The Wanneroo Business Association (WBA) is a reputable not-for-profit organisation, with more than 20 years’ experience in supporting and representing businesses.
Founded by a passionate group of people in 1999, the WBA is now recognised as the premier business association North of the River, with an ever-growing and active community of over 450 members, from 84 suburbs across Perth.
WBA membership allows you to:
- Network, generate leads and share your knowledge
- Promote your business and gain an online presence>
- Learn and upskill to grow your business
- Connect, support and collaborate with other local businesses
- Be heard at Local, State and Federal Government levels
The Wanneroo Business Association (WBA) was incorporated in August 1999 by a group of business people with the task of looking after the interests of the newly formed City of Wanneroo local authority.
The new association drew on a long history of the Wanneroo Chamber of Commerce formed in the early 1970s, which worked collaboratively with the Shire of Wanneroo. The steering committee charged with establishing a new representative body chose the "Business Association" model over other models including a chamber of commerce because a business association better reflected the local business community.
The WBA soon became a powerful advocate for the needs of business, and to this day, regularly tackles issues which inhibit the expansion of business within the City of Wanneroo. Issues include infrastructure, such as rail and road, telephone, broadband and power supply as well working collaboratively with the City of Wanneroo on projects including skills development and business security.
More than 20 years later, the WBA is stronger than ever with over 440 members. The organisation is led by a voluntary Board of Management, but has grown to employ two dedicated full-time staff. Feedback and consultation has allowed us to build a range of business support services to ensure we remain relevant and can continue to keep our finger on the pulse of the business community.
Hi, I’m Nigel Santa Maria, President of the Wanneroo Business Association. With over 30 years’ experience in Banking & Finance, I started my career at the Commonwealth Bank, resulting in winning a number of banking awards, 10 years in successful leadership roles, including WA State Manager for Commercial Broking, and Executive Manager for Commonwealth Private, before moving to NAB to head up the NAB’s Asian Banking Suite in 2014.
I then worked as a Senior Business Lending Consultant at Provident Business & Lending Solutions for two years, before being asked to return to NAB, as a Senior Business Banking Manager at NAB Business Banking.
I returned to CBA in October 2021, as a Relationship Executive, looking after a portfolio of diversified clients in the SME market.
I am a passionate believer in creating a high performance culture based on client-centric quality service where value surpasses price.
As President of the Wanneroo Business Association, I am excited to build on the momentum we currently have, to capitalise on the opportunities we see in front of us. We are now in a good position to crack on and continue delivering against this momentum we have, and I look forward to serving the Wanneroo Business Association and the community for another two years.
I am also an avid cyclist, which inspires me to give back to the community, by undertaking community service and a number of fundraising events in the not-for-profit sector, primarily CanTeen, MSWA, and more recently CAHOOTS. To this end, I was honoured to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, as recognition for outstanding service to the community.
Eye For Recruitment Pty Ltd
Hi, I’m Kasia Mieczkowski, the Managing Director of Eye For Recruitment.
From growing up assisting within the family run automotive business, to commencing a career in a large international mid-tier accounting firm as a Tax Accountant, I have always been passionate about helping people and seeing businesses grow with the right people and systems in place.
Moving my career into the Recruitment space and having the opportunity to work within & alongside a varied range of business size operations has given me great insight into the needs and struggles of businesses on a day to day basis, and the positive impact that having the right people working for them can have.
Having worked within senior recruitment positions over the last 9 years within the Perth market, I have also had a fair amount of industry insight and opportunity to learn about and not only know the market, but also the importance of a supportive network of professionals around you. On the search for a fabulous “Business Family” I joined the WBA at the first opportunity I had, and I have been a raving fan ever since!
Having been an active member for several years and seeing how well organised & professionally run the Association is, as well as the support that is provided to the business community within it, I had the pleasure of joining the Board in 2019.
When I’m not busy working at the office you will find me spending time with family & friends (including my fur-kids), going for long drives with my hubby (lunch in Busso anyone?), dreaming about my next exciting holiday adventure (or planning it), and most importantly attending WBA events rain, hail or shine!
Eye For Recruitment is a Flat Fee Recruitment Consultancy based in Perth that specialises in helping businesses find the right people to join their teams across a variety of industries and positions.
Asset Financial Accounting
Hello, I’m Mike Pilkington, a degree qualified Accountant & Australian CPA.
As a fairly new member of the WBA, I am honoured to serve on Board, as well as on the Finance & Governance sub committees of the Association, adding value through my extensive accounting knowledge & eight years experience at board level with various non for profit entities.
As an advocate for small business representation & networking, I am not only proud to be associated with the WBA, but I actively promote the association through my client base & to other business networks.
