Our Team

The TSBE team bring together a diverse range of skills to help our members maximise their business opportunities. 

Ali Davenport - Chief Executive Officer

Ali Davenport is the CEO of TSBE and brings to the role a unique mix of leadership skills, business knowledge and relationship management. Her background is in media where she has managed Radio and Television Stations as well as Newspapers. 

Ali’s professional career has taken her to many parts of regional Queensland including Cairns, Mackay and the Gold Coast as well as the city of Brisbane but she is very happy to be back on the Darling Downs.   She believes that this region is exceptional due to the diversity of the economy, the resourcefulness of the people and the powerful community spirit. 

A previous board member of TSBE, Ali is working hard to ensure the entire TSBE team continues to successfully drive economic growth by linking businesses with opportunity. 

Ph: 07 4639 4600
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Stacey Burrell - Chief Operating Officer

Stacey is a mainstay in the TSBE organisation, joining the company from its inception in 2011 and driving its strategic direction through extensive development and growth. In her role as the Chief Operating Officer Stacey leads a range of major projects as well as the operational management of the team. Stacey continues to see TSBE work to grow the region for its members and drive economic development in the wider Darling Downs. With a background in marketing and management, Stacey brings extensive understanding of the region’s industries and matches them with opportunity, networks and direction.

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Lance MacManus - General Manager – Energy & Infrastructure

TSBE stretches from Toowoomba to Roma, and in order to service the region, Lance can be found across the Maranoa and Western Downs each fortnight, meeting with members and businesses as part of his role as Projects Manager for the Surat Basin Supply Chain and investments attraction. A Chinchilla office is also available for Lance to meet with members for business advisory. Supply chain engagement, tendering and investments opportunities are Lance’s specialties, a result of vast consultancy and management experience. While TSBE works with a wide range of industries across the region, Lance works to link regional business opportunities and tendering success in the resources, renewables, coal seam gas, mining, infrastructure and development sectors.

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Bruce McConnel - General Manager, Food Leaders Australia

Bruce McConnel is the General Manager of Food Leaders Australia, bringing with him a wealth of experience in agribusiness management. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Diploma of Export Management, and has spent the last 17 years in a range of roles across the Australian finance industry. 

Before joining FLA, Bruce was Regional Manager (South West Queensland, Regional and Agribusiness Banking) for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and a driver of business growth across the Toowoomba and Surat Basin region. 

Bruce has expertise in beef, horticulture, grains and cotton industries and their respective supply chains and export markets. Through his previous roles he has experience in Domestic and International Trade and led the Queensland agribusiness growth strategy for Commbank. He also spent time with the National Australia Bank, including working as their Agribusiness Strategy Advisor.

Bruce brings with him an extensive client base, expertise in business development, innovation and growth, and a broad knowledge of export.

Food Leaders Australia (FLA) is a sister entity of TSBE, and exists to support the growth of food and agricultural businesses to allow them to capitalise on new market opportunities, innovation and export.

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Geraldine Doumany - Export Manager, Food Leaders Australia

Geraldine’s professional career has spanned 25 years working with Australian companies, SMEs and industry bodies, advising and developing their capabilities to increase competitiveness in domestic and export markets.  Gerry has formal qualifications in business management and has an MBA in International Business and is an active member of business mentoring panels. Gerry has run her own consultancy business, worked for private and public sector organisations and has extensive experience in project management of international projects, supply and value chain implementation, export marketing and strategic business development. Much of this work has been focused on food and agribusiness.Gerry previously worked as a Regional Export Adviser under Tradestart – an Austrade program delivered in conjunction with Trade and Investment Queensland - to deliver export advisory services to regional Queensland.

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Jaden Frame - General Manager - Health

Jaden is the General Manager for TSBE Health and brings a unique mix of health, finance and business skills to the role. Prior to establishing TSBE Health Jaden spent eight years the General Manager for Wise Therapy and the Managing Director of Livewell Australia. Jaden grew these businesses considerably, attracted interest from an equity group and subsequently sold the business in 2017. His time at Wise Therapy and Livewell Australia allowed him to develop a strong network within the Toowoomba health community and gave him a unique insight to the opportunities and challenges within the industry. Jaden also spent more than a decade in the commercial banking sector. Jaden holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

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Katrina Rojek - Events Manager

Katrina is the Events Manager in charge of TSBE's comprehensive annual events calendar. With the introduction of AccessChina in 2016 and AccessHongKong in 2017, TSBE's already extensive calendar took on a whole new milestone and as such Katrina readily jumped on board. With a professional history across a range of Toowoomba-based companies, Katrina has brought with her many years' experience within the industry, as well as a tertiary education in Public Relations and Marketing. Katrina is the go-to for all event related enquiries. 

