons & I feel like I've arrived home. I love the beauty & power of the river, the wide-open beaches, the beautiful mountain areas & the friendliness of community. I hope to see our town continue to grow to its full potential as a vibrant regional centre that supports our young people staying here post education. My work history includes administration, compliance & safety roles in mining/quarrying & haulage, health & disability services & NT Gov.
Michelle HockiingOriginating from the Clarence Valley region & recently relocating back to continue my career of 11 years in the funeral industry as Area Manager for 2 local Funeral businesses. I have managed large teams with Invocare in my prior position as Qld Co Ordination Manager, managing the day to day logistics of caring for many families during their time of need. I have a passion for people, community & caring for families. As a wife, mum of 5, nanna to 4 it was time for a tree change & a quieter life
Patrick DugganI grew up on our dairy / fruit farm and worked in our family transport and construction company before progressing into business development Management roles in Mining, Construction, Agriculture, Transport and Earth moving equipment. My fortunate career has given me the ability to communicate at all levels, work as a team player and become a professional coordinator with a “can do” attitude.
My passion is to exceed expectations.