Management Committee

Management Committee2020-07-14T14:05:22+08:00

The people who make everything happen

Our management team consists of an elected committee who are all volunteers and two employed office staff. The committee is responsible for governance and strategic direction while Radi and Melanie in the office handle all day-to-day activities such as answering membership enquiries and attending to the endless details involved in organising and publicising our events.

President

Mark Hann

Tactica Partners

I joined the committee in 2011 and have gained enormously by engaging with the business owners who are members of WSBA. Learning about the issues they face makes me a more effective committee member and helps me perform better as a director of my own financial services business. A strong team culture is vitally important for any successful business and WSBA is no exception. As President, I encourage the committee to have a collaborative and inclusive approach that’s sets the tone for everything WSBA does. Another key priority for the committee is to facilitate the relationship building and networking that is so vital for our members. This involves a high energy level, a sense of purpose and a lot of fun.

Vice-President

Jamie Duff

Qbit

I joined in 2007 and became a committee member soon afterwards. I’m extremely proud to have been involved in our transformation from the Subiaco Business Association into the force we are today. The journey has been personally rewarding and serving on the committee is a great way to give something back to the community while networking with other professionals. As a strong believer in the importance of long-term business relationships, I gain great satisfaction from the way WSBA attracts and holds so many members and helps them connect with each other.

Treasurer

Stephen Spry

CBSW Tax & Business

My accounting firm joined in 2013 with the aim of finding new clients. It was a smart decision that has paid commercial dividends. What has especially appealed is that we meet high-calibre people who come from diverse industries and represent everything from start-ups to established companies. We’re also very impressed with the quality and frequency of events and WSBA’s community feeling. The way members relate to each other fits perfectly with my philosophy of creating real working partnerships with clients, something I know other members also aspire to achieve.

Secretary

Catriona Macleod

Cullen Macleod

My law firm joined WSBA as an Alliance Partner because we could see the huge potential benefit of a business association with a Western Suburbs focus. I quickly realised it was well-run, well-organised and had a leadership group that would make a membership worthwhile. So much so, that I decided to join the committee. Everyone in business has a million demands on their time, so choosing one organisation out of the many available businesses, professional and networking groups is an important decision. Choosing WSBA was the right decision for me.

Committee Member

Gareth Lane

I like socialising. I always have, I always will. I love interacting with people and getting to know their stories. I am a ‘tell you how it is’ kinda guy who likes to get straight to the point without all the fluff! I enjoy problem solving & growing businesses with digital marketing.I run regular talks, workshops and meetups on Google, Social Media and all things Digital Marketing. I live in Perth, Western Australia, enjoy wine, food and the sun.I’m the founder and director of Concise Digital a 35 strong team of digital marketers. The WSBA has a passionate group of people behind it, all of whom are small business owners themselves, and with them, I look forward to helping other small businesses in the Perth Western Suburbs grow their businesses and networks.

Committee Member

Sandra Tricoli

Savvy Creations

As the Director of my own PR agency, a passion for supporting other business owners has been integral to my success. Streamlining how a business presents to potential clients—utilising social media, showcasing an event or expansion, clarifying marketing strategies—is ever-changing in today’s market. For some, the process can prove confusing. The good news is this fascinating field is my area of expertise, and aligning myself with other business owners is something that’s always been important to me. Networking with like-minded professionals, celebrating the power of collaboration: these are fundamental aspects of ensuring a sustained professional presence, and continued competitive advantage.

Successful business is not a solo endeavour. I feel the WSBA understands and celebrates this belief by creating situations that are enjoyable, while also providing and cultivating priceless connections within the local business community.

My hope is to bring a fresh and vibrant approach to the committee. A unique perspective that will benefit members in many ways. We must take advantage of every opportunity to promote ourselves online and offline. Face-to-face contact with other business owners is still fundamental to securing and facilitating productive relationships. Most importantly, we must be open to the idea of assisting each other. Together, as a thriving professional collective, we can grow our companies in ways that may have seemed unimaginable when trying to move forward alone. Whatever your industry, let’s do this!