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Mitchell Anderson - Project Officer - Energy & Infrastructure

Mitchell has a mix of construction delivery and management, marketing, sales and business management experience in both local government and private sector. He began his career as a Cadet Civil Engineer in Local Government, before moving into private sector to deliver infrastructure projects.

Mitchell’s ‘on the ground experience’ in Civil, Building and Rail projects is an asset to members of TSBE. Mitch is more than happy to assist members with market intel, business leads, business to business introductions and strategic planning and identifying niche markets.


P:  0408 926 025
E: [email protected]

Hayley Hoefler - Membership Officer

Hayley is the Membership Officer for TSBE. Joining the team in 2017, she has brought quite an extensive professional history to the role. Originally from Dalby, Hayley studied Fashion Design and Technology at the Sunshine Coast and decided to further her study by moving to Toowoomba to complete a Certificate in Business Administration with Financial components. Previous to her role at TSBE, Hayley ran a successful fashion boutique for two years, before deciding to make the career change into Office Work. Hayley will be the first face you see when visiting our office, and is more than happy to help out with any enquiry you might have. 

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Kristy Hayes - Media and Marketing Manager

Kristy Hayes is the Media and Marketing Manager at TSBE and comes from marketing roles in organisations such as Cobb+Co Museum, Toowoomba Newspapers, Brisbane City Council and Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau. She brings local knowledge and also experience in marketing and communications across several national and international locations. 

During her career Kristy has focused on implementing strategies to increase business and also brand recognition in a range of industries including consultancy and in-house marketing roles. With a proven track record of design and implementation of a range of creative and strategic marketing campaigns she has experience working in all areas of marketing and been accountable of the delivery of successful marketing programs. Kristy holds Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Information Technology.

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Kobi Cooper - Graphic Design and Marketing Officer

As TSBE continues to grow, yet another new role has been created with Kobi coming on board to spearhead our graphic design projects, and assist at our busy administration desk. Our resident IT “specialist”, Kobi has a Diploma of Graphic Design (2017), as well as a Certificate III in ICT - Webstreaming. Toowoomba born and raised, Kobi has worked in numerous roles in and around graphic design including freelance work and photography.

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Bev Stroud - Finance Officer

Bev Stroud is our Finance Officer and comes with a wealth of accounting and administration experience.  Bev has spent the last 14 years in Dalby and recently moved to Toowoomba.  She brings experience from national and international locations.

Bev has a Cert IV in Business Administration and a Cert IV in Human Resources.

Bronte Latham – Communication and Events Officer

Bronte is the Communication and Events Officer at TSBE and comes from marketing and journalism background, previously working at St Mary’s College Toowoomba as a Public Relations Officer, and WIN News Toowoomba as a Journalist.

Bronte moved to Toowoomba in 2016, previously living on the Sunshine Coast. Bronte graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism.

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Helen Ward – Southern Queensland Export Hub Project Officer

Helen Ward is the Export Project Officer for the newly-formed SQ Export Hub and brings a mix of agricultural knowledge and business experience to the organisation. Helen holds a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science, together with 6 years’ finance and banking experience from her time working at the National Australia Bank within their Regional & Agribusiness division. During her time in finance, she worked through the Graduate program to become a Relationship Manager based in Dalby, QLD for over 2 years. Whilst completing her University studies, she also worked at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. 

Much of Helen’s career has been supporting both farming and regional businesses in the Darling & Western Downs regions, which is an asset to the members of TSBE. Helen is more than happy to assist members with export and industry information, business introductions and any other export queries you may have.

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Helen Bates - Southern Queensland Export Hub Export Manager

Helen Bates is a highly motivated and experienced Contracts and Projects Management professional who has extensive experience working in highly complex matrix organisations across diverse industries with demonstrated success. Helen has over fifteen years in senior management positions in domestic agribusiness, international trade, construction in renewable energy and manufacturing for the hard rock mining industry.

Helen has strengths in responding and resolving export issues that arise due to complexities of operating in a global business that operates in many geographic locations, with complexity of sanctions, foreign exchange, political unrest and language.

In 2000, Helen completed a Master of Business Administration, specialising in International Business, from the University of Southern Queensland. In 2014, Helen completed a Contracts Management Professional Certification. This certification is a contract law and contract management series of courses through the Informa Corporate Learning group, which is endorsed by the Australian Association of Procurement and Contract Management.

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Danielle Richter - Project Officer My Health for Life

Danielle Richter is the Stroke Foundation Project Officer of Queensland Alliance My health for life, to make the health of local communities a priority.

Danielle is working in partnership with TSBE with the Let’s Shape Up Darling Downs Project, which is a new initiative designed to promote wellness in the workplace and provide sustainable outcomes for businesses.

Danielle is passionate about improving community health and wellness, through positive workplace practices and incorporating education as prevention.