After founding Asset Financial Accounting in 2009, I take pride in getting to know my clients & acknowledge that each one is unique & has their own specific requirements – the “one size fits all” approach does not apply in this practice!
Asset Financial Accounting is a boutique accounting firm offering a range of accounting services including bookkeeping, consulting & training, a virtual CFO function & tax services (under licence), all tailored to their clients individual needs.
Therapy on Wheels
Hi, I’m Andy and I am all about being the voice of difference, looking outside the square, and simply doing what you love, so I try to lead by example whether it’s promoting a client’s product, helping out a new business or sharing the exploits of my alter-ego (Drag racing driver / motorsport enthusiast). Starting out over 35 years ago as an apprentice in newspapers, I progressed through to being the Art Director of a large agency before I decided that I really just wanted to get back to hands on design. I’ve now been a solopreneur for AndyK Design for over 13 years providing businesses with my experience and skills in both print & digital graphic design, illustration and customised branding.
When I’m not creating, I’m either driving or on show with my highly customised 707hp drag racing Mercedes Benz for my charity Therapy on Wheels Inc. This one of a kind charity race car is used to promote awareness of physical and mental wellbeing of cancer patients and their families, as well as providing therapeutic relief through adrenaline charged passenger rides on the race track.
As a huge advocate for the work that WBA does for local business, I will often be found at their networking catch ups. Jus look out for the bright shirt and pink hair, I am always approachable for a chat.
Pascoe Partners Accountants
Hi, I’m Steven Windsor, a Chartered Certified Accountant with almost 20 years’ experience, currently working as a Business Advisory Manager for Pascoe Partners Accountants. Following an eight year career in the Inland Revenue in England, I moved into International Corporate Services in the Isle of Man, where I spent over 12 years providing company & trust formations, corporate director services, finance & banking, accounting & tax and business advisory services to international based clients before moving to Australia in 2012.
As a Business Advisor, I am passionate about working with businesses owners on planning, strategy and problem solving to enable them to overcome their challenges in order to grow and meet their dreams and goals, both business and personal. I find that I need to be both a Consultant and a Coach. It is very rare that I meet a business owner that doesn’t need both. Business owners hardly ever ask for coaching at the start. They ask for consulting such as practical advice and brainstorming, but whilst searching to find solutions and map out a strategy, a small business owner will stumble unless they do both the personal development work and the business development work that leads to success. This is the part of my work I enjoy the most. I find great satisfaction helping my clients find the answers to their success and business challenges within themselves and find that I work as much with a business owner’s mindset as I do with the practical logistics of running a business.
I joined the Wanneroo Business Association because I wanted to help the businesses of my local community. My time as a member has been a fantastic journey, meeting so many wonderful people. Lauren, Kellie, and the board members have done an amazing job transforming the WBA into what it is today and it is such an honour to become a bigger part of it’s future by joining the Board of Management. I believe there are exciting times ahead for the WBA and it’s members!
Throughout my life I have always had a need to help people, whether it has been in my work or my personal life.
I am a palliative care volunteer at Bethesda Hospital helping those facing the most challenging part of their lives, dealing with life limiting conditions.
I am director on the board of Kingsway Community Bank helping the customers of Bendigo change lives by returning its profits to the community and more recently I joined the board of PTSD Research Foundation WA who aiming to be the world’s leading research and educational centre of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
The Northern Guide - Compass Publishing
Hello, my name is Heather Cole and I’m the Managing Director of Compass Publishing Pty Ltd T/A The Northern Guide.
I began working in the media industry in 1984 when we didn’t have computers or mobile phones, how did we ever cope!!
With over 35 years in the industry and after being made redundant in 2017, I spoke to several local businesses to see if they would like a local magazine that would be distributed free to homes in the City of Wanneroo area. Two years later we’re still going….and growing!!
I’m very passionate about supporting the WBA and I currently lead the Marketing Committee. I take an interest in local businesses and also in the community where I live, where I am the Chairperson for a local residents group.
I’m always ready to lend a hand and do what I can to help local businesses and people to reach their goals in life and many of my friends tell me I’m a “middle aged Yorkshire tart, with a heart!”
The Northern Guide provides an alternative affordable platform for local businesses to connect with their local community and shout from the rooftops who they are and what they do.
Our motto is “keeping it local” as we want to help businesses grow which improves the local economy and increases local jobs.
ECU School of Business & Law
Hi, I’m Dr Jalleh Sharafizad, an Entrepreneurship and Innovation lecturer in the Business Services discipline at the Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law. I am a passionate researcher with a successful track record mainly in the areas of entrepreneurship and small business. I have published extensively and internationally in high impact journals such as International Journal of Hospitality Management, Studies in Higher Education Journal, and Education + Training.
