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Voting for the 2018 40under40 People's Choice is now open.

Review the profiles below and vote for your favourite.   The 2018 40under40 People's Choice award is voted by the public.   

Please note: you are only able to vote once, and votes from entrants' own organisations are not accepted.  

Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 12 January 2018 and the winner will be announced at the 2018 40under40 Gala Awards on Wednesday 7 March 2018.  Tickets are now on sale

 

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Raymond Pecotic
Empire Financial Group
Managing Director
As Managing Director of Empire Financial Group, I help successful people make smarter decisions with their money.My entire career has been focused on establishing and fostering lasting relationships with like-minded professionals; attracting and nurturing the best talent in our business; and having an unrelenting drive for exceptional service in all client and professional interactions.I have a strong career history of starting from scratch; of building business through discipline and persistence.It is these qualities that led to the establishment and development of Empire Financial Group, a multiple-award winning boutique financial planning business which achieves client satisfaction levels in the top 3% in the industry.Over the next few years, we plan to double in size by both acquisition and the provision of ancillary services, but will never compromise our core values of loyalty and integrity, both within and outside of Empire.
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Jawid Dadarkar
Lindentech
MD
Highly motivated to help everyone I meet to achieve better results; including, friends, work colleagues, acquaintances. Motto is to help every individual I can through my knowledge and connections, no matter who it is. If I can make a difference to someone's life in 30 seconds, I will. In the last 5 years I have found success by changing my mindset to be a growth mindset. Every individual I meet I seek to understand and learn from or add some value or knowledge to their life that they may not have. Finding genuine interest in their lives helps me connect to them at a deeper level and create meaningful relationships. This is what has helped me become successful at business level and make sales easy process.
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Wan Yiu Hui
Prompt Engineering Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Since 2007, Wilson Hui has progressed his career from a graduate structural engineer to the CEO and Director of Prompt Engineering. The business has grown from a five-person operation to currently employing 35 staff within the past five years. Wilson and his team are grateful and proud to provide over 20000 housing designs to date in Western Australia. Prompt Engineering is now the second largest residential engineering consultancy in Western Australia and plans to expand to the Eastern States next year. Wilson is also the recipient of the 2016 Ric New Medal for Excellence hosted by Master Builder WA which is one of the most prestigious awards in the residential building industry in Western Australia.
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Edward Serrano
Vekta Automation
Managing Director
Edward Serrano is the Managing Director of Vekta Automation. Born in the USA, Ed moved to Australia after high school to study a field, not yet popular in the USA. In 2004, he graduated from Curtin University with Honours as a Mechatronic Engineer. In 2009, Ed, his wife and brother decided to take a risk in the business world and purchased the IP to the Razer Linear Saw- a failed product servicing an industry that was crippled by the Global Financial Crisis. By focusing on continuous improvement and putting the customer first, Vekta Automation is now an award winning business that employees 36 people, has 75% of market share in Australia and 90% in New Zealand. However, if asked what he’s most proud of, he would always say his family! Two beautiful little girls, a cheeky son and an amazing wife are what really makes Ed tick!
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Karl Moyse
Moshi Moshi Marketing
Creative Director and Co-Owner
I recognise the importance of continually improving my skill-set, demanding increasingly high standards of myself. Facing adversity, professionally and personally, has helped shape the person I am today. It has given me confidence in my abilities and increased my determination to succeed in being the best person I can. Feeding your passion from a young age is a rare gift and it motivates and inspires my creativity every day. The quality and scale of projects we’ve completed during the past six months has eclipsed everything we’ve done previously. I’m excited about the future knowing our best work is yet to come. I firmly believe in the power of doing good, within my career, my community and how I carry myself day-to-day. Holding myself to a high standard so that I might inspire good in others and most importantly to serve as a strong positive role model for my two children.
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Greg Borman
Biosymm
Director
Coming back from London in 2006 I wanted to create a physiotherapy role that allowed me to integrate my newly learned ergonomics skill set into WA. Joining Biosymm we set about trying to achieve this and have grown the business from 2 staff to now just under 30. We cater to various industries including mining, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, rail, pharmaceutical and processing. We have achieved creation of roles which can challenge physiotherapists to prevent injuries from occurring and make a difference to the businesses we are engaged with. We are now embracing the digital age becoming market leaders in delivering our services via a secure video link (DECLAN) giving us greater access to people from around Australia and New Zealand and changing the way physiotherapy is delivered again. All of this is achieved with the firm belief that better health results in better business.
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Jessica Pitt
scope training
CEO
Jess is passionate about helping others; starting her career as a physiotherapist and moving through a range positions in health care prior to commencing a business in education. Starting from a dream to provide high quality corporate training, Scope Training is now one of WA’s most respected corporate education providers winning many accolades including the prestigious WA Training Awards in 2015 & 16 as well as a finalist in 2017.Jess leads a team of highly skilled and passionate people to improve the lives of others; developing individual and organisational capacity, providing opportunities and giving back to the community. Jess is currently driving another innovative initiative which has the potential to shape the way corporate training is delivered.Jess is an inspiring business woman, with two beautiful young children, she is committed to inspiring people to follow their dreams and realising that having a balance is possible.
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Paul D'Angelo
D'Angelo Legal
Legal Practitioner Director
At just 26, Paul D’Angelo became the founder and sole Director of D’Angelo Legal. For over 10 years, Paul has serviced WA Small and Medium Enterprise and individuals on Commercial, Notary Public, Personal Injury, Litigation and Settlement matters. A father of three, Paul is passionate about giving back to the WA community and was heavily involved in the Duchenne Foundation of WA, helping children with Muscular Dystrophy. Over the next three years, Paul aims to expand his portfolio of services by adding Family Law. Currently based in West Perth, Paul plans to open offices in the northern and eastern suburbs.
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Andre Gibson
Key Engineering Solution
Managing Director
Andre is one of the Founding partners of Key Engineering Solutions, delivering optimisation for automation, process control & instrumentation.With two Bachelor degrees from the University of Western Australia in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and many years working within Mining, Andre is an expert Process Control Engineer and now business owner. The creation of Key Engineering Solutions has allowed Andre to share his knowledge in Process control and create a company founded on quick, efficient and quantifiable results.Andre’s goals for the future of Key Engineering Solutions is to be known as a best in industry company with impeccable standards both work wise and ethically, ensuring every client gets exceptional service.
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Ryan Falconer
Arup
Cities Leader Western Australia
“Under-promise and over-deliver” – Rudy GiulianiI am committed to creating sustainable, resilient cities that meet the needs of all segments of society and are within the carrying capacity of the eco-system. My commitment to clients is to manage and exceed expectations. My clients can’t buy answers – instead they receive integrity, honesty and the services of someone who is passionate about what they do. This commitment led to me being recognised by Consult Australia as a Future Leader (2013) and by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia as Australian Young Transport and Logistics Professional of the Year (2014).I have demonstrable, broad and deep experience contributing to industry and society. I have recognised expertise as a professional, with my engagements spanning several continents. I am passionate about improving our urban environments and relish sharing knowledge with my peers and mentoring the next generation of thought leaders.
