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The Board

Rod Dever
President

Rod has more than 20 years experience in returning people with an injury, medical condition or disability to meaningful and gainful employment. Focusing on employer engagement, candidate and service marketing, business development and placement supports. Rod has a demonstrated track record in being able to work with industry professionals to identify their needs and work in partnership with them to attract, train, recruit and support candidates in employment, both directly and with third party employment options in place. Rod is also able to work directly with candidates to help them identify their career aspirations and achieve their employment goals by marketing them to appropriate employers while also assisting candidates in learning how to market themselves. Rod is passionate about providing exceptional services to employers, candidates and stakeholders. In his 20 plus years of experience, Rod has placed thousands of candidates into stable employment. Rod holds qualifications in human resources, marketing, employment services, training, and the mental health field. Rod works for the ORS Group as the Job Development and Marketing Manager.

Rod has been associated with the Gosford Chamber for more than 16 years having been a Board Member and Vice President. He held the role of President from 2009 to 2013 when he was elected to the role of President of the NSW Regional Advisory Council. At this time he remained on the Board of the Gosford Chamber and then in 2017 was re-elected to the role of President of the now Gosford Erina Business Chamber.


Petrina Waddell
Vice President
Gosford Private Hospital

Petrina has worked most of her career life in the Gosford CBD, previously 10 years with the National Australia Bank, Gosford. Petrina has great passion for local job creation and business growth in the Gosford CBD.

Petrina has been involved with Gosford City Chamber Board since 2009 and is currently the Vice President. Petrina enjoys sourcing funding opportunities for the Board, and attending relevant
stakeholders meetings to represent the business community. More recently Petrina has put her efforts into adding some fun to the Chamber lunches. Petrina has a proactive style.


David Evers
Treasurer
AdviceCo

David Evers is the Managing Director of AdviceCo (formerly Robson Partners) and leads a team of 28 staff in the areas of Accounting, Tax and Wealth for 2,000 clients.

With more than 30 years of professional experience, he has come to be trusted by many for his technical advice and pragmatic approach. David is passionate about using his knowledge to make a positive difference to the financial wellbeing of others.

AdviceCo is a gold sponsor of the Gosford Erina Coastal Chamber of Commerce and David is the current Treasurer. AdviceCo is strong advocate for business growth in the Central Coast region and has its head office in Gosford.


Edgar Adams
Director
Adams Business Publications P/L

Edgar Adams is the Editor and Publisher of Central Coast Business Review (CCBR) magazine which he founded almost 28 years ago. CCBR covers the whole Central Coast and as Editor he has an extensive and in depth knowledge of the business community's needs and issues affecting them.

An accountant, he moved to Gosford with his family some 45 years ago and worked with two major Gosford businesses before establishing his own financial management practice and then CCBR.

Edgar believes that Gosford, having been designated the Regional City of the Central Coast has an exciting future and must have a strong, forward thinking Chamber of Commerce supporting business and taking members' concerns to government.

Michael Trimblett
Director
Loyal I.T. Solutions

Michael Trimblett is currently the General Manager of Loyal I.T. Solutions.  Moving from the Central Coast to Sydney to start his career in Information Technology back in 1998, he worked for a small dental software company providing support for its products throughout NSW, ACT and QLD.  In 2005, Michael moved back to the Central Coast to start work at Loyal I.T. Solutions as an I.T. technician.  In 2008 he returned to study at the University of Technology, Sydney where he studied the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.  Re-joining Loyal I.T. Solutions after graduating in 2011, he moved into the role of Business Development Manager then into his current role of General Manager.

Having exposure to many different industries nationally, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to the Chamber to help support Central Coast businesses.


Tim Gunasinghe
Director
Commercial HQ

Tim has lived on the Central Coast for over 50 years.  He has established a long and successful career in local real estate since leaving school in 1985 and has worked with some of the most established and well-respected agencies within the region.

Tim joined Phillip Brand over 20 years ago heading up Commercialhq, the real estate and development arm of the business.  Tim has a wealth of knowledge in commercial real estate and development on the Central Coast and is known as market leader in the field.

Tim has played an integral part in the design and development of the following projects Fountain Corporate, Erina Plaza, Lisarow Plaza, Platinum and Element buildings at Erina and is currently working on 5 major projects for the region.


Darren Fischer
Director
Oddfish Media

Darren is a Director and General Manager of Oddfish Media. Established in 2005, Oddfish Media was born from a need on the Central Coast for an agency that helped local businesses with their marketing strategy and media planning / buying.

Dominated by traditional media in the early years, by 2008 they launched their digital department
with a focus on SEM and data driven marketing. As the media landscape evolved, they transformed
into an integrated marketing team committed to their client's needs, goals and objectives.

The Central Coast is a very cool place to live and bring up a family. It's important that as a Chamber we continue to support business and impress Government with all our strengths as an employment geographic region.


Anna Cruckshank
Director
Aubrey Brown Lawyers

Anna is the Managing Director of Aubrey Brown Lawyers. During her final year at high school on the Central Coast, she was sent to the firm for a mock interview with Principal at the time, Rod Wicks, who is a Director of the firm today and heads our Estate Planning team. Having never considered a future in law (she had her mind set on becoming an archaeologist), Anna was surprised to receive a call from Rod with an offer to join the firm as a law clerk with a scholarship to study law. She hasn't looked back since.

Accelerated through her studies, Anna was admitted as a lawyer in 1994 at the age of just 22. She gained experience in a broad range of legal areas for her own client base and discovered a passion for Commercial Law. She became the youngest ever partner of the firm in 2001 and was unanimously elected to take on the role of Managing Director in 2011.

As a Commercial Lawyer, Anna delivers effective, personalised advice and is highly skilled at meeting the demanding timeframes commonly required to achieve her clients' outcomes. She works closely with clients from a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical, registered clubs, construction, childcare, hospitality and wineries/vineyards.


Central Coast Mariners

Gabby Bowles
Director
Central Coast Mariners

Gabby is the Business and Community Development Manager for the Central Coast Mariners. A former small business owner and Gosford City Councillor, Gabby has an extensive background of working with the local community and astute understanding of the challenges that face business on the Central Coast. Gabby has previously held board positions in the NFP sector and completed training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Sports Management, Gabby is enthusiastic about collaborating to help the Central Coast businesses reach their full potential.


Travel Managers

Lois Marshall
Director
Travel Managers

Lois Marshall is an established business operator in the travel and tourism sector. After almost 15 years in retail and wholesale travel, Lois became a small business sole trader and owns and operates Travel Managers.

Having lived on the Central Coast as a resident for more than 40 years and visited the region for almost 60 years she has seen the enormous changes that have taken place in the region.

Believing that small business is key to the Australian economy, she recognises small business owners experience many difficulties on a daily basis and welcomes the opportunity to be a strong advocate for business on the Central Coast and assisting business operators in the local region.


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