THE EXECUTIVE

Natasha Watkinson |  President
Natasha Watkinson | President

Owner - NJW Commercial I 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.

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Justin James | Vice President
Justin James | Vice President

Justin resides in Grafton, running the J&DC studio in Grafton's iconic Prince Street. An ex-president who holds the position of VP and is very active in a number of committees around the Clarence Valley. Born and raised in Melbourne, he began designing at a very early age and launching his first official business (Deptford Designs) at 19. Now Specialising in Branding and Print Media, Justin has well over a decade of design experience both in city and country business.

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Glenn Thompson | Treasurer
Glenn Thompson | Treasurer

Glenn is a chartered accountant and business services partner with Findex Grafton. He specialises in tax and business advisory and has over 22 years of experience working with local businesses in the Clarence Valley. Glenn has been the Treasurer of Grafton Chamber for the last 9 years.

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Donna Layton | Secretary
Donna Layton | Secretary

Donna 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.

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Annmarie Henderson | Exec Office
Annmarie Henderson | Exec Office

Owner of Grafton Florist and active within the community in both Local Business circles and Schools within the Valley.

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Michelle Hocking
Michelle Hocking

Originating 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

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Angela Boorman
Angela Boorman

I’ve lived in the area for the past 25 years. Since 1996 I have worked in the Education Sector for TAFE NSW, in a variety of roles ranging from Student Services, Infrastructure Management & Project Management. My focus is to develop strong community engagement, working with local businesses & organisations in the Grafton region. My motivation, resilience & ability to adapt to a changing environment allows me to look at new & different ways of approaching tasks & identify opportunities for growth

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Melanie Jay
Melanie Jay

Relatively new to Clarence Valley, choosing to make the country change in 2018, after 16 years on the Gold Coast and planning to make Grafton my hometown for many years. My background is in education, with a PDHPE teaching career spanning 25yrs. In my current role as Centre Manager at Country Universities Centre Clarence Valley, I have an opportunity to make a difference, managing a facility that encourages lifelong learning and makes higher education accessible for all members of our community

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Joshua Freeman
Joshua Freeman

Branch and Lending Manager for Newcastle Permanent Building Society. I have worked in the banking industry for over 13 years, and have held every role possible within a branch. Myself and my family moved to Grafton 2 years ago and have fallen in love with the region. I joined the Chamber as an executive member, to be more involved with the local business community. This is a great opportunity to learn and give back to local business. Develop my skills and share my own knowledge and expertise.

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