Board of Directors
Katherine O'Regan - Chair
Katherine is a seasoned business leader with experience in finance, property and government in Australia and the United States. Her strategic execution skills have been applied to building brands, repositioning organisations, and managing change in the banking and finance, trade, property, and resource sectors. She has served Ministers at the Federal and State level and competed in sport at the elite level. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of US Studies and is a Director of the public policy think tank, The Sydney Institute. In 2012 Katherine was elected Deputy Mayor, Woollahra Council. Email Katherine: [email protected]
Michael Schiffer - Deputy Chair
Michael is the Owner/Operator of 21 Espresso Cafe on Knox St, Double Bay. His Grandfather first established the cafe in 1958 and it was one of the first essblishments in Australia to sell coffee made from an espresso machine with beans imported from Italy. Michael grew up in Double Bay and in 2010, together with his father, bought back 21 Espresso, which was sold shortly after his grandfather passed away in 1992.
The 21 has long been a central figure in the Double Bay community and has gained fast popularity over the years. Michael is committed to re-establishing the area as a sophisticated meeting spot where visitors, and locals alike, have a sense of belonging. Email Michael:
Greg Kelly - Director
Greg has had over 40 years business experience in a variety of enterprises. After obtaining his Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Juris Doctor Degrees, he commenced his career as a Melbourne solicitor. He then discovered a new venture in which he could persue his passions for surfing and sailing. Greg was the co founder of the sport of windsurfing in Australia.
After specialising in marketing and management for 20 years in action sports, he joined his wife Vicki in her popular cafe, Perons in Double Bay, which she has operated for over 33 years.
Peter Tate - Director
Peter is the Licensee/General Manager of the Royal Oak Hotel on Bay St, Double Bay. Peter joined the Malouf family at the Royal Oak Hotel shortly after their purchase in late 2011. The family owned hotel is an integral part of the Double Bay tapestry, celebrating over 150 years in the same location. Peter grew up in the Eastern Suburbs and after an electronic engineering stint with Qantas moved into hospitality boasting greater than 25 years experience.
Peter is excited to be part of the revival of Double Bay, he is committed to assist in regaining the past glories making Double Bay a gateway to what life is all about, every dream realised. Email Peter:
Magdalena Lapcevic - Director
Magdalena Lapcevic is the owner proprietor of Magdalena Photography. After 14 years experience in the commercial banking and finance industry where she worked for various banks in a Lending & Business Development capacity, Magdalena turned her passion for photography into a successful boutique business. Magdalena Photography specialises in lifestyle, corporate and branding photography. With her background in business and her current standing as a successful Double Bay business owner, Magdalena has many skills to contribute to the Sydney East Business Chamber and looks forward to being involved in the revival of the Sydney East business community. Email:
Mark Gilden - Director
After forming an accounting practice in Bondi Junction and enjoying a successful career as a Chartered Accountant, (founding a leading firm of Chartered Accountants servicing some of Australia’s Top 200 net worth individuals) and then as CEO of a national retail chain, Mark is now a Principal at real estate agency Eastern Suburbs Property Group located in Rose Bay.
In 2015, Mark took over the Presidency of the Rose Bay Chamber of Commerce and during his term worked closely with other local Chambers culminating in the merging of The Rose Bay Chamber of Commerce with The Double Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Mark now serves as a director on the Board of the Double Bay and Districts Business Chamber.
Francis Keevil - Director
Set in Bay Village, diagonally opposite the Hotel, the gallery demonstrates through its selection of artists the variety and vitality of contemporary art.
Founded 11 years ago by art consultant and curator Frances Keevil and creative industries executive Lynn Westacott, the gallery represents both established and emerging career artists, holding regular solo and mixed-artist exhibitions. The gallery also keeps a permanent stockroom on rotational display.
Open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday.