Working with 150Square made something that can seem very daunting and difficult, into a seamless and easy process. Their direction and support have meant we have a fresh and detailed direction for the future of our group.’
Sian Pladdy- Kett
Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group
Here at 150Square, we all live, work and have families in the Wheatbelt. We work across all areas of rural WA and we understand the everyday challenges rural, remote and regional organisations face and what makes regions ‘tick’. Rural communities matter to us, which is why people are at the heart of all we do.
Caroline is an enthusiastic advocate for rural communities and the leaders and organisations within them.
With a passion for assisting not-for-profits, government, and member-based institutions through governance and strategy, Caroline combines extensive experience with a broad-thinking, strategic approach to produce creative, people-centred solutions. Connecting the people, services and information rural organisations need to help them expand and thrive in their community.
Caroline is the founder and former CEO of the Wheatbelt Business Network, the region’s largest business association. She currently holds an EO position on the North Eastern Wheatbelt Regional Organisation of Councils and has also held board positions on state government boards, rural not-for-profits, sports clubs and the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry WA. In 2011 Caroline was awarded the Agrifutures National and WA Rural Woman of the Year, as well as the Shire of Narembeen Citizen of the Year in 2018.
“Caroline was invaluable; the work that she’s done, we would never have been able to do without her. Potentially, this [Winter Sports] project can have a hugely positive impact on the region for years to come if we can keep everyone working together. I really think she’s had a positive effect on the region and the sports in general.”
Membership coordinator at Netball WA
Amanda works with a wide range of rural-based businesses as a mentor and strategic partner, helping them achieve intentional growth.
As a small-medium enterprise (SME) strategist, consultant and long-term business owner, Amanda is adept at translating current trends and innovations into practical, profitable business applications. Applying strong analytical skills from a background in science and research to evaluate and optimise your business systems and structures for greater efficiency.
Amanda is a director in a family-owned business, Yerecoin Traders and The Farm Co, a general store and agricultural supply business with a large-scale online platform. As a certified practitioner of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP ®), Amanda uses this cutting-edge assessment tool to assess the skills and capabilities businesses need to drive innovation and growth. Amanda holds an Australian Institute of Company Directors qualification and currently holds Board positions on the Wheatbelt Development Commission and is Chair of the Wheatbelt Business Network.
“Amanda Walker has been a highly valued business mentor in the AgriStart CONNECT Innovation program. Feedback from the businesses that Amanda has mentored has been extremely positive and her expertise has bought immense value to their business. As an experienced business owner herself, Amanda connects both personally and professionally with the mentees. It’s an absolute pleasure working with Amanda and I highly recommend her as a business advisor.”
Dr. Natasha Ayers
Managing Director, AgriStart Pty Ltd
Rebekah’s vision is to see regional communities grow by applying customised, governance-based strategic solutions.
Solid project management and strategic planning skills coupled with Rebekah’s understanding of the issues impacting regional communities provide her partners with a diverse and solution-focused perspective. Helping her deliver responsive and targeted support for Local Government organisations and their community.
Under 150Square, Rebekah is the current Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils Executive Officer (WEROC) and provides project coordination for the Shire of Bruce Rock. Rebekah has also held positions with Rio Tinto and Wheatbelt Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee and is a partner in her family’s agribusiness.