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Chiedza Mtungwazi
Italian Village Fremantle
Director of Nursing
As an aged care young leader I have brought innovation to the organizations. Aged care providers should put young people into influential leadership positions. With care shifting to consumer directed care, the millennials are made from the mould of self interests hence are more in a strategic position to implement consumer directed care. The only way we are going to see serious innovation in aged care is by implementing radical change in the influential positions. I have mentored and coached many young millennial by being a role model of how they can grow and develop their carriers in aged care. Sometimes all people need is to see someone who has achieved and then there can achieve better
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Jodi Church
Unique Two Pty Ltd
Director
Jodi Church is the founding director of a cloud technology company Uniquely Cloud. In the past 18 months Jodi's determination to bridge some significant gaps in quality of service and connecting Perth's resources have paid off. Jodi has diverse corporate career experience and strong commercial acumen and this translates to the results delivered to her clients. Specialising in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) & marketing automation space. Jodi is proud to offer local support and consultation onsite to businesses and not for profit organisations that require a confident subject matter expert implementing sophisticated and ever evolving cloud based products. Jodi offers customer data strategy and strives to bridge gaps between sales and marketing departments, and leads a local user group to connect Perth businesses. The continued growth of Uniquely Cloud comes from providing the utmost relevant solutions to clients with cloud & artificial intelligence advancements and quality expertise.
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Lanna Hill
One Small Step Business Coaching
One Small Step Business Coaching
As a Perth-based business coach, strategy expert, media commentator and mum of two, Lanna Hill strives to educate, empower and inspire her fellow small business owners, via her coaching, workshops and speaking engagements all over Australia. Lanna's accomplished corporate background, coupled with her passion for small business and her dynamic personality has driven her to considerable success in just two short years. Lanna's vision is to continue working directly with small business owners all over Australia, but to also expand her profile nationally through her media work and speaking engagements so she can continue to inspire other small business owners, and particularly young female entrepreneurs.
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Tory Vidler
Expand Education
Founder
As an advisor to The Federal Education Minister Tory Vidler saw first hand the disconnect between policy and practice in the classroom. Determined to bridge this gap Tory went back to university and completed a Masters of Teaching. Believing that she could make a bigger impact one-on-one with students outside the traditional classroom after 7 years teaching Tory founded Expand Education.Tory's energy is infectious and through her Expand Education program she aims to develop confidence, resilience and a sense of purpose in all her students.Tory is committed to help bridge the skills gap between education and employment and her goal is for all her students to be life and job ready. Expand Education’s goal is to help the maximum number of students reach their potential with a combination of face-to-face and one-on-one online programs.
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Frank Mitchell
Wilco Electrical Pty Ltd
Director
Frank has been a part of the Wilco Electrical since company inception (2006). He started as an apprentice, yet his technical skill, managerial ability and leadership aptitude saw him transition to project management and then to company director and owner when Wilco sold (2015). Since then, Frank has successfully managed the rollout of refurbishment and new construction sites across the state. His agility in liaising with and engaging a significant number of national clients has cemented his commercial acumen and ability to lead Wilco into a successful future. Yet with opportunity comes responsibility. In growing his business, Frank is passionate about creating positive change. Including innovation, sustainability and community rehabilitation through Indigenous advocacy, training and leadership. In November 2016, Frank set an ambitious target of creating 20 electrical apprenticeships by 2020 for Indigenous Australians. Invigorated by this commitment and goal, Frank is determined to pay forward life changing opportunities.
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Melissa Strutt
Roobix
CEO
Melissa Strutt is the CEO of marketing and business consultancy, Roobix. Roobix enables businesses to engage with marketing and software development activities without having to employ an in-house team. This unique offering was established in 2014 and since then Melissa has grown the business exponentially, turning over, more than $1 million in 2016. A passionate contributor to the community, Melissa holds voluntary board positions and provides pro-bono services to non for profit organisations. Melissa also mentors her junior team and outside of Roobix captains several women’s sporting teams. Melissa aims to grow Roobix by adding an additional six industry services to their portfolio in the coming years. As a gay female in business, Melissa believes being true to herself has provided her with the confidence to take risks and ride the highs and lows that are associated with a professional career.
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Elizabeth Shaw
KPMG
Associate Director
I am a passionate gender equality advocate and commentator, focused on driving meaningful change through a variety of business, government and NGO roles.I am an Associate Director within KPMG’s management consulting practice, leading our approach to diversity and inclusion, driving change internally and creating a capability to help our clients.I have balanced this role while serving as the President of UN Women Australia – the youngest person ever to hold this role and the first West Australian. I am also the Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA, helping ensure people with disabilities are able to play active roles in their communities, and on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, focused on increasing the number of female directors on ASX-200 boards.I have been recognised by AFR/Westpac as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women and a Western Australian of the Year Youth Award from Celebrate WA.
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Kate West
Arup
Cosulting, Principal
Kate has forged a career as a successful female Engineer taking on numerous ‘firsts’ in the industry to become a strong role model for women in the Industry. Whilst she was obtaining her Engineering degree at UWA in 1990’s, Kate was one of the few female students enrolled in the programme. Early in her career Kate recognised a need for junior professionals to have a networking platform in Victoria where she was then working. She went on to establish the Consult Australia FutureNet Committee in Melbourne. In more recent times, Kate supports a collaborative approach for further implementation of new and innovative ways of flexible/part-time working arrangements across the industry sectors. Kate continues to mentor and support young professionals, championing for gender equality in the industry, and creating positive results for Arup.
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Craig Seddon
Westcourt | Family Business Accountants
Director
Craig Seddon was appointed as a Director at Westcourt Family Business Accountants at the age of just 29. During that time, Craig has overseen a period of enormous growth in the business, more than doubling the number of staff and increasing the business’s average turnover by approx. $189,000 per annum. Craig is passionate about delivering above and beyond for his clients and has saved them $6 in tax, penalties and fines for every $1 charged to his clients. Something he credits to strong relationships and great listening skills. He is a professional Hockey Player, having represented WA Country and volunteers his time to multiple community organisations.
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Suzanne Waldron
Suzanne Waldron
Suzanne Waldron
Suzanne is an expert in behavioural change. You'll find Suzanne at home on the stage speaking at conferences, mentoring leaders and facilitating leadership teams developing explicit intelligence (the new EQ).She is the published author of A Flourishing Mind, with her new book Say What You Mean due mid 2018. She is an Ambassador for R U OK?, Director & Co-Founder of Stories Out Loud and nominee for Western Australian of the Year 2016. Suzanne’s research through her own Master’s Degree in Coaching, enabled her to find a model of excellence that shows how leaders can significantly lead beyond themselves, and uncovers key psychological determinants that increases self-awareness. Suzanne writes frequently for The Australian, West Australian and other key media outlets on leadership change and the art of explicit leadership.
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Ingrid Sealey
Fogarty Foundation
Program Director - Fogarty EDvance
Children in disadvantaged communities achieve well below their peers in Australia – by age 15 they are nearly 3 years behind at school. Ingrid is Program Director of Fogarty EDvance – a 3-year leadership development program for schools serving disadvantaged communities that is radically improving outcomes for our most needy children in WA. EDvance has supported school leaders at 48 schools, improving outcomes for 20,000+ disadvantaged students. Ingrid has brought her experience of leading change in a corporate context, as a Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group and at Lufthansa Airlines, and assembled a diverse team of the finest educators and business experts in WA. Winning the Macquarie Social Innovation Award and acknowledged nationally as having one of the highest impact rates in Australia, the next 5 years, will bring improved outcomes for 75,000 students in 150 schools, including regional WA, redefining what we think is possible in Australian education.
