Malcolm McLeod
President

Dealer Principal  McLeods Whyalla Automotive Working history,

  • 1983 Mitchell Holden Parts junior, Motor mechanic, sales consultant, sales manager
  • 1993 Ken Feltus Holden  Sales Manager
  • 1996 to current Dealer Principal.
Previous President of the WCCI, and current executive member, inaugral business icon hall of fame individual, 2010 business of the year,  2018 employer of the year. Life member of the West Whyalla Football Club

Paul Schmidt
Executive Member

A small business owner in Whyalla for 8+ years in addition to a background in electrical heavy Industry. Extensive experience in all facets of the print industry

Jane Owens
Secretary

Past District Governor, Rotary District 9500, 2019-2020
Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Whyalla since 2008
Committee member of Whyalla Enterprising Women since 2000

I emigrated to Whyalla from Scotland, with my family, in 1991. I have two grown up sons Craig and Blair, two wonderful Daughters in law and I have five grandchildren who all live here in Whyalla. Before retiring my husband, David worked at the Steelworks at the Blast Furnace.

  • By profession I was a nurse;
  • In Scotland, working in a busy Medical ward
  • In Whyalla, worked in the Community, in Domiciliary Care, Aged Care and Disability Services.
  • I hold a Diploma in Management, Community Services and a Diploma in Training and
    Assessment

Whyalla has been good to my family and me. We have made many lasting friendships and I am passionate about giving back to our community.

Priscilla McDonald
Treasurer

I am a Personal Banker for Westpac and have been for 5 years, with a vast experience in Customer service.

Growing up in Whyalla and seeing the many changes through the years with local businesses and Industries makes me very proud to call Whyalla home seeing how resilient Our local community are.

Currently a member of the Whyalla Enterprising Woman. And freshly elected member of Whyalla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. I love being a part of such a diverse and inclusive community who have the Whyalla people at heart.

My family are my biggest blessing who I love spending time with, I am a very proud fur Mum to a 7yr old rescue Coolie named Cooper!

I am passionate about seeing Whyalla’s industries grow and bringing events and knowledge to the people and giving back to the community which has given so much to me.

Simone Beaty
Executive Member

As a born and bred local I grew up on this incredible coastline. Coming from a large family we weren’t shy from piling into the back of the wagon and camping under the stars wherever the fish were.

This love for the outdoors has continued right through my adulthood and been passed down to our children. We fish, bushwalk, ride, swim, 4X4 and camp at every opportunity given. As a proud mother of two and happily married life is rather blissful (hectic and loud but blissful).

We actively volunteer with any club or event the kids are involved in. Currently we are committee members with the Whyalla Garden Society, Whyalla Cycling Club and actively involved with Whyalla Girl Guides.  

On a professional level I purchased the Elders Insurance Whyalla Franchise in 2021. After working in the industry for a few years and realising the importance of educating our community on the importance of Insurance. This has given me the opportunity to support the local community through employment, sponsorship and using local trades for repairs.

Prior to this I have always worked in customer service roles with 5.5 years in Real Estate, 4 years in Hotel Management and working in retail from the ripe age of 15.

My passion for wanting to help others and being known for my attention to detail have greatly aided my career. I cannot wait to see what Whyalla has instore for future generations.

Peter Borda
Executive Member

My intention in collaborating with the WBAT executive team is to bring value to our members and the broader community. 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Business - Uni SA
  • 11 years corporate real estate experience
  • Fully qualified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach including a 14,000 word publishable thesis
  • Founder of Peter Borda Coaching in 2016
  • Founder and owner of The Wellness Centre Whyalla established on Forsyth St, Whyalla in 2018

Skill set:

  • Focused on listening before speaking 
  • Highly developed interpersonal communicator 
  • Highly developed understanding of contract negotiation 
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to collaborate with all stakeholders
  • Business and team trainer in the areas of positive mindset and proactive lifestyle choices 
  • Advocacy for kids in foster care
  • Event creation, organisation and management
  • Creating videos showcasing the lifestyle in Whyalla

Community involvement 

  • Created and hosted the Walk’n’Talk walking group in 2018 around the Jim Pollock Wetlands 
  • Created and organised the Whyalla Wellness Weekend in 2022 and 2023
  • Launched and hosted monthly Whyalla Networking Events since June 2023
  • Elected Member for the Whyalla City Council November 2022-2026

Personal milestones:

  • Married to my beautiful wife for 14 years
  • Proud dad to 6 rugrats including 3 foster siblings. 

Favourite quote:

‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’

Steve Storic
Executive Member

I am a happy individual with a beautiful family comprising a loving wife and two gorgeous daughters. Having transitioned from a prosperous professional sporting career, I now find joy in imparting my wisdom and experiences to the next generation through mentoring and fitness classes, whenever time permits.

I have over two decades of hands-on involvement in the tourism industry as a small business owner- operator, and I pride myself on my lived experience knowledge and expertise. My dedication and contributions were honoured with the appreciated receiving of the 'Contribution to Tourism Award' in 2023, a testament to my unwavering commitment to the field.

Whyalla, is my birthplace and home, nestled within the shores of the amazing Spencer Gulf. I am driven by wanting to bolster and elevate initiatives aimed at enriching Whyalla's tourism potential, while also spotlighting the brilliance of our community and its surroundings. I want to be a part of the promotion and action of a course towards a brighter future for Whyalla and the Spencer Gulf.

Ebonie Winston
Executive Member

Regional Zone Manager and Front Office Manager for the M&G Hotel Group. Primarily based at the Comfort Inn Whyalla.

I commenced my career with the M&G Hotel Group in 2018 and have developed my career and seen growth throughout the group, including moving regional.

I moved to Whyalla late 2022 at the age of 22 to further my career in the hotel industry. Now with 6+ Years experience within the accommodation sector, I am excited to be involved in the growth of not just the M&G Hotel Group but also the community and industries in Whyalla.

In my short time in Whyalla, I have experienced the impact of an amazing community, being a first homeowner, adopting 2 rescue dogs and the power of networking with other business owners.

Stefanie Tatchell
Executive Member
Managing Director, Mine Spec  Industries

My name is Stefanie Tatchell. I’m the Managing Director / Owner of Mine Spec Industries. We have recently had our 10 year work Anniversary. We are based at 8 Beerworth Ave, Whyalla Playford, SA 5600.

We are a Whyalla Local Hire Company, that supplies Skid Steers, Excavators, Mobile Air Compressors, Elevated work platforms, Mine spec’ed vehicles, and multiple other items along with Field Service Diesel Mechanics.

Our days are very fast pace and no two days are ever the same. There is never a dull moment at Mine Spec Industries.

I am a very career driven women and I strive to be the best role model as a mother, leader and local business owner as possible.

I don’t shy away from hard work, if anything it usually makes me more determine.
When I’m not working, I love being with our family, extended family and friends. I have one daughter, five step children and five grandchildren. Which I am lucky enough to see regularly and we are very much involved in their lives.

We also are involved with the local Whyalla Croatia Soccer and Social club, where our children play soccer and both my husband Jase and myself are actively involved within the soccer side.

We always aim to support local businesses within our working and personal lives. As we appreciate the locals that support us.

I am very passionate about Whyalla and our Community. I look forward to contributing to Whyalla and our Community in a positive way.