Grattan Smith – Chair
Grattan has lived in the Bega Valley for almost twenty years and recently retired from his position as a senior executive at local icon Bega Cheese. Grattan holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney and has completed a number of executive development programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a fan of motorcycles and can often be found enjoying our winding coastal roads.

Grattan chairs the Board’s Audit & Finance Sub-Committee.


Peter Hughes- Vice Chair

Peter has lived in the local region for many years.  Peter has had a long professional history in the job creation and job services sector, regional development and as a small business owner. On the employment services front he was formerly Regional Trainer for CES Illawarra and South Coast, Manager for the Bega branch of the Commonwealth Employment Services and Manager of Employment National in the ACT.Regional development roles have included time at Bombala Shire Council as Economic Development Manager and as Project Manager for the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.  However, in the local area, he’s probably best known as the former owner of Candelo Post Office.


Natalie Baggett

Natalie moved to Tathra to join her now husband, a local oyster farmer, in 2017. Prior to the relocation she lived in San Francisco while completing her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has spent 11 years in academia-based labs ranging from viral studies in large cats from Africa to protein studies of microbes known for living in extreme environments. Natalie now utilizes her science background in her position at Bega Cheese in the quality department. She can most often be found exploring the beaches and the bush around the Sapphire Coast.


Peter Mitford-Burgess

Peter was born in Wellington, NZ and moved to Australia when he was 16. He joined the Royal Australian Navy soon after, where he trained as an Maritime Electrician and then served for 20 years.

Peter embarked on a career in major shipbuilding projects for Government agencies and major project contractors.

Peter holds Diploma’s of Engineering in Maritime Electrics and Project Management.

Peter retired four years ago, moving from Canberra to Tathra where he and his wife Yetty have owned a home for some 15 years.

Peter brings various skills to the Board including; business administration, business acumen, communication, planning & scheduling, business improvement, risk management, mentoring, training methods, performing critical analysis, financial management and earned value management.

Peter has three children and five grandchildren who live in Cooma and Bungendore. He enjoys gardening, golf, camping and helping the most vulnerable members of our community (Ricky’s Place and Friends at Court). He also serves on various community committees.


Liam O’Duibhir

Liam is co-Director of 2pi Software, is a software engineer who never gets to write code anymore. His passion is to build a unique software development team on the Far South Coast of NSW that matches and exceeds the capabilities of any comparable metropolitan-based companies. Allied to this goal is a strong commitment to increase the number of knowledge service-based businesses operating in the region.Previous to his move to the coast, Liam had been the Open Source Programme Manager at Fujitsu Australia Software Technology (FAST). He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry spanning roles in senior technical, sales and managerial capacities with leading companies throughout Europe and Australia.  Liam has directed his considerable energy into IntoIT Sapphire Coast, a networking group linking together the increasing numbers of tech-skilled sea-changers enjoying the lifestyle dividend of Far South Coast NSW. In 2014, he co-founded one of Australia’s first ever regional Digital Co-Working Spaces, CoWS Near the Coast, located in downtown Bega. Liam was also the driving force behind Australia’s first ever Regional Innovation Week held in 2016. Liam  is a member of the Board’s  Community Engagement, Marketing, Promotions & Fundraising and the Risk Management Sub-Committees.


John Stylianou

John has worked predominately in the automotive industry since 1978.  After working as a diesel mechanic he gained a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting and Finance from Edith Cowan University in his home town of Perth.  After a short stint in a Chartered Accounting firm, John joined the Ford organisation as a graduate trainee in 1989 and qualified as a CPA Accountant in 1992.  John worked in the Ford organisation for 16 years in various management positions including an overseas posting to WHQ in Detroit, Michigan. After 8 postings in 16 years with Ford it was time to settle down so John and his family decided to move to the Bega Valley in 2005. John is best known locally as part of the Gudrun and John team that own Tarra Motors. John is also President of the Bega Squash Club. Like our Chairperson, he is also a keen motorcyclist. John is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.