Meet the Board MEMBERS

The Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce is made up of a volunteer board which meets on the First Thursday of every month to discuss member initiatives and the state of Byron Bay Business.

Mark Ryan | President

A registered migration agent, Mark specialises in Australian immigration law, with a focus on business sponsorship and investment visas. 

Mark works with business investors globally as well as a range of SME’s and top tier corporate clients to allow them to attain their immigration goals.

Mark draws on his milestones across both the immigration law industry and the commercial construction engineering/project management industry to bring about strategic outcomes for his business clients. 

Having been involved in business across many critical, core areas his advice is invaluable to businesses both locally and globally. 

Growing up in the Tweed Shire, Mark has always spent a lot of time in the Byron Bay area and is passionate about living in a diverse and continually developing, business environment.

Rebecca Robinson | Secretary

Rebecca is General Manager of Beaumont People’s Byron Bay office. With almost ten years in recruitment she is passionate about connecting people.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2009, Rebecca’s career was in Sales, Marketing& Events in the UK leisure and hospitality industry.

Rebecca moved to the Northern Rivers from Far North Queensland in 2017 through work. She very quickly fell in love with the region, it’s people and a feeling ‘home’ and community she’d deeply craved.  Rebecca is curious and creative in both work and play. Always seeking creative solutions and finding positive outlooks for all challenges and situations. This, plus her ability to draw people together is what she brings in bucket loads to the BBCC board and our local business leaders.

 

 

Cathy Levins-Byre | Vice President

As an accomplished activation strategist, Cathy is the principal of her own management consultancy business specialising in place management strategy and activation.

Having previously run her own event management business – Ecco Productions – for 10 years, she has over 25 years’ experience in the events industry across retail, fashion, food and beverage, corporate events, national conferences and government, the arts and community sectors, producing strategic activation from intimate and granular to large-scale festivals in the public domain.

Proud to have chosen the Shire as her home, Cathy believes in integrating with community in an authentic and purposeful way and hopes that her experience and passion for place making can contribute towards positive collective experiences within the region and beyond.

Cam Hogan | Treasurer

Cam has experience across many accounting areas including financial accounting, management accounting and 14 years as a CFO and she has a strong focus on improving business performance via implementing the right reporting for the business.

With her no fuss and easy to understand manner, Cam can assist your business achieve its goals.

 

Eddie Brook | Board Member

Since the age of 10, Eddie has been ingrained in the business community of Northern Rivers. Growing up in Byron, Eddie’s Parent’s (Martin & Pam Brook) started the family-owned business, Brookfarm, at the local Bangalow markets which have since grown to employ over 70ppl. 

Growing up within the business and on the family’s Macadamia farm, Eddie has always had a fascination with the food and agricultural industries. This led him to a  sales and marketing career within the premium spirit industry. 

Eddie returned home in 2016 to start a new family-owned business, Cape Byron Distillery, whereby the business now produces the award-winning Brookie’s Gin.

Eddie is excited to be a part of the ever-changing business landscape and help support the shire’s business community to grow and prosper for generations to come.

 

Belinda Kirkwood | Board Member

Belinda Kirkwood is the owner and Events Manager of Beach Restaurant
Belinda and her husband Ben Kirkwood have been in Byron since 1996, they purchased a restaurant in town called Toscanis which over the years turned into dish restaurant, an award winning fine dining restaurant in the heart of Byron Bay.
In 2006 Belinda and Ben won the tender to take over the lease of the Beach Cafe at Clarkes Beach.
Over the last 15 years Ben and Belinda have created Beach restaurant, a business that employs 50 staff members and has a contribution to the local economy of 11.4 million dollars.
Belinda is a passionate business leader who loves shining the light on what Byron Bay has to offer.

Diego Trigo | Board Member

 

For the past 10 years Diego has worked as Managing Partner, CTO, start-up founder, technical director and always as developer/builder across Melbourne and Sydney – now living in Byron Bay.

Expert in convergence of marketing, media, data, commerce, CMS and CRM related technology, Diego brings a wealth of knowledge in building and prototyping digital solutions.

Lately, Diego’s main focus has been on creating new businesses in uncharted territories, advising on technology strategy, ideation and roadmaps for start-ups.

Jason Bentley | Board Member

Everyone that knows me knows my passion is creating an imaginarium of magic & wonder for my little girls. In business the Start Up & Entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Byron Bay, I love working with the next generation of talent exploring immersive technologies. Sharing the realisation anything is possible, you control your own destiny in business if you have the courage to work hard & turn your dreams into reality. 

What makes Byron Bay unique is the people, the diverse characters and personalities exploring non- traditional pathways for their families & friends. It’s a tight local community where there is authentic care and respect for each other and the environment. 

We relocated from Sydney to the Rainbow Shire in 2018 so our little girls Violet & Eden were more connected to nature, the ocean and the like-minded community of families that live in the Northern Rivers. 

 

 

Donna Lorenz | Board Member

Donna is Founder and Chief Dog Lover of I Love a Dog, a dog nutrition and natural health start up that is changing the way we feed our dogs and value their health.

Before training in canine nutrition and entrepreneurship, Donna was a regular in board rooms and government offices advising on climate change risks to business and infrastructure.

She cut her corporate teeth in digital content development, event production and destination travel management. She has a Masters from Monash in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management, and her thesis explored the fiduciary duty of
company directors and climate change risk.

She is excited to share her experiences, whether corporate, climate or start up, and support Byron’s businesses all of dimensions realise their potential through the Chamber.

 

Katee Blizzard | Executive Officer

Executive Officer Katee Blizzard is an American Expat who now resides in the Byron shire where she works with purpose-driven business owners to help them make a greater impact on the world.

Before moving to Australia, Katee worked at Walt Disney World’s Four Seasons as well as Universal Studios where she performed roles in everything from customer service to loss prevention, and beyond. 

Today, Katee uses her passion to support local businesses through Customer Experience Coaching and Consulting.

Katee joined the Byron Bay Chamber Of Commerce with a view to make an impact in the Byron Bay business community by creating new opportunities for collaboration, growth, and networking.