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David Heathwood
Soul Karratha & Blue Beanie Projects
Owner, Managing Director & Executive Chef. Projects Director & Co-Founder.
David Heathwood has excelled in two Professions across two very different Industries, a Qualified and Award Winning Youth Worker and Trade Qualified and Industry experienced Chef. With 20 years experience working across both Hospitality and Community Services, he has successfully combined his two passions together. He is Owner, Managing Director and Executive Chef of Soul Karratha, and Co-Founder and Projects Director of Blue Beanie Projects, a local Pilbara based youth organisation. He is extremely passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, and advocating for increased access to services, funding and resources for the youth sector in regional and remote areas of WA. David hopes to further expand the work of Blue Beanie Projects and to extend the reach of its services through other regional areas across WA over the next 2-3 years.
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Ryan Winston
Katrine Investments Pty Ltd T/as Refined Edge
Construction Manager
Ryan Winston is Construction Manager with Brian Burke Homes and Refined Edge. Refined Edge by Brian Burke Homes exists today because Ryan was the driving force behind its creation and subsequent growth to a successful $10 million annual turnover business within 18 months and a pipeline projected to achieve annual turnover of $25 million within the next 18 months. This is a remarkable achievement in a period where the broader Perth residential building industry has suffered significant economic decline.Rather than retreat to the sidelines, Ryan stepped forward and took on the responsibility of ensuring the business’ survival and success.Ryan is actively contributing to the industry he is extraordinarily passionate about by volunteering as a Master Builders Association awards judge to help lift the construction standards of the industry. As a result, Ryan has been invited to be a member of the MBA Future Leaders Committee.
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Adam Castelli
Castelli Group
CEO
My name is Adam Castelli, Chief Executive Officer of Castelli Group. We are investors and operators in the property, liquor and energy sectors. Castelli Group operates across property development, asset management, power generation, electricity retail, wine production, contract winemaking, and liquor wholesale and distribution. Our success is owed to a diversity of income streams, a strong pipeline of quality projects and a high-grade investment portfolio. Castelli Group has developed and managed some of Perth’s premier construction projects in prime industrial, commercial, retail and residential locations. It also has a growing renewable technology generation portfolio and supplies most of its building tenants with cost-effective green energy. I plan to expand the renewable generation portfolio, increase development acquisitions and broaden the Group’s range of wines and footprint.
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Vee Pendergrast
Stirfire Studios
CEO
After sixteen years in mobile telecommunications, Vee Pendergrast made the leap in 2016 to pursue a fulltime career in videogame and VR development. She had co-founded Stirfire Studios in 2010 and has gradually grown the business to the bustling studio it is now and was instrumental in the launch of its titles Freedom Fall, and Symphony of the Machine.Named as one of MCV Pacific’s Top 30 Women in Games in 2017, Vee brought the company to its attempt at an IPO in July 2017, which is a rarity for Australian videogame companies. Vee’s ambition is to keep the company producing qualities titles and growing their portfolio of internal IPs and services work.
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Kate Raynes-Goldie
Playup Perth
Founder & Director
As a leader of change and innovation, my career has been characterized by a willingness to step into unknown situations and take risks to accomplish what others don’t see as possible.Over the past 4 years, I have advocated for the WA games and creative innovation sector, part of a $150bn global industry. My leadership has resulted in increased cohesion and professionalization of the sector, bringing jobs and opportunities to WA. As a result of my work, the WA Government included the sector in its New Industries Fund election announcement. As the Director of Playup Perth, my goal is to see WA producing 20% of Australian games by 2020, up from today's 7%.My goal for the next 5 years is to enable young people to thrive in the future of work. To accomplish this, I have recently launched the Future Human Academy, and its pilot program, Future Ready Teens.
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Victoria Wyatt
StudioVictor
Founder/Director
Henry James wrote “Art makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process”. Creative isn’t how I think, it’s how I live, and imparting the wealth of imagination and creativity to an audience has always been the goal. Having lived and worked in the US and Europe, performing corporate roles of International Relations Manager for Italian record Labels, Production Assistant at a Broadway Production house, and Artist Liaison for some of the worlds biggest bands and festivals, intertwined with opportunities to work as a language and arts teacher and educator, Victoria has returned to Perth life with renewed energy and vision.When not writing reviews for Artshub or designing sets and interactive displays for community events, Victoria can be found in her shiny new office plotting the creation of Western Australia’s first ever Children’s Museum.
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Jerome Monteiro
Valco Group Australia Pty Ltd
Director
Jerome is the Director of Valco Group Australia.He joined the parent company Valco Group as a consultant in 2015 before establishing Valco Group Australia Pty Ltd the same year and being promoted director for the Oceania region. In 2016 he established a joint-venture company specialised on testing and refurbishment of valves and pipes "FORGACSVALCO" with business partner CIVMEC.Previously, Jerome was managing valves maintenance contracts in Australia and Africa, bringing together his technical expertise, language skills and cross-cultural input.Jerome was born and grew up in France where he gained his Engineering degrees.
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Georgia Malone
Georgia Malone Consulting Pty Ltd
Director
Georgia Malone has been an active member of the Australian Arts Industry for 20 years, with her last decade dedicated to strategic Marketing at some of Australia's most significant contemporary arts organisations. In association with festivals, venues and producing companies in both the visual and performing arts, she has developed an extremely comprehensive and broad knowledge of the industry nationally. Georgia has worked with the Perth International Arts Festival; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Sydney Dance Company; Perth Theatre Company; Co3 Australia and in 2016 started GM Consulting, a company that creates bespoke, outcomes-focused solutions for marketing and events. The GM team is consultative, collaborative, creative, connected and cost-effective. Current clients include State Library of WA, TEDxPerth, Co3 Australia, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Health Department of WA, St Georges Dance and Theatre, Performing Arts WA, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, WA Opera and the State Buildings.
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Janna Jones
JANNA JONES Australia
Owner/ Creative Director
Designer on the brand: “Having studied in Milan it was inevitable that I fall in-love with luxury leathergoods.I believe in challenging the status quo by bridging the gap between design aesthetic & beauty in the detail, luxury &eternal style while still taking creative risks that ignite the soul.I create exquisite luxury accessories pieces for those with a genuine love of style in design... who desire a littlesomething more.The truly exciting thing about accessories is that they are the ultimate attainable luxury. They are resilient ofseasonal trends, irrepressible by variations in location, climate, culture, politics, religion, diet and age. I think that initself deserves global adoration.”
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Tracy Lefroy
Cranmore Home
Owner | Curator
In my 39 years on this Earth, I have enjoyed a career spanning agriculture, journalism, interior design, retail and local government. My current venture, Cranmore Home, has opened my eyes to the opportunity to create a successful online business, whilst living regionally and parenting three young children. My biggest achievement has been guiding my business to a stage where it now needs less of me, which allows me the time to be on local government and a board championing innovation in the regions.
