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Introduced in 2012, the People's Choice Award winner is determined by the public, who view the entrant profiles and vote for their favourite candidate online.

Voting for the 2019 40under40 People's Choice will open on Friday 7th December 2018 and close Friday 11 January 2019.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 40under40 Gala Awards at Optus Stadium 13 March.  

HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE

Choose the person you wish to vote for and click the circle to the left of entrant.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, complete your details and click submit.

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Bianca Sandri
Urbanista Town Planning
Director
Bianca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) Honours degree and holds business qualifications. She co-founded successful town planning firm, Urbanista, at the age of 25, after gaining extensive senior Local Government experience including statutory planning, strategic planning, planning and building compliance, State Administrative Tribunal appeals and Council. Bianca has worked with a number of Local Governments including the City of Vincent, City of Bayswater, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Town of Victoria Park, and believes her extensive Local Government experience provides her clients with an edge when navigating the statutory planning process, enabling better built form outcomes that benefit the entire community. Bianca currently serves as Councillor for Tamala Park Regional Council and at the City of Stirling, where she advocates for places that are planned for people and the future.
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Chan Cheah
Blood Cancer Reseach WA
Haematologist
I am a Consultant Haematologist at Sir Charles Gairdner and Hollywood Private Hospitals, The University of Western Australia and Founding Director of Blood Cancer Research WA. My goal is simple: to help West Australians with lymphoma and other blood cancers live longer and better lives. I have worked in the world’s most prestigious cancer centres and have established myself as an internationally recognised lymphoma researcher. My research output includes: >70 publications, 7 book chapters and >$3.5M in competitively awarded grant funding. I was the 2018 WA Cancer Council Early Career Researcher of the Year. Since returning to WA, I founded BCRWA to accelerate access of West Australians to potentially life-saving new medications, potentially years before commercial availability and avoiding having to travel interstate or overseas when standard treatments have failed.
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John Sobolewski
Mintrex Pty Ltd
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary (also a Shareholder)
John Sobolewski uses all of the skills developed as an Executive in the WA mining industry in his role as CFO and Company Secretary at Mintrex Pty Ltd, a growing engineering consulting, project management and asset management organisation of which he is also a shareholder. Mintrex provides sustainable and cost effective solutions to international mineral extraction industries. Complementing and influencing his business interests, John has a strong sense of community. He is Deputy Chair of Rise Network, a large not-for-profit organisation providing services in the areas of aged care, mental health, people with disabilities and youth. He is also President of the Sorrento Duncraig JFC, one of the largest junior football clubs in the country and winner of the Subiaco District Junior Club of the Year in 2018. His passion for coaching has seen him coach junior football teams for five years and tee ball teams for three years.
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Nicholas Turney
Eco Climate Solutions Pty Ltd
Founder & Director
Nicholas Turney is founder and Managing Director of Perth-based Eco Climate Solutions. The company provides environmentally-friendly, electro mechanical services to business clients throughout WA. We use experience and expertise to ensure our customers save money by minimising their energy usage, maximising their profits whilst helping lower emissions and combat climate change. Eco Climate Solutions is a young company gaining a big name for itself in WA for its championing of new, environmentally-friendly technologies and its commitment to providing value to customers and an unbeatable service. It’s a one-stop-shop for industrial and commercial building Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration solutions. Our range of services extends to energy efficiency, cold chain solutions, electrical, plumbing and fire services as well as all related products to meet business needs. We are driven by efficiencies; therefore, our mission is to provide our customer with smart solutions to minimise both business expenses and environmental impact.
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Jemma Sanderson
Cooper Partners
Director
Jemma is an owner and Director of Cooper Partners and is one of Australia’s leading self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) advisers (SMSF Adviser of the Year in 2017 and 2018) and is highly regarded for her expertise in this area. She advises in all aspects of operating a SMSF including compliance with the complex rules surrounding SMSFs, structuring SMSFs to optimise the benefits for members, succession of SMSFs and liaising with the ATO in dealing with fund breaches, enforceable undertakings and ATO audits. Jemma is a regular presenter on superannuation and SMSFs for the Taxation Institute of Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants, CPA and the SMSF Association across Australia. Jemma is the author of the Taxation Institute’s popular publication the SMSF Guide, now in its ninth edition, and is the author and convener of the Taxation Institute’s Graduate Diploma in Applied Tax Law Advanced Superannuation unit.
