Catherine Fitzsimons

Catherine is a CEO with a strong international background gained working for publicly listed companies in developing and mature markets and an impressive track record of driving profitable growth, managing change and successfully navigating businesses through highly complex regulatory environments while meeting all national and international safety and compliance requirements.

Catherine is also an aviation professional with experience in GA and Commercial across multiple countries, a passion for teaching and learning, and a deeply rooted sensitivity for the importance of systems, process and the right culture to ensure safe and compliant enjoyment of the skies. A former Board Director of the Royal Victorian Aero Club and current State President (NSW) of the Australian Women Pilots Association.

Stephen Harper
Vice President

Stephen has been in Bathurst since August 2015 after being transferred from Kalgoorlie. Originally born in the North Shore of Sydney, Stephen is currently a Sales Consultant for Clancy Motor Group Bathurst. Also having worked in the transport and waste management business in various roles for the past 27 years, Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge to the Chamber.


Stephen has extensive experience in contract implementation, contract management, logistics and waste collections, commercial and industrial waste sorting and the processing of recyclables from households and commercial and industrial waste collections; along with managing a Material Recovery Facility and Regional Waste Contracts.

Zena Montgomerie

Zena is passionate about the continued development of business and industry in the Bathurst Region and a strong advocate for supporting local businesses. Born and educated in Bathurst, Zena has a strong connection to our city. 


Having built a successful career in Accounting and Taxation Services as a trusted business advisor, Zena was appointed Partner with Morse Group Accountants and Advisors in 2017. 


Zena truly values the long standing relationships that have been developed with her business clients in Bathurst, who range across industries including construction, health and beauty, medical, retail, transport and agriculture. 
Residing with her husband and 2 twin boys, Zena likes to spend her down time exploring the great outdoors. 


Matthew Irvine

Matthew hails from Bathurst NSW and is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Matthew has a high degree of financial literacy with extensive experience in analysis and forecasting. He also has postgraduate qualifications in strategy, risk, corporate ethics, industry relations corporate and community governance.

Recently appointed as the Chair of the Board of Western NSW Local Health District, Matthew is passionate about making access to high-quality care, regardless of where someone lives, a priority. 

Matthew is also the Company Director of Calare Academy of Road Safety (CARS). 

Angus Edwards
Board Member

Angus was appointed President of the Bathurst Business Chamber from 2011 to 2014 and 2017- 2019, and has made ongoing and significant inroads in advocating for local businesses and the community in Bathurst. 


Angus is the Principal of Kenny Spring Solicitors, with head office in Bathurst. He has an interest in the growth and development of the Bathurst region, and pursuing opportunities for economic development.


With a strong interest in advocacy, Angus has authored submissions concerning regional airline access to Sydney Airport and to the NSW government inquiry into inter-regional public transport. 

Simone Townsend
Board Member

Simone is the CEO of Kenny Spring Solicitors and a Director of Skillset Ltd. Having lived and worked in Bathurst her whole life, Simone is passionate about the growth and sustainability of the region, and supporting businesses through quality education and events. 

Simone is an experienced HR manager, marketer, and workplace trainer who brings a broad range of skills to the Bathurst Business Chamber board. 

The Bathurst Business Chamber is an incorporated non-profit Association governed by a constitution. Each year at the annual general meeting the members elect a Board, from whom the office bearers and President are elected. The Board meets each month to manage the Chamber.


Administrative support to the Bathurst Business Chamber is provided by

Laura Bampton who can be contacted on 0400 462 789 or

by emailing: 

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