A Pinnacle: Built by Business Owners, for Business Owners

 

PENRITH VALLEY, YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER

Supporting local businesses since 1927

Connect

Together we’re stronger

You already know that building genuine reciprocal relationships is key to business growth and longevity. Being a member of our chamber allows you to build a valuable network of business associates who you can collaborate with, refer to, and learn from.  See, something magical happens when you surround yourself with people who have similar interests, and something extraordinary happens if those people are a few steps ahead in business. You get inspired. You get ambitious. You get knowledge. And you grow.

Educate

Knowledge is power

Business is an evolving beast, one that requires constant upskilling and training. The upside to this is that professional development is satisfying; for yourself, your team, and in turn, your customers. We know that sourcing professional and credible education can be difficult, which is why one of our key roles at the chamber is to bring the best in the industry to you, via our training workshops. From social media marketing, cash management, staffing, and everything in between, we have your back.

Advocate

The Valley vision

We know how dedicated you are to your business and your local area. We are too. Which is why we’ve spent years building relationships with key stakeholders, decision-makers, and all levels of Government, so we can lobby for policy and projects as one unified voice. We want to create a sustainable future, one that will see generations of business owners prospering in years to come. This is our point of difference and your opportunity. Are you ready to seize it and have a say?

Connect

Together we’re stronger

You already know that building genuine reciprocal relationships is key to business growth and longevity. Being a member of our chamber allows you to build a valuable network of business associates who you can collaborate with, refer to, and learn from.  See, something magical happens when you surround yourself with people who have similar interests, and something extraordinary happens if those people are a few steps ahead in business. You get inspired. You get ambitious. You get knowledge. And you grow.

Educate

Knowledge is power

Business is an evolving beast, one that requires constant upskilling and training. The upside to this is that professional development is satisfying; for yourself, your team, and in turn, your customers. We know that sourcing professional and credible education can be difficult, which is why one of our key roles at the chamber is to bring the best in the industry to you, via our training workshops. From social media marketing, cash management, staffing, and everything in between, we have your back.

Advocate

The Valley vision

We know how dedicated you are to your business and your local area. We are too. Which is why we’ve spent years building relationships with key stakeholders, decision-makers, and all levels of Government, so we can lobby for policy and projects as one unified voice. We want to create a sustainable future, one that will see generations of business owners prospering in years to come. This is our point of difference and your opportunity. Are you ready to seize it and have a say?

We’re here for you. We want your business seen and your voice heard. Are you ready?

STAFF

Meet our dedicated (and funny) staff, who spend their time planning the best experiences for our members. From events, to education, and advocacy–right down to the wine and canapes–our staff are passionate community builders and have years of experience in all things Chambers of Commerce.

Stacey Randell

Chamber Engagement Manager

Email: stacey@penrithchamber.org.au
Phone: 0435 457 849

Stacey is a community builder. She loves nothing more than helping people connect and collaborate. She has worked with Chambers of Commerce for the last 10 years, at both a local and state level. It is from this well-rounded understanding Chambers and how they operate, that gives her the ability to truly support members and advocate on their behalf.

Jacqui Hinvest

Admin Assistant

Email: info@penrithchamber.org.au

Our enthusiastic administration assistant Jacqui is always happy to help with enquiries and reckons our members are “the best!”. Having been with the Chamber for the past 5 years she has developed a great understanding of members’ needs and aims to provide friendly and approachable support.

Executive

Our executive team is made up of fellow business owners who are dedicated to seeing their chamber, other members, and the local community thrive. They want to see you succeed, and they’re bringing all their knowledge and support to the table to make it happen.

Kate Rafton

President

Phone: (02) 4578 5611

Kate is the Principal of Rafton Family Lawyers. Kate has focussed on the field of family law since her admission as a solicitor and has worked for law firms in both Penrith and Parramatta before establishing her own practice. Her approach is to treat clients as people first and to understand their individual problems and needs, allowing her to obtain the best possible results for them in a family law matter. In addition to her legal qualifications, Kate also has a nursing degree and a background in health and management.

