Deb Maes

Graduating Macquarie University with Masters, Deb is a life long learning of Applied Psychology and Neuroscience. She studies with leaders in the field of human potential and leadership. Deb was one of the first accredited Auslan interpreter and established the first and only tertiary college for Deaf people in Australia and later the first coaching practice in the New England region. She has a passion for women’s equity and has been 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.

2012/2014 Local & Regional Business Chamber awards
2015 Developed leadership development program
2016 Published her first book on Resilience
2017 Hosted her first international retreat in India and
2018 Became co-director of Intrinsic Brilliance Institute.

Peter Ryan

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).


2018 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year
2018 Employer of Choice
2016 & 2018 TEC401 CEO of the Year
Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Recipient


Stephanie Cameron

A University of Western Sydney graduate, Director and co-owner of East West, Steph is passionate about community and the environment. She is actively involved in community projects and groups, often holding positions of responsibility with: Tamworth Urban Landcare Group, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association, Tamworth Business Chamber, Tamworth BJP Physical Culture Club, Zonta Club of Tamworth, Sustainable Northwest program, North West NSW representative and Landcare NSW.


2015 awards from the local and regional Business Chambers and finalist at the NSW Business Chamber Awards
2016 Local Women of the Year for Tamworth
2017 finalist in REX Regional Women of the Year


Debbie Chorlton

Debbie Chorlton is a successful local business women with a passion for helping women be their best selves.

With a string of qualifications in the beauty industry behind her, she has owned and operated Plush Hair Designs in Tamworth since 2001. The salon has been recognised with a number of awards over the decades including the highly prestigious National Bridal Awards. Debbie herself, is a former finalist in the Regional Woman of the Year Awards.

As a mother of three young daughters, Debbie is determined to set the right example for them believing that “kids don’t do what you say, they do what you do”.

As the current Vice President of Zonta Tamworth, Debbie played a major role in the Club securing coordination of the Queen of Country Music Quest, turning it from an everyday pageant into professional development opportunity for young women around the region.

Having played hockey for over a decade, she also has a genuine understanding of the pivotal role volunteers play in delivering sport, especially in a Region recognised to have higher than average obesity rates.

As a member of Regional Unlimited, Debbie is committed to improving recognition for local volunteers, and to creating a space for the many and varied volunteer groups to share their opportunities and experiences.