About Port Stephens Women in Business

Port Stephens Women in Business is a supportive group of like minded business women across the entire Port Stephens area.   Port Stephens Women in business aims to provide a space for women in business in the Port Stephens region to network, support each other and develop friendships. We meet once a month at various venues across Port Stephens. Monthly guest speakers are also a regular feature providing valuable information on a variety of topics that support women in business. Our mentoring program is also available to members only and aims to match mentors and mentees in valuable connections.

Committee Member Profile

Emily Perry


I am lucky enough to work and contribute to two family businesses, one here in Taylors Beach and the other in Newcastle. One is in Fencing and the other a Psychology Practice. I’ve been told that variety is the spice of life and both these roles certainly keep me busy. I also have two teenagers that keep me entertained most days, when they aren’t testing my patience! 

I joined PSWIB 4 years ago in the hope I could feel better supported as a women in business. Over this time, I have established both friendships and invaluable business partnerships. I have heard from some fabulous guest speakers, gained more confidence in my business abilities and also within myself. I was elected as President of this wonderful group of smart, funny, confident and amazing business women last year and will stay on in this role for 2019. 


Kerri Rodley

Secretary and Events Committee

Kerri Rodley, Workshop Facilitator and Consultant, has a Degree in Applied Science and a Diploma in Positive Psychology & Wellbeing. Her business is Workshops in Wellbeing.  She has a background as a Professional Organiser for over ten years, specialising in hoarding cases and is a trained Bars Practitioner through Access Consciousness. 

Her goal is to help clients become better versions of themselves through discovering their strengths, building resilience, becoming more organised and increasing their happiness. She focusses on helping individuals and groups better connect to themselves, their families, their homes and their community. She offers a variety of consultation services, classes and workshops, to help clients realise their own potential, work productively and achieve healthier minds and lives.

Having only lived in Port Stephens for 18 months, Kerri is a keen sailor with the Port Stephens Yacht Club and a volunteer with Hunter Horse Rescue and Port Stephens Koalas. On a personal level, Kerri has trekked the Great Wall of China and ran the New York City marathon at the age of 44 for her favourite charity Animals Asia.She loves spending time on the water and camping with her husband of 28 years.


Fiona Brown

Vice President

Born in Balmain and then spending 23 years in Mudgee, Fiona then made the sea-change to Boat Harbour in 2017.  Fiona’s career began in Nursing at Concord Hospital.  She then worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant Continence Advisor covering 25% of rural and remote NSW while raising her two children with her husband David.  She was on the inaugural committee of the NSW Urological Nurses Society (now Australasian) and was Chairperson of the Nurse Continence Advisors Association of NSW.  She moved into Ophthalmic nursing 12 years ago and still works in this speciality part-time.

In 2007 Fiona branched out to other fields to be able to help people in a more holistically way.  Since that time she has gained qualifications in Life and Personal Leadership Coaching, NLP and Matrix Therapies Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapy, Reiki Master/Teacher and Crystal healing/teaching.  Fiona ran an organic/spiritual/development group for local women’s for almost 5 years.  For 12 years Fiona worked as coach, program manager, coach trainer and facilitator of an award-winning youth leadership coaching program ‘Max Potential’.  She is currently enrolled in training with ‘The Speakers Institute’ to further develop her skills.  She is the author of an upcoming book ‘Now I Can’ a guide for women moving from stuckness, excuses and regret to momentum, authenticity and achievement.  Fiona works from home or the beach or park if the weather is too good to stay indoors. Moving to the bay area Fiona was keen to connect with inspiring and motivating women and learn about the new community she had joined.  Not being one to put only one toe in the water Fiona decided to join the committee of Port Stephens Women in Business to make this happen.  She is happy to say she has enjoyed the role and working with the committee and has valued the opportunity to meet many delightful women at the events.  She is looking forward to working with the committee in 2019 to bring more education, connection, inspiration and support to women in the Port Stephens area.