Our Chamber executive are a group of local business owners and executives that dedicate their time to the Chamber mission, vision and objectives. They meet monthly and are involved in projects and tasks on an ongoing basis that that reflect the actions/tasks set out in the Strategic Plan. Please Meet:
President – Pauline Vukelic
Pauline is committed to community capacity building through leadership, mentoring and positive encouragement for leadership development in community organisations.
She is a director of the Vukelic group of companies with commercial property investments across this region. She has extensive experience as a board and committee member, and leader in the not-for-profit sector, in the fields of higher education, health, medical research, women’s interests, the arts, tourism, Chambers of Commerce and Industries and sister city relationships.
Pauline is committed to the development of sound governance, financial and organisational management of the DYCCI , through the implementation of a newly formulated strategic plan, cooperative and collaborative partnerships and engagement with our local business community.
Vice President – Jim Winter
Jim is a leadership and management professional with an extensive & varied series of careers, starting with 21 years as a US Naval Officer, overlapping with professorial positions at several universities, and overlapping yet again with management consulting across several industries and focal areas. During his career he has visited, lived and worked in 83 countries, and has called Australia home for 21 years.
Commander Winter’s Navy career included positions in ship commissioning, shipboard operations, engineering and combat systems, weapons system design requirements, shipyard availabilities, systems acquisition management, Federal budgeting, command and control, wartime engagements in several theatres of operation, and finally, consular duties in Australia.
Jim Winter’s professorial career includes systems acquisition management for the Defense Acquisition University and the University of Southern California. He has had further teaching across a range of disciplines including business, leadership and management, small business, team building, project management, risk & safety management, organisational effectiveness, quality, supply chain management, and strategic procurement – predominantly at Curtin University Graduate School of Business, but also in Curtin’s Masters of Project Management, and the Small Business Entrepreneurial Growth Program.
Mr. Winter’s consulting career is based upon his fully developed facilitation and teaching/training skills. His career has covered a broad range of industries including oil & gas (Shell, Chevron, OMV, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Woodside), mining (Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG), construction (Clough, KBR, John Holland), law, accounting, and local (Swan, Joondalup, Busselton), state (Justice, Police, FESA, Procurement, Small Business Development) and federal government. Most engagements have been in planning, teambuilding, leadership development, strategy, project management, engineering, process improvement, maintenance and operations, safety, and personal development.
Jim has also volunteered extensively and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups focused on community development, education, sport, youth, and emergency services. He’s a member of the Busselton SES, Dunsborough BFB, and on the management team for Incident Control.
Treasurer – Rob Koch
Rob Koch is a Certified Practising Accountant who has operated his own accountancy business, RWK Accountancy for the past 18 years. Starting with a very small business in 1999, Rob and his partner have grown the business to 2 separate offices and total staff of 21. The business has offices in Dunsborough and Dardanup with a new office opening in Bunbury in the near future.
Rob is passionate about working with small business clients to grow and improve their businesses. Being on the board of the DYCC is a natural extension to that.
Secretary- Rose Vella
Rose has had a passion for empowering people with first aid skills since she was a teenager. She taught first aid both as a volunteer and a career trainer for many years before joining the WA Ambulance Service and qualifying as an Ambulance Paramedic. As well as being an on-road Paramedic for nine years, she continued to teach first aid to the public and also trained Communications Officers, Ambulance Transport Officers, Ambulance Officers and other Paramedics. She also spent time working in the country with Volunteer Ambulance Officers as well as providing them with training. She now has retired from the Ambulance Service and now is the Managing Director of Outta Town First Aid as well as a course Presenter.
Rose is able to teach in a way which makes people feel very confident in being able to carry out the skills taught. Her Paramedical background allows her to relate real-life examples to provide relevance, depth and interest to her teaching. Her experience as a Mother, First Aid trainer, Paramedic and somebody who has an understanding of Country needs and Local Government policies equips her well to be able to work with corporate and community groups in a mutually beneficial manner. She also is very experienced in course development, so is able to tailor courses to the specific needs of most subsets of the community.
Executive Member- Laurie Walker
Laurie Walker is an innovation and technology specialist with over 20 years of experience within the field of R&D, commercial innovation and technology transition. Starting his career in engineering he rapidly identified that his passion lay in technology development and holistic problem solving. This realization led him to complete a PhD and transition his career into the constantly challenging, and often high risk, world of technology startups.
Over his career he has been accountable for transitioning more than 30 R&D based technical projects to commercially viability across industries as diverse as aerospace, transport, oil/gas, subsea and mining. These technology transitions include the filing of 10 patent families, the founding of a new technology company in the field of sustaining capital, and the transition of 3 start-ups into commercial operations.
Having bootstrapped operations from seed capital to $10M+ annual turnover he has experienced the full range of roles required in an SME, and has developed a key understanding of the risks associated with developing and commercializing technology. From “working on the tools” to 6 years as an executive board member, Laurie has had extensive exposure to business operations and the role innovation can play in marketing, operations, administration and product development.
Laurie’s current role is as Operations Manager at Nauti-Craft where he manages the engineering operations and utilizes his skills and experience to support Nauti-Craft’s technology transition from an R&D centre to a commercial enterprise.
Executive Member – Noel Smith
Noel moved to Dunsborough 8 ½ years ago from Canberra following a career with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for 25 years in Food & Beverage and sales & marketing. He moved to Perth and then down to the South West as manager of Waterfront Dunsborough Resort.
Noel joined the DYCCI when he and his partner took over the resort and has been an Executive Committee member for the past 9 years.
Noel enjoys being part of an active and still growing chamber, and has seen tremendous progress over the years in what the chamber has done for the community and members of the DYCCI.
Executive Member – Steve Chapman
Executive Member – Frank Mastaglia