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Nicolas Hart
Edith Cowan University
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Nicolas Hart, PhD, AES, CSCS, ESSAM is a Senior Research Fellow for the Cancer Council of Western Australia at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) and an accredited exercise scientist, named 'WA Young Tall Poppy of the Year' (Australian Institute of Policy and Sciences, 2017) and ‘Exercise Scientist of the Year’ (Exercise and Sport Science Australia, 2014).Dr Hart’s clinical oncology work focuses on the ability of exercise to change tumour biology, and attenuate tumour formation, growth and invasion in primary and secondary carcinomas. He currently leads a series of world-first trials in humans, examining the suppressive and regressive effects of exercise on tumours; is the global exercise coordinator of the worlds' first exercise and cancer survival trial in Prostate Cancer; and the national exercise coordinator of Australia's TrueNTH (local and remote telehealth service) delivering exercise to regional and rural cancer patients in Australia.
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Sven Ross
Diamond Cyber Security Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
I am CEO and co-founder of Diamond Cyber Security, a Perth cyber security firm that provides project, consulting and managed security services to a broad range of clients. I started the business with nothing more than an idea, some know-how and a desire to succeed. In little over four years I have built Diamond Cyber Security into a multi-million dollar business that employs 14 people across WA and SA. I promote West Australian people and skills into other states, proudly representing the technical cyber capabilities we nurture and develop in WA. I am a proud a veteran who served in the Australian Army for 18 years, and I hope to represent what veterans can provide to the broader community. My ambition is to build a world class cyber security capability based in WA serving the security needs of Perth, Australia and the APAC region.
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Cameron Britt
Wanneroo Basketball Association - Joondalup Wolves
Chief Executive Officer
Passionately committed to responding to community health and activity needs, as CEO of the Wanneroo Basketball Association, I lead a team of sports business professionals to deliver a premium and member-focused sporting club model that has experienced extreme growth.Possessing a Bachelor of Business (Sports Management), along with a MBA, I am building both community and organisational capital by harnessing sport for substantial social benefit. A driven and high-performing professional with 12 years industry experience, I have managed community and fan engagement strategies for a leading AFL club, been a Director of The Long Walk Indigenous awareness charity, and I remain a long-term advocate and participant in Cancer Council fundraising activities.I am proud to be an Australian Institute of Management ‘National 30under30’ winner, CEO of the winning 2018 ‘Business News WA Not For Profit Business Rising Star’, and a scholarship recipient for the 2019 ‘Leadership WA Rising Leader Program’.
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Stephen Pigram
Narlijia Cultural Tours
Owner-Operator
Bart Pigram comes from a very successful family of musicians, athletes and business owners. As a child and teenager Bart found success through sport and excelled in Taekwondo competition and travelled throughout most of Australia winning several national championships before returning to his home town Broome. It was here that his love and learning of culture and country had developed as did his career pathway in cultural development. Developing skills as a curator and having invaluable connections with his elders and community members he initiated the concept of Nariljia to embark on a entrepreneurial journey that nurtured his language and cultural activities whilst independently operating a successful business. Bart is committed to seeing cultural tourism and experiences become an iconic attraction for visitors to the Kimberley region and aspires to diversify his business into a broader range of culturally appropriate products and services.
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Sandrine Leven
Zubias Threading
Co-Founder
I have “threaded” my way to the top of Australia’s competitive beauty market, building Zubias Threading, a multi-million-dollar eyebrow shaping business from the ground up. Zubias’ story began in 2008 in a small market stall in Fremantle, when at the time, no one had heard about threading in Australia. I was determined to educate and demonstrate the benefits of threading and offer a better alternative to waxing. From one to 30 salons, the company has grown to about 120 therapists and has gained fame for its expertise in threading in Western Australia. Zubias is on a mission to set the benchmark for professional threading nationally, and we are expanding to the Eastern States, with our first interstate store opening in Melbourne early 2019. Franchising is not just a strategy for expansion, I also love the idea of helping more families have their own businesses, feel empowered and improve their lifestyle.
