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.
The SBDC Board has four strategic roles
Operational roles of the Board include:
– 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.
Kitty Prodonovich – Chair
Caterina (Kitty) Prodonovich was appointed to the position of Chair in 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. Ms Bailey is a former owner of two furniture and homeware stores, she also has 30 years experience in the residential construction sector, working with builders and other small businesses in the industry.
Ms 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.
Steven Dobson was appointed to the Board in September 2012. Mr Dobson is a financial planner and director of Mal Dobson & Associates, a family owned small business, specialising in financial advice to small business owners. He is also a former member of the WA Police.
Mr Dobson has held many board memberships, and currently serves on the Meritum Financial Group Advisory Board. He is also a coach and committee member at Bull Creek Leeming Junior Football Club, a firefighter with Jandakot Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and an active Justice of the Peace.
Mr Dobson holds an MBA from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicolle Jenkins was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Ms Jenkins is managing director and founder of The Hub Marketing Communications, a strategic marketing and communications business. With more than twenty years experience in the marketing industry, she has expertise across all aspects of business development, digital strategy, brand and change management and marketing communications.
In 2015 Ms Jenkins won a national marketing excellence award in the corporate social responsibility category. She was also an award winner in the 2012 40under40 Awards and finalist in the WA Telstra Business Awards in 2009 and 2011. She is currently Chair of Intework, one of 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 Boab Health, former board member of Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local; and is 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 Deputy Mayor of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder City Council.
Caroline (Ra) Stewart
Caroline (Ra) Stewart was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Ms Stewart has more than 30 years experience as a marketing and communications professional, embracing all aspects of communications from advertising and marketing through to stakeholder engagement and corporate affairs. She is a passionate advocate for small business having represented business as a board member of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since 2008, including a four year term as president. Her skills and knowledge of marketing, public relations and business administration, together with owning and operating her own consultancy business, have provided her with extensive experience and understanding of the SME and corporate sectors.
Ms Stewart is currently Senior Associate with JLCA, a WA public relations and marketing consultancy, providing strategic communications and business advisory services to a diverse range of clients.