Debbie O’Connor

Vice President

Phone: (02) 4732 4766

Debbie is a brand strategist by profession and a graphic designer by trade. She is an ideas person who harnesses big picture thinking to achieve goals for her own businesses as well as her clients. Over the 18 years of having her branding studio, White River Design she has also built and sold two businesses, launched Penrith’s most awarded coworking space, The Creative Fringe, writes regularly for Mumbrella and Kochie’s Business Builders, authored a children’s book, created an online Brand Magic Masterclass and developed the Brand Personalities system. Debbie is a big believer in the power of collaboration and connection and looks forward to bringing fresh ideas and thinking to the Chamber.

Gavin King

Secretary

Phone: (02) 9893 9499

Gavin became an active member of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2017. He is currently an Associate and the Director of Insolvency at Condon Advisory Group – a national firm of Business Advisors, Forensic Accounting, Solvency and Turnaround Practitioners. Gavin is a Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy. He has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of Personal and Corporate Insolvency, having worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and industries including Building and Construction, Retail and consumer credit. Gavin believes that the key qualities needed within Insolvency are professionalism as well as understanding a client’s needs. With these working ethics, he tries to navigate the issues and supports clients throughout a difficult and emotional period, providing them with assistance that helps to ensure each client has a more positive future.

Suzanne Walker

Treasurer

Phone: 0431 597 740

Suzanne is the founder and principal Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) of Clear Path Accounting, an innovative firm providing strategic, future-focused advice to business owners to maximise their success. Suzanne joined the PVCC in 2018 and immediately acquired the treasurer role on the chamber’s executive committee. She loves her role as treasurer and enjoys offering sound advice, modernising the financial systems, improving internal controls and empowering the PVCC team with tools to achieve peak operational performance. She is committed to working in collaboration with the committee to shape a better future for the Chamber and deliver real value to our members.

Anil Puri

Committee Member

Phone: 0439 625 385

Anil is the Managing Director of Chan & Naylor Business Coaching and has been a member of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Throughout that time, he has run a Business Coaching firm and helped numerous businesses in Penrith and across Western Sydney to grow and develop. He is passionate about helping business owners to run more effective businesses and achieve more for their families, their teams and the wider community. Anil lives in the Lower Blue Mountains, sits on other Boards and is also heavily involved in the local business community.

Asha Dooley

Committee Member

Phone: 4735 6900

Asha is the Owner and General Manager of Grace Funerals. She joined the family firm 6 years ago following a 10 year management career within the hotel and events industry in the USA, UK and the Middle East. Drawing upon her event experience Asha has introduced many innovations to the service offerings at Grace, particularly those utilising the latest technology. Asha has quickly developed a reputation within the Australian funeral industry for her original thinking and in 2015 she won the highly coveted annual AFDA Scholarship for her presentation of “Wow Funerals- the Future of Funerals”. Asha is the Senior Vice President of the NSW Division of the AFDA and is also sought after for her training and presenting skills. She is committed to working in collaboration with the committee to shape a better future for the Chamber and deliver real value to our members.

Richard Fox

Committee Member

Phone: 0413 628 882

Richard is the Owner/Director of Fox & Co. a consultancy business in the sport and community sector. Originally from the UK Richard moved to Penrith with his family prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Following a long career in high performance sport as an athlete, head coach and performance director, Richard is now leading a revitalisation project for Paddle Australia at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. With international experience in stakeholder engagement and media relations, Richard looks forward to being actively involved in the advocacy and tourism portfolios, attracting people and new business to Penrith.

Phil Willey

Committee Member

Phone: 0414 444 750

Phil is the Franchisee at Quest Penrith, a Hotel/Apartment business, which opened in July 2018. Prior to his involvement with Quest, he held various roles in the corporate world. Industries included, International Insurers, Real Estate and Corporate Hospitality. During his time in Penrith, he has become well-connected to the area and, in particular, local business owners, charities and sporting organisations. “The Penrith Valley Business Chamber has been an ideal organisation for me to meet other business owners and form long term working relationships. I look forward to meeting new members and assisting them to maximise the benefits the chamber has to offer.”

