The co-op board is made up of seven voluntary active members including one staff member. Election of directors occurs at the annual general meeting held in October or November.
Board meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Co-op Office at 6:15pm. If you’re curious and would like to come along or if you have a question for the board, please contact us a week prior to the scheduled meeting to let us know you’d like to come.
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Georgia is an actor and teaching artist and runs a successful local business, Blue Mountains Drama. She joined the Co-op board at the 2008 AGM and has been Chair of the board since February 2010.
Georgia has a strong rapport with staff and directors and extensive knowledge of the Co-op’s operations and recent history. During her time on the board, the Co-op has worked through and resolved some significant communication issues, addressed its operations to ensure that staff and directors are supported in their roles, created and filled the Co-op Manager and Marketing and Community Education Manager roles, opened the second shop and enjoyed a strong period of financial and social stability.
Georgia’s experience as an actor and teacher gives her strong communication and listening skills along with organisational and strategic thinking skills. One of the strengths she brings to the board is the ability to facilitate open and focused discussions that encourage robust debate and generally come to clear and unified decisions.
Georgia is passionate about supporting the Co-op as a wonderful resource for our community, believes strongly in the Co-op’s mission and aims, and enjoys the challenges and surprises being a Director throws her way. Her goal is to see the Co-op continue to grow as a successful and healthy co-operative and a gathering place for our community.
Rachel is the Co-op secretary. A local teacher and home schooling mum, Rachel values the real food that the Co-op has to offer and loves the opportunity of learning new skills and being involved in a community organisation that she cares deeply about.
Rachel enjoys making food to share with family and friends, and loves the challenge of catering to specific dietary needs, especially because most of the ingredients she needs are available at the Co-op.
Helen is a long-term member of the Co-op and has a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (UQ), Bachelor of Business. (NSWIT), and Master of Business. (Acctg) (UTS). FCPA.
She is a qualified accountant and has served on the board of the Environmental Defender’s Office NSW, The Women’s Club, Sydney and Blackheath Art Society. She has also been involved in or a member of Trek for Timor Blue Mountains, National Trust NSW, Animals Australia, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and The Australian Conservation Foundation.
Her interests include organic gardening and conservation, vegetarian cooking, reading, chamber music and opera.
Chris is proud to serve on the Board at the Co-op. He values being part of an organisation offering sustainable products that reduce the harmful chemical load on human beings and the planet, while minimising packaging and waste.
He feels the Co-op is a cornerstone of our community and he really enjoys the carob honeycomb.
Kathryn is a local acupuncturist and caseload midwife at Nepean Hospital.
She is passionate about food and nutrition who regularly refers patients to the Co-op to embrace better health through better food choices.
She is a mother, wife, daily swimmer, occasional yoga student and haphazard gardener, bringing to the Co-op a combination of local business acumen and holistic nutritional knowledge.
Narelle became environmentally aware in the late 80’s, back then it was challenging taking your own containers and difficult to source organic produce. She moved to Katoomba in 96, embraced the Co-op, a shopping dream come true and first became a director in 97. Her life is enriched by growing hundreds of kilos of food annually with help from her partner, their pet pigs and chickens. Currently Narelle is the Co-op’s BAS Agent (governed by the Tax Practitioners Board) reporting to Halin the Co-op’s manager. On a monthly basis, she reports to the ATO, prepares adjusting account journals and provides the board with financial statements.
Sonya holds the staff board position. In her past life Sonya was a farmer in the US so supporting local growers and encouraging sustainability is a matter close to her heart.
She is in her final year of Naturopathy and hopes to have her own practice one day.
She loves being a part of an organisation that provides fresh and healthy produce to our community.