Meet the Board MEMBERS

The Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce is made up of a volunteer board that meets every month to discuss member initiatives and local business issues. Join the board at our quarterly Open Forum board meetings to discuss what matters to you in Byron Bay Business!

Matt WilliamsonPresident

Matt is the Founder & Principal Broker of local insurance broker, and risk adviser, Good Cover. Having enjoyed a 20-plus year career in the insurance industry to date, he has held senior leadership roles at some of Australia’s largest insurers, travelled overseas with work and most recently took a start-up Insurtech, Honey Insurance, from conception all the way through to the completion of Australia’s largest seed funding round for an Insurtech.

For nine years Matt and his family lived in Bangalow, and he would commute off to the main cities for work most weeks until COVID struck. It was the clarity of finally being free of the burden of travel that inspired Matt to launch Good Cover. The inspired opportunity to bring his passion for community, the planet and his knowledge and experience in the insurance industry together into one business. Good Cover.

 

Diego Trigo  | Vice President 

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.

Yasmin DulleySecretary

Yasmin has 10 years’ experience as a family lawyer, with a strong background in family law, being the daughter of two family law professionals. She started her career as a law clerk in 2005, working exclusively in the family law industry for 15 years.

Yasmin has knowledge and experience in all aspects of family law, with a keen interest in parenting and property matters.

Yasmin holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Justice, and is currently completing her Masters of Law. She is a qualified Collaborative Lawyer and currently undertaking her mediation training. She is a passionate lawyer and involved member of the Byron community. Yasmin currently sits on a number of community boards, and 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, innovation, and conservation.

J’aimee Skippon-Volke | Board Member

Deeply embedded in the Byron Bay community for over 25 years J’aimee has been at the helm of the Byron Bay International Film Festival for over 17 years, championing the local film industry, showcasing XR technology and spearheading initiatives to foster creative innovation and diversity in tech. A Founding Member of the Byron Bay XR Collective, J’aimee has held Executive and Ordinary board positions for a number of local business and community organisations including: The Byron Bay Community Association/Byron Bay Reserve Trust (incorporating Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Markets, the Crown land upon which it sat, Fletcher St Cottage, Byron Theatre); Screenworks which delivers programs for the screen industry across regional Australia; Byron Bay Visitors Centre – at the time Byron’s primary tourism organization, and HP’s Media and Entertainment Advisory Committee. She is currently on the Social Futures Community Advisory Committee helping steer the redevelopment of the Old Byron Hospital and is passionate about helping foster a new identity for Byron as a hub for innovation and lifestyle balance.

 

Mindy Woods | Board Member

Mindy Woods, a proud board member, entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for indigenous culture and heritage, is the owner of @karkallabyronbay. As a member of the Bundjalung community, specifically the Widjabul Wia-bul clan, Mindy’s journey reflects her deep commitment to preserving indigenous traditions and sharing them with the world. Her venture, ‘Karkalla,’ is not merely a restaurant but a homage to her indigenous roots, featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce and native ingredients. Mindy’s mission is to bridge connections between indigenous and non-indigenous communities, fostering understanding of Aboriginal culture, especially in hospitality and agriculture. Karkalla epitomizes the Australian essence, welcoming everyone with generosity, embracing the coastal environment. Mindy and Karkalla respectfully honor the traditional owners of the land, the Indigenous people of Australia, demonstrating profound respect for their enduring cultural legacy. Mindy Woods symbolizes unwavering dedication to cultural heritage and meaningful connections, making her an invaluable board member and speaker.

 

Erle A Astrup | Board Member

Meet Erle A Astrup, the visionary founder, and CEO of Foods That Love You Back, a cutting-edge company that leverages the science of food  to develop nutraceuticals that can help prevent and reverse chronic diseases. With over two decades of experience in the health and wellness industry, Erle arrived in Byron Bay three years ago after founding and running Yogafusion, a highly successful yoga and functional movement studio on the Côte d’Azur. Prior to that, Erle co-founded Dropout Productions in Oslo, where she spent nearly as much time working in TV and media. Erle holds a master’s degree in Media & Communications and is a mother of four. She is also an active supporter of our local community and is committed to giving back to people and planet.

Felipe Favaro | Board Member

Felipe has extensive experience in the hemp and food industry, being GM of Hemp Foods Australia since 2017.  Hemp Food Australia is one of the most established and well-known hemp foods brands in Australia, with exports to Japan, South Africa, Korea and USA. Prior to his work in the hemp industry, Felipe was a venture capital investor, investing in companies in Consumer Goods, IT, Biotech and Cleantech industries. 

 

Izzy Durbin | Executive Officer

Izzy, our Chamber Executive Officer, brings seven years of dedicated commitment to the Byron Shire community. With a diverse background spanning hospitality, events management, community care, and administration, she brings a wealth of experience to her role. Alongside her work with the Chamber, Izzy serves as an NDIS Disability Support Worker, a Duty Officer at Byron Theatre, and the Operations Manager for the Byron Bay International Film Festival. She excels in fostering excellent communication with members and stakeholders, as well as meticulously organising Chamber events with her eye for detail.