Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce was established in 1995, although it is believed to have existed in different forms over the past 100 years.
They advocate for business and industry in all areas that affect or enhance opportunities for enterprise in Williamstown. Aiming to deliver quality events that provide value to its members and the Williamstown community whilst highlighting the significance of local businesses in community.
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce provides a networking platform for its members to collaborate, contribute and collect ideas, knowledge and allegiance.
They act as a voice for their members working closely with local government in representing them on issues they identify as important.
As the current President of Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Sharon is committed to being part of a team that provides local businesses with the tools and opportunities needed to achieve their aims, and work to positively influence the future success of Williamstown’s economy.
Having had a management career working across both the private and public sector, in health, retail and federal government, Sharon’s overarching experience in change management has helped her to lead businesses to identify their audiences, create influence and grow. With a creative practice spanning over 20 years she is passionate about photography and the moving image.
As a resident and the owner of Solas Studios (Sharon O’Connor Photography & OM Organic Makeup Studio) in Williamstown, Sharon appreciates the challenges faced by the people and businesses of Williamstown and embraces the opportunity to contribute to growing our local businesses and tourism, both integral contributors to our local economy.
Sharon supports appropriate and sustainable growth in Williamstown, in a way that will ensure it continues to be one of the best places in the world to live and work. She believes that it is important that the Williamstown community supports new business and that we build a collegiate business network and environment, moving Williamstown 3016 towards one Williamstown.
Craig Turton is a passionate local business owner and resident of Williamstown. Craig comes from a Corporate Retail and Consumer Marketing background having worked in Europe and Australia for some of the biggest Global and National brands. Craig’s family moved to the area 11 years ago and fell in love with Williamstown, so much so that when Craig had a mid life crisis 4 years ago they decided to buy Santorini Restaurant.
This move gave Craig the opportunity to apply the skills he learnt in big business at a local level and it also gave him the appreciation of how challenging it is running a small local business. Craig is very community minded and through his business he goes out of his way to support local groups including schools and sporting clubs.
Craig is proud to be the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and will do whatever he can to support his fellow local business owners.
Kelly Smith, Business Development Manager (BDM), Compton Green Real Estate and Secretary of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, is a very proud inner West resident, having lived in the Williamstown/Newport/Altona North area for more than 12 years.
Kelly comes to the committee with a broad base of business experience, bringing in a wealth of corporate and small business knowledge and know-how. Prior to joining Compton Green, she had a 20-year plus accomplished career in FMCG Wine state and national sales and operations roles, and most recently she owned and operated her own successful small business, Step into Life Newport (Group Outdoor Personal Training).
She is passionate about the Inner West and joined the committee to help make a difference in the local community, so that Williamstown is seen as a destination place for people to have fun and do business!
On a personal level, Kelly is married, with three daughters, who all attend schools locally. She is a passionate runner, having completed a marathon and many other road and trail running distance events and also plays competitive netball at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
Drew is the director of MBCM Williamstown (Melbourne Body Corporate Management) and brings a strong business and financial background to the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce as the ongoing Treasurer.
Drew joined the Chamber to emphasise his strong community approach to business and recognises the importance of locals and visitors supporting business to enable a dynamic and thriving trading community.
Eva is 3rd generation Williamstown so naturally she has a real love and passion for our community. In saying that she is passionate about Williamstown growing with the times and becoming a more vibrant and activated community. Eva has a particular focus on lifestyles, environment and wellbeing and is the founder of Saltwater Yoga Studios which has given her a great hub with which to engage with a broad range of people and hear about what matters most to our community.
Eva’s goal as a part of Williamston Chamber of Commerce is to help stimulate a more connected community feeling around our local businesses, and to make sure our environmental plan is progressive. She believes that it would be optimal to all of our lifestyles if they were easy and comfortable to enjoy, whilst being supported by good local business.