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 - Kayley Riddle

Kayley 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


Treasurer - Suzie Barnaby

Suzie has over 25 years experience across wealth management, financial markets and financial planning.  Her strong industry background and qualifications, along with a high level of strategic thinking, supports her passion of supporting and educating clients using her knowledge and experience to help them make well-informed decisions in relation to their own financial situation.

Suzie relocated to Port Macquarie from Sydney in 2007 to raise her family of 3 children, and loves the beach lifestyle and the community feel in Port Macquarie.   She was a co-founder of 'Bling for the girls' which has raised over $90,000 for local women's causes on the mid North Coast over the last 8 years, particularly the Womens Refuge in Port Macquarie.

Suzie has been a supporter of the HBWN for a number of years, and has taken the role of treasurer as she believes the network has a very important role in bringing together, and empowering businesswomen in the Hastings region.

Suzie is supported by Amanda Larkin in the role of HBWN Treasurer.

Suzie's Member Profile


Secretary - Jenny Edmunds

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

Mel is a mother of 2 adult daughters who both live and work in Sydney. There's one left in the nest and he is 16 years old, plus a supportive and hardworking husband....

Until recently, Mel and her husband were co-owners of Port Macquarie Taxis for 9 years, where her role was to oversee Media and Community Relations.

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 fifth year in 2018. 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 Mel's portfolio. Working with a passionate and motivated sub -committee of female youth leaders in our community has seen this level of membership thrive. HBWN are delighted to see the FreeThinkers Youth Initiative 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 - Karina Schiller

Karina has worked in the Design and Advertising industry for the past 8 years. She has worked in large and medium sized agencies in London and Australia as a Producer, Designer and Art Director on brands such as  Australian Outdoor Living, Wimbledon, Indian Premier League, Kia, Betfair, Taste Festival and Transport for London. Her knowledge and skill base lies within the graphic design, branding and advertising space.

Karina is a returning Port Macquarie local, graduating from Wauchope High in 2006. After deciding to relocate back to Port mid 2017 to be closer to family, she has since established her business, Schiller Studios and is dedicated to helping small to medium sized businesses take advantage of their true brand message and showcase their unique brand story. She loves to push possibilities through design and create magic through brands.

As a strong advocate for supporting and building up other woman, Karina has gladly taken on the role of Professional Development Coordinator for HBWN and hopes to make positive change in the greater Port Macquarie community.

Karina'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 Co-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 unique challenges faced by small business. 

She offers bookkeeping services with a difference, tailored to meet your individual requirements and is passionate about small business.

As a former HBWN Treasurer, Amanda continues to support Suzie Barnaby in the role. 

Amanda'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.

Kate is an Official Photographer for HBWN.

Kate's Member Profile


HBWN Photographer - Allison Purnell

Allison is the owner and photographer of Dreamlife Photography. Being a photographer is one of the most rewarding jobs Alison can imagine as she able to capture memories of families with their loved ones during life's most special moments.

Allison started Dreamlife Photography with the belief that building a relationship and good rapport with clients is key to making great photos. She loves her clients to have input into each session and encourages them to be as creative as they like. Her goal is to provide her clients with beautiful and affordable portraits that can be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come.

Allison offers a wide range of photography services specialising in family, baby/new born and pregnancy shoots, as well as special events and is able to offer studio or location shoots.

Allison is an Official Photographer for HBWN.

Allison's Member Profile




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