Your 2019 BWN Committee

Meagan Flannigan
President
Cass Wilson
Co-Vice President
New to the BWN committee this year and I can’t wait to get stuck into creating the best year for business women yet! I felt it was important to me to be part of this, as when I first moved to Coffs Harbour, the committee was a significant part of my life in making new friends and relationships so now I get to return that favour to others. I am an adopted Coffs Harbour local and have been here for about 6 years and I love living in this part of the world. I have worked in the financial services for the past 17 years in both the personal and business space. My favourite part is leading a team of focused leaders and helping our customers achieve exciting growth. On the side, as I love to stay busy and have a entrepreneur streak, I run my own e-commerce business where I get to be creative and at the same time help others start their very own business with me! It’s a very fulfilling and something I am extremely passionate about! At home I have 2 boys – Robert and Brodie and husband Aaron. We love playing tennis and getting out and about in the camper trailer!
Cath Fowler
Co-Vice President & Marketing Coordinator
Cath Fowler is an SEO consultant and copywriter who helps businesses get found and look good online. Using SEO smarts and compelling copy she will establish your brand as the leader in your local area or industry. She loves working with financial services clients and regional businesses of all kinds - to help the little guys compete on the big stage. Don't make her pick which type of client she prefers out of those two. That would be like make her pick between her two cheeky daughters and she just won't do it. After moving to Coffs Harbour in 2017 she was happy to find the Business Women's Network and is passionate about collaboration over competition and building up women in business. She is also the founder of the popular Mums of Coffs Harbour community.
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Kerry Farmer
Treasurer
Kerry moved from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 2001 to raise her two young children. Prior to children, Kerry comes from an accounting background and when her children started school she returned to the workforce. She studied law and Insurance which lead to her working for a local Insurance Brokerage for 10 years. In 2017 she started up her own business as an Authorised Representative for Insurance House Pty Ltd and is now the Director of Insurance House 360 Coffs Coast. She is committed to providing on-going professional service to the highest standards to all new and existing clients, from providing advice on all aspect of personal and corporate insurance needs, ensuring each client has the appropriate cover all the way through to assisting with any claims that may arise to ensure a quick and positive response. Kerry is passionate about helping others and supporting women in business.
Kerstin Thode
Secretary
Kerstin Thode is the principal solicitor and owner of Smart Choice Law in Coffs Harbour. She has many years of experience and a special interest in the areas of Family Law, Wills and Estate Law, and has practised as a solicitor in the Coffs Harbour area for many years. She is also a trained Mediator and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Before relocating to Australia she worked as a German Barrister in the areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates in Germany. Kerstin is the secretary of BWN and enjoys being part of the great BWN committee. Kerstin is passionate about connecting and working with women and helping women through their sometimes difficult times in their life.
Sabina Ramana
Compliance Officer
Sabina is a Chartered Accountant and works in the tax division at Crowe Horwath. She moved to Coffs in 2015 from Sydney for a sea change and is so glad that she made the move. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters. She attended BWN events in 2018 and got to have fun as well as meet women from different walks of life. She hopes to make a valuable contribution to our BWN committee and bring you some exciting events in 2019.
Laura Humphrey
Project & Event Coordinator
Laura works for the local disability service provider Coffs Harbour Support Services in a role that sees her managing and implementing systems, businesses processes and the continued quality of service provision under the NDIS. Laura has recently moved to Coffs Harbour from Sydney and is loving the relaxed lifestyle and the real sense of community that Coffs Harbour has to offer. Prior to moving here, Laura gained extensive experience working in both NSW and Commonwealth Government in various project management and communications roles. Laura spends her spare time making the most of the outdoor activities available here, including kayaking, hiking, fishing and taking her dogs to the beach. She also enjoys chilling at home with a glass of wine, listening to podcasts or reading a good book. She is excited to be part of the BWN team and getting to know all the great women who are involved in the network.
Sharon Pelt
Committee Member
Sharon's' background is in private health insurance and she has more than 20 years of experience in many aspects of sales and admin, having served in large corporations as well as small private businesses. Currently she holds a position as office manager and marketing whizz at Advanced Technology, which she co-owns together with husband Mark and their best friends, Tom and Bridget. Sharon and Mark have four adorable children and apart from looking after the family and their business, Sharon is passionate about healthy food and her vegetable garden.
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