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Kristy Ward
Prestige Strata Management Pty Ltd
Director
I’m passionate about the progress of the strata industry in Western Australia. I look for ways to actively contribute to its development by participating in innovative new strata projects, updating procedures, and training younger managers.People are my number one priority, both personally and in the way I do business. I build long-lasting, robust relationships founded on mutual trust, integrity and transparency.One of my long-term clients says: “Kristy competently manages her company and her staff, and practices the highest level of business ethics, customer service and integrity in all her business dealings. She is an accomplished professional, with an exemplary character and reputation.’ (Sue Quinn, Chairperson,- Aurora Apartments)Last year the West Australian published “This business is distinctive in many ways, including its all-female team, its fresh approach to client leadership and its involvement in setting trends for the industry that others are likely to follow.”
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Chris Coufos
Digital Loop
Managing Director
Seasoned media sales professional who has jumped from employee to entrepreneur, developing a digital media company by partnering with some of the world's largest media properties to create a premium digital media platform for WA that is completely unique globally. Striving for success and surviving the competitive nature of the embattled media industry is my most successful achievement to date. Whilst other larger media companies close down due to the digital duolopy of Google and Facebook, Digital Loop is growing its revenue year on year and creating a premium media channel for local businesses to deliver successful digital marketing campaigns.
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David Barr
David Barr Architects
Director
David Barr is the Director of David Barr Architects. Passionate about affordable and sustainable housing and an advocate for addressing the “Missing Middle”. In 2013 he won LandCorp’s Gen Y Demonstration Housing Competition for his unique design, named The Step House and then in 2017 won the Step Up Affordable Housing Competition for 17 affordable apartments with an average NatHERS rating of 9 stars. David has won over 10 architectural awards for his work and has been invited as the Architectural Consultant on a number of Local Government and State Government Policy committees for housing. His work has also featured in various publications and in the television and print media. It is David’s passion to make a real impact on the housing industry in Western Australia to enable the current and future generations to be able to afford housing in locations they want to live.
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Katherine Roberts
This Little Pig Went to Market
Founder/Co Director of Deliciousness
This Little Pig Went to Market teaches people to love food again and reduces food waste. It's teaching people where their food comes from, how to use veggies, meat and cooking styles they've never tried and it stops them from getting those awful packet noodles and calling it dinner. This business is taking people back to the start again of where food belongs; in a home.We deliver gourmet boxes of fresh, local and free-range ingredients to peoples' doors (including meat and our handmade sauces and salad dressings) which they cook up themselves to make a wholesome meal (dietitian approved), without having to leave the house.Our focus is on deliciousness and making a company that fits into our ethos and way of life; not traditionally how a company should be expected to run. We want to encourage people to support local businesses and use fresh ingredients.
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Jane Chambers
Bluebird Childcare
Proprietor
I started my own childcare centre in Busselton at the age of 20 after hearing my uni lecturer saying we would start as a teacher on $35K a year. I couldn't believe that after studying a 4 year degree we would only earn that amount !! I never completed my teaching degree and decided to convert a house into a childcare centre instead and I opened my own little school with a licence for 25 children. 15 years on ... Bluebird Childcare now has 4 houses, 182 children a day and 64 permanent team members. We have 8 vans and transport over 700 children a week to and from home, school and sporting activities. My husband and I have 5 children of our own and two businesses between us. I he
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Clinton Hancock
Hilton Plumbing Maintenance Pty Ltd
Managing Director
I became a businessman two years ago after purchasing Hilton Plumbing Maintenance. My family and I took a gamble on myself. Re-financing, borrowing and starving, I inked my name on the Asics documents. Knowing I had to be cash positive immediately, you could say I was all in.I have taken Hilton Plumbing from a business that was struggling to stay afloat to one that is now a market leader in the field. My dedication and thirst for knowledge has pushed me to take Hilton Plumbing to the top. Underpinning all my business decisions have been my values of honesty, respect and family. I have built Hilton Plumbing to be a business that stands by these values both as a team and to our clients. I will change the way the public perceives tradesmen and what they should expect from service.
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Greg Allan
Response Fire & Electrical Services
Director/Owner
Greg Allan founded Response Electricians in 2009 to provide an environment in which his electricians could grow into high performers for the industry. Greg struggled with the lack of support available to assist him both in his apprenticeship and as a business owner. As a national board member of MEA, Greg learnt that most contractors had the same issues in business. In 2016, Greg founded the Electrician’s Success Academy, an online growth platform for electricians and contractors to learn from the experiences of industry experts and get the support they need to succeed in life. The Academy now supports more than 300 electricians and businesses nationally. Greg is a family man, supports Saving Children in Poverty through sporting challenges, is a respite foster carer and coached the first indigenous team to successfully complete the 21km Rottnest Channel Swim in 2014. He attributes everything he has achieved to his wife, Frances.
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Dale TG Foster
Electrical Estimating Solutions
General Manager/Director
I consider myself as a hardworking, selfless, innovative individual who craves to make a change in our day to day world. I hate to sit idle and to do things the same way we always have. I would rather take risks and revolutionise something that I am passionate about as I have with EES. I pride myself on the ability to think laterally and implement new ideas. I plan to have a long and successful career with a fruitful life for myself and my family. Finally, I hope to build and leave behind a legacy based on strong personal and community values.
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Jessica McLagan
Tokay Boutique
Managing Director
My journey started as a Mechanical Engineer, after which I made the leap to management consulting at McKinsey and Company, and left the sunny shores of Perth. On my return, I decided to try something completely out of my comfort zone and joined the small family-owned Tokay fashion label. I soon discovered that I loved having ultimate responsibility for my own success or failure, and I loved the challenge of growing a local retail label in an uncertain economy. From humble high-street beginnings, Tokay is now the biggest vertically integrated fashion label in WA. We have a 5-store retail offering, a strong online presence, and beautiful designs that make our customers smile as they step out of the change room. In 2018 we will begin expansion to the East Coast and beyond, and we will still produce every single garment right here in Perth.
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Melissa Langdon
BOSSMAMA Online (trading as BOSSMAMA)
Founder and Principal
Dr Melissa Langdon is the Founder and Principal of BOSSMAMA. She researches on women in leadership, has held management roles in state and federal government and the tertiary sector, spoken at TEDxPerth on social change, and has 2 children under 6. Melissa founded BOSSMAMA because she experienced first-hand how hard it was to return to work after parental leave, negotiate flexibility, manage work and life boundaries, build confidence, and maintain career progression. Despite workplace policies designed to promote gender equity, she found that the practice was often different on the ground. CEOs and HR Managers were not receiving this honest, unfiltered feedback. Melissa established BOSSMAMA to address the gaps between business policies and practice. She works with businesses that have made commitments to supporting women in the workplace and helps them independently assess how well they are performing, and identify further opportunities for them to lead on gender equity.
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Matteo Tirapelle
Hera Engineering Pty Ltd
Managing Director
By 37, Matteo Tirapelle had founded a successful engineering firm, HERA, which focuses on innovative and eco-conscious design in WA. Matteo achieved this after coming to Perth from Italy in 2007 with limited English and working as a kitchen hand before getting his break in engineering. Now a proud Australian citizen (and with a Chartership), he leads a dynamic team of 13 full-time staff with an average age of 30-years-old. His progressive firm is committed to helping Perth to become a more cutting edge and greener city by introducing forward-thinking concepts and reducing emissions. HERA designed WA’s first timber-based high-rise and won the coveted $428 million new Western Australian Museum. Matteo teaches pro-bono at the UWA School of Architecture and sponsors the Civil Society at UWA, where he mentors students. In 2018, Matteo has plans to found and lead a committee in WA focussed on creating a greener city.