 

Committee Member

Malcolm Stewart

Having been a member of WSBA for a number of years I felt it was time I gave back to the Association by joining the Committee. The fellow members of the committee are all passionate small business owners and their stories are quite inspiring. But they are not alone. They are just a small sample of the many wonderful members of the WSBA.

Connecting, collaborating and supporting other business owners in the WSBA is why I have joined the committee. I hope we continue that work and to grow the WSBA into an even bigger network and provide further opportunities to support small business in the Western Suburbs.

Committee Member

Helen Moore

Smartline

As a mortgage broker, I love the opportunities WSBA creates for networking with like-minded business people. Our functions, which we hold at a variety of venues across the Western Suburbs, are a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to others. If you wish, you can take centre stage by hosting an event at your own premises. How good is that! I’ve met a lot of fantastic people within WSBA who are as passionate as I am about wanting to successfully grow their businesses.

Member Services Officer

Melanie Cronin

I joined the WSBA in 2013, following the re brand from The Subiaco Business association,  in this time I have seen amazing changes take place and have loved the opportunity to make a difference, it has been a privilege to  contribute to and witness the continued growth and success of our awesome, fun and informative networking functions. As Member Services Officer I am passionate about providing members with assistance and direction on business related issues or concerns and connecting people to grow their business. There are many benefits of joining the WSBA and I can help you maximise your membership to your full advantage. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to build both personal and business relationships with our current members, and to confidently engage with potential members ~ with the WSBA I feel I have found the perfect role for me. I love being able to socialise, and to do this within a professional and business focused networking environment is absolutely divine. I look forward to connecting with you at one of our events.

General Manager

Radi Stulic

As a long term resident and having worked in Subiaco for many years, including, owning a gorgeous small business, I am passionate about my ‘hood’ so the opportunity to join the WSBA was irresistible. I believe the cornerstone of success is great service and connecting with like minded & positive people with a mutual vision to create genuine and collaborative relationships. I found that matching philosophy, with the WSBA committee. They are warm, positive, engaged and genuinely care about growth and business success within the Western suburbs. As the old adage goes, so often, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, in my personal experience it’s always peppered with a little bit of each. Through our events program, I relish the opportunity to assist in building awesome collaborative connections and to support your business within our talented, diverse member & guest community. Who doesn’t love a good party? I look forward to welcoming you to one of our networking events very soon.

