Introducing the Freo Now Board
Karl Bullers – Board Chair
(Represents Carnegies International Group and the National Hotel, Fremantle)
Karl is the Managing Director of the Carnegie’s International Group, a company that operates bars and restaurants in Perth/Fremantle and also in Asia. He has worked with the Group for the last 20 years and at board level for 15 years. During this time he has seen the business interests go through the ups and downs of economic turmoil and increasing competition. He is the co-owner of commercial buildings including the iconic National Hotel. In 2011 he acquired the mostly derelict, burnt-out National Hotel and negotiated purchasing and funding the acquisition, restoration, developing the concept and overseeing the ongoing operation of the venue. His family now live in and love the area of Fremantle, valuing the heritage, atmosphere and lifestyle. Karl is a strong advocate for the responsible development of Fremantle and passionate about the future and makes a significant contribution to the board with his proven track record in business, sound understanding of financial principles, passion for heritage and history and a desire to see Fremantle prosper well into the future. He is receptive to new ideas and believes that open and frank discussion can only help tackle the issues. As with any business he believes it is essential to keep delivering activities and promotions and pursuing the ones that work. In his eyes Freo Now is a young organisation that supports traders to work together to bring a bustling and vibrant local economy in which business can flourish.
Mark Douglas – Treasurer
(Represents Francis A Jones)
Mark is the Managing Director of Francis A Jones (FAJ), an accounting firm with an 85 year plus history in Fremantle. He commenced at FAJ in 1986 as an undergraduate and completed his business degree and CPA studies while working full-time.
Although Mark still advises a small portfolio of business clients, his main focus is to lead and develop his own business to ensure the continued success of his business partners, his team and the firm’s clients.
Mark has spent more than 30 years working in Fremantle, and grew up in its surrounding suburbs. He lives in White Gum Valley, is passionate about Fremantle and the success of it’s businesses, and brings financial knowledge and expertise to the Freo Now Board.
Chad Milward - Secretary
(Represents The Blue Budha)
As a working Director of The Blue Budha for the past 7 years Chad has actively supported the growth of his business. The Blue Budha has owned and operated a store in Manning Arcade, recently adding a store on South Terrace and over the last 19 years has grown to 9 stores across WA and a distribution centre. Chad has a dedicated interest in maintaining a strong business and retail precinct in the Fremantle CBD and surrounding area and wants to see Fremantle become more of place of interest for anyone considering opening, relocating or establishing a business. He believes that Fremantle has a lot to offer but like any area it needs leadership and support from the local community to ensure its potential is met. Chad understands many of the challenges affecting businesses in today’s economic climate and brings strong skills in retail management, business development and background in Real Estate (Licensee and Mortgage Broker – Certificate IV in Finance & Diploma in Property).
(Represents Port Jarrah Furniture)
Clint has a qualification as a tradesman in furniture making and cabinetmaking. He attended school at St Brendan’s in Beaconsfield and Seton Catholic College. He did his apprenticeship at Fremantle Furniture Factory in Henry Street Fremantle and currently lives in South Fremantle. Clint has been in business for 17 years and his Port Jarrah Furniture gallery has been trading on High Street for 14 years. He also has a workshop in Beaconsfield and employs three staff. My wife Kasia also works in the gallery. Clint is very concerned for all of Fremantle retail traders given the challenging economic environment we are currently experiencing. He is pleased to have the opportunity to be a contributing voice representing Fremantle businesses.
(Represents property owners)
Julie is a businesswoman, property owner and mother of four boys residing in the West End. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture from Curtin University 1993 and has practical experience in "place and space making" after spending nearly 20 years living in urban environments and working in architectural firms in Perth, Melbourne, New York City & Europe.
In 2012, Julie and her husband bought an historical building on High Street in the West End of Fremantle.
Since then, they have renovated it and started a design construction company enabling Julie to both live and work in the West End. She also manages the leasing of the commercial property at the same address.
Julie is incredibly passionate about seeing Fremantle’s urban environment develop whilst still maintaining and creating a strong sense of community.
Samantha has significant retail experience, with client companies such as Charter Hall, Stockland, Westfield/Scentre and AMP, after working in the sector as a marketing expert and now motivational speaker for over 25 years.
Whether undertaking redevelopment, restructuring a business or simply seeking to expand your business, Samantha is effective in motivating business owners to look for the positives, rather than the negatives in a situation.
Change is part of our everyday lives and being equipped and positive about this process leads to a greater opportunity of success.
Experienced as a business owner herself, Samantha published her first book “How to boost your company’s profits – a practical guide to smart marketing” in 2015 and speaks fortnightly on ABC Radio about business matters. Samantha is also a long term judge of the Property Council WA Retail Awards.