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Anand Gupta
Business Mantra Group
Managing Director
I started my journey with Business Mantra 8 years ago as one sole owner in a single room and zero client base. Since then, I have grown it to a solid team with over 1,000 satisfied clients and counting. We have earned a reputation as a highly professional, knowledgeable and proactive consultancy firm and have emerged above the pack. We are committed to outstanding client service, thorough attention and quick turnaround time which we achieve through our use of state-of-the-art cloud-based systems. This lets us continue to meet ATO benchmarks with a higher workload base than other firms. In 2015 I decided to expand into the migration services field and founded Red Earth Migration after becoming a Registered Migration Agent. We now employ a second full-time agent and two part-time education specialists, and have been successfully working with our clients. We launched the English classes beginning of this year .
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Andrea Strudwick
WayPoint Training & Consulting
Education Manager & Co-Director
A desire to be a teacher from as early as I can remember, and to realise this goal has been extremely gratifying. From being a Deputy Principal aged 27, I have accepted such opportunity knowing the importance of my role. All youth, particularly in this rich and entrepreneurial state of Western Australia should have the right to receive an excellent Education. Education is central to the development and improvement of the lives of young people globally. As a teacher I am acutely aware of my responsibility and maintain a quest to achieve outstanding educational outcomes, not only for students, but also to the ongoing professional development of teachers. Teachers require ongoing support in an environment that is often politicised. My career has and continues to be dynamic and I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities afforded to me through hard work, resilience and ongoing professional development.
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Raleigh Finlayson
Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited
Managing Director / CEO
Raised on a sheep station in the WA goldfields, attended school of the air, boarding school, and the WA School of Mines. Qualified as a mine surveyor/engineer, worked at various mines, became an underground mine manager, aged 29. Commenced with Saracen as COO in 2008, and became CEO/MD in 2013, aged 34. I transformed Saracen from a $9m company into a $1.2bn, ASX200 company, producing 1.2Moz of gold, the 5th largest gold producer on the ASX in Australia, employing >600 people, contributing $45m to WA through royalties, from revenue of $1.9bn, whilst rejuvenating two quality mining operations. Won the 2014 CEO Magazine MD of the year award. Elected as WASM Alumni President with +6,000 members. Key focus in the future is instilling Saracen’s core values, and training/developing our key talent to become future leaders. Our vision is to grow Saracen into an ASX100 gold company, producing in excess of 700,000ozpa.
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Sarah Fallon
On Point Finance Trust
On Point Finance Trust
Sarah Fallon is a financial strategist with experience working with high net-worth individuals. This includes property purchases, as well as reviewing and restructuring existing loans and preparing for the next investment or property purchase.Her approach is goal-oriented and takes a holistic view: Sarah is not just a mortgage broker, but also a sought-after strategist.With over 8 years’ experience in banking, including business and commercial banking with NAB and Bankwest, and a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, majoring in Corporate and Investment Finance, Sarah is well-placed to assist both her high net-worth clients and those just starting out with their first property.Clients comment on the vastly different experience Sarah and her team provide: they now understand their financial position and the rationale behind their choice of loans, feeling empowered and confident to make decisions affecting their financial well-being.
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Ben Reynolds
MKT - Taxation Advisors
Director
I am an owner and Director of MKT, a specialist tax advisory firm providing tax services to WA based listed exploration and mining companies. MKT provides services to Perth based entrepreneurs enabling them to legitimately pay less tax.I am also a Director of Mining Corporate, a company performing ASX listings, as well as providing company secretarial and corporate governance support to predominantly WA based junior exploration companies.Through MKT I co-founded a committee to donate 1% of our total turnover to charity and community programs, in both dollar and time donations.I am a father of six children, my hardest but most rewarding job of all. I encourage a work environment that fosters an ability for employees to balance work with their family commitments.I am currently the highest individual fundraiser for 2017 for ‘The Adventurers’, a Perth based charity raising money for research into childhood brain cancer.
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Trenton Barrett
Perth Urology Clinic
Founding shareholder and Director of Marketing/Communications
Trenton Barrett is a urologist with subspecialty interests in female urology, andrology and male infertility. In 2012, he was the second West Australian trainee ever to be awarded the prestigious Keith Kirkland travelling fellowship by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Trenton completed a fellowship in Adelaide, then a further subspecialty fellowship in female urology and andrology in the UK through Leicester General Hospital. He has completed an observership with the female reconstructive unit at University College Hospital London, and undergone training in male infertility microsurgery at Cornell in New York City.In addition to private practice at Hollywood and SJOG Murdoch, Trenton has a public appointment in general and spinal urology at Fiona Stanley Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. He teaches urology trainees as well as those from other specialties. Trenton is a founding shareholder and Director of Marketing/Communications for Perth Urology Clinic.
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Daniel Morrison
Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
CEO
Daniel Morrison, a proud Noongar/Yamatji man and CEO of Wungening Aboriginal Corporation for seven years has worked with care to empower the community through delivering an award-winning service. Daniel is a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of Aboriginal individuals, families and communities and has used his position to rally for change needed for real improvements in areas, such as homelessness, family violence, justice and child protection, where Aboriginal people face disproportionate disadvantage. Daniel’s leadership in establishing effective partnerships and collaborations between Aboriginal and mainstream organisations, has resulted in referral pathways that build the capacity of all service parties to better meet the needs of the Aboriginal community. His leadership has been recognised and supported throughout the sector, as demonstrated through multiple endorsements of Wungening to be the lead agency in not-for-profit collaborative enterprises and by commitment from funding bodies.
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Aaron Kanters
The Digital Broker Australia
Managing Director
Aaron Kanters invented The Digital Broker Australia in 2016 from an idea to proven concept that is changing the way businesses engage digital agencies. After working in multiple digital agencies over many years exposed there was a growing gap between digital agencies and businesses that have been misled in what is best practice when advertising their businesses online.Inventing a service that would help businesses avoid the many pitfalls when turning to digital marketing to grow their businesses by acting as a middle man that has industry knowledge and a genuine passion for seeing businesses succeed online. Every business is unique and finding that perfect digital marketing agency fit will vary as much as the people providing them. The Digital Broker aids in that process by sourcing and vetting the best digital agencies for you to work with to achieve real world business goals.
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Ruth Hatherley
Moneycatcha Pty Ltd
Managing Director
- I am a 39 year old woman with no tertiary education who has worked hard to become the founder and CEO of a $35million fintech company. I am proof that if you are determined, committed and willing to take on intelligent strategic advice, you can achieve anything- I dropped out of uni and joined a bank at 18 as a back office clerk. I showed a small amount of promise in helping people and I had some wonderful mentors who I respected and am very grateful for their guidance- In 2 years I have met with some powerful and influential executives in this country and I have learned that if you deliver your story with passion and conviction, you can be heard- I want to change the way the world thinks about truth, starting with finance - who knows what's next!
