The small business specialists
Phone: 13 12 49
As the SBDC’s governing body, the Board has responsibility for performing the functions set out in the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983. The Board meets on a monthly basis to consider issues relevant to the direction and operation of the Corporation.
– setting strategies
– focusing on client service and customer needs
– striving for organisational best practice and compliance with standards
– delegation of operational decision-making to officers within the SBDC.
Caterina (Kitty) Prodonovich was initially appointed to the Board in May 2008 and took up her position in September 2008. Ms Prodonovich was appointed Chair of the Board on 1 October, 2014.
Ms Prodonovich has owned and operated a number of small businesses, including two award winning businesses in the Goldfields. She was the recipient of the Goldfields Young Achiever Award and winner of the 2002 Goldfields Business of the Year. She was elected the youngest executive member of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a past president. Ms Prodonovich is currently the CEO of the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Western Australia.
Susan Bailey was appointed to the Board in April 2014. Mrs Bailey is a former owner of two furniture and homeware stores, she also has 30 year’s experience in the residential construction sector, working with builders and other small business participants in the industry.
Mrs Bailey is past president of the WA Housing Industry Association, a Board member of the Construction Training Fund Board, and a consultant to the industry.
Appointed to the Board in September 2012, Steven Dobson is a director of a family-owned financial planning firm, specialising in advice to small business owners. Mr Dobson has worked and volunteered with several state government emergency service agencies and not-for-profit organisations, gaining experience in corporate governance and volunteer management.
Mr Dobson has a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University, a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) from RMIT University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicolle Jenkins was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Nicolle is managing director and founder of The Hub Marketing Communications Pty Ltd, a strategic marketing and communications business. With more than twenty years experience in the marketing industry, Nicolle has expertise across all aspects of business development, digital strategy, brand and change management and marketing communications. Prior to running her own business, Nicolle was Communications Manager (and the first employee) for the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and General Manager of a major Queensland marketing agency.
In 2015, Nicolle won a national marketing excellence award in the corporate social responsibility category, was an award winner in the 2012 40 under 40 awards and finalist in the WA Telstra Business Awards in 2009 and 2011. Nicolle is currently Chairman of Intework, one of the Western Australia’s largest disability organisations, Director and General Council member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and co-founder of the Small Business Matters movement.
Anthony Masi was appointed to the Board in April 2014. Mr Masi is a pharmacist and has owned and operated successful small businesses in rural Western Australia since 1991. These include a camera store, a health food shop, an IGA grocery store and two pharmacies. He currently employs 35 staff in Broome. He is a board member of the Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local; and Boab Health, and is the Vice President of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (WA Branch).
Mr Masi is also an active member of the Kyle Andrews Foundation Inc., a Broome-based children’s cancer charity. He was Chair from 2008-2010 and is currently the organisation’s Treasurer.
Allan Pendal was appointed to the Board in October 2014. Mr Pendal is co-owner of a real estate business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. He has extensive experience in the finance/banking sector and was Financial Controller and Company Secretary for a large public company.
Mr Pendal is currently Chair of ASX listed Goldfields Money Limited and Deputy Mayor of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder City Council.
Caroline (Ra) Stewart was appointed to the Board in December 2015. For more than 30 years Ra Stewart has been involved in marketing, advertising, media and public relations, and has been a passionate advocate for small business.
Her skills and knowledge of corporate marketing, promotions and business administration, together with owning and operating her own consultancy business, has provided Ra with extensive experience and understanding of both the SME and corporate sectors.
Ra has represented business as a board member of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since 2008 including a four year term as President.
Ra is currently Corporate Affairs Manager for Doric, one of Western Australia's most successful commercial construction contractors.