Who We Are

Matt Evans

Vice CHAIR

Matt has held a number of executive roles across finance, strategy, operations & general management in his last 15 years in the music industry.

Prior to joining the music industry Matt worked in management consulting and financial markets.

A firm believer in the economic benefits of rigorous strategic financial planning, he is also passionate about positive social and environmental outcomes aligned with good business.

Todd Sotheren

Vice CHAIR

With a 15 year background in the advertising industry, nowadays Todd assists first time founders to prototype and market test their business idea and find out sooner, rather than later, whether there is a viable market for their offering, before they quit their job and spend their life savings.

Todd is also the President of Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce and host of ‘The New Economy’ on BayFM in Byron Bay.

Maria Collyer

BOard Member

Maria Collyer is a Business Adviser, servicing SMEs with comprehensive Business Reviews under the government funded Entrepreneurs Programme.
She is a multi-awarded food entrepreneur and branding expert as the founder and majority owner of Sweden’s largest juice bar chain, Naked Juicebar. She has experience from many stages of business- and operational development, with key skills in streamlining systems and processes to support continuous growth.
Her own business journey has fueled a passion for entrepreneurship and business development, a passion she is thrilled to share with fellow entrepreneurs in the Northern Rivers Region.

Marc Sofer

Board Member

Marc is a successful entrepreneur that has founded, developed and exited a number of businesses in a variety of sectors and countries, including the London investment industry. His 20+ year career spans sectors such as asset management, tourism, property and construction, winning several awards including ‘Britain’s Young Business Leaders’ and ’Britain’s Business Elite’ for his achievements. Since moving to Byron Bay, Marc has also resumed his other passion working as a Scuba Instructor Trainer, having received a number of industry accolades throughout his journey as a dive educator.


Marc is keen to share his experience and expertise to help local entrepreneurs and align quality start ups with like minded investors.

Stephen Digby

Secretary and board member

Stephen founded Digby Law and Digby Advisory in 2004, providing specialist commercial, business and intellectual property advice to businesses whose core assets and/or activities are based on, or involve, intellectual property rights.

He worked with creativity businesses to generate value of their core assets of their ideas, creations and innovations, and other intellectual property rights, by helping to Identify, Unlock and Protect these assets and to support their commercialisation.