Craig has been working with small businesses for the last 24 years; buying and selling product around the world. Having worked extensively in developing countries, Craig uses his knowledge, experience and connections to assist businesses to grow in a global marketplace. Craig is currently the Growth Facilitator for the Entrepreneurs’ Program looking after Food/Agri and Advanced Manufacturing sectors in Gippsland, Victoria.
Catherine has long and broad experience in Human Resource Management across multiple industries and sectors including retail, local government, warehousing, distribution, logistics and most recently as Head of HR ANZ for a multinational IT software/hardware organisation.
Anil's whole career has been focused on helping business owners and managers to better understand how to grow and develop their businesses.As a trained accountant with a Masters of Management degree, Anil has held financial management and commercial management roles in large and small businesses both here and overseas. He has a wealth of experience across a wide range of industries and has been running his own business coaching and consulting firm since 2005.
Shirley has extensive experience in helping Australian businesses expand into international markets. Working in a diverse range of business types and industries at both strategic and operational levels, Shirley has developed, managed and administered a range of strategic export marketing program aimed at assisting businesses achieve growth and export sustainability including cross border initiatives such as E-commerce, online platforms and marketplaces
Ron has been a Lean practitioner and senior manager for over 20 years. With an engineering background and a skill for business turnarounds, Ron has leveraged the principles of Lean to transform the performance and culture of businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Grant Peden is a Business Facilitator with Ai Group delivering business improvement and industry development projects through AusIndustry’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, where he is also a Growth Services Adviser working with high growth potential companies to help them grow and become globally competitive.
Hal is a business consultant with a background in manufacturing, primarily with family owned businesses. His career started with a cadetship with Fisher & Paykel. From there he has undertaken management roles involved in manufacturing and distribution companies, including being GM role at Beefeater BBQs. He has worked with SME clients in the service industries, manufacturing, agriculture and health sectors.
Choon Kiat Ng has extensive experience in business valuation, business sales and business acquisition of privately held businesses in Australia. Clients benefit from his strategic insight, negotiation skills, access to local and overseas network of business buyers and sellers, and transaction experience when planning for business exit, divestment or acquisition
Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in financial and senior management roles with broad industry experience including precision engineering, automotive components, mining, health and contract manufacturing of therapeutics, cosmetics and industrial products.
John is the Managing Partner of nem, a national management consulting firm that specialises in the small to medium enterprise market. The firm comprises over 45 Partners who have chosen to consult after successful corporate careers or after transitioning from business ownership.
As a CFO On-Call Partner, Michael utilises his financial management, IT and process improvement knowledge to help businesses achieve growth and greatly improved business value.
Stirling Tavener is the founder of Anson Advisory, a business and agribusiness consultancy firm specialising in financial and business development services, assisting operators to analyse their existing business and improve management and financial performance for a wide range of businesses.
Dave is a seasoned digital marketing and SEO nerd, with a keen interest in disruptive technologies and innovative business models.
He is owner/MD of Newcastle-based digital/web agencies Vicinity Marketing and Redback Solutions and is also CMO at Camplify – the Airbnb for caravans and motorhomes in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Denise Hall confidentially appraises 200+ businesses per year on behalf of fellow Business Owners to kick start the sale process. This places her in the rare position of having looked under the hood of businesses in all industries, and of all shapes and sizes, ranging from 1 person to many people, from $10,000 to $10mil turnover. Therefore, having a strong handle on both saleability and indicative pricing in the current market place.
Dessirae Luther-Sproule runs her own Food Technology Consulting business which focuses on developing new food products, controlling food quality and safety and improving production efficiencies and costs.
A strategic and commercially focused marketer with a love for all things digital. Jacqui is the founder and MD of The Measured Marketer, a digital-first marketing consultancy based in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
With almost 30 years’ experience in International Trade, Mark has both the practical and academic skills needed to teach exporters and importers about being street-wise when conducting their international trade and transport.
Roger La Salle, and his company train people in innovation, marketing and the new emerging art of Opportunity Capture. The thinking methodology developed by Roger is referred to as "Matrix Thinking" and is the source of inspiration for his own innovations and for many of the companies with whom he has worked. In short this is a unique set of simple thinking tools that work. Matrix Thinking is now used in more than 29 countries.
Russell brings over 25 years of E-Commerce & Supply Chain, Systems Implementation and Supply Chain Improvement across the Transportation & Logistics sector. His specialist skills in IT, Business Improvement, E-fulfillment, E-Commerce design, development and market implementation have been the foundation of his success in leading transformations.
John Mason has worked the last 27 years building his own company and those of his 300 plus clients through thoughtful design and support of realistic management systems and certification.
Bob draws on almost four decades of diversified and practical experience in business development, operations and management to assist the growth and development of businesses ranging from new start-ups, sole traders, SMEs and large corporates.
Visionary leader with 10+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and advisor. Jeremy thrives working with customers to augment human potential with technology to build super powered, happy teams.
Paul has had a long career in senior management and directorship roles having led a broad range of strategic and operational functions focussed on sales, manufacturing, distribution and application of technical products into the commercial, industrial and residential building services sectors.
Hazel is a creative plant scientist & food industry consultant, with 30 years’ experience, especially in innovation, natural flavours and fragrances, colours and bio-actives.
Gabor’s role is to facilitate the growth aspirations of small to medium size businesses to build new competencies and capabilities, increase resilience and improve profitability through innovate business models.
An entrepreneurial business builder and highly experienced Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer who has worked in both the multinational and start- up environments in a diverse range of industry sectors including global pharmaceutical, ASX listed biotechnology, medical technology, industrial, water and innovation in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia.
Mike has strong management experience at both operations and general management level, proven experience in strategy development and execution at general manager and managing director level coupled with strategic mentoring skills as a director in the SME sector.
Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years' experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice has provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners.
Michael had mechanical trade and production engineering roles in Australia, Belgium and USA then productivity, industrial engineering; Manager HR, OH&S and quality improvement systems.
As a Growth Facilitator delivering the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme, Andrew engages with Australian firms to help them boost their productivity and performance.
As an Adviser / Facilitator, Vineet helps businesses also to expand markets, take advantage of Gov. incentives, grants and assistance, running networking groups for alliance and collaboration across the SMEs.
Raj’s key areas of strength are change management, including development of strategic manufacturing footprints and rationalization, restructuring and turnaround of underperforming operations.
Vlado Baban has supported start-ups, small enterprise, and mature organisations to establish a clear 3yr plan, and to engage functional leaders to execute tactical action plan.
Nat helps organisations to identify solutions to meet their needs using contemporary, agile and lean ways of working, guiding organisations strategy and aligning to execution using technology as an enabler.
Nicola is Head of Strategy of a multi-faceted, strategy-led agency, Feeney Marketing, their clients are from diverse industries and they provide highly practical and effective marketing guidance and implementation.
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