Meet Our Leadership Team

President - Dana Hughes

Being part of the Southern Business Women’s Network is a wonderful way to extend and expand as an individual and as a business through connecting with such a variety of women from so many different businesses.

My day job is a people development specialist where I work with companies to grow their most important asset – their people. I do this through training programs, culture assessments and coaching.

As president of the network I chair meetings, represent the Network at events, assist with sourcing guest speakers and working behind the scene to make sure events happen.

Vice President - Chelsea Taylor

Chelsea Taylor is a multi-passionate business woman, Expense Management Specialist, Consultant and Coach, with over 20 years’ experience in the Payments industry. Chelsea has held positions and major contacts with Visa, NAB, Bank of New Zealand and Westpac and worked with hundreds of corporate clients and dozens of banks across the Asia-Pacific region. Proving that a remote location is no barrier to career success, during the last decade, Chelsea successfully managed Visa’s two key expense management platform migrations for the Australian and New Zealand market whilst working from her home office in Walkerville, South Gippsland.

Chelsea is passionate about healthy living and has a sideline business teaching the benefits of probiotic nutrition, having recently released her “Fabulous Fermentation video series, which teaches how to make probiotic foods the safe and easy way. Chelsea also enjoys writing original poetry and has authored a poetry e-book and audio collection, written in accessible language to encourage and inspire, available from

Chelsea is a dedicated mother to two children and has recently returned from an around- Australia caravan adventure with her family.

  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing) Graduated with Distinction
  • Body Ecology Health Coach Certification
  • ICF Certified Life Coaching Certification

Minutes Secretary - Terry Guilford


Treasurer - Julie Blackman

I joined the Southern Business Women’s Network, when I moved from Melbourne, as it offered local professional development and a network of local professionals to get to know.  I was also drawn to exploring wonderful food venues we have on our door step.

As treasurer of the network I work behind the scenes to ensure that the books balance and provide reporting to the committee to help them make strategic decisions.

Events Coordinator - Deanne Staley

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Hi my name is Deanne Staley and I am the Events Coordinator for SBWN. I have been on the committee for almost four years. My role is to organise the venues for our events. I liaise with the speakers, MC’s and the caterers, to help make the events run as smoothly as possible.

It is a great committee and I feel really supported. I enjoy the diversity of the members in the network, and I learn a lot from our speakers but also from the other members.

I live on a dairy farm with my husband in Fish Creek. We have four grown up children. I also have a design business and I specialise in window furnishings.

Digital Media - Margaret Ornsby

I have spent the latter part of my career delving into the depths of the Internet, gaining experience in areas such as Google My Business, Websites & SEO, and Social Media - particularly how they relate to promoting local businesses. 

While helping local businesses get found online is my "day job", I also volunteer in a couple of areas. One with SBWN, helping keep the website up and running. The other main service is as a Top Contributor for the Google My Business forums. There I help hundreds of business owners from around the world with problems with their online presence. 

After hours I'm incredibly busy with two young men, a cockatiel & budgie, 6 chickens, 3 guinea pigs, 6 sheep, and a stupidly happy dog. My interests include "food as medicine" (healthy food & healthy gut), human consciousness, and Pokemon Go (is that tragic?)

Publicity Officer - Gillian Mertens

Gillian Mertens is a founding member of the Southern Business Women’s Network (1998) and is current Publicity Officer and is a very active member, having held all committee positions over the 20 years.

Outside work, Gill loves spending time in her large vegetable, fruit and Rhubarb garden in Glen Alvie.

Gill and her husband moved to Phillip Island in 1985 and established their business “Island Mowing” in 1988, which has grown to having 450 clients and Gill now solely runs the business.

The past few years have been an amazing years of growth for the SBWN Network, learning from so many inspiring knowledgeable ladies, speakers and meeting of so many new members. We have travelled and gathered at so many beautiful places in Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Membership Secretary - Lynda Sainsbury

My role in the SWBN is Membership Secretary.

I thoroughly enjoy attending both the monthly committee meeting and the monthly dinners. It’s wonderful meeting such a diverse group of talented women that live and work locally. Connecting with others is really important for success in all walks of both business and life and I’m pleased to be able to do this daily. 

My own business and passion is assisting others with finance and realising their dreams. I am a self-employed finance/mortgage broker with a long background in banking, finance and customer service. I cover borrowing needs for personal, investment and business/commercial clients.

General Member - Shelly Beilharz


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