Meet Our Board
The Chamber’s Board is comprised of experienced business leaders from a diverse range of industries, committed to helping local businesses grow and succeed.
Please see their profiles below and contact them with any questions.
You can also meet our Board Members in person at our regular events.
Sales Director, Interock Pty Ltd
Stig Falster has had a very “non-traditional” career path. Stig was born in Norway, educated in Australia and has led an international career spanning over 40 years. Stig holds a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Business Programming.
Stig’s very strong background in manufacturing and his people management skills bring a real strength to the team at Interock. He has a proven track record of business development across three continents.
An Industrial Chemist by profession, he commenced his career with Diversey in Australia before travelling back to Norway with his wife and taking up a position as Product Sales Manager with Norske Hoechst A/S where after a year he was approached by a major Scandinavian industrial chemical manufacturer.
In 1974 Stig joined Kjemi-Service in the role of Manager – Client Development. The company was responsible for the manufacture and marketing of Marine and Industrial Chemicals and Stig was deployed to engineer products to marry-up with company concepts.
Soon after this period Stig was seconded to the company’s Singapore operations in order to set up and run the production plant. He remained in the position for 8 years and then was recruited to Elkem, at the time, the world’s major ferro-alloys producer. Stig established the regional office in Singapore in the capacity of Regional Manager covering the Asian territory from Pakistan in the west, down into Australia and New Zealand. In 1987, Stig relocated the Regional Office to Hong Kong, to build on bilateral business with China.
Upon his return to Australia, Stig accepted the position of General Manager with Abel Lemon. He has since moved into a few General Management positions within the Manufacturing and Trading Industries and has managed budgets up to $35 million dollars.
Stig’s career has been multi-faceted, as demonstrated through his role as lecturer in Sports Marketing, Business Communication and Personal Selling at Macleay College in Sydney, as Senior Consultant in recruitment at Munro Select, Project Manager for an industry Skills Council, working with the resources and infrastructure sectors and Sales Manager for LMA-MTC Group. He has always focused around people and their development and has considerable expertise in performance management. This broad understanding of business and people in a global perspective is a real asset to Interock and its clients.
Stig currently holds the position of President of the Chatswood Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce.
Managing Director, Maxumise Consulting Pty Ltd
Max Underhill is Managing Director of Maxumise Consulting Pty Ltd and has provided unique human capital management (HCM) services for over 20 years. Maxumise provides consulting services and associated HCM systems globally.
The Maxumise methodology is an organisational and human resource approach that is strategically focussed, outcome and competency based organisational and HR programs that are integrated and supportive. These integrated and supportive programs are quantitative and empower the employees. This approach is supported by a proprietary HCM business management system HRmonise. The organisational and human resource intervention programs include:
Structure design and development
Role and position design
Role size and position evaluation – modern version of “job” evaluation
Recruitment and selection
Competency assessments including succession planning
The uniqueness of the methodology is in the strategic focus, outcome based approach, competencies to provide quantitative measurement. The organisational and HR integration ensures alignment of all programs with the strategic direction of the organisation.
Maxumise applies a methodology approach resulting in the best solutions for the organisation not some boilerplate solution.
Max had over 25 years direct engineering experience before moving onto organisational and human resource management services. Max realised at an early stage the significance of being able to manage people as well as any other asset, also that while the physical assets depreciated the human assets could appreciate when managed and maintained appropriately. He was driven by the ambition to be able to manage human resources as well as any other resource whether materials, plant, equipment, finances etc. It is with this background that Max developed the Maxumise methodology and the supporting software tool HRmonise.
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Director, ICAN Solutions
Carol Chen is co-founder and director of ICAN Solutions.
ICAN Solutions is an IT consulting & service company, specialised in customised CRM and Business Management Solution. The CRM solution is integrated with the website and all other management modules including e-commerce, e-marketing, membership management, event management, Jobs/projects management and other business management & reporting system. ICAN provides customised IT solution to the small to medium size businesses. ICAN has successfully delivered the customised CRM solution to many different vertical markets including not-for-profit organisations, financial services companies, legal services companies, manufacturing companies, dental clinics and laboratories, property services, retail and other services businesses, etc.
Carol has worked as an IT consultant and project manager for more than a decade. Before Carol founded ICAN Solutions, she had worked as a structural engineer for Sinclair Knight Merz and companies in China.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Tongji University, China and a Master of Information Science from UNSW.
Associate Director, CO Partners Accountants and Advisors
Edmund Chu is Associate Director of CO Partners Accountants and Advisors (COPAA).