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Richard Pappas
Celsius Property Group
Managing Director
When Richard Pappas became a real estate rep at the age of 20, none would have suspected he would end up as the owner, turning the business into a multi-discipline property company. Richard credits his success to his practice of ‘doing unto others’, allowing him to build a team of expert staff and partners and developing ground-breaking projects and businesses in Perth and Exmouth.'Richard believes real estate thrives in an environment of transparency and trust. Proof of this can be seen in the amount of repeat and referral business that Celsius enjoys. Despite the property downturn Celsius has seen a 918% increase in revenue from 2015 to 2017. ‘Giving’ is a cornerstone of Richard’s philosophy and he will soon run 89 km in the Comrades Marathon. He has committed to raising sufficient funds to provide 89 nights emergency respite for the homeless at Vinnies Tom Fisher House.
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Roy Mellon
Definitiv
Chief Executive
Roy Mellon is a successful business owner, entrepreneur and advocate for Australian Veterans. Roy is living proof retired Veterans and people living with or without disabilities have invaluable skills to offer businesses. At 19, Roy was discharged from the Australian Army due to a chronic disability with no career prospects. By the age of 26, Roy was the Managing Director of the Australian operations of a global payroll corporation and by 30 was the Chief Executive and founder of two of his own successful businesses.Roy’s technology company, Definitiv, is a simple, powerful and effective payroll and HR platform that is first of its kind in Australia. 100% cloud-based, Roy is shaking up the payroll software industry to meet the needs of employers now and in the future.
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Paula-lee Pownall
Grubs Up Australia pty ltd
Grubs Up Australia pty ltd
I foundered Western Australia’s first edible insect farm in 2016. I’m passionate about producing a sustainable source protein for both human and animal consumption. I have a purpose to educate consumers on the impact of our food choices, and where their food comes from. I aim collaborate and develop a new agricultural industry that will have many economic benefits across urban and rural Australia, and have a global impact.
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Vicki Hodgson
Edith Cowan University
Innovation Development Advisor
Vicki is a key driver for innovation development and commercialisation at Edith Cowan University taking direct responsibility for turning ideas into profitable solutions. Vicki moved to WA in 2014 following an outstanding teaching career in the UK including a national role executing an entrepreneurial strategy. Member and graduate of the AICD. Fulfilled five Non-Executive Director and committee roles for Not-For Profit organisations. Athena Swan champion supporting female entrepreneurship, women on boards and STEM. Her leadership role within THE LINK initiative was significant supporting the launch of the Joondalup Innovation Hub (part of $16.7 million New Industries Fund) in Perth’s northern corridor. THE LINK won the 2017 International Asia-Pacific University Industry Engagement (UIIN) 'Best Practice' award. A passionate supporter for youth innovation and entrepreneurship. Vicki mentored Enactus ECU students who went onto win a national competition. Vicki’s commitment to the WA community and economy is evidenced through her work.
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Michael Beilby
Minnovare
Commercial Director
Taking a business from an idea, to a working concept, to the reality where it is now accepted and used by leading industrplayers the world over has been a true test of character that has validated my belief in my vision and my capabilities. At a professional level, I had to prove that. Do the detail - fundamental systems, IP protection, build relationships, ongoing strategy, oversight, people.At the same time, you have to take the time to enjoy the ride of building a new business!
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Richard Devlin
Living Farm
Owner/Managing Director
I have a varied background in Agriculture, with a focus on Agricultural Research. I came back from overseas in 2007 with: no money, some skills, and lots of enthusiasm, which, in hindsight is the perfect trifecta starting out in self-employment.I borrowed money from my family to buy a business, partnered with those who had additional or different skills, and then kept the enthusiasm at full throttle. Over the past 9 years I have managed to turn a loan into the second largest contract research and development company in W.A, with offices in both Kununurra and York. My business employs rural families, supporting rural communities and primary producers, whilst supporting multinational investment into agriculture.I’ve still got the enthusiasm, gained a lot more skills and I paid off that loan.
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Chris Dorrington
Dorrington Homes Pty Ltd
Managing Director
My name is Chris Dorrington I am 34 years old and the Managing Director of Dorrington Home Pty Ltd.I currently employ 4 full time staff and around 100 sub-contractors and apprentices. Dorrington Homes builds between 6 and 8 new home at any given time, ranging in price from $500 000 to $2 500 000. We offer our clients unrivalled service and quality that they will not find elsewhere, all our clients deal directly with the managing director for the duration of their build. Our clients are not job numbers to us, they are real people that deserve to be given as much service as they require.I have won some awards that are very hard to win in the building industry at a young age, as well as getting all my work from word of mouth and repeat business.
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Veer Bala Gupta
Edith Cowan University
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Veer Bala Gupta has worked extensively in investigating the biochemical changes in individuals predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease, prior to the appearance of clinical symptoms. She is a neuroscientist and has published widely in top tier journals on biomarkers for the early diagnosis of AD and formulated guidelines for researchers in her field. She is the recipient of several prestigious national and international awards including the most recent dementia leadership award from NHMRC. She plays a very active role in community to raise awareness about dementia and its early symptoms. Her goals include gradual translation of her research work in Alzheimer’s disease to improved diagnostic and therapeutic practices for the community.
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Damian Norvilas
Loafers Artisan
Director
Since starting out as a humble market stall in 2009, Artisan Loafers has grown to become a major Baker suppling bread products to Perth’s leading Cafes and Restaurants.With a 10 fold increase in customers, and 100 fold increase in flour usage, Artisan Loaders are proud that they still have their very first customer on board.With an unwavering commitment to quality, they have won many industry awards, and continue to experiment with new products, and have a firm eye on the overseas export market. Watch this space.With a commitment to innovation and a genuine drive to help their customers achieve success, the only way is up for Artisan Loafers.Despite success and growth, the business has remained true to their roots. You will still find them proudly serving within the community that gave them their start, every Saturday at the Subiaco Farmers Markets.
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Chloe Constantinides
Dapper Apps
Co-Founder | Director
A leader and specialist in communications, technology and innovation, Chloe Constantinides has a powerful combination of skills and experience. Founding Dapper Apps in 2015, the company has developed over 70 mobile apps and won over 20 awards for excellence.Chloe is also a Director at StartupWA, is a drone flying and programming instructor and runs a cruelty-free beauty brand, Kisanii. She uses her spare time to renovate properties for profit, explore entrepreneurial ventures, mentor at events and volunteers her time to help students, startups, NFPs and businesses get big ideas off the ground.Chloe's pursuit in life is all about enabling others through creativity and technology, turning WA into a startup and innovation powerhouse.
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Prue Plowright
Wattnow Electrical
Owner and Director, Marketing and PR Manager
Prue is a passionate business Owner/Director, General Practitioner and mother, who is driven to help Indigenous people realise their full potential through health promotion and by providing training and employment opportunities. She lives in Derby in the Kimberley, where she successfully balances her roles as Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Wattnow Electrical, Senior Medical Officer at the Derby Aboriginal Health Service and racing her Production VT Commodore at the local speedway. Prue is truly dedicated to supporting her local community through advocating, mentoring and sponsorships.Since Prue became a Director of Wattnow Electrical in 2015, the business has grown from strength to strength; revenue has doubled in the past 3 years and they have won a number of awards including the Western Australian Regional Small Business of The Year in 2016. Prue hopes to encourage and support more women to consider employment within the electrical industry.
