Committee Candidates

Here are your 2020 committee candidates

Candidates

Adrian Hatwell

Adrian Hatwell

I am the Managing Director of E Commz Communications and Security & Pilbara Broadband whilst employing local staff I have managed to build a successful business servicing the Pilbara with communications and security needs. I have strong connections to the Port Hedland community as I have held the deputy chairperson roll within the PHCCI for the last three years. I have previously held the position of chairman of the board of Port Hedland Primary School, been a long-term volunteer with the Hedland SES and held leadership positions such as Deputy Manager and Manager. I also currently sit on the board or Bailer Primary School. I would like to step up and be more involved with the chamber to help support local businesses succeed and support initiatives that the chamber are currently rolling out.

Bozi Ivkovic

Bozi Ivkovic

Bozi grew up in Croatia. She worked as a personal banker for ten years before moving to Port Hedland. In 2010, she began managing Hedland Taxis which under her leadership became a renowned transport company in the Pilbara. With extensive knowledge and experience under her belt, Bozi became a proud founder of H RIDE; a fast growing, up market chauffeured service. She is a believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and believes developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does— both professionally and personally. Her passions include volunteering, travelling, and baking. Don’t forget, if you ever feel under the weather, Bozi is a qualified nurse too.

Camilo Blanco

Camilo Blanco

I grew up in Hedland, I own and operate Hedland Automotive in Wedgefield.  I have a deep understanding of the issues facing people working and living in the area. Over the years I have been involved in many areas of community and business development. The past 4 years in the position of Deputy Mayor and then Mayor of Port Hedland I continually tried to engage with the government and the local member. I have been advocating for improvements in Policing, Housing, Education, Roads, Power supply, these areas directly affect the financial viability of business in Hedland, because without good infrastructure and community services, commerce in our area will continue to struggle due to population reductions. As major companies move rapidly into automation and a city centric employment model, the detrimental effects will be felt by business owners of our Town. The Chamber of Commerce must create the potential for business growth by supporting diversification of our local economy, which leads to job creation and population growth. Port Hedland is a Port town all commerce feeds off the port operation. If business is to grow and survive, the Chamber must support a ‘Port First’ expansion approach. I believe this is the key to future Hedland business prosperity. Hedland has massive potential but we have struggled to capture and retain it. I have outlined this so no one that votes for me is unclear of the direction I would like to go. The Chamber of Commerce should be working toward developing an environment that facilitates business activation. Thank you for your support 

Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith

Clinton attended school in Hedland and completed an Electrical apprenticeship in 2003. Clinton has spent more than 25 years living permanently in the Pilbara calling Hedland home with his wife Kira and three young children. In 2008 Clinton launched Tic Tag Systems and provided electrical and refrigeration servicing to mine sites throughout the Pilbara. Clinton’s passion for Entrepreneurship saw him win Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 in the Belmont Small Business awards. Having worked from co-working spaces including Spacecubed and Hubud (Bali) while operating Tic Tag Systems, has given insight into creative and innovative ways to operate a business and leverage from technology (online and field-based) even in the mining industry. As a true Hedland local Clinton is optimistic and is excited by the opportunity to work and live in an ever-improving town and brings a fresh, innovative, "outside the box" approach to challenges faced by the local business community. There is so much opportunity in our town and surrounding areas, with things about to take off again the business community would benefit from a fresh new approach to identify and capitalise on local opportunities for its hard-working members. 

Dr Roger Higgins

Dr Roger Higgins

  1. The Chamber policy positions and advocacy efforts are aimed to ensure Australia business has the best environment to succeed.
  2. 2020 is the time for industry, business and all levels of Government to work collaboratively to ensure the Town of Port Hedland has “the best environment to succeed.”
  3. Business and Industry need certainty to succeed in one of the largest world exporting ports within the realms of the 120 year old town centre of Port Hedland.
  4. The Chamber supports the Implementation of the West End Plan Improvement and the Government led, Industry backed Voluntary Buy Back Scheme. This is the opportunity to give certainty to the whole of the town and create the best environment to succeed.
  5. As an active Self Employed Businessman and long term chamber executive member, I am committed to a collaborative approach with Industry, Business and Government to ensure we have the best environment for all business to succeed in this thriving Port Town of Port Hedland.
Michelle Kivits

Michelle Kivits

My name is Michelle Kivits, having previously been on a number of Business and Community boards in Perth I’m looking forward to joining a progressive local committee, whom seeks to make a positive difference within local Business and Community Organisations. I have previously been an owner operator of two very successful businesses and also a business partner for over 20 years. I have recently relocated to Port Hedland after being approached by Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation to consider taking on the position of Project Manager here in Hedland, that was Six months ago. I’ am enjoying living in the Pilbara and are very excited about Port Hedland’s future and in particular local Business, I have exceptional Entrepreneurial and Interpersonal skills with a true desire to be part of a team that wants to make a positive impact within local Business.

Patrick Melberg

Patrick Melberg

I have lived in Port Hedland for 16 years and have worked for BHP for 11.5 years in the area of Corporate Affairs. I have been on the Chamber Committee since 2012 and my motivation for continuing is to achieve 3 key objectives: to drive stronger Chamber governance and accountability back to our members; to see the PHCCI increase its services and supports to its current and prospective members; and to strategically position PHCCI to effectively drive economic development and local buying in Port Hedland. I have a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), am a passionate community member and I have significant experience leading and/or participating on boards and committees across Education, Community/Sporting and Industry groups.

Peter Carter

Peter Carter

I have been proud to be part of the PHCCI and lead the Chamber as President for the past year. The Chamber has had many achievements over the past 12 months including the WEB Business Hub. It is exciting to be part of such a fantastic initiative and to see our small businesses community benefiting from this project. I have been a resident and small business owner in the Port Hedland for almost a decade and I have seen the best and worst that this region can offer. We thrived in the boom and weathered the bust. I believe that the PHCCI should be the driving force behind small business in Port Hedland, from supporting small business start-up, to facilitating growth development and networking for larger businesses in town. If we wish to see businesses in the region expand, we need to set our members up for success, to make it easier to do business in this region and diversify our local economy. The PHCCI holds significant value in our town. With that influence comes responsibility to the town and its community members. I believe that my skills and experience display my capacity to excel in this role. Thank you for your consideration. 

Therese Anderson

Therese Anderson

Co-owner of local business, Foxman Electrical servicing the Port Hedland area for past 12 years. I have been an active PHCCI Committee member for 5 years and President for the second part of 2016. During this time I have gained a strong working knowledge and understanding of the PHCCI activities and projects, specifically being involved with the WEB Business Hub development and operation. This purpose built facility is key to changing the face of business as we know it and for introducing new and innovative methods to both the new and existing Port Hedland Business Community. As the PHCCI representative on the WEB Advisory Group and Hedland Senior High School Board for the past 2 years, I have worked to forward the purpose and objectives of these groups. If elected I will continue to represent and work with the PHCCI team to build a strong business base that implements positive change across the Port Hedland Business landscape.

Tina Scott

Tina Scott

I have been a permanent Hedland resident for nearly 9 years. I have a background in finance, business development and real estate. In 2018 I won the PHCCI Employee of the year and a finalist in 2019. I was also a part of the management team winning Best Business with 12-20 employees in 2012. Having worked in Hedland for small businesses I understand the importance of working together and supporting each other. I have been involved in the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce for the last 2 years attending most events. I enjoy connecting businesses within our community and helping out community groups. Should I be elected, I look forward to meeting new people and supporting our great business community, supporting existing and new strategies to benefit all.