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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.




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.


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.


Karin profile pic

 I have lived in the Frankston area since 1979, and have seen a lot of change in that time and I am passionate to see he area grow more. I am involved in a number of Community Organisations that help support local homeless youth. I also sit on a number of Boards that are working to make Frankston a great place to live, work and play.  I have been the Executive Officer for the FBN for nearly 10 years, and before that I worked for the Commonwealth Bank for 40 years with a majority of those years working in the local  area before retiring.


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.


 Arvind Sridharan
 Arvind is passionate about small and medium sized businesses, and enjoys engaging in local communities.
Arvind brings 20 years’ professional experience across IT, healthcare, professional services and finance industries in Europe, the US, Asia, and Australia.
His insights come from multiple perspectives as Venture Capital investor, non-executive director, advisor, and CEO.
Helen De Ross
Helen De Ross
 After three years as Branch Manager of the Bendigo Bank in Port Douglas and  involved with their local Chamber of Commerce, Helen has returned home to Melbourne.

In her role as Mobile Lender for Bendigo Bank, being on the road and looking after a great cross section of the region Helen is looking forward to providing support to Frankston’s business community.

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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