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Natasha Atkinson
Fremantle Markets
CEO
I didn’t follow the “traditional” University pathway to becoming a CEO. Whilst my peers were studying, I started and built a successful small business. It was incredibly hard work, emotionally and mentally challenging, but what I learnt from five years “on the tools” coupled with the values instilled in me by my farming father laid the foundations to my success.As Fremantle Markets CEO, I showcase my diverse experience to create an award-winning environment loved by tourists and locals alike. I am extremely proud of the impact I have made to Fremantle and WA through my promotion of local businesses and the area, and my volunteering for NFP organisations.Going forward, I intend to build the Fremantle Markets experience, continue advocating for WA small business and mentor budding entrepreneurs. I hope my story can inspire other young women, showing them that you can reach executive management through non-traditional pathways.
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Alexander Karan
Apps People Pty Ltd
Chief Technical Officer
Currently the CTO and business partner of Apps People. Originally Apps People began with three permanent staff and a handful of contractors. Over 18 months we are now a thriving company with 25 staff, and still growing. Apps People have more than doubled its revenue in the last year thanks to some incredible growth.
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Ceinwen Roberts
Positive Lifestyle Training
Owner
Providing positive opportunities for health, wellness and happiness to the community is a driving motivator that underlies everything I have done in the last 20 years. My business, Positive Lifestyle Training, has serviced the demand for sustained participation health lifestyles within the community. Clients have remained with us since conception proving exercising in a convenient, outdoor location with friends, family and colleagues is a way of life.By way of setting an example, I have achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. I am fortunate to combine my passion for swimming with providing opportunities for fundraising and raising awareness for health and community issues closes to my heart including the leukaemia Foundation, Walk Free, breast cancer care, Melanoma WA, RUOK? and Coastcare WA. The P2P Swim (founded 2016) has encouraged over 2600 swimmers globally to participate in an Open Water Swimming event at an elite and also beginner level.
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Matthew Iustini
Technical Resources
CEO
There is nothing more satisfying than helping someone find a job. Having a positive impact on that experience is what drives me. My parents started Technical Resources, a Perth based engineering recruitment consultancy in 1990. I am fortunate they chose a business that suits my skill set and I am passionate about. Over the past 13 years I have successfully navigated our business through the highs and lows of the resources sector, managed a smooth transition from the founders and built a culture which values quality, teamwork and philanthropy.I have ensured we work with the best people in our industry. Without our loyal client and contractor base (which we refer to as our TRFamily) we would not be where we are today.I am proud of the company we have created and the direction that I have taken the business. I am excited about building future success.
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Matthew Budge
PwC
Partner
Matt is an extreme heavy metal-loving, Geelong-supporting tax nerd, and is happy for everyone to know it. Matt was made a partner at PwC in 2012, proudly becoming one of the youngest partners in Perth. He is the trusted tax advisor to some of WA’s largest companies and wealthiest families. After successful stints in Melbourne, Sydney, and Washington, Matt returned to Perth - the city where his tax career began. Matt helps his team and his clients achieve their ambitions, and is actively pursuing his own goal of becoming a highly-respected director in the WA community. Matt is a Director of Alzheimer’s WA and the Chair of UWA University Hall’s Advisory Council.
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Kelly Parker
Murfett Legal
Director
I am a director and owner of Murfett Legal. I have taken on the challenge of steering the firm in a new direction when the opportunity for equity ownership came in to play in 2016. Applying the principles of my work as a turnaround adviser and insolvency lawyer, I, with my fellow directors, have been instrumental in repositioning ML to focus on excellence in law, provision of exceptional service and attracting a team of specialist talent armed with the experience required by the enterprise and niche middle market. I support a variety of causes that raise awareness of women’s health, business innovation and risk management and I donate my time by supporting Special Olympics Australia.
