About Us


Mansfield & District Business Association is the Mansfield Shire’s premier business networking, support and representation organisation. With an emerging and strong membership base, well established networks across all sectors and a fresh new brand, the Mansfield & District Business Association is working hard for business growth in the Mansfield Shire and the wider region in a variety of ways.

Building a stronger Mansfield Shire involves our business community and leaders working together with the Mansfield & District Business Association to achieve the best for our growing communities. Mansfield & District Business Association works with large organisations like the Mansfield Shire Council, Business Victoria, Development Victoria to connect businesses, develop businesses and to showcase what the Mansfield Shire has to offer to the greater population.

Here at Mansfield & District Business Association we are responsive and keen to assist businesses with their needs.

We are passionate about helping business with business to see all our community grow and prosper together. Let us help you move forward in business.

Mansfield & District Business Association is the peak business representative body in the Mansfield Shire, that works with businesses on business, building business together.

Mansfield & District Business Association is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation supporting our members and their people, sponsors and key stakeholders in business for individual success and the success of the Mansfield Shire and the NE region.


President – Jon Gifford

Vice President – Quentin Thomson

Secretary –  Melanie Hotton

Treasurer – Tim Ross

General Committee –  Lesa Brown, John Mongan

Executive Officer –  Wes Mudge

The committee/board meets monthly. Please do not hesitate to contact the MBDA via our contact page or call Wes Mudge on 0447 905 358


Wes Mudge – Executive Officer

In my role I work across the local business community representing our members and promoting our region as a great place to live and do business. I work closely with the Mansfield & District Business Association Leadership Team to set our strategic direction and then develop plans to implement our strategy. I bring experience over many years advising businesses, especially in relation to planning and financial management and the vital role this plays in business growth.

My vision is for the Mansfield Shire is to be a vibrant driver in economic development within North East Victoria and a great place to do business and live.

I enjoy spending time with family, water-skiing, horse racing, walking and travelling.

Committee Members

Jon Gifford – President

Jon joined the MDBA committee in 2020 recognising the need for such an organisation to provide ongoing support and advocacy for businesses in Mansfield and surrounding districts. Having completed a Bachelor of Business in 2005 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2017, Jon has the experience in business management along with the legal experience and skills to assist the members of the MDBA in a wide range of areas. Jon works as a solicitor at Mal Ryan and Glen lawyers and spends his spare time playing with his two young children, running in an attempt to keep fit and exploring the great food, wine and hospitality that the Mansfield District has to offer.

Quentin Thomson – Vice President

After 15 years in Melbourne including careers in Real Estate and Building I returned to Mansfield to raise my 2 children in 2009. Mansfield offered a unique opportunity to provide family support, enough business scope to create my Wife’s Veterinary Practice and to employee me regionally.

Hospitality and now Insurance have helped create a lifestyle second to none for me and my family. Roles as a AFL Goulburn Murray Commissioner and the MDBA have meant that I can put back into the community. My interests outside of work include Local Football, Skiing, Mountain Bike Riding and Tennis.

Tim Ross – Treasurer

I have been a Mansfield resident since 2007, I’m married with two young boys. I am a partner in a local public accounting firm. I’m a keen cyclist, walker and tennis player. Mansfield is a strong, resilient and resourceful community; a great place to live, to work and to raise a family. As part of the MDBA I’m keen to do what I can to see that continue, and to support local businesses to prosper and grow.

Melanie Hotton – Secretary

I have extensive experience working acorss all levels of Governement both in Australia and overseas and bring an understanding of how to identify and secure funding not only to the MDBA but across all sectors of the Mansfield Shire. My background and knowledge accross all the economic drivers accross the district is strong and I understand the connections across the North East Region.

Owning a family business in Mansfield means that I can truly appreciate all the challenges faced and can represent and advocate accurately.

Living and working in Mansfield with my three sons allows me to experieince everything this wonderful district has to offer and I can often be found traversing the High Country trails with my friends and our dogs!

Lesa Brown – General Committee

With a diverse background in the tourism industry, corporate Marketing and building brands I have joined the MDBA as a business owner and mum in the Mansfield Community.  As a committee member my passion is to work with people and other businesses to strategically influence how we build our community.  Working to form strong connections and get key programs off the ground will enable the continued growth of the  foundations we have in such a vibrant district with so much opportunity.

I love travelling, spending time with my family, skiing, horse riding, staying fit and of course a wine.

John Mongan – General Committee

With seven years in the finance industry, I recently relocated back to Mansfield to open my own business, Peak Finance Broking, after recognising the need for a tailored approach to home, business and personal lending in the area.

I have a keen interest in small business and being raised in Mansfield, I appreciate the incredible community that we are lucky enough to take part in. Joining the MDBA, I am looking forward to collaborating with businesses, community leaders and other organisations to help businesses, and in turn our community, to prosper and grow.

In my spare time you’ll find me enjoying this beautiful part of the world; on the golf course, snowboarding the slopes of Mt Buller or walking, coffee in hand, with my fiance and our dog, Peach.