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Our Board

Shannon Smit, President

Shannon is Director of SMART Business Solutions, which under her leadership has become the Mornington Peninsula's most awarded accounting firm, with a reputation for working proactively with clients to help them manage their tax obligations and grow their wealth. Shannon has also owned several successful businesses and property developments, so she understands the challenges business owners face.

Shannon's career has spanned global firms in New York, Prague, Amsterdam and Melbourne, before she settled back on the Peninsula and set up SMART Business Solutions in 2007. She wanted to give local business owners access an advisor with extensive global expertise, without having to travel to the city. On weekends, you'll find her organising fundraising events for her children's school or sporting clubs.

Matt McDonald, Vice-President

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer of Searoad Ferries, Australia’s busiest car and passenger ferry service, operating between Queenscliff and Sorrento.

Matt has expertise and experience in strategic planning, business development, marketing and communications. Matt holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a qualified Ships Master and Marine Biologist and was previously captain of Luxury Super Yachts.

Through his time at Searoad Ferries, Matt has transformed the once traditional transport business into a flourishing tourism operation which transports over 800,000 passengers per year.

Chris Procter, Treasurer

Chris is the past Chief Executive Officer of Sealite, an international designer and manufacturer of marine and aviation navigation aids. The company is headquartered in Somerville and has manufacturing and office locations in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore.

Chris is also Vice-President of the Industrial Members Committee of IALA, an international organization responsible for the guidelines and recommendations of international maritime navigation to ensure that movements of vessels are safe, expeditious and cost effective, whilst protecting the environment.

A Mornington Peninsula resident for more than 20 years, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science  from Melbourne University and a Masters of Marketing.

Jackie Prossor, Secretary 

Jackie Prossor is the Director of Prossor Town Planning, a professional planning consultancy specialising in technical planning advice and projects.

Jackie has a Masters of Social Science, Planning & Environment and over 20 years of planning experience in both local g overnment and as a private planning consultant.  With extensive knowledge of legislation and planning schemes, Jackie is an experienced negotiator for planning outcomes and strategy development.

Highly engaged across the both the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne business community, Jackie has built a strong professional network, reflective of the success she has delivered for her clients.  

Kristy Kendall, Board Member 

Kristy is the Principal of Toorak College in Mt Eliza. She is a proud educator who has taught Psychology for over 20 years. She has been a VCAA assessor, authored eight VCE titles in the subject and is also the state presenter for Unit 3 & 4 Psychology for Edrolo teaching thousands of students each year.

Kristy has recently co-founded CS in Schools, a national initiative that puts volunteer coding professionals into schools across Australia to ensure every student learns to code and every teacher is supported to teach coding themselves. CS in Schools currently teaches 9000 students a year to code and now works alongside Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) to see the vision of seeing every secondary student having access to coding through the CS in Schools program.

Kristy is also the current President of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) and is a passionate competition aerobics coach.

Jade Phelan, Board Member 

Jade is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bays Healthcare Group, an independent not-for-profit healthcare provider based in Mornington and has more than 10 years of senior management experience in the healthcare industry.

Jade’s background includes working for ASX listed healthcare operators and, prior to becoming a healthcare professional, spent ten years working for two of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms. Jade holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.  

Like healthcare, Jade was drawn to the Committee for Mornington Peninsula to make a difference in people’s lives.