LORENZO TASSONE

Committee Member

Phone: 0484 608 960

CEO and Cofounder of Leggero Pty Ltd. Leggero helps businesses across Australia in reducing electricity costs through LED lighting upgrades and Solar, providing a total solution for reducing costs and maximising rebates to help offset costs and ensuring our clients improve the lighting and ambience of their business. I’m passionate about helping businesses reduce their energy consumption and in turn their carbon footprint.

Mary Donnelly

Committee Member

Phone: 0417 440 989

Mary has experience in both event management and interior design.  She is the Founder and Director of Hot Properties Staging & Styling, based in Penrith, helping home owners prepare their property for sale including furniture hire and styling.  Mary has a passion for what she does and for people.  She also has an online gifting business called Pot Head Planters and hosts a couple of short term holiday rentals in the lower Blue Mountains.  Mary loves being part of the Chamber Executive and using her experience in event management.  She also loves meeting new people and connecting them with others where she can.

Committees

We have four committees,  run by members of the executive alongside some of our dedicated members. Our committees advocate and represent the chamber in various aspects of business in our local community. Have a skill that could help the chamber? Join one of our committees today.

Advocacy

Our point of difference at the chamber is our ability to advocate on your behalf apolitically. Our committee members have long-forged relationships with all government levels, allowing us to lobby for policy and projects that make Penrith a great place to do business. Our goal is to create sustainable prosperity for all. We welcome any suggestions you may have or issues you wish to address when it comes to doing business in Penrith. Reach out today.

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

Penrith is no longer a small regional town starving for choice. Our unique region offers tasty surprises around every corner with a treasure-trove of award-winning restaurants, cafes, pubs, and clubs. Coupled with the existing opportunities for people to come together and have fun, we’re fast becoming known as the adventure capital of NSW. We want to showcase our tourism and hospitality members and help them capitalise on the opportunities that Penrith presents as it moves through a phase of tremendous growth. If you have a business in this space and want to play a part in shaping this industry’s development in Penrith, reach out today.

Events

Our Events Committee is a group of members who volunteer their time to coordinate signature events so we can bring you meaningful, fun, and entertaining gatherings. We proudly host all of our functions in Penrith locations, allowing members to showcase their unique business offerings to other members who attend. If you’re looking to encourage new visitors to your place of business,  consider hosting one of the chamber’s events. For more information, reach out today.

MARKETING AND MEMBERSHIP

Our Marketing and Membership Committee’s focus is two-fold; we attract the best businesses in the Penrith region as members to our network, then we provide them with a premium membership experience rivalled by no other organisation. Do you have marketing experience, and want to play a part in expanding our network and attracting new members? Reach out today.

Testimonials

"I attended my first face-to-face networking event after COVID19 lockdown and chose a Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce after 5 event.  I joined the next day. The Committee and members are very welcoming and I have attended many of their events which are always interesting and great for networking. I have joined the new Penrith Valley Chamber Collective Group and am enjoying the benefits of the support of fellow members and the Chamber. If you’re considering joining a business chamber Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce is a great choice."

- Susan Bennett, Total WHS

“Hix Group are proud to have been members of the Penrith Valley Chamber for more than 15 years and long term Platinum Members, as we not only want to “give back” to our community by supporting other businesses but also to “stay in the loop” with what is going on within our ever changing and growing region.”

- Lea Hicks, Hix Group, General Manager

"I joined the chamber to build connections, increase exposure and look for unique and worthwhile opportunities with local businesses that are part of my community… The Penrith Valley Chamber has more than ticked that box."

- Justin Melton, Chill IT

"I joined the Chamber to build connections with other local business owners. I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed the Chamber’s networking events and like how they’re held at different locations around Penrith. I continue to be an active member of the Chamber as they’re committed to promoting and supporting local businesses in the area."

- Rachel Amies, Crazy Cat Copy

"I joined PVCC to help promote my business in the local area and to make connections within my local community.  I have received amazing support from the chamber and its members and have formed great friendships along the way."

- Veronica Neal, The Gifting Emporium

"We joined to get to know the people 'behind the Penrith business community' and to build a solid, trusted and local business network.  We received a very warm welcome and found a generous spirit among the committee and members.  We upgraded to Gold members because we valued the connections we've made and the expertise of the committee in the programs they're running way."

- Maha, Dunne