Meet the Board

Our Board members are the driving force behind the Chamber. They are focused on delivering realistic objectives to propel Fremantle forward. They all bring professionalism and a wealth of business experience to the Chamber and all commit their time and energy to ensuring growth and prosperity for the local business community. 

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has a strong, involved, informed membership whose needs in representation and business will be met by a professional staff and committed Board.

The objectives of the Chamber are:

  • To effectively represent the commercial, industrial and professional community of Fremantle and promote the City's economic, cultural and environmental development.
  • To take an active part in all matters affecting the City and State with the view of improving, promoting and protecting Fremantle business.
  • To establish harmony with government, business and community groups.
  • To assist in the promoting of international trade through exports and keep members informed of trade opportunities.
  • To keep members informed of matter affecting trade, commerce and industry and give comprehensive service according to their requirements. 

The Chamber's wealth lies in the support it receives from all its Members.

Our Board Members

Ivan - Dzeba - President
Ivan Dzeba
President

 

Ivan has been immersed in Fremantle's hospitality industry for 20 years, and at the helm of Benny's Bar & Cafe for more than 15. A member of the Chamber Board since 2012, Ivan has led the Chamber's Tourism Committee for 18 months and is looking foward to leading the Chamber to expand, reach and build unity in the representation of sectors.

 

Franco Andreone - Vice President
Franco Andreone
Vice President

Franco has twenty years specialist experience in urban planning, city revitalisation, place management, project management, development and implementation of City Visions.

He currently holds the position of Manager Fremantle Waterfront Development with Fremantle Ports and is working on planning precincts to revitalise the VQ Waterfront.

Lee Bartlett ACA CA
Treasurer

Lee is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. He is Chief Financial Officer and Director of TAMS Group, a diverse national marine services business based out of Fremantle. Prior to joining TAMS Group 5 years ago, Lee was an external auditor for BDO LLP, specialising in owner managed businesses and large motor dealerships. Lee has been recently appointed as Company Secretary for the Fremantle Foundation, a Fremantle based not-for-profit whose central role is to encourage philanthropic giving.

Tony Riggio
Tony Riggio
Board Member

Tony is the MD of StageWorks Corporation P/L and Animatronic Engineering P/L in Fremantle. He has 30 years experience in the culture-leisure and tourism industries and has worked throughout Australia, Asia and North America. Through Silk Road (Chengdu) Exhibition Co Ltd in Sichuan Province, PRC, he manufactures animatronics and produces travelling exhibitions for the International Museum, zoo and theme park markets.

Tony is a Commissioner of the Asian Pacific Commission of UNIMA, based in Chengdu, PRC and a former Director and Deputy Chair of DADDA LTD, a not-for-profit arts agency working with people with disabilities. 

Virginia Guest
Board Member

Virginia is the Director of Stand Property & Management Services, a facilities and property focused management company. She is also a senior commercial lawyer in private practice and has been in the legal industry for over 10 years.  Virginia’s business and legal experience has exposed her to a range of commercial dealings with business owners, not for profit organisations, government entities and large private corporations from various industries.  Her objective is to make a positive contribution to her clients, their business and other businesses in the community.

Abby McDowell
Board Member

Abby has worked in Fremantle for the past six years and is passionate about selling the "Freo experience" to visitors and locals alike. She is the Group Marketing Manager at Facilimate Hotels, (who owns the Quality Suites Fremantle). Abby has over 12 years of marketing and event promotion experience in Perth and back home in New Zealand.

Board Member Nathan Maxwell-McGinn
Nathan Maxwell-McGinn
Board Member

Nathan Maxwell-McGinn comes to the board with over a decades experience in international trade, marketing, business and brand development. Having worked within a range of industries and companies from Norway to China he is now a proud business owner exporting high end Australian seafood into Asia.

He is the chair of the Seafood Trade Advisory Group, a group that has developed key Government relationships in Canberra to provide advice on Free Trade Agreements and Trade and Market access issues.

Nathan is an advocate for all things Fremantle and its role in Western Australia.

Sarah Casey, Board Member
Sarah Casey
Board Member

Sarah is passionate about promoting Fremantle and Western Australia and believes ‘Freo’ is the best destination for both business events and leisure guests.  Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the Events and Hospitality industry, after completing a Diploma of Event Management in 2004 she commenced her career at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Since then, Sarah has worked in a variety of Event Management and Business Development roles in both Western Australia and Victoria, in 2013 she returned to Fremantle and is currently the Director of Sales at The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.

 

Marc Greco
Board Member

Marc has over 30 years experience in managing major projects and has been a member of the Infrastructure and Development committee at the Chamber (for two years?). He holds an MBA and has attained Chartered Engineer Status with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). Marc is a Director at Engineering Consultants Australia, bringing technology to infrastructure and building projects.
Having worked in Argentina, the UK, the US, Spain, Thailand, and Antarctica, Marc now runs an engineering firm based in Fremantle. Marc has worked with startups and professional services companies in Fremantle to assist them to achieve economic growth. Fremantle is seeing a number of new projects, redevelopments and the Chamber has a track record in supporting infrastructure and projects, extending from the CBD to the greater Fremantle areas.