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Meet your committee

Learn a little about us and why we got involved in the SBWN ... maybe you'll be inspired to join the committee one day!

President - Christie Nelson

I am a busy Mum of two children and four step-children and I have a professional social networking business in the health and wellness industry,  and my own active wear brand. I am a regular contributor to the Gippsland Lifestyle Magazine ,I also work as Licensed Estate Agent with Alex Scott and Staff. It is very safe to say that life is very full but this means that so is my cup. I have been a member of the Southern Business Women’s Network for over three years and I’m honoured to have been selected as President and being able to represent such a beautiful and resilient community. I am looking forward to networking with the abundant number of talented business women we have in our area. I wish to extend my thanks to our committee and members for their continued support and welcome any new members and would love nothing more than to help them showcase their talents and skills amongst like-minded people.

Vice President - Nicole Thackray

Although I have only attended a few SBWN events to date, I have really loved connecting with such an amazing group of women. 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support and contribute operationally to SBWN as the Vice President and excited about what our passionate and diverse committee members will create together - with the added benefit of getting me out of my comfort zone!

I have a broad Financial and Operational management background.  Life has presented me with some wonderful experiences over the last few years that has led me to explore other possibilities. I am incredibly grateful that I am now living full time in beautiful Inverloch and I am developing my business Simply Inspire in project management and  and system development.

Secretary - Jenny Alexander

I recently retired and joined my husband Graeme permanently at our South Gippsland home( near Foster) from Melbourne. We have 1 daughter, Simone, who is currently living ,studying  and working in Japan.

I am a B.Sc in textile chemistry and worked successfully in Pharmaceutical raw material sales for the past 30+ years. I have owned and run my own business, travelled extensively, training and working with raw material manufacturers all over the world to grow their business in both Australia and New Zealand. I am a passionate sewist and in my retirement I intend to sew good quality garments for local ladies who share a a passion for fine quality garments that fit. I joined the SBWN in 2019 as I was so impressed by the friendliness and the  valuable networking experience. I look forward to meeting more wonderful and inspiring women in SBWN and sharing my  wealth of knowledge and experience  in running a successful business.

    Treasurer - Bailey Buchanan

    I joined SBWN when I had recently earned by Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting, and my friend and mentor Niki Curtis told me that SBWN was an amazing organisation for meeting people, making connections and building a network.  I'm stoked to have the opportunity to be the interim Treasurer for SBWN!

    I like working with people to solve problems, troubleshooting issues and finding solutions.  I enjoy knitting & crocheting, and teaching others these crafts. I love working with and around horses; grooming, training and trail riding.

    Publicity - Carol Christensen

    For over 2 years I have been attending SBWN events and have totally enjoyed meeting a varied group of women in business.

    My day job is with The South Gippsland Sentinel Times, working both in Production of the paper and advertising sales, with a previous history of graphic design.

    My aim to help promote SBWN and its members to as many women in business across Bass Coast and South Gippsland. I love meeting new people of finding out their stories.

    Aside from work I love nothing more than walking my schnauzer each night to the beach or getting out and enjoying our wonderful local area.

    General - Jennifer Young

    Jennifer Young is an educator and business manager. Jennifer has been a high school Outdoor Education and Physical Education Teacher since 2009. She has taken on Leading Teacher and Assistant Principal roles in her quest for continued learning and growth. During her studies at Monash University she sat on several boards, taking meeting minutes for the Pro Vice Chancellors office. Also the Prom Coast Festival Committee Secretary, she enjoys this role and ensuring that teams meet their targets as they progress. While raising two young children, Jennifer has returned to Monash to complete her Master of Educational Leadership. She is now also taking part in the South Gippsland Community Leadership Program and has plans to continue to serve our community. Jennifer is enjoying networking and making connections with other women in our SBWN community. She invites members to check out her weekly education columns highlighting current events and providing insights into the school system.

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