I look forward to helping the WBA in all its activities and endeavours and working together to build up capabilities for all businesses within the City of Wanneroo.
My current research has led to major awards like the Edith Cowan University Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme, 2019. In addition, I have led and successfully completed a number of research projects funded by Edith Cowan University. I have chaired and organised major international industry events like Networks in changing business ecosystems 3rd International Symposium. Being a strong advocate for small business, I regularly volunteer my knowledge and time to assist different business associations in WA, helping them put together training programs and networking events for business start-ups, providing advice and expertise to help entrepreneurs launch their new business, and assisting business owners to grow and expand their established business.
Hot Lizard Designs
Hi, I’m Kati McKeon, founder and principal consultant at Hot Lizard Designs.
I have over 25 years’ experience in business management, marketing, and education. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have lived in five different countries, and had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, some amazing people.
Growing up within a family business has instilled the values of hard work, integrity, resilience, and the need to be flexible and creative when things don’t always go to plan – whether that is due to internal or external factors. These values and skills have proved extremely useful throughout my career, regardless of the industry and position.
As a website designer I work with clients worldwide, ranging from individuals starting up their business, to non-profit organisations needing to improve their online presence before applying for UN funding. Understanding what they do, and what they need to achieve, translates into a successful website design, and I look forward to bringing that experience and insight to the WBA Board.
I joined the WBA in 2019 and instantly felt that I had found my ‘tribe’ with like-minded professionals building genuine connections. The supportive network, informative workshops and friendly coffee catch-ups have been invaluable, and are top of the list when I recommend the WBA to others.
As a Board Member, I am excited to be working with a great team in such a dynamic business association. I am looking forward to getting to know more WBA members as we continue to grow our business community and look to expand our offerings based on the needs of our members
Hi, I’m Rebecca Turnor, the Allied Health Precinct Manager at Business Station. I’m a marketing and communications professional with over 7 years’ experience working across multiple sectors, public, private and not-for-profit.
I found my passion for small business when I started working with Business Station, a not-for-profit provider of enterprise development services to businesses across WA, QLD, and NT. I have been able to work directly with small business owners across a wide range of industries, which has allowed me to learn firsthand about the challenges facing the sector currently.
I’m passionate about providing support, training, and advocacy to help improve the success of small businesses. I’m a firm believer in continual learning and development, so I’m always looking for new ways to provide training to make it easier for people to access, understand and benefit from.
I joined the WBA for a number of reasons, but mostly because I want to get more involved in the local Wanneroo business community. As a member, I’ve enjoyed attending networking events and meeting so many wonderful people. Now as a board member, I look forward to being involved in planning and shaping what will be an exciting future for the WBA!
In my spare time, I love sport! I’ve played AFL at state level, basketball, netball, and soccer. I’ve coached a junior netball team and volunteered for a number of my local sports clubs. Now, you’ll find me training in my local boxing gym throughout the week, swimming at Aquamotion or playing netball at Kingsway on Saturdays.
Wanneroo Business Association
Hi I’m Lauren Bell, the General Manager at Wanneroo Business Association – WBA
I can normally be found catching up with members or meeting new businesses in the area to tell them about the WBA, l’m also part of the furniture when it comes to our events too!
I started with the WBA in 2014 when I arrived in Perth from Manchester, England, but it’s not just me that’s come such a long way. During this time, the WBA has seen membership more than double, the sense of community and peer support amongst members has never been stronger and I am constantly surprised by the sheer variety of businesses I meet on a daily basis. It has been a delighted to build the WBA brand in to what it is today.
I have a BA Hons in Management from the University of Manchester and previous experience working in Sales, with the largest Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, before I made the move to WA.
The highlight of my year is usually the Business Awards, where we get to celebrate with the businesses in our community and everyone dances the night away, it’s awesome to see this event come together. I also enjoy being creative and thinking of new ideas to implement on a day to day basis to improve the experience for our members and help them connect with each other.
An interesting fact that you may not know is that I have broken a Guinness World Record for the longest ever netball game. In a team at college, we played for a total of 55 hours and 20 minutes non-stop….but as this was in 2007 it has now since been broken!!
Wanneroo Business Association
Hi, I’m Kellie and I’ve been with the WBA since March 2017, starting out in a temporary role to cover Lauren’s leave, I am now employed in a permanent full-time position.
I moved to Australia in 2016 after a 10 year dream and still pinch myself at having finally made it.
In the UK I spent more than 15 years as a military wife which entailed lots of moving around so my jobs were varied but my main focus was on admin roles, from assisting the Home Office with immigration and human trafficking, working for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, retail work and even spent 8 years managing a coffee shop on a military base!
I love being in Australia. Working at the WBA is a great way to meet lots of interesting and diverse people within the local business community. I look forward to meeting you soon.
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