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.
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.
Sonya is a Naturopath who is working towards establishing her own practice. She loves being a part of an organisation that provides fresh and healthy produce to our community.
Until 2018 Lou was an independent adviser on environmental, social and community investment, sustainable finance and philanthropy- most recently for Bendigo Bank and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.
Lou has a BA in with a major in journalism, an MBA (philosophy and ethics) and has devoted three years to a PhD in responsible investment. She is a Governor of WWF.
She has experience in management roles in top level arts organisations and has extensive experience on boards.
Rowan was born and raised in the Blue Mountains. He loves its wild places and wholehearted community.
He has worked as a team leader in big industry but has now returned home to live a life devoted to sustainability. He has built his own eco-home and permaculture garden and is now retraining to be a Psychologist.
He believes the Co-op is a cornerstone of the Blue Mountain’s community and hopes to serve the organisation that contributes so much to life in the mountains.