President & Spokesperson - Kelly King

Kelly King is a strategic marketing professional with over 25 years' experience across a diverse portfolio. With a strong emphasis in the business to business arena, Kelly's expertise lies in marketing planning and implementation, brand development and alignment, event coordination, below the line and business communications, including corporate profiles, tender submissions, business plans and presentations.
Since moving to Port Macquarie in 2012, Kelly has taken an active role in the community as part of the HBWN, Tastings on Hastings, Ironman volunteer and co-founder of Dyslexia Support NSW Mid North Coast.
Kelly has been a member of the HBWN since 2013 and part of the Committee team as Events Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and International Women's Day Event Coordinator.

Kelly's Member Profile


Vice President - Trisha McIntyre

With over twenty years experience in media and public relations, Trisha is passionate about fostering positive engagement, connecting communities and giving businesses and people a 'voice' to share their messages and stories.

Having worked for organisations such as Grace Bros. City, Her Majesty's Theatre, Australian Broadcasting Commission, TAFE NSW and currently Prime 7, Trisha has gained valuable experience and insight into successful business promotions and creating interesting engagement opportunities.

Trisha has been an active supporter of the HBWN for many years, and holds the position of Vice President for 2017.

Trisha's Member Profile


Treasurer - Amanda Larkin

Amanda is an accountant and registered BAS agent. She has 15 years' accounting experience working across a broad range of industries.

Working for the last 10 years with businesses in the Mid North Coast, she understands the challenges faced by small business. Her business, My Mini CFO recognizes that each small business is unique with specific needs. 

Amanda is passionate about small business and believes small business should have access to the same support and resources as bigger companies. She has recently relocated to Port Macquarie to offer her commitment and services to our region.

Amanda's Member Profile


Secretary - Jenny Edmund

Jenny is the Community Coordinator at The Westport Club, Port Macquarie.
The business is built on relationships, which is why she is so lucky to do what she is so passionate about - helping others.  As the community face for The Westport Club, Jenny explores opportunities for the Club to help others within the community and build strong relationships. 
Their vision is "to make a significant contribution to the quality of community life".  Jenny lives through their vision daily through the Club community grants and special community projects.  The Club supports many welfare organizations, social groups, community organisations, sporting clubs and associations. 
As a member of the senior leadership team she mentors, coaches and leads team members, challenging them to be the best they can be, professionally, personally and within their community.  Jenny's background is in business and sports management.

Jenny's Member Profile


Events Coordinator - Nicole Liddle

Nicole Liddle has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. In her current role with Oxley Insurance Brokers, she assists clients with their life insurance and superannuation needs. She provides thorough advice, providing clients with peace of mind, advising on Life insurance, Total Permanent Disablement, Trauma, Income Protection and Superannuation.

Nicole and husband, Andrew, and their two children moved to Port Macquarie in 2012 from Sydney for a much needed lifestyle change. They have all loved the move, never looking back.

Since joining the HBWN in 2015, she has enjoyed meeting with members and finding out about their businesses. Nicole is now looking forward to the opportunity of being a part of the HBWN committee.

Nicole's Member Profile


Membership Coordinator - Mel Haverfield

HWBN Membership Coordinator Mel Haverfield

Mel is a mother of 2 adult daughters, one who is living & studying her Masters of Education in Sydney, while the other lives and works in the music industry on the Gold Coast. There's one left in the nest and he is 15 years old, plus a supportive and hardworking husband....

Mel and her husband have been co-owners of Port Macquarie Taxis for 8 years, however her role to oversee Media and Community Relations on behalf of the business has only been introduced since June 2016. It became apparent that with change, the need to adapt in remaining relevant as a taxi business in this industry was absolutely vital.

Mel is a natural networker and really enjoys working to build genuine relationships with customers, business alliances and community initiatives. Mel is also very proud to be a Committee Member of HBWN, fulfilling the role of Membership Coordinator for the fourth year in 2017. Mel is very grateful for the personal and professional rewards received in this role and loves meeting and constantly learning from the wonderful women associated with this network.

Launching a youth membership that embodies the HBWN ethos of Educating, Empowering & Encouraging is a key focus of my portfolio for 2017. Working with a passionate and motivated sub -committee of female youth leaders in our community will see this level of membership we have called the "FreeThinkers" develop as an exciting framework to support and celebrate young women realising their dreams and career aspirations.

Mel's Member Profile


Communications Coordinator -  Megan Philippa

Megan is the Digital Content Marketing Specialist for The Westport Club. Her role includes day to day monitoring of 10 social media channels, social media scheduling, writing and publishing blog content, copy writing for outward facing content such as editorials and media releases, e-newsletter strategy, creation and execution, creation of digital assets for various platforms including video, analysing data and preparing monthly reports.

Megan grew up in Newcastle and has recently relocated to Port Macquarie after 13 years living and working in North Queensland.

She loves cooking and owns a small market business. 

Megan's Member Profile


Professional Development Coordinator - Kayley Riddle

Kayley Riddle is the Owner and Director of People Engine, working with businesses to align their people engine with their strategy everyday to improve performance and profit.

Based in Port Macquarie for almost 6 years, Kayley re-located to lead the Organisational Workforce Development portfolio for the North Coast TAFE. In her executive role, she developed a passion for our region and our people.

Previously, Kayley has worked with businesses in Hospitality and Health and Fitness, fulfilling management, human resources and talent development roles. She was fortunate to have spent 5 years in London working for Hilton Hotels in senior Human Resources roles.
Kayley is excited about her role on the Hastings Business Women's Network and in particular coordinating the Professional Development activities. It provides an opportunity to utilise her experience and energy in providing meaningful learning and added value for the amazing business women in our region.

Kayley's Member Profile


Sponsorship Coordinator - Sarah Purnell


Sarah is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Oxley Insurance Brokers. With nearly 20 years' experience in marketing, both within the private and corporate sectors, Sarah's expertise includes strategic and tactical marketing promotion, internal communications and event management.  Sarah has lived in Port Macquarie for 11 years now, having moved briefly to Sydney from the UK and finding my second home in Port Macquarie. 

Sarah's Member Profile


HBWN Photographer - Kate Smead

Kate is a wife and mother of 5 children, living in Port Macquarie since 2005. She is the owner and director of Kate Smead Photography. Originally a paediatric speech pathologist, Kate combined her passion for photography and the joy of working with children and families, launching her photography business in 2015.

Principally a portrait photographer, Kate also offers professional dance and concert photography, event photography and business promotion photography. She loves to help clients capture moments in time that they can cherish for generations to come. She is hugely passionate about what she does and looks forward to continuing to grow her business profile in Port Macquarie in the coming years.

She is the Official HBWN Photographer for 2017.

Kate's Member Profile

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Michelle Parker
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