Meet the Board
The Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce is made up of a volunteer board which meets on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss member initiatives and the state of Byron Bay Business.
Todd Sotheren | President
With a 15 year background in the advertising industry, since relocating to Byron 5 years ago, Todd has focussed on using his experience to assist local businesses – particularly startups – to ensure that they achieve product-market fit and that they communicate the value of their offering to their market in an arresting, captivating and concise way, resulting in consistently high ROI for his clients.
Demonstrating a passion to partner with ethical and sustainable business, to the benefit of the community as a whole, Todd is also an advocate for continual improvement in the quality of local businesses overall, to meet a rapidly changing market and local economy.
Todd operates his agency, Creation Theory, in Byron Bay.
Mark Ryan | Vice 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.
Cathy Levins-Byre | Secretary
Cathy Levins-Byres joined the board as secretary in October 2018. 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.
Matt Davison | Treasurer
A CPA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience, business owner/operator of True North Accounting, Matt now works with small business owners across the entire Northern Rivers.
Driven by a passion to help build financially sustainable businesses, Matt says he most enjoys assisting business owners to make sense of their numbers.
Matt joined the Chamber Of Commerce board in early 2019, with a view to contribute his skills and assist to raise financial awareness in the local business community.
Matt worked as the CFO at community owned, Enova Energy in 2018 and says that the experience was a real career highlight for him, despite a long career in both Australia and the UK of working with start-ups right through to large scale public companies right.
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 worked in everything from customer service to loss prevention, and beyond.
Today, Katee uses her passion to support local businesses through her marketing consulting business, Social Greatness Co.
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.
Kate Hardman | Board Member
In the last decade, Kate has worked across a diverse range of events that have seen her travel internationally for the private and public sector. She has extensive practical experience and knowledge in events management and production of both small and large scale events.
Kate relocated from the Blue Mountains in 2017 to escape the rat race for a quieter life away from the urban sprawl. She loves the challenges and diversity of working in events and the dedicated, skilled people who are drawn to that industry. She is driven by her desire to be part of the community and facilitate positive change. Kate is passionate about using events to support social and community sustainability.
Kate joined the board because she wants to be a part of a group of passionate, innovative professionals who have the ability to create positive change and support the local business community. She hopes to use her experience in events management to create events for the Chamber that are beneficial and inspiring to the members.
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.