2020-21

Board Members

The Chamber’s Board is made up of a number of voluntary members. Each Board member plays an important role which contributes to the successful running of the Chamber.

They are Chamber members themselves and as such represent the views of members in determining the strategic direction of the Chamber.
The Board:

Meet Your Executive

Emmanuel Constantinou
President

Emmanuel Constantinou was born in Sydney and is the owner and proprietor of the highly successful and award winning printing business, Kwik Kopy Bondi Junction.

Emmanuel’s tenacity for business has created success in securing major accounts from Political Parties to major corporations and small businesses alike.

Yvette Deerness
Vice-President

Yvette Deerness co-owns the jumping little community hub known as Badlambs Barbershop in Bondi Beach, with her partner Tony Mellis. Yvette is also a lawyer, having spent over nineteen years as in house counsel for companies and not for profits both in London and Sydney. Yvette feels very connected to the heart and soul of Bondi and is a huge advocate for celebrating the diversity, vibrancy and colour that Bondi has to offer.

Mia Mcleod
Secretary

Mia is a strategic senior executive with over 15 years experience in digital and marketing within the media and entertainment industry.

She is currently the CEO and Founder of Digital Collective Co, a collective of digital experts who work together to deliver digital projects for small, medium and large clients.

Formerly a music industry executive at Sony Music and Universal Music, Mia drove revenue for digital accounts including Spotify, iTunes, Vodafone, Telstra and Optus.

Mia is a wife and mum to 2 girls and a stepmum to a son. She has lived in Bondi for the last couple of decades with a couple of dalliances in London.

Mia thrives on growing businesses and seeing entrepreneurial ideas through to fruition.

Alex Bouris
Treasurer

As a Client Adviser at Altus Financial, Alex focuses on building strong and trusted relationships with a long term objective of helping clients achieve their goals. The types of clients he works with include SMEs with business growth goals as well as advising on day to day financial matters, standard accounting, compliance and taxation services and strategy.

Alex has a unique set of skills that has come from building his own successful business. He also had various experience in the finance industry in addition to the wealth and accounting industry.

On a personal level, Alex is a father of one young son and is happily married. You can find him on the weekend either watching the football or playing sports.

Meet Your Board

Anna Koiman
Board Member

Anna Kooiman is the creator of Strong Sexy Mammas, a wellness program that provides at-home fitness for mums. Anna is an American living in Bondi Beach with her Aussie husband, toddler, and baby.

Before moving to Sydney to start a family, Anna spent 5 years working in television in New York City where she reported and hosted for the number one cable morning show in the world. Anna leads a social media campaign called 'The Bondi Business Buzz' where she highlights local businesses and shares what makes them unique.

Avi Melniker
Board Member

Avi is a California transplant who is proud to have called Bondi home for nearly two decades. She started her career in the entertainment industry in New York City and LosAngeles representing internationally acclaimed music artists before moving to Sydney to manage corporate partnerships for national concert tours and festivals.

Avi is deeply integrated into the Bondi community, being both a local mum, a keen volunteer and the founder of the Bondi Community Noticeboard, amongst other local initiatives. She is excited to officially join the Chamber and looks forward to collaborating with our local businesses and the greater Bondi community.

When she’s not getting stuck into Bondi, you can find her exploring surfing beaches and snow-covered mountains around Australia and beyond.

Ian Shivers
Board Member

Ian was born in England but adopted Bondi as his home in 2013. Since then he has set up one of the most reputable dog training business in Australia, mentoring dog owners and other dog trainers both here in Sydney and internationally.

Helping people and their family pets bring harmony back into their relationships and homes through effective communication and care is his passion and this love of family and community is what he brings to the chamber. Bringing business owners together and supporting them through their times of need is second nature to him.

Liam Cox
Board Member

Liam Cox is a crisis PR consultant for leading corporate affairs firm Wilkinson Butler.

Liam advises companies on how to build and protect reputations and influence change. He works across a broad range of sectors, providing both high-level strategic counsel and tactical assistance to some of the Australia's largest companies.

Formerly a sports journalist at Channel 7 News, with 20-years of TV and radio experience, Liam has in-depth knowledge of the media landscape, and the complexities surrounding community and political expectations.Liam has lived in the Eastern Suburbs for over a decade and loves the entrepreneurial spirit of the people in our community.

Paula Simoes
Board Member

A true Bondi girl Paula Simoes has a natural passion for people & property. Currently working as a successful sales property partner at the Agency Real Estate, Paula always succeeds with results with her sales as her clients experience a positive journey with their property dreams.

As a natural when building relationships, her understanding of the ‘big picture’ – and her communication – instills an enormous level of confidence in those who work with her. Operating with honesty and transparency.

Paula is very involved with the Bondi community and supporting her local area.

Dr Peter Marzec
Board Member

Pete has extensive experience in consumer goods manufacturing, resources, agri-business, higher education and financial services in Australia, Malaysia, UK and China. He holds a PhD and Masters in Operations Management, a Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics.

Pete has received global recognition for his research and thought leadership having been awarded the Emerald Publishing Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Shingo Research Prize for Operations Excellence, and the Nottingham University International Scholarship.

He is well published on Knowledge Management, Process Improvement, Entrepreneurship and Social Capital and has lectured on Lean Manufacturing, Statistics, Quantitative methods, Operations Management and Marketing.

William Peters
Board Member

William is an experienced public policy and media relations professional with a background across State and Federal politics.

William most recently lead sustainability and social change with Lime across the Asia Pacific region, where he worked closely with local and state governments to oversee the rollout of smart mobility across major Australian and New Zealand cities.

William is currently the Director of Public Policy at the Sentio Group, where he passionately advocates for a cleaner environment for future generations.

Associate Members

Adrian Mason
Associate Member

Owner of Bondi Rumba, Adrian is passionate about helping local businesses and has been part of the Chamber of Commerce for the past four years.

When not working you can find Adrian in the surf.

Sam Semke
Associate Member

Sam Semke has worked for NAB for over 8 years, before his current role as a Small Business Banking Specialist he worked for NAB Private.

Through his experience in Business Banking, Sam acknowledges the significant respect he has for Australian business owners as they help to fuel and drive our economy.

Zoe Campbell
Associate Member

Coming Soon.

Administration Staff

Amy Lynch
Operations Manager

Amy was born in London and has been living in Bondi for the past ten years. She is passionate about helping others and all things to do with the Bondi community.

She is the co-founder of Bondi Bandits, Bondi Beach Babes and a lecturer of Business at UTS in Sydney.
In her spare time you can find her playing around in the ocean on her surfboard, at the gym or drinking wine. She loves live music and is a huge fan of travelling and exploring new places.