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Lacey Filipich
Money School
Director
I started my entrepreneurial journey with a hair wrap stall at just 10 years old. Today, I am the founder and director of Money School and Maker Kids Club.Between hairs wraps and start-ups, I graduated as valedictorian from the University of Queensland with Honours in Chemical Engineering. I moved to Australia’s ‘wild west’ to begin my career in mining, rising quickly through the ranks. A health scare and my sister’s suicide reframed my thinking about career and lifestyle, leading me to redesign my life and reclaim my time and freedom.This was achievable due to my financial position: I started investing at the age of 19 and now earn a passive income. Everything I do today – from speaking in women’s prisons to teaching kids to start businesses and volunteering with Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) – contributes to empowering young people to become financially capable.
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Kristen Turnbull
CoreData (WA) Pty Ltd
Director
I am a customer experience champion who is passionate about helping businesses make evidence-based decisions. I established research consultancy CoreData WA in July 2017, together with CoreData Group’s founder, after nearly a decade in the market research industry and seven years in journalism. As a director and part-owner, I provide research insight to drive strategic growth and transformation for clients across sectors spanning financial services, utilities, retail and NFPs. Prior to joining CoreData in 2009 I was a financial journalist, during which time I built a successful career in London writing for national and international publications such as the Financial Times and Global Investor.I am a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, have a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism (with Distinction) from Curtin University of Technology.
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Hannah Mann
Kimberley Pharmacy Services
Director, Remote Area Pharmacist
Hannah founded Kimberley Pharmacy Services in 2009 with a view to addressing the issues facing the pharmacy industry and patients in rural and remote Australia, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. KPS now employs 24 people at three pharmacies and provides pharmacy services across the region. KPS’s success is the result of Hannah’s tireless efforts in building partnerships with other healthcare service providers in the region and her strong community engagement with the 28 Aboriginal communities KPS serves. In 2015, as recognition for that community engagement, KPS was awarded the national Pharmacy of the Year award. Hannah continues to look for innovative and sustainable approaches to providing equitable access to healthcare in a culturally appropriate way. In 2018 Hannah was appointed by the Federal Minister for Health to the 12-member Pharmacy Board of Australia which is the peak regulatory agency for the pharmacy industry.
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Andrew Cornejo
Hazer Group
Chief Technical Officer
Dr Andrew Cornejo is the inventor, co-founder, Chief Technical Officer and second largest shareholder of ASX listed company Hazer Group Ltd, who has developed a clean and cheap technology that is promising to disrupt global $150B graphite and hydrogen markets. The technology can also be part of the growing hydrogen energy sector (forecasted value of $2.5T by 2050) because of its inherently low (and even negative) CO2 emissions. The technology requires only two inputs which are abundant in WA; natural gas and iron ore. Andrew intends to increase their export value and spur new local industry. The successes of the technical development in the last two years has enabled the company to seek its first revenue via a commercial demonstration plant in Australia by 2019/2020. The commercialization of this technology globally thereafter will not only disrupt major markets but also become a key contributor to the reduction of CO2.
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Anna Pitman
ACP Consulting Group
Managing Director
I love what I do, and often feel ‘work’ isn’t the right word for it. ACP is achieving success by creating programs and coaching sessions that truly make a lasting difference for people, which contributes to creating workplaces and jobs that people love. Our participants also report feeling happier and more control in their personal lives, and this is another huge success marker. My style offers a diverse, fresh and open-minded perspective, and I feel privileged to be considered an expert in communication, engagement and well being. I take this fresh approach into all the charitable work I'm proudly involved with. I believe the world is moving far too fast to keep doing what you’ve always done. In a world that is fast becoming technology obsessed and heavily automated, the trait that will remain unique to humans is our ability to meaningfully connect. So we better get it right.
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Cory Byers
KBSS Engineering
Managing Director
Cory• maintaining and growing revenue streams to increase market share in the Pilbara• increasing staff numbers and developing existing staffKBSS has won numerous awards, including KDCCI Business Excellence Awards, and a Telstra Business Award. Cory was nominated for the WA Young Achiever of the Year, but he is quick to portray his success as a team effort.The success achieved by KBSS Engineering in less than five years is extraordinary by any measure. Cory’s internal achievements relate to driving the company to reach its key goals:• strengthening the reputation and the credibility of the KBSS brand• establishing solid client relationships based on trustThanks to Cory’s successful management, KBSS and the JV have proven themselves as an honest and trustworthy business partner. Now other companies are keen to talk about establishing Indigenous JVs and the future looks bright.