What our members say

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I've been a member of the WSBA for 12 months now and have been very impressed with the organisation. I've enjoyed meeting a very interesting group of local business people, and the functions and networking opportunities have been first class. Annabelle Walsh, Staywest Apartments
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We have been going to WSBA events for a few years now and have developed a number of great business relationships as a result. The events are always excellent (great locations, food, drinks, etc) and the people in attendance are very friendly and cover a diverse range of industries. If you're looking to grow your network, the WSBA is well worth taking a close look at... what's more, you don't have to be in the Western Suburbs to get involved. Stephen Spry, CBSW Tax & Business Advisors
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Referrals and Networking are key to business growth and must be part of your strategy! The WSBA events are dynamic and provide the opportunity to network in a social and friendly environment. The connections and business relationships I have built over 10 years and the results speak for themselves. Get in touch with the WSBA and attend an event I promise you won't be disappointed. Jamie Duff, Qbit
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This is an outstanding association that really works hard to engage members to network and create relationships. The venues for events have been top class and with attendances over the last several events in excess of 100 attendees, there is much opportunity for members to grow their business networks. Mark Hann, Tactica Partners
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Since being a member of WSBA, Ultimo Catering and Events has gained a great exposure to businesses in the Western Suburbs and my business contacts have increased accordingly. The WSBA is definitely increasing in membership and this is evident at the networking functions. So I would encourage business owners/managers in the Western Suburbs to get on board, become a member and get the benefits of meeting with like minded people and businesses in a relaxed and casual environment. Clark Wilmot, Ultimo Catering and Events
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The WSBA is a fun, useful and educational networking group. It sets itself apart from other networking groups in a number of ways, including being the most friendly and welcoming group I have ever been to, with particular ways to make people feel welcome, for example introducing new members to other members and the committee when they first arrive. Combined with really useful, interesting, and fun events, the events have a fantastic turnout every month, and I have got to know some really great people and made some excellent business connections! I really enjoy going to their events - when time is so precious for all of us, it is critical that we choose to spend time in ways gives us a return on that investment, which WSBA absolutely does. Highly recommend! Catriona Macleod, Cullen Macleod
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The Western Suburbs Business Association comprises of members who like to casually catch up with each other from time to time. The reason I enjoy it so much is the quality of the people who attend their functions. We have been fortunate to partner with them on numerous different occasions.” Aaron McDonald, Managing Director, Pragma Lawyers
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A friendly group of business professionals who always make you feel welcome. If you enjoy making new connections, listening to inspiring presenters and networking sundowners - this is the place! Adrienne Whiting, Whiting Media
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WSBA provides an excellent forum for its members to create a wide network of informed and interconnected contacts to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments, whilst also providing the events to meet business people who share a similar drive and ambition
Suzy Costanzo, Suzy Costanzo Real Estate
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If you are a small business owner in the Western Suburbs you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't belong to the WSBA ! At my first event everyone was very friendly and welcoming, so much so that I joined the next day. It's a great way of networking and meeting like minded people. Luke Matar, The Vein Clinic
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The WSBA is a great organization that runs very good networking events represented by a diverse group of companies and professionals. The team are welcoming to new members and guest and break down some of the barriers to allow you to connect with other businesses. I highly recommend checking out their upcoming events. Mike Hawryluk, nForm
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Thank you WSBA for another fantastic event, the women of Abel McGrath certainly enjoyed it. The content was very relevant and insightful and the venue and food were fantastic! Shanay Parker, Abel McGrath
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A very well organised and polished networking event. The drinks were great, and the canape spread was sensational. The calibre of businesses who attended was relevant to our business. Ariarna Bartulovic, Scope Business Imaging
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The Western Suburbs Business Association (WSBA) facilitates Business networking opportunities for like minded individuals and Businesses. Their Events have provided my business with quality connections within the business community and I continue to enjoy their Sundowners and Industry leading Guest Speakers. I recommend the WSBA as an excellent high calibre networking organisation as an avenue in growing your business network! Andrew Njuguna, Buffalo Film Studios
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The Western Suburbs Business Association is an awesome business association. Their Networking Events always attract a large number of businesses / owners of whom to connect with.
Deb Cregeen, Cherrys Catering
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Having had the opportunity to attend and benefit from these events I highly recommend that you get involved, come along and experience an event for yourself. If you're not a member get on board ~ thanks Radi Stulic and Melanie Cronin for always delivering a great event. Sandy Gray – Mason Gray Insurance & Risk
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It was wonderful to meet so many WSBA members at the event last night. I congratulate you and all at WSBA for organising such a great, welcoming and fun networking event. We will definitely be looking to engage with the WSBA on an ongoing basis. Celia Hammond MP – Federal Member for Curtin
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The Regal Theatre has been a member of the Western Suburbs Business Association (formerly Subiaco Business Association) for almost 15 years. Over these years, we have benefited from networking opportunities with others in a relaxed and friendly environment, sharing experiences and keeping up to date with what is happening locally. Our membership is a vital part of our business. Kim Knight, Regal Theatre
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I have been a member for many years and during this time have found WSBA to be an exceptional organisation. It is headed up by professional people who assist and help nurture new and existing members in their business pursuits and networking.” Tony Hatt CEO, Devwest Group
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WSBA is an outstanding organisation to be associated with. The quality of business people you meet at the networking events are very helpful in getting business exposure and to make great contacts on a professional and personal level. Members are guaranteed to benefit from the many networking opportunities and the satisfaction and personal growth they will derive from being actively involved in it. I am already looking forward to the next event! Thomas Meihofer, Thomas Meifhofer Jewellery Design