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Katharine Giles
Brandon Capital
Investment Manager
I am committed to developing the Western Australian medical innovation ecosystem and improving the health outcomes of patients. I am doing this through developing and funding local opportunities such as OncoRes Medical in my role as Investment Manager at Brandon Capital and educating, connecting and inspiring others through the educational courses that are run by Spark Co-Lab, which I co-founded. Prior to Brandon Capital I was an Investment Manager at Perth based Stone Ridge Ventures, which invested in local companies such as Orthocell and Scanalyse. During this time I also co-founded Australia's first interactive iPhone app to increase early breast cancer detection in partnership with McGrath Foundation and Breast Care WA. I am a member of the Curtin Commercialisation Advisory Board and an active member of the Western Australian innovation community.
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Melanie Moore
GEM Generation Electrical Maintenance
Director/Electrician
I always knew I wanted to do something practical and be significant, make a difference. At 16 I decided to become an electrician, completed a 4-year apprenticeship before starting my own business in the UK. In 2010 I immigrated to Perth, I worked for 2 companies before deciding to create GEM 2 years ago. I did this so I could encourage like minded females into the trades, create awareness surrounding this and provide a quality of service that so often seemed to be missing. Through my career thus far I have gained many qualifications and certificates but my greatest achievement is my business and my ability to mentor, train and be a role model to others. To teach others to believe in themselves and break down the barriers that stand in their way.
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Shari Lovreta
FurBaby Boutique & Cafe
Owner
Shari gave up a successful corporate career to open Australia’s only dog café, following her dream to create a one-stop venue, where dogs are just as welcomed as their humans. FurBaby Boutique & Café is unique as it is the only Australian venue that hosts a delicious human café, unique pet boutique, premiere grooming salon, tasty dog treat barkery and doggy daycare. FurBaby is active in the local community giving back to many groups and charities throughout WA. Through constant innovation Shari is able to engage with WA’s dog loving community hosting a variety of events throughout the year, promoting just how vital dogs are in enriching our lives. With an amazing staff team, Shari is able to lead FurBaby to provide optimum customer service creating more than just a café, creating a ‘family’. Proving to be one of Perth’s hidden treasures, FurBaby is certainly a destination not to miss.
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Dino Colica
Zazen Building & Design
Managing Director
Dino established Zazen Building & Design during a major downturn,with minimum liquidity and facing fierce competition. Eight years on, two children, two dogs, a major heritage home renovation and two industry downturns later, he’s proud to have grown this enterprise into a multi-award winning custom building company. His agile team is focused on providing an exceptional service consolidating the craftsmanship of over 65 subcontractors, leading to a 100% positive feedback rate from clients.Dino and his business are closely involved with various local sponsorships and community programmes including apprentice and sport sponsorships. It is his goal to provide high quality and cost effective building solutions to WA families while elevating the benchmark for local home builders. His next step is to put this experience to good use on the Building Commission's Technical Board.
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James Curtis
Football West
Chief Executive Officer
James is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Football West, the governing body for soccer in Western Australia. He was previously an Executive Director in the WA State Government in Aboriginal Affairs and a Senior Management Consultant providing advice to local, State and Commonwealth government agencies. In 2010, James was awarded the Australasian Evaluation Society Award of Excellence - Emerging New Talent. He is also a member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Advisory Council and a member of the University of Western Australia’s Sports Advisory Board. James is a father of two and a passionate sport and arts fan.
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Therese O'Sullivan
Edith Cowan University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Therese O’Sullivan teaches and researches at Edith Cowan University. She leads a team of 20 on a world-first study, investigating the potentially beneficial effects of dairy fat in children. Her nutrition work has generated 42 scholarly publications, over 1200 citations, and been profiled widely in the media. She is passionate about evidenced based, translatable research, with a focus on community engagement.Since having children, Therese has developed a strong interest in helping mums with breastfeeding and parenting, and initiated the first ‘family friendly’ conference for dietitians. Her research has adopted a child-centered approach, engaging with study participants and involving them in the process.As a previous business owner, Therese encourages students to ‘think outside the box’ with employment, giving them skills and support to create their own jobs. She is currently supervising seven PhD students and mentors newly graduated dietitians.
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Matt Huxtable
PHASE3 Landscape Construction Pty Ltd
Director / Registered Landscape Architect
In almost twenty years in the industry I have made a lasting impact on the manner in which our industry operates in Western Australia – my vision to create a firm that is a progressive, dynamic, equal opportunity provider dedicated to creating spaces interconnecting clients and their environment is a reflection of my personal values.The recent awards PHASE3 has received (listed under professional recognition), the reputation it enjoys in the market, and the development and retention of its staff that have embraced its values are achievements of which I am proud. I believe that I have made, and continue to work on, delivering lasting change in the landscape industry in WA –Key values are carried into the company's core operating practices. The result is delivering a quality end-product to our clients whilst improving standards in the industry we operate in.
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Meg Coffey
Social Media Perth
Founder
Meg Coffey is the state’s leading and most sought after social media trainer and public speaker. She is the Founder of Perth’s largest social media “knowledge economy”: Social Media Perth (#SMPerth) and keeps her finger on the pulse of the industry with client work as Managing Director of her own consultancy, Coffey & Tea.With an abundance of industry knowledge, experience and passion, Meg’s marketing, individual business development solutions, and social media expertise is bar none. She is heavily focused on contributing to the digital marketing community, with several engagements as a speaker, lecturer, and panellist and has also been selected to judge several industry awards. In 2017 Meg was named as one of Australia’s Top 50 Small Business Leaders. Meg is a go-to source for media outlets and regularly appears as an industry expert on 6PR and Channel 9.
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Tristan Clemons
The University of Western Australia
Research Associate
Dr Tristan Clemons is a leading scientist from The University of Western Australia who specialises in nanotechnology. He creates therapeutics that will help treat cancer, burns and central nervous system injuries. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Western Australia accounting for 3 in every 10 deaths. Tristan’s work is supporting patients, helping make major advances health and benefiting the WA economy. Tristan is a major advocate for science outreach and mentors thousands of science students to inspire the next generation of leaders. A jack of all trades, Tristan is also a member of the Australian men’s hockey team. Tristan and his wife Claire Clemons own a successful business, ‘Get Flapped,’ producing funky designs on legionnaires hats. Tristan has won numerous high profile awards including WA Student Scientist of the Year in the Premier’s Science Awards (2013) and the WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2014).
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Andrew Guzzomi
The University of Western Australia
Senior Research Fellow in Agricultural Engineering
Dr Andrew Guzzomi is a leading agricultural engineer and researcher at The University of Western Australia whose research is helping develop engineering solutions to challenging and complex global agricultural problems. Towards the middle of this century we will need to feed 50% more people and restore vast areas of degraded land. Andrew’s research and inventions are helping address these issues and are having a major impact on the agriculture industry.Andrew has been instrumental in the development of a mechanical weeding device to overcome reliance on herbicides and in the development of ‘flaming seed’ technology that is changing how degraded land is restored using native seeds. His research and development of engineering solutions to deal with major industry problems and his support of future engineering leaders through education has seen him awarded numerous grants and competitive scholarships/fellowships. In 2016 he was awarded the WA Innovator of the Year.
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Alexander Hewlett
Hammer Metals Limited
CEO
I am a geologist with extensive experience as both a company director and CEO on junior exploration companies as well as in the financial services industry associated with the minerals and resource industry. I have loved my journey thus far and I look forward to many more years of helping to grow the mining industry in Australia.