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Scott Dryland
NPJV
Managing Director
I’m an experienced project manager and mining industry professional who believes in the power of inspiration and challenging the status quo. It’s led me to collaborate with the Pilbara’s Njamal People to establish one of Australia’s most successful and dynamic Indigenous contracting firms. Together we are smashing long held stereotypes with a new breed of contracting firm that’s won $20M plus worth of contracting and construction contracts in just two years.We are also establishing and setting up stand-alone Indigenous businesses that will reduce reliance on mineral resources and create a lasting legacy for the next generation of young Indigenous people. Helping develop a strong and resilient generation of young Western Australians is my passion and this has seen me create an anti-bullying program called Bully Proof, mentor St John’s Ambulance Operations cadets and raise funds for Indigenous youth scholarships.
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Luke Campbell
WGAWA Pty Ltd (t/a WGA
Director
I love engineering. Specifically, I love design and I love new problems, particularly if they relate to ports and marine infrastructure. This is not the only work that we do as WGA in Western Australia, and I have skilled personnel who have excellent technical competence in many diverse areas of civil and structural engineering. Ultimately, I’d like to think that it is my own passion that I put on display for project work that helps to motivate the rest of the team to aspire to be equally passionate about their own work and ambitions. In an industry that risks becoming increasingly commoditised, I consider that the sectors of the market that will continue to be financially viable are all out on the fringe – either by being bespoke in terms of the challenges involved, or by containing risks that are not easily countered with a ‘typical’ or formulaic approach.
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Wen Li Lim
The Platform
Managing Director
I am the co-founder of The Platform Perth and Purpose Studio. We are a not-for-profit organisation with a vision to connect people and purpose for good. We exclusively work with not-for-profits and social enterprises, in providing an event and collaboration space but more importantly a community that is driven by a passion to help people in disadvantaged situations. But changing the world around us takes everyone, businesses, individuals, not-for-profits, social enterprises etc., all working together and collectively impacting our city, our country and beyond. Our dream would be to see The Platform and Purpose Studio being set up in different cities and countries and harnessing greater networks and resources to make a bigger impact.
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Stephen Dodge
Equilibrium
Co-owner and Digital Director
Stephen Dodge has been a driving force in transforming Equilibrium from a traditional marketing communications agency to the leading independent digital consultancy it is today. Specialising in innovative technical solutions for blue-chip clients across a range of industry sectors, Equilibrium has been universally recognised for the calibre of its work including not one, but two Mcfarlane Prizes for developing the ‘Most Outstanding Website in Australia’, as well as Campaign Brief’s inaugural ‘2017 Digital Agency of the Year’. With a plan for ongoing sustainable growth, including an increased focus on strategic consulting, and an east coast expansion firmly on the horizon, Stephen has set the business on a course for an exciting future.
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Bobby Serval
Ultimate Tax & Advisory
Managing Director
My name is Bobby Serval, managing director of Ultimate Tax & Advisory. For a long time, I believed that business owners weren’t getting true value from their accountants and that there was no desire to understand their business issues and goals to help them grow. To fill this gap, I established our boutique accounting and business advisory firm. We specialise in helping small and medium business owners in WA overcome their challenges in everyday life and create long-term goals for success. Going beyond tax advice, we focus our advice on sales, marketing, finance, insurance and mindset – the key elements for a successful growing business. With a large base of start-up clients, we are now focusing on creating the 'Ultimate Business Hub' to cater for all the needs of a business owner.
