The KDCCI Executive Board is comprised of 12 volunteer board members nominated by KDCCI members for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The board meets once a month to discuss issues impacting the local business community.
Kylah moved to Karratha in 2010 as a Reliability Engineer for Woodside during the start-up and commissioning phases of Pluto LNG. Kylah is now a Business Leadership Coach and owner of Zest e-Biz, who empowers business and community leaders to leverage strengths for peak performance.
In 2013 Kylah and her husband took their baby boy travelling through South America for 6 months. They now have two sons and a daughter and love being part of such a great community here in the Pilbara.
Kylah is a published author and has worked across numerous industries. She was the founding President for the Karratha Toastmasters Club and President of Dampier Playgroup Inc. in 2014. Kylah is an active member of the Karratha Young Professionals group, the Karratha Collective and other business related community organisations.
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.
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.
Alexander Waters is the Director and owner of Realmark Karratha, Capita Finance, and Workspaceco. and has been involved in business and the Karratha community since 2013.
Alexander was the founding Vice President of the Karratha Young Professionals, an organization that commenced in 2014 that aims to promote professional development and networking opportunities for people between the ages of 18-35 within the City of Karratha.
A huge advocate of the Pilbara region, Alex has a strong passion for local business and believes that this is one of the best regions in Australia for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Brett Johnston and his family have lived in Karratha for 31 years. Brett grew up working with the family business, North West Training & Inspection Services. In 2006 Brett decided to venture out when he created Liftequipt Australia and BBS Forks Australia in 2010.
Brett has worked in several industries from hire, sale, service, tourism and training. Brett wants to push to build local awareness in larger corporations so that local businesses and residents are able to benefit from investment within Karratha and surrounding districts.
Brett has seen the Pilbara go through several cycles and feels that we are able to benefit and create a more diverse region and push different industries to build small to medium businesses.
Brett is currently a board member for Johnston Group Australia and will bring a positive and enthusiastic attitude to the executive KDCCI board.
Buster Sloot has lived in the Pilbara for over 40 years. He moved to the region when Dampier was being constructed and lived at a near by camp at Happy Valley. His family moved to Karratha in 1974. Buster and his wife Helen met in Karratha and raised their 3 sons here.
Buster operated his own Auto Electrical Business for 10 years then opened the first Telstra Dealership in the area. Buster is now the owner/operator of NorWest Communications & IT.
He has seen many changes over the years. Some have been positive and some not so positive. Operating a business in Karratha has many challenges, and Buster is hoping becoming involved with the Chamber will allow him to offer support to other local business in town. Karratha has always been a great place to live, and he wants to make sure local business are sourced for projects in town rather than sourcing from out of town.
He also is passionate about tourism in the region and wants to help revive this industry to promote opportunities for local business.
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 Travelworld 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.
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.
John is an Australian Certified Economic Development practitioner currently working as an ISF Skills Advisor for Navitas on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.
John has a passion for supporting business and industry growth in the Pilbara through the provision of outstanding customer service, in-depth local knowledge and cross-sectorial experience.
- Promote Industry Skills Fund (ISF) to eligible businesses
- Provide businesses with a review of their skills needs
- Recommend skills training and workforce development solutions
- Collaboration and business networking through industry linkages
- Provision of accurate Pilbara economic & demographic information
John has over 20 years’ experience in the Pilbara having worked in Newman, Dampier and Karratha. He has previously worked in business improvement, economic and community development in local government; infrastructure and economic arenas in a state government agency and prior to that, in Education and Training as a professional development and information technology practitioner in the K-12, technical and University sectors.
In addition to eight years on the KDCCI Board, John has been a long- standing board member of the Business Centre Pilbara and is currently Chairperson.
In his spare time John enjoys R&R (restaurants and retail).
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.
Malcolm’s family moved from Hedland to Karratha in 1973 becoming involved with housing construction works of the then new town of Karratha.
Malcolm has lived and worked in the Pilbara most of his life, starting his apprenticeship in Paraburdoo at 16 years of age then moving around the Pilbara following construction projects to Tom Price, Pannawonica, Newman, Exmouth, Onslow, and of course Karratha.
Malcolm took over the reins of the family business as General Manager of Wylie and Skene Construction, the business was highly successful and well regarded in the industry.
Looking for new challenges in a different industry, Malcolm joined a partnership to build, own and operate accommodation facilities and started the Cherratta Lodge.
Now his sole business focus, Karratha is where he chooses to do business. Malcolm is a registered builder, a board business advisor to a Pilbara focussed Construction Company, has served on private boards for many years and has experience working within publicly listed companies.
Malcolm is passionate about business in Karratha, believes that positive actions lead to positive results, and wants the current positivity within the KDCCI to continue to improve business for all members of the Karratha business community.
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.