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Board Profiles

The Board of the Frankston Business Network is elected from within the membership and are highly experienced people.
The Board are a representative of a diverse range of industry sectors and bring together a wealth of local knowledge, expertise and ambition for the Greater Frankston area.

2016 FBN Exec Com 2


From left to right:

Jim Schaefer – The Schaefer Group,  Kath Ferry, SASI, Matthew Nelson – Frankston City Council, Cassie Antony- Bayside Shopping Centre ,  Andrew Kong – Chisholm Institute, Donna Bauer – Hocking Stuart Chelsea, Jason Beare – MBA Business Solutions, Cameron Rambert – Freelance Australia.

Absent:  Tim Jerram- South East Water



Kath FerryKath Ferry
Currently the CEO of Statewide Autistic Services Incorporated ( more commonly known as SASI), a disability service with a home base in Frankston. I am an Occupational Therapist by profession who’s been working in the health area for over 35 years and the NFP sector for over 10 years.
I am an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors(AICD), where I am a member of the Healthcare Committee which provides professional development to Directors in the health space. I have strong management experience and governance skills, and held the role of Company Secretary for 2 previous companies as well as a number of Board roles over the years in the health area, including Chair of Audit at the local Community Health Service and a number of small charities.
My family live locally and regularly utilise the amenities in Frankston. Our head office has just relocated to Frankston CAA, so an overall gain of 20+ new employees to the area! I am keen to use my skills on the FBN Board to contribute to the local area and its aim of advocating on behalf of the businesses in the City of Frankston.


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Tim Jerram

Tim has a diverse background that includes technical and management roles, including the integration (following acquisition) of companies operating in the public and private sectors.
He has more than 19 years working with organisations to align operations to strategic objectives and improve performance. Executive roles span responsibility for financial, strategy development and implementation, business development, contract negotiations, creating and delivering capital works programs, asset management programs and life cycle management, business improvement, change management, program design and management.
Tim has delivered these services to multinational organisations and all levels of government across a range of industries including social infrastructure, energy and resources, power, water, transport, public and private sector, always with a focus on delivering strategic and client and stakeholder business outcomes.
I am looking to work closely with members and the Board to:
  • Link small business to larger business – examine basic business issues, tackle common issues faced by new businesses, find creative solutions
  • Add greater value to existing and future members – quality of benefits to members
  • Aligning Business Networks operations to strategic objectives
  • Build stronger partner relationships with govt, both local and state


best_3Jim Schaefer

With extensive sales and marketing experience in corporate, medium and small business environments, Jim brings over 35 years of practical, sales and customer-focused experience to every marketing or sales challenge.

Jim runs a successful marketing agency, The Schaefer Group, in Carrum Downs and has been a long term member, committee supporter and sponsor of the Frankston Business Network.



best_2Jason Beare

Being “born and bred” in Frankston and having worked for over 20 years in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, Jason has a particularly keen interest in the area and its surrounds.  Jason has seen the transformation in Frankston firsthand over the course of his life and is excited by the progress made and the untapped potential still to unfold.

Jason has been operating as an accountant and advisor at MBA Business Solutions, a boutique accountancy practice in Mornington, for over 16 years and brings with him an awareness of the challenges faced by small to medium businesses and what makes them tick.  It was the sense of being connected to the local community combined with a desire to further the interests of local businesses that drew Jason to become a longstanding member of the Frankston Business Network and subsequently an active member of the Board.





best_1Donna Bauer

A former  local member of Parliament, Donna Bauer combines over 20 years experience in public and community life, with a passion for real estate and an intimate and detailed knowledge of the area.

With a well established, respected and positive public profile, Donna easily builds trust and good relations with her clients. As Sales Executive at Hocking Stuart Chelsea, she dedicates herself to helping people realise their property dreams, utilising her experience, energy, hard work ethic and proven skills in negotiation.

Away from pursuing her career goals, Donna lives in Patterson Lakes with her husband and their four sons, and enjoys fishing, boating, walking her dogs, playing the piano and travelling. She also finds time to volunteer as an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia, the Bully Zero Australia Foundation and is a Board Member of Frankston Business Network.


best_4Cassie Antony

Cassie is The Marketing Manager at Bayside Centre – the largest shopping experience on The Mornington Peninsula. Cassie has grown up locally in the area and is extremely passionate about enriching the community and showcasing the variety and range of great attributes Frankston has to offer.



best_5Cameron Rambert

Cameron is a multi-disciplinary digital strategist with with more than 10 years of experience in consulting to advertising agencies and technology startups.

Cameron is also the founder of Frankston Foundry, a co-working space and innovation consultancy based in the Frankston CBD and the founder of Freelance Australia, a not-for-profit whose mission is to represent and advocate for the collective interests of Australian freelancers, contractors and independent workers.

Cameron often speaks on the topic of entrepreneurship, marketing and the Future of Work at events and in national publications and television programs nationwide.

Jonathon Reichwald
Jonathan Reichwald represents Frankston City Council on the FBN board as an ex-officio member.  Jonathan leads Council’s Economic Development Unit, operating a range of programs to assist and build local business.  Council also undertakes a range of investment attraction measures, to try and generate local employment and encourage commercial development.


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