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Donna Edwards
Readify
State Delivery Manager
"Everyone deserves to be part of an organisation where they feel included and empowered". Donna helps organisations grow by creating environments where people can thrive. As a State Delivery Manager at Readify she has spent the last 9 months growing the Western Australian team from 22 to 50 employees and has recently been seconded to look after the Victoria head office team. Previously, she played a key role in taking Ignia from a 25 person locally-focussed development shop to one of the largest and most respected consultancies in Perth.Donna is a conference and panel speaker on diversity, culture and leadership. She is a Committee member and Organiser for WiTWA, NodeGirls Perth, Playup Perth, Women Who Code Melbourne and a mentor for the Beacon foundation. Donna is also the CEO of a start-up called SHOUTOUT, which is a simple recognition platform designed to help organisations create a culture of gratitude.
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Kirstin Stewart
HLB Mann Judd
Partner
Kirstin Stewart is a Partner in the Perth team of leading accounting and financial services firm, HLB Mann Judd. Kirstin has experience in providing business advisory services to a wide variety of clients, particularly in the medical, professional services, property, hospitality and retail industries. With a professional recognised expertise in supporting family businesses, Kirstin works with her clients to help them succeed and grow. She is also a mentor and trainer to young accounting professionals. Kirstin’s path to partnership at HLB Mann Judd has been blended with her commitment to her three young children and sustained community service.
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Sofie De Meyer
MALDIID Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Sofie De Meyer has taken her research on bacteria and turned it into a faster, cheaper and more accurate way to identify ‘bugs’. Identifying the bacteria that live in the soil, in our food, and in our bodies has moved from a research exercise available to experts to a commercial product available to anyone. Sofie’s first product in the market, RHIZO-ID, is helping farmers identify and optimise the bacteria living in legumes. This allows them to maximise the natural fertiliser these legumes create from atmospheric nitrogen, decreasing their fertiliser use and making farming more profitable and environmentally sustainable. She is now positioning this product to improve crop yields for soybean farmers internationally.Since her method can be used to rapidly identify bacteria, fungi, yeasts and insects, she intends to develop related products targeting the micro-organisms that both help create and affect our food, and those affecting our health.
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Brad Solly
JBC Corporate
Director
Brad is a director and founder of two start up and fast-growing companies, Procure Logistics Pty Ltd based in Geraldton and JBC Corporate Pty Ltd based in West Perth. He began his career in the accounting industry in his home town of Geraldton in 2011 where he gained a vast array of experience across all fields of accounting including, Taxation, Audit and Managerial Accounting working for a large mid-tier firm. Upon relocating to Perth in 2016, Brad established JBC Corporate with 2 former colleagues which provides traditional accounting services and specialist Pre-Insolvency and Turn-Around advice. JBC Corporate has grown rapidly to 31 staff in 2 quick years and made the 2018 AFR Fast Starters List.
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Renee Wingfield
Fliptease Pty Ltd
Company & Creative Director
I’ve produced, performed and directed circus and spectacle based shows for local and regional communities, corporate installations and family friendly productions for more than a decade in Western Australia. Fliptease (est 2006), started as 2 artists wanting to change the way we worked in circus. We wanted to tell stories to our audiences and infuse old magic into the shows of the present. Fliptease is now Western Australia’s leading circus and spectacle provider. Our imaginative performances astound audiences and we activate communities by running inclusive productions and workshops throughout the State. Our programs have been enjoyed by thousands of people across WA including:FRINGEWORLD – Mermaid program,Ongoing commissioned works from City of Perth, Westfield Carousel, FRINGEWORLD, Lottery West and other organisations.2013 Perth Festival Launch with La Fura de Baus,Mentoring coaches and artists to engage with at risk and social organisations including Armadale Nyoongar Corporation and World Vision.
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Jane Tandy
Patersons Securities Limited
Chief Operating Officer
Jane Tandy is the Chief Operating Officer at Patersons Securities, West Australia's largest full-service stockbroking and Wealth management firm. Patersons exists to build and protect clients wealth. Jane is responsible for all non-sales divisions within Patersons including Finance, Compliance, Marketing, Operations, HR, IT and the Accolade portfolio management platform. Jane is responsible for overall employee engagement, profitability and delivering solid returns to shareholders. Jane is the second female to be appointed to the Board of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association of Australia and in 2018 was nominated for a Positive Progression of Women Award. Jane is the mother to one year old William and step mother to four year old Thomas. Jane returned to work full-time when Will was 11 weeks old with her husband Sam adopting the role of stay-at-home Dad and slotting into her mothers group. Jane juggles, sometimes fails, but keeps smiling.
