Meet The Board

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce was founded by a group of some of Western Australia’s most well-known leaders at the turn of the last century. The names of past presidents in the Chamber’s historic boardroom reads like a street directory of old Fremantle names.

Today, the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Board remains a strong representation of Fremantle business leaders, elected by the membership to represent their interests. The diverse group of leaders 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 objectives of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Board 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, the Chamber CEO and its team of Officers.

Our Board Members

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 led the Chamber’s Tourism Committee for 18 months before being elected as Chamber President in 2018.

A strong and passionate advocate for a safer Fremantle and an active Market St and South Tce strip.

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.

Franco chairs the Chamber’s Development and Infrastructure Committee. He is committed to strong Board governance and delivering the priority action items under the Greater Fremantle Action Plan.

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.

Lee chairs the Small Business and Retail Committee and brings his experience of growing his business Frankie’s on Rotto to the group.

Natasha Atkinson
Board Member

Natasha’s career accomplishments within the Australian hospitality, tourism and retail industries over the last two decades has established her as an influential and productive leader. Natasha was recently awarded a Business News 40under40 Award in recognition of her contribution to Western Australian business.

Currently the CEO of the Fremantle Markets, Natasha has led this iconic tourist site into a thriving business giving it a complete operational overhaul. With a renewed focus on prioritising high-quality, locally sourced goods and services the Markets has experienced a renaissance during tough economic times, culminating in winning the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Fremantle Business Awards for Tourism Excellence, and being honoured as the 2017 Hall of Fame recipient.

Natasha chairs the Chamber’s Tourism Committee and brings a passion for delivering quality activations to the City.

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 export and trade.

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 Marc provides a strong voice to support infrastructure development and projects, extending from the CBD to the greater Fremantle areas.

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.

Peter Adams
Board Member

B.Eng (Civil), M.Prop (Curtin)

Pete joined the Fremantle Chamber Board in 2019. He is a Director and founding partner of Yolk Property Group. He brings to the Board over 25 years’ experience in the property development and construction industries. Pete believes a design led development process gets the best results. His creative approach has found opportunities in unlikely places, optimised value, and won awards. He has a wealth of knowledge in residential and commercial development, and sustainable building practices. Prior to forming Yolk Property Group, Pete played a key role in developing the following projects: Azure (Dunsborough, WA), Cockburn Commercial (Cockburn, WA), McCourt St Medical Centre (West Leederville, WA), Rottnest Island Hotel (Rottnest Island, WA).

Nick Gvozdin
Board Member

Nick brings a strong governance and legal background to the Fremantle Chamber Board.

Experienced and focused, Nick Gvozdin LLB graduated from the University of Western Australia and was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1994.

Nick has been a Crown Prosecutor at the DPP as well as a team leader of the Competition and Consumer Law Team at the Australian Government Solicitor.

Nick has been a director of Fremantle’s leading law firm Frichot Lawyers since 2007 and has a diverse client base ranging from listed public companies to small business people and practises in most areas of the law.