KDCCI Executive Board
The KDCCI Executive Board is comprised of 12 volunteer board members nominated by KDCCI members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The board meets once a month to discuss issues impacting the local business community.
Interested in joining the KDCCI Executive Board? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 9144 1999.
I have been in Karratha for 30 years. After completing my schooling and furthering studies and travelling I decided to return to Karratha 9 years ago to work in the family business, Karratha Earthmoving & Sand Supplies. Since working back in Karratha we have expanded to include Karratha Environmental Crushing and Karratha Asphalt in our business portfolio. We are a local employing company and we do not do any FIFO. Karratha Earthmoving has been operating in Karratha for almost 30 years and is a truly local company.
Cassie has proudly called Karratha home for the past 19 years, she lives here with her husband and 2 children. She has owned and operated Everywhere Travel & Cruise Karratha for the past 15 years. She is involved in many local sports including Basketball, Netball and Touch Rugby. She is a life member and treasurer of the Karratha Basketball Association. She is very passionate about the Pilbara and wants to be involved in ensuring Karratha remains a great place to live and raise children
Jodi is an experienced board member with treasurer experience and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a qualified CPA, who part owns Northwest Accountancy Pty Ltd, and is passionate about small businesses succeeding. She understands staffing difficulties, budgetary restraints, and the constraints of living and working in remote areas. Jodi is proud to live and work in Karratha, bringing up her family here
Chris and his family have been Karratha locals for 18 years with Chris holding management roles in various companies during that time.
Whilst in these management roles, he has developed and built solid and respected relationships with many business’s large and small in the Pilbara and Kimberley. Over this time, Chris has seen how local businesses have who provided the service and reliability expected, have been rewarded with loyal support from the community and this has enable them to maintain their business’s in the various towns.
With his experience in management it has highlighted the continued need to have our local residents to buy from and support our local businesses – the only way our community can continue to grow. Chris is passionate in his belief that with strong local business’s it will flow onto the support and growth of our sporting and recreational activities that rely on sponsored support each year. Our children and their children are the future of our towns and community, and the local businesses will always have a support role in achieving the dreams by having these successful groups.
Chris’s has been actively involved in the Karratha Kats Football and Sporting Club, including a position on the board for the last 7 years and attaining life membership for a 18 year involvement with the Juniors and Seniors.
Chris is passionate about living locally and believes that positive actions lead to positive results, and would like the current positivity within the KDCCI to continue to help and improve business for all members of the City of Karratha business community.
Aboriginal businesswoman, Jane Tittums, is the passion behind Naanda Enterprises. A ‘Jane of all trades,’ who has extensive experience in managing her own businesses, and strives for excellence on all levels.
Jane is highly regarded for her strong leadership skills, her attention to detail and her ability to get things done. She has an excellent, first-hand understanding of how things work in some of major resources companies including, private companies, government departments and select residential clients. Naanda provides high quality, timely and affordable service across a wide range of areas within the Pilbara area and looking to expand in other locations.
Naanda Enterprises is a 100% Aboriginal-owned company based in Karratha. Naanda’s aim is to Empower the People of Tomorrow through training and employment whilst growing our business – particularly local long term unemployed people.
Jared Fitzclarence is the Managing Director of KAW Engineering and has operated the business in Karratha since 2010
Jared has been involved in leadership of numerous community groups and corporations since the age of 15 years, and brings a diverse range of experience to the KDCCI Board.
Jared has a passion for efficiency improvement and economic development as well as Training in IT, Mechatronic Engineering, Cloud SAS Deployment, Project Management and an International Welding Specialist.
He believes Karratha is poised to become a “darling” story for regional development and a major economic hub between Australia & Asia.
After living in country WA all her life Judith knows the unique challenges of doing business in regional Western Australia. With an extremely successful 12 year career in Radio, Judith started in Geraldton as a marketing and advertising Account Executive and represented her company two years in a row at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAS) as an individual finalist. In 2010 she moved to Karratha to take the next step as Station Manager of the two local commercial radio stations, Spirit 1260 and 106.5 Red FM. During her time in the Pilbara Jude has led her whole team to the ACRAS in 2014 and two of her staff in 2015.
She is invested in the Pilbara and seeing it grow into the City of the North through smart decisions that support SME’s as well as growth in the tourism sector, after all her business is small business.
As an advertising and marketing specialist Judith brings creativity and a practical approach to the board. Being a member of the KDCCI board Jude endeavours, to connect with the community and help shape the business landscape in the Pilbara which is as rugged as the land itself.
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Kim first came to the Pilbara in 1981 working as a deckhand then skipper for the MG Kailis group in Exmouth. His love of the ocean then took me worldwide in the shipping industry where he eventually became a Ship’s Captain.
Kim moved to Dampier in January 2005 to take up a position as a Marine Pilot and director of a company contracting pilotage to RioTinto.
In August 2011, along with his business partner they established and began operations of Argonaut Marine Group who supply marine pilots to the Pilbara Port Authority in Dampier. They also operate at Cape Preston, Shell Prelude and Melville Island.
Prior to establishing Argonaut, the Directors were Dampier residents and through this experience they recognised the importance of support and sponsorship of organisations in regional communities. Giving back to our local community is part of the Argonaut story, demonstrated by a long-term commitment to supporting the Dampier and Karratha community.
Kim is committed to the facilitation of trade and the long term strategic development of the Pilbara.
Robin Vandenberg has been a resident of the Pilbara since early 1972 and involved in the KDCCI since 1979 when he was first elected to the committee. Since then Robin has been a board member more times than not and during this time has been Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President and is a Life Member.
Robin and his wife Chris made Karratha their permanent home in 1978 when they moved from Newman with their two children. Since then Robin has owned and run small businesses of his own as well as being involved in the management of others. Robin has had a strong community involvement through many community organisations.
Currently Robin is a Councillor for the City of Karratha, President & Life Member of the Rotary Club of Karratha, Life Member of the Karratha Football and Sporting Club (Karratha Kats), President of the Karratha Branch of The Nationals WA, Warrambie Estate Committee member and working to see the establishment of a Men’s Shed at Millars Well.
Robin is totally committed to Karratha as a great place to work, live, play & invest.
Warwick has lived and worked in Karratha for 4 years and has developed an intimate relationship with small business through his roles as Commercial Manager with Mobile Concreting Solutions and Northwest Area Manager for Ausco Modular. Warwick in his 4 years within the Pilbara has seen both the fruit and the challenges associated with working within the Pilbara and is keen to support small business in the area.
Warwick’s background covers a wide range of disciplines including Manufacturing, Logistics, Project management, Purchasing and procurement, Sales and Marketing and business management both locally and abroad in China.