Samantha Wheatley - Chair
Coming from a background in Nursing and School teaching Samantha has always worked in a caring and nurturing capacity. She has also undergone Life Coaching training and her work as a coach has been a natural extension of her past careers. Now Samantha is a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA and teaches the value of essential oils to classes and individuals. Having fallen in love with the oily lifestyle herself, she believes in empowering people to make choices based on their intuition and she teaches how to use the oils to support health and wellbeing. Samantha is a local from Robertson, she lives on a small farm with her husband and 4 teenagers, surrounded by lots of animals and a big rambling garden. She loves meeting new people and is always curious to get to know others and make new friends. She highly values relationships and is delighted to be part of the Business Womens Network and hold the role of Chair.
Sam’s role in the BWN is as Chair of the organisation. She also coordinates the bookings for each event, assists with sourcing presenters as well as ensuring the club continues to grow in members. Sam is also in charge of monitoring the email inbox for the club, answering queries, chairs committee meetings each month, and serves as MC for the luncheon event each year.
Anne Saloyedoff - Venue and Publicity Coordinator
Barbara Smith - New Member Coordinator
Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne U.K, Barbara migrated to Sydney with her family. She married Ted in 1960 and later established Global Marketing Pty. Ltd and Advanced Composites Pty. Ltd, the latter becoming the leading Australian supplier of specialty materials & equipment for aerospace and defence. Barbara has always been involved with community & charity organisations: The Engadine Auxiliary for The Northcott Society (formerly The N.S.W. Crippled Children Association) since 1967, Brownie Guides & Ranger Guides and for the past 33 years involved in all key roles of Inner Wheel Australia forming & chartering the Inner Wheel Club of Southern Highlands. She has been active member of the Business Women’s Network for 17 years. Although now retired from a working environment, she and her husband have developed a productive Truffiere producing French Perigord Black Truffles & host popular Truffle Hunts and tastings for groups in the Southern Highlands.
Barbara is our official hostess and new member coordinator. She hosts the guest speaker at our breakfasts and makes everyone feel welcome to all our events. She is in charge of contacting and welcoming new members to the club and arranges name badges for everyone.
Lisa Dower - IT Manager
Born and raised in the southern suburbs of Sydney Lisa moved to the Southern Highlands in early 2013. She has 20 years of finance, bookkeeping and IT experience beginning her career in the insurance industry. Following a few years working for private companies she has worked for the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) as Financial Controller and IT Manager for 12 years. In early 2016 she started her own business, Dower House Bookkeeping Services which brings bookkeeping services to all areas of the Southern Highlands and also works remotely elsewhere to provide outsourced bookkeeping to all areas of Australia, particularly the non profit sector. In her spare time Lisa enjoys gardening, films, playing with the fur kids and appreciating a good bottle of wine with friends.
Lisa is our IT Manager. She manages the website and distributes all email invitations and notices. She posts the event details on the website and manages the online member directory and any other IT issues that arise.