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Brant Garvey
No Xcuses Group
Director
I am a father, husband, motivational speaker, Paralympian, and congenital amputee.Born missing my right leg above the knee, I could have made a thousand excuses for not achieving my dreams of becoming a world-class athlete. But I don’t believe in excuses. I believe in resilience, focus and determination, and have used these strengths to become a champion in paratriathlon events all over the world. As the creator of the No Xcuses Mindset, I use my skills as a motivational speaker to inspire others to stop making excuses and achieve what they once thought was impossible.
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Lauren Elliott
Mad Kids Pty. Ltd.
Managing Director / Owner / Producer
Lauren Elliott is one of Western Australia's most groundbreaking comedy producers. As Managing Director and Producer at Mad Kids, she has produced the AACTA-nominated Small Town Hackers for Saturday Night Live's digital platform, two viral sensations, and five comedy projects for the ABC. Lauren was the winner of the inaugural Screenwest Emerging Producer’s Initiative in 2015 and was awarded $100,000 to put towards project and professional development. Following her win, she spent six months learning the Hollywood ropes at Red Hour Films and Abso Lutely Productions in LA. In 2016, she was selected for SPA’s prestigious 'Ones to Watch' Program and her debut documentary, DIGILANTE, made its international premiere at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. In 2018, Lauren has launched a commercial division, Ad Kids and produced a number of new comedy projects including Squinters, Sando, LIFT and The Big Spaghetti.
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Jessica Ellison
Life Ready Physio and Pilates
Chief Operations Officer / Director
Jess is a cofounder of Life Ready Physiotherapy and Pilates. She has grown the organisation from a start up clinic in Yokine in 2011 to a national group with over 20 clinics in two states. As Chief Operations Officer she has been responsible for the scale of economies in the back end of the company, allowing small clinics to achieve higher than average profit margins. Life Ready is causing waves in the healthcare space in Australia due to its unique structure and emphasis on culture. Jess is now focussing on the national growth of Life Ready through a number of acquisitions and greenfield start up projects. Life Ready is a good example of how a physiotherapy business can run profitably with engaged staff and clients who actively promote the business.
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Jenna Gore
Sleep Science Guru
Founder & Director | Senior Sleep Consultant | Director of Marketing/Communications
Jenna Gore has a background in Clinical Psychology. She is currently completing her PhD at The University of Western Australia. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has won numerous prestigious awards for her academic performance and teaching. She has a special interest in infant and child sleep and is passionate about preventing mental health issues in parents. She founded Sleep Science Guru (SSG) and works to educate and empower parents in WA and all over the world to shape healthy sleep habits for their little one, thus enhancing their lives. Jenna runs successful workshops for expectant parents across the country. She has a social media following of over 22k parents. She teaches and mentors undergraduate psychology students through SSG’s internship program. When she is not working with parents, she has a food blog with her sisters, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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Susanna Wills-Johnson
Carmel School
Head of Marketing and Communications
I am a highly skilled, experienced professional services practitioner, specialising in the field of education marketing, communications and development. My skills enable me to enhance the engagement potential between organisations, their stakeholders and the broader community, while simultaneously positively influencing internal performance. My career has spanned local and national contexts, with highlights including establishing a university campus in Sydney, working with UWA to communicate their first wholesale change to courses in nearly 100 years and creating a marketing, communications and development office at one of Perth’s leading schools, which in two years has reversed a persistent trend of decreasing student numbers.I bring to the workplace strong knowledge and skills in problem-solving, ethics, communications, leadership and cultural diversity. I am at my best, and happiest, when working in an environment I am passionate about, solving complex organisational problems or developing new initiatives.
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Adam Miethke
Discovery Capital Partners Pty Ltd
Co-founder and Managing Director
Originally from regional North Queensland, developed an early passion for the great outdoors and went onto study geology. My move to join Rio Tinto coincided with the iron ore boom and whilst living in the Pilbara I completed an MBA and pivoted my