Meet the members – Nicole Holland
What is your business?
I am currently working with a not for profit organisation – Chess Connect. I joined 5 years ago as an Employment Support Coordinator and now hold a position as a Performance and Partnership Leader. This means that I work across the Coffs Harbour Employment Services Area encompassing Woolgoolga, Bellingen Dorrigo and Nambucca.
How long have you been in Bellingen?
I have been the Employment Services Performance and Partnership Leader in Bellingen for the past two years.
Has the pandemic affected your business?
Fortunately, at CHESS Connect we have been able to adapt our services from a primarily face to face service delivery model to online, phone and email contact, with staff delivering services from home. This has allowed us to remain viable as a business and keep our staff and customers safe in accordance with Government restrictions. In addition, it means we have been able to continue to support our employers and customers during this time of economic uncertainty.
You’ve just joined the Chamber Board — what prompted you to join and
what are you hoping to contribute to the Chamber?
Having been involved with the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce for some years as a CHESS Connect representative, i was able observe some of the wonderful things that the Chambers were working on. Also I have been able to work with board members to create sustainable employment pathways and opportunities within the Bellingen Shire.
As a Board member, my primary aim will be to facilitate and support the establishment of partnerships across local business, government and community sectors. This will help to secure ongoing training and employment pathways within the Shire and ensure that local businesses are gaining the most economic value from available government employment incentives.