OUR TEAM

Deb MAES

Chair

Graduating Macquarie University with a Masters of Arts in Communication, Deb is a lifelong learner in Applied Psychology, Neuroscience, human potential and leadership. She was one of the first accredited Auslan interpreters and establish a tertiary college for Deaf people. She has a passion for women’s equity and is a loyal member of Zonta International, a leading global organisation for the empowerment of women, serving as President at the local club and now as District Leadership Development Coordinator. Awards/Achievements: 2012/2014 local & regional Business Chamber awards; 2015 Developed a leadership development program; 2016 Published her first book on Resilience 2017; Hosted her first international retreat in India and in 2018 became the Co-director of the Intrinsic Brilliance Institute.

Debbie CHORLTON

Secretary/Director

A successful business woman, owner of Plush Hair Beauty & Lifestyle since 2001, with a string of qualifications in the beauty industry behind her, she is committed to improving the region and creating opportunities for all. As a mother of three young daughters, Debbie is determined to set the right example for them. As 2018/19 Vice President of Zonta Tamworth, Debbie played a major role turning the Queen of Country Music Quest from an everyday pageant into professional development opportunity for young women around the region. She is a passionate advocate for equity and access for women and people with differing abilities.

Awards/Achievements: Her business has been recognised with a number of awards including the highly prestigious National Bridal Awards, and a former finalist in the Regional Woman of the Year Awards.

Peter RYAN

Director

Having started his working career in Orange, he moved to Dubbo to Moree and finally Tamworth more than 25 years ago. Peter has been in the technology industry for over 30 years and started Inland Technology in 2003 with offices in Tamworth, Armidale, Moree and Dubbo. Peter’s drivers are family, business and community and is currently a member of Tamworth First Light Rotary, Tamworth Aquatic Group (TAG), President of 360 Scully Swim Club, Canon Partner Advisory Council(PAC) and Regional Unlimited (RU).

Awards/Achievements: 2018 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year; 2018 Employer of Choice; 2016 & 2018 TEC401 CEO of the Year Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Recipient.

Aunty Yvonne KENT

Founding Member &

Director 2016 – 2019

We honour and are grateful for the role Aunty has performed in establishing Regional Unlimited. Her participation in the broader community, bringing the aboriginal perspective, demonstrates how able she is in the relationship building she does.

We can think of no one else more able in creating a single cohesive community – a Tamworth community while still honouring and promoting and preserving Indigenous values and ways. She worked for whole of community, not just the indigenous community, yet still represented her people and aims, bringing them into the light so everyone has the opportunity to shine. She embodies the sister energy. She leads the way in advocating for her people by being part of all people. She has inspired us as she stands steady as she learns and respects the ways of others.

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