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The Maple Street Co-op




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About the Directors

The current Maple Street Co-op board as at or elected at the October 2023 AGM.

Board members:   Adrian Anderson, Emma Anderson, John Ford, Amy Livingstone, Jonathan Waites, Hannah Walters and Elke Watson.

Chair: Elke Watson.


Elke Watson is an experienced director with skills in Human Resource Management.  She is a successful business manager with several interests including 30 years in developing and managing a dairy business with her husband in Conondale.  She is a leader in the Dairy industry and has been recognised as an outstanding land manager manager of natural resources.  She has filled many roles volunteering for community organisations. Elke has a degree in business management a diploma in human resource management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Elke’s focus with the Maple Street Coop is on people and how good culture and process makes for stable triple bottom line results.

Jonathan Waites

Jonathan relocated to Maleny 26 years ago seeking alternative education for their family and community living settling in the Frogs Hollow community (managed by the Manduka Co-op) soon after arriving. Jono has been a member of Maple St Co-op (and other community organisations) since his arrival and with Barung Landcare over 15 years as Project Officer covering a number of roles. Jono has been an active resident of Frogs Hollow since 1997 and for the last seven years fulfilled the role of treasurer.


John Ford

John has over 30 years business experience in financial services (member owned), retailing and childcare. His professional life has now evolved into a select number of director and consulting roles. He holds a Bachelor degree, Graduate Diploma in Business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is keen to contribute to the ongoing success of the Co-op by offering financial and risk management assistance to the Board.


Adrian Anderson

Adrian relocated to Maleny 25 years ago to raise a family. His experience includes running several businesses before training as a graphic designer at SCU in 2003. He co-founded Fig Creative and was creative director for over 150 businesses. Since then he has led a an IT development team, worked as a UX Designer for the startup and  has key ongoing clients in the indigenous and heritage sectors. He is occasionally invited to speak about design (Microsoft Australia). Adrian is also co-owner of The Treehouse Coworking Space and Shotgun Espresso in Maleny.


Emma Anderson

I embarked on a diverse professional journey, initially in education and fitness, eventually founding my own investment company. Today, I lead a digital services agency in Montville called Love Loop, supporting businesses making impactful contributions.

For 7 years, I've immersed myself in hinterland living and now manage the Witta Markets. Beyond business, I'm a mother to two young adults and a self-proclaimed nerd. I'm eager to contribute to our community by sharing insights, offering fresh perspectives, and helping make informed decisions when needed.  I'm here to support our board in fostering connections and ensuring we stay relevant in a changing world.


Hannah Walters
After working as a buyer and production manager in the fashion industry, I opened my own fashion agency, HW Agencies. I represented brands from India, UK, and Japan at trade shows domestically and internationally.
I am currently working on my own clothing label while raising my daughter.

As a Co-op customer and mother in our local community I represent a growing group of women that are looking for sustainable and ethical ways to raise our children.

In my business, I am striving for sustainable practices and methods that strengthen interpersonal community relationships. I would like to share these values in conjunction with the experience I have developed while working in the fashion industry..


Amy Livingstone

As business educator and resilience-builder, Amy has coached boards, owners and executives in managing transitions, growing resilience and creating capacity to thrive in change and crisis. Amy combines her career expertise in financial services, business advisory and strategic governance for community and start-up boards with her human-led approach including insights from studies of international leadership and social entrepreneurship best practices.

Amy has expressed her interest in supporting the Co-op with strategic governance, risk management and social entrepreneurship expertise gained from her two decade career in financial services and business advisory.

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