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Organisation: Business Horsham
Executive Administrator: Wendy Mitchell
Acting Chairperson:Graham Keay
Secretary: Wendy Mitchell
Mobile: 0418 266 310
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 924, Horsham. Vic. 3400.

2017/2018 Executive Committee

Acting Chairperson:テづあGraham Keay

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Business Experience & background:

  • 10 Years in Clark Rubber
  • 28 Years Fire Management and Firefighter with CFA

Graham's passions and interests:

  • Family
  • Business Success
  • Providing good service
  • Computer technology in general
  • Tennis & Clycing


Acting Vice Chair & ISR for Agriculture:テづあAndrea Cross

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Business Experience & background:

  • Partnership with husband in Shane Cross Builders for over 20 years.
  • Owner/Operator of Across Events Management from 2004 to 2014.
  • Founded Stuck for eWords in February 2015 as well as opened a farmstay cottage for guests to the area.
  • Been involved with Business Horsham since 2006 in varying roles from Admin Assistant to Chairperson. Currently holding the position of Vice-Chairperson for the next 2 terms.

Andrea's passions and interests:
People in business. Having recently decided to share her love for creative writing, Andrea uses her vast experience of opening new businesses to support people in business. She enjoys listening to peoples stories and she conjures up creative content for websites, brochures and promotional material. Like she says #itsallaboutthewords!

Andrea is also passionate about young people in the region. As a mother of three teen and post teen sons, she involves herself rigorously at Horsham College and is regularly asked to present to secondary schools in the region to enable students to best prepare themselves for the workforce. Each year she mentors a young person through the Horsham Show's Young Leader Awards using the philosophy that making a difference to one person can have a lasting impact.


Treasurer: Catherine Shirrefs

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Business Experience & background:

  • Worked in accounts since 2001
  • Studied Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Treasurer of Dadswells Bridge Fire Brigade since 2001

Catherine's passions and interests:

  • Raising 2 children
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Movies & TV Trivia
  • Problem Solving
  • Good Food


Minute Secretary:テづあPauline Schmidt

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Business Experience & background:

  • Owner/Operator of Horsham Concrete since 1998 with husband Jack.
  • Pauline previously worked at University of Ballarat in administration for 14 years

Pauline's passions and interests:

  • Cohesiveness within the business community of Horsham to enable best outcomes for our town and district
  • My Family
  • My business - Horsham Concrete - and our concrete family
  • Great coffee!!!


Executive Administrator & Secretary:Wendy Mitchell

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Business Experience & background:

  • Executive Administrator of Business Horsham (2011 to current)
  • owned & operated two retail businesses for 21 years from 1989 to 2011
  • prior to business ownership all roles included administration and sales since 1977

Wendy's passions and interests:

  • my family
  • small business success
  • development of Horsham
  • people and their individual successes in life
  • positive attitudes
  • sharing experiences & learning from them
  • the homeless
  • personal development


Industry Sector Representatives:

Professional Services Sector Rep:Brian Watts

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Business experience & background:

  • Partner in Watts Price Accountants

Brian's passions and interests:
Currently in the 8th year on the executive, Vice chair for 3 years prior to 2 years as Chairperson.
Brian has a strong interest in business development and improvement.
Brian as training co-ordinator, has driven niche training presentations over this period since 2009. This role has involved sourceing releveant presenters typically not seen in rural areas. Listed are the presenters Brian has sourced to present in Horsham.

  • Marketing - Ryll Burgin
  • Sales Psychology - Dr John Gora
  • Front Desk Superstar by Skillpath
  • Empowering Staff - Ken Wright
  • Motivational Speaker - Bruce Sullivan

Prompted by the question by former chairperson Allison Roberts, "Does our accounting firm have access to business attitiudes?" Brian has driven the biannual Business Horsham Business Sentiment Survey since 2009 Feedback from this survey has been used to provide objective data on a range of contemporary topics relevant to the business community. Brian has represented Business Horsham on a number of HRCC committees and community forums.


Home Based Industry Sector Rep: David Bowe

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Business Experience & background:

  • Developing his own Video & Photography business
  • Previously employed as Executive Administration Support Officer with Wimmera Uniting Care
  • Community volunteer & employed in many area including:
    • Retail
    • Hospitality
    • Welfare
    • Employmnet
    • Community Services
    • Youth
    • Sport
    • Entertainment

David's passions and interests:

  • Youth - supporting the opportuntiies to improve employment and education in an attempt to retain our youth...who are a voice and our leaders of tomorrow
  • Business & Community - supporting, maintaining growth and ensuring a sustainable enviromnet to create a safe place to live and work whilst providing great opportunities for all.
  • Local Government - supports our municipality through regular attendance at most council meetings since mid 2005.David enjoys attending council initiated community events, forums and information sessions on various issues as they arise (i.e. new town hall project, Horsham bypass and emergency information.Since 2012, David has been a member of Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • Videoing & Photography - capturing the moment! Whether it's covering football matches, special functions or community events, David and his camera will be there. Known as 'Crockett' to his friends and colleagues, David aptly named his business 'Give Crock a Dial' to Capture, Relive and Cherish.


Service Industry Sector Rep: Robin Barber

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Business Experience & background:

  • Building Design Consultant since 1986

Robin's passions and interests:

  • Horsham and how the city can/should grow and develop
  • I enjoy most sports
  • Gardening
  • Watching my kids grow, develop, get married and have kids of their own


Retail Industry Sector Rep:Paul Atherton


Business Experience & background:

  • Owner/Operator of The Athlete's Foot Horsham since 2015
  • 2010-2013 Importation for online business

Paul's passions and interests:

  • Running
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Getting businesses to work together to improve the overall outcomes.


Retail Industry Sector Rep: Shana Miatke

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Business Experience & background:

  • Buying background in retail (large chain) store from 1995
  • Manged Retail stores from 2000
  • Bought & operated Exquisit 2012 to current

Shana's passions and interests:

  • Driving and growing our Horsham community as a place our kids want to return to - A place that offers unique & diverse, shops an activities.
  • Music
  • Sport (except cricket)
  • photography
  • camping


Home Based Industry Sector Rep: Rachel Deckert

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Business Experience & background:

  • Background in advertising in both Radio and Television
  • Commenced own business RM Decisions in 2009

Rachel's passions and interests:

  • My 3 children are my world
  • I love helping people achieve success through what I do in my 3 businesses
  • Patchworking
  • Reading
  • Horse Riding
  • Holdiays by the beach