COPAA is an integrated business advisory firm located in Chatswood providing practical accounting, tax and business advices to individuals and small and medium business. At CO Partners, you will find a more personal customer experience and a comprehensive solutions to your business.
Edmund has accrued more than 9 years of senior experience in accounting practice with profound expertise involvement in a great number of different industry sector. Previously he has also been taking an active role in the CPA Australia serving NSW members in the capacity of Chairperson of the Young Professional Committee.
Eric Hong is the founder of Emilymax Music, a music school based in Chatswood that has been promoting Music for the past 5 years. In his spare times, he practices litigation laws, runs a RTO (conveyancing laws) school and operates a sword fencing school. Eric drinks teas instead of coffees.
Steve Hui, Founder and CEO iFLYflat – The Points Whisperer
Steve Hui is the Founder and Chief Executive of iFLYflat.
iFLYflat is Australia’s leading boutique points advisory company, helping hardworking business entrepreneurs and individuals use their rewards points wisely.
Steve structured a way to leverage the value of credit card points to fly business class at half price, and helps companies cut the cost of travel.
As an CPA Accountant, Steve is very comfortable with numbers and comes from a background in solving complex problems in senior finance and accounting roles in corporations including Macquarie Bank.
Since he quit his corporate job 4 years ago, Steve has carved out a niche as the recognised reward points expert.
His passion is to help people to enjoy flying again. To escape the struggles of flying in Economy, and enjoy the freedom of Business class.
Managing Director, Linton Advisory Group
Caring, competent and diligent are how my clients describe me. As a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) with over 18 years’ industry experience and being nominated by the CPA as one of the country’s Top 40 Young Business Leaders in 2013, I have a strong passion in implementing strategy to maximise values for SMEs and high net worth individuals.
I specialise in the Medical and Dental industries but also actively engages with clients in a broad range of industries including Marketing, Professional Consulting, Legal practices, Property Development and Government Agencies. My expertise from financial analysis enables me to pin point the key drivers of each business and the focus needed to improve business performance. My commitment to my client is not only to provide outstanding and proactive advice but also see me as a strategic business partner in their businesses growth and development.
Director, Symphony 5 Pty Ltd
Prashant Ponkshe is the founder and principal of Symphony 5 Pty Ltd. Symphony 5 is a strategic marketing and operations consultancy specialising in startups and high growth companies.
In 2016, the company founded clearleap.com.au, a CRM and Marketing Automation consultancy delivering Infusionsoft based solutions to Startups and SMEs.
MD, Properties Realty
Warren is proprietor and licensee of M D Properties Realty, Chatswood. He specialises in Real Estate on the Lower North Shore and City CBD since 2006.
Sales – Rentals – Auctions – Commercial – Investments
Warren has been licenced since 1976 , including being licenced as an Auctioneer until 1995. He prides himself on offering service to our clients above their expectations. His personal qualifications include…
Justice of the Peace
University of NSW graduate in Marketing and Business Studies
Qualified – Life and Business coach
Previously he worked as General Manager at Sanyo ( Australia ) and LG Electronics ( Aust ) Pty Ltd.
Honorary Auditor & Life Member
Phil Williams Carbonara Business Advisors
Honorary Solicitor & Life Member
Benjafield & Associates
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New Members are first welcomed to The Chamber at the Monthly Business Luncheon. Our Directors will introduce you to the right people to help you with your business.
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Together, we are a powerful voice, working with other businesses, local councils and authorities to get things done.
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Chamber Members are passionate about giving back to the local community. The Chamber works with Not-For-Profits, local social and community groups.
We strive to improve overall sustainable outcomes – social, economic and environmental – for the benefit and prosperity of all in our area.
Our signature event is Chatswood Sleeps Rough. An annual event raising money for the homeless and those suffering domestic violence.
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All our Members enjoy added benefits through Alliance Membership with the NSW Business Chamber. (Valued at $1200)
With just one call you are connected to the right information, support and advice for all your business questions.
Workplace Advice Line
A dedicated members’ only phone line that connects you to workplace experts to help you make the right Industrial Relations decisions.
Access to Business Guides
A series of detailed reference guides covering a range of business issues, such as sales, marketing, business planning, WHS, people management and finance.
Networking and Educational Events
NSW Business Chamber events are run regularly across the state to help you increase your business network and stay up to date with topical business issues and matters.
Business Magazine and e-News
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Business Legals Toolkit
Online access to sample commercial agreements, templates and other legal business documents.
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