If you’ve attended a KBDi chapter event any time this year, you’ll know we’ve become an exceptionally well-oiled machine when it comes to get-togethers. We couldn’t do this on our own, however, and owe a huge thanks to each and every one of our Chapter Committee Members. These busy designers and industry reps generously volunteer their time to help our community flourish. In this issue, we’re introducing you to our Chapter Chairs and their teams, and we ask you to join us in thanking them for their ongoing contributions.

New South Wales

As you may or may not know, long-time member, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, took a position on the KBDi Board this year, and has been sharing the role of NSW Chapter Chair with Carla Waghorn as he transitions out. Carla has embraced her new position at the head of the team, and will no doubt do great things in 2021! She has a fabulous crew around her, and we offer our thanks to:


  • Carla Waghorn – Design Artistry (Incoming Chapter Chair)
  • Gavin Hepper CKD Au – Concepts by Gavin Hepper (Outgoing Chapter Chair)
  • Jane Cheadle – Jane Cheadle Design
  • Brandon Darmanin – Exclusive Cabinetry Pty Ltd
  • Barclay Gillett – Austaron
  • Matt Michel – Matt Michel Design
  • Cherel Millist CKD Au, CBD Au – Brilliant Design Concepts
  • Gloria Rose CKD Au – Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms
  • Andrew Wright CKD Au, CBD Au – Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms


Gold Coast designer, Katia Slogrove, leads the KBDi Queensland Chapter Committee. Katia brings great energy and enthusiasm to the Queensland crew, and we look forward to enjoying her company at more Brisbane and Gold Coast events next year. Katia has some long-time members in her team, and we extend our sincerest thanks to:


  • Katia Slogrove (Chapter Chair)
  • Julie Blackmore (Themes & Schemes)
  • Estelle Cameron (Designtank)
  • Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (Darren James Interiors)
  • Rosanna Pappalardo CKD Au (RJP Design & Décor)
  • Ron Redman (Redman Training & Development Pty Ltd)
  • Helene Newson (Helene has recently retired from her position it the committee, but we thank her for her many years of much-appreciated service)

South Australia

Adelaide’s Tony Warren CKD Au leads the South Australian KBDi Chapter Committee. Tony’s many years of service and outstanding dedication to the ongoing professional development of his SA peers is much appreciated. Tony has a small but enthusiastic team by his side; huge thanks and bouquets to:

  • Tony Warren CKD Au – TMA Kitchen Design (Chapter Chair)
  • Tammy Brady – Tammy Brady Kitchen & Bathroom Design
  • Sophie Doumbiotis – Sophie Katina
  • Leanne Kison


Long-time member, Frank Iaria CKD Au, needs little introduction to our Victorian cohort. Frank’s always-smiling, ever-friendly presence has no doubt been missed during this COVID-catastrophe, and we know he’ll be as eager as the rest of you to kick off some stellar events in 2021. Frank leads a small team that can pack a big punch, and we thank them for their service:


  • Frank Iaria CKD Au – Mint Kitchen Group (Chapter Chair)
  • Michelle Broussard – Colour Confidence Interiors
  • Theo Sismanellis CKD Au – Designer Kitchens Victoria

Western Australia

The community spirit in WA is alive and well, and we’re incredibly grateful for the support of our enthusiastic WA Chapter Committee. Long-time member, Jane Tincey, leads the team with energy and oomph, and her partner-in-crime, Alan Gmeiner, often steals the show with his entertaining MC efforts. The WA crew always wins the KBDi-in-office competition for best event photos (Selina thanks you!), and we extend our great appreciation to this lot:


  • Jane Tincey – Envision Design (Chapter Chair)
  • Trudy Flynn – Abey Australia
  • Alan Gmeiner – Envision Design
  • Robert Mazzilli – Verde Design
  • Caitlin McNeill – Joyce Kitchens
  • Fiona Parsons – Austaron
  • Alysia Pekel – Western Cabinets
  • Glenda Roff – Character Cabinets

Huge thanks to each and all of the legends listed above – we would not be where we are without you.

And if you’d like to up-the-ante in 2021 and add your name to our Chapter Committee lists, we’d always be happy to talk you through the process. Contact our office today for more information.