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 recognised as the premier business association North of the River, with an active community of over 400 members, from 86 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.
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.
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. Just look out for the bright shirt and pink hair, I am always approachable for a chat.
First Class Accounts Wanneroo
Hi, I’m Niamh, one of the directors of First Class Accounts – Wanneroo.
After 16 years in hospitality management, I decided it was time for a career change and completed my Cert 4 in bookkeeping.
I have definitely found where I belong. My passion lies with helping business owners understand how their bookkeeping works and how to make it as simple and less stressful as possible.
I have been an active member of the WBA since we started First Class Accounts – Wanneroo (2016) and I have loved being involved and meeting many of the members. That is what encouraged me to nominate for the Board. I want to be able to give back to this great community and also be involved in the future of it.
When I am not working, I love spending time 4wding and camping, as well as being creative with photography.
Hi, I’m Shaun Lawson, Practice Manager of Wenn Law Barrister’s and Solicitors a Family Law firm in Wanneroo. I have just under 30 years in Banking & Finance experience having worked for NAB for 16 years leaving my role as a Commercial Bank Manager to fill similar roles in Bankwest and Westpac until around 2014 before embarking on a Finance Broker career working for myself. It was only fairly recently that I decided not to renew my mortgage brokers licence, having seen business from every angle, both as a Banker and as a business owner. My understanding of what makes a business tick and what can go wrong is very high.
As the Practice Manager of a law firm, I fill a number of roles. I do the books, I make sure everything is compliant to the necessary standards of a law firm, which covers many aspects including indemnity insurances, CPD requirements, Practising Certificates, HR, balancing of the trust, general accounts and more. I am also responsible for the BDM work, the networking, the advertising, assisting with the strategic planning, and lastly, I am the point of call for any initial Family Law enquires. I speak, cost free, to anyone so we can gain an understanding of their needs and determine how we can help them best.
My wife Tania and I have been members of the Wanneroo Business Association since the inception of our firm in 2012. Over the last year, my attendance has significantly increased as I was freed from the need to do the school run for my children who are both now adults. I have joined the board in July 2023 to give back to the community and provide my long-term business expertise to what is a wonderful not-for-profit organisation. I believe Wanneroo Business Association has its members and fellow business owners foremost in its thoughts and is always looking at ways to help. I very much look forward to assisting the WBA now and in the future.
I am an AFL and West Coast tragic and very much not enjoying this year. In a former life, I was a 1st/2nd grade WACA cricketer and have some very well know former Australian players on my scalp list. If you want to find an easy way to introduce yourself to me, start with the footy or the cricket or a Monty Python reference.
Hi I’m Agatha da Fonseca, and I am the Owner and Lead Consultant at Execute Marketing.
A little bit about me – I’ve been working in marketing for over 15 years kicking off my career at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA – which was all about supporting business – big & small. Over the years I’ve worked with large international and national companies, as well as small and medium business – and here I found my passion, supporting businesses thrive.
With Execute Marketing, I currently work with a variety of SMEs in industries including manufacturing, events, retail, financial services, landscaping & hospitality and have clients based from Two Rocks to Mandurah. I provide marketing strategy and advice, marketing services and training for businesses. I aim to help small and medium business grow and give business owners time back to work on their core business. Working closely with these clients gives me a really great insight into the challenges and needs of business – not just the marketing ones.
I am a proud advocate for what the WBA does – without them my business may not exist! I am excited to support businesses and members within my role on the board of the WBA.
When I’m not working, I am kept very busy as a mum of two boys but love to travel (my favourite place is Spain!) cook, entertain – and may be slightly Christmas obsessed.
I’m Russell Sumner, Principal of Shield Law.
I have practiced law and been in business in England, Victoria and Western Australia since 2000.
I was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2010, the High Court of Australia in 2011 and the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2021.
I obtained my Law Degree with Honours in England in 1999, my Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in England in 2000 and began working at a top 500 Law firm in London.
Since coming to Australia, I obtained my Masters of Law International in Victoria in 2009, my Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training in 2009 and my Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution at Melbourne University in 2011.
I have predominantly practiced in Family Law, Property Law and Wills & Estates litigation. I am well versed in children, property, family violence restraining orders, residential property litigation and wills & estates litigation.
I provide clients with down to earth, practical and sensible advice. My zealous approach is cost effective and benefits clients in all aspects of dispute resolution whether it be through negotiations, mediation or in court.
Applied Security Force
Hey, I am George Kourtesis, your local security service provider and founding director of Applied Security Force, proudly serving and defending community safety.
A licensed security consultant, security and crowd control agent, I come with more than 27 years of experience over a variety of industries including building and construction.
Many enriching connections and business developments have flourished for me since joining the Wanneroo Business Association in late 2020, and I recognise that being a board member is a privileged opportunity to give back and advocate for others.
So, a big thank you to all who voted for me, and on your behalf, I look forward to getting down to the business of striving towards creating value and making a positive difference for our community as we all enjoy this journey ahead.
Hi. I’m Alice, a charted accountant & certified financial modeller, with 13 years of diverse accounting experience. I am the founder and principal of Cleverly Accounting – an accounting firm based in Joondalup. We specialise in virtual CFO, financial modelling, business valuations & bookkeeping services. Our goal is to alleviate financial stress for small businesses, streamline their operations, help them secure funding & leverage their financials for growth.
I’ve been an active member of the WBA for close to three years. Through this group, I have met so many wonderful people, a few of whom have become friends and tremendous supporters of my business. It is an honour to have been elected to the board and I look forward to contributing my knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to further support this community and its members.
Outside of work, I like being outside, camping, hiking & spending time with my dog. I also love to travel and I’ve been to almost 30 countries.
Wanneroo Business Association
Joining the WBA in 2022, Elle is a professional and energetic individual who cannot wait to progress the Wanneroo Business Association!
With experience running her own small business, she is full of new ideas, has a positive attitude and is passionate about community and connection.
Wanneroo Business Association
Born in in the regional town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Amy is devoted to local business and community.
Amy has previously worked for the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and most recently as a functions coordinator in the hospitality industry. She is looking forward to meeting our members.
Last week, the Wanneroo Business Association (WBA) had the privilege of attending the State of the Future Lunch at Crown Perth. This event offered a unique opportunity fo...