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Caine Chennatt
Univeristy of Western Australia
Manager, Audience Development
Caine Chennatt is a creative producer who manages arts programs at The University of Western Australia and across Perth. Born and raised in the Middle East during the Gulf Wars and witnessing many human rights breaches, Caine was driven to make a difference to social inclusion and accessibility through the arts. Since arriving in Australia at age 17, his creative vision, programs and work with industry have been making the arts more accessible and engaging in WA, supporting people who previously may not have been able to enjoy the arts because of a disability. Caine does a lot of community work, volunteering and mentoring students and emerging professionals. He also facilitates conflict-resolution workshops with industry and non-profit organisations, and is a White Ribbon Ambassador advocating to end domestic violence.
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Adam Yap
HealthEngine
Co-Founder
Adam Yap is a lifelong digital entrepreneur and Technical Co-founder of HealthEngine, Australia’s leading health tech company transforming the way people access and experience healthcare. Through its world-class platform, HealthEngine enables over 1.5 million users every month to have greater control over how they manage their health, with services like online bookings, appointment reminders and medication management via a smartphone app. Adam has grown HealthEngine from a five person startup to over 140 people nationally. He has attracted nearly $50 million in private funding for HealthEngine, including the recent Series C funding round of $26.7 million, led by Sequoia Capital, early investors in numerous iconic technology companies including Apple, Google, and Airbnb. A graduate from The University of Western Australia, Adam is a long-time investor and mentor in the WA startup community, helping incubate and grow the next generation of WA-based digital entrepreneurs and investors.
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Samantha Moody
Asterisk Information Security
Business Development
Sam is the WA Head of the Australian Women in Security Network, Business Development Manager for WA's largest Cyber Security company, and recently has been appointed as a Director on the board of ISACA (Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association).Starting her tech career at just the age of 17 - as a female in a heavily male dominated industry and a millennial with no technical background, she’s helped grow WA’s largest Cyber company from a team of 6 to 21 in just two years.In her spare time, she volunteers her skills and resources to lead the WA Chapter of the AWSN – a network which helps connect and collaborate with women in the industry. As well as this, Sam works with students on interview preparation, resume writing, and in general career guidance for students studying to work in the cyber industry.
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Kelly Carter
Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
Vice President: Legal and Compliance
Kelly is the Vice President: Legal and Compliance for Gold Fields Australia, an experienced and influential legal professional and resources industry leader. She combines the management of an efficient and integrated legal function with a strong, visible and personal leadership style, that sees her dividing her time between Gold Fields’ Perth office and its WA operations and development project.Kelly is successful (and honest) in juggling the demands of career and young family, and rapidly progressed to become Gold Fields’ first female (and youngest) Vice President in Australia. Kelly is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has successfully used her position to challenge and disrupt the status quo, advancing change in both her organisation and the broader industry. In 2016, she was the first female speaker in over 10 years at Diggers and Dealers, and recently coordinated and chaired Perth’s first diversity debate, generating positive/insightful media coverage.
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Annette Perrin
Activ Foundation
Executive Manager Strategy
I am a passionate advocate for inclusion and equality, having created many opportunities where people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experience can contribute, such as bringing young people onto the board I chair, as well as bringing a broad cross section of staff views into the strategic planning journey for Activ Foundation. Through many years in consulting, I have helped several organisations, and over $40b worth of projects, achieve better outcomes through driving clarity, intentionality and commitment because I bring focus and energy that helps teams overcome their challenges - and I also make sure we have fun along the way too!
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James McCarthy-Price
Bombora Wave Power
Global Projects Lead
Hailing from the coastal town of Esperance in rural Australia, James is an avid environmentalist working for renewable wave energy startup Bombora Wave Power as Global Projects Lead. James is also a national-level windsurfer, environmental engineer and social entrepreneur. Recruited from university to support Bombora’s R&D team, James parallelised Bombora’s critical modelling software algorithm, increasing performance by over 64x. Relocated to Lisbon to lead Bombora’s European office, James headed activities in European site consenting and business development. James is now leading Bombora’s €9 million Welsh government grant application.Creating lasting positive environmental change is James’ raison d'être. Currently volunteering for the Australian Marine Energy Taskforce, Lisbon Global Shapers Hub and SaltCompass blog provides additional avenues contribute to his community. James’s core focus is supporting the Bombora team to pioneer the world’s first commercial wave energy converter and bring a completely new form of renewable energy online to the world.
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Nick McNaughton
Subsea Engineering Associates
Technology Manager
Nick McNaughton is a WA-born mechanical engineer who has found success by helping to grow early-stage businesses in the subsea oil and gas space. With a background in mechanical design, Nick learned his trade leading teams of volunteer students through the daunting task of designing and building race cars from scratch to compete against other universities. Nick has since led design teams to develop robotic equipment packages to rectify complex problems on subsea equipment and in the development of new WA-built products. As the Technology Manager of SEA, Nick leads the development and commercialisation of the company’s proprietary software-based technologies. SEA has developed the ICE Platform, a suite of software and data management tools that use automation to vastly accelerate engineering processes for subsea pipelines, which is disrupting the industry and has enabled Perth-based engineers to compete successfully in international markets.
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Jo Hos
FRINGE WORLD Festival
Marketing Director
My 10+ year career has been focused on bringing entertainment to the masses and bringing joy to Western Australians through marketing leadership at organisations including ScreenWest, the Commonwealth Festival Perth (CHOGM 2011) and most recently, at the FRINGE WORLD Festival. Through entrepreneurial spirit and data-driven lateral decision-making, I have successfully led the marketing, box office and partnerships teams at FRINGE WORLD and helped to build the Festival to be the third largest fringe in the world and the largest annual festival in WA, reaching the widest diversity of population of any WA event.
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Ricky Casagrande
Hot Weld Fabrication
Director
At the age of 21, Rick Casagrande decided to establish his own fabrication business with minimal money, equipment and workspace. Since then he has grown the business to support more than 25 workers, completing work across all of WA. There is no limit for Rick as he continues to exceed to new heights through his constant determination and never backing down from a challenge.
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My Tistrand
Dinner Twist
Founder
Migrating to Australia was an amazing experience and opened a world of opportunities once the comfort zone was expanded.. Experiencing the time constraints of motherhood mixed with the lack of convenient healthy food options sent me on a mission to make Australians get back in the kitchen. This path is turning in to a highway as we lift our gaze moving forward to go beyond dinners and in the future even beyond food. Australians deserve to enjoy convenience without compromising on the ethics, cleanliness and origin of the products they use. We want to improve quality of life for every Australian household through ethical convenience. Dinner Twist is a great start!
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Daniel Jukic
Pro9 Global
Managing Director
Daniel Jukic is the Managing Director of innovative building systems manufacturer Pro9 Global. Pro9 Global has engineered a highly advanced, precision building system which reduces the time and cost of constructing a residential home. The Pro9 wall systems have high thermal and acoustic insulation properties and have been engineered for strength and speed of build. The Pro9 walls also have high fire ratings, making it an ideal product for building in high bushfire risk areas. Daniel Jukic not only started the company, he is the inventor of the revolutionary wall systems and the mechanised installation equipment which improve construction efficiency.Pro9 Global is Daniel’s second business venture, after selling specialised engineering contracting business MIE Enterprises to global engineering firm FLSmidth. Daniel co-founded MIE Enterprises when he was 23 years old and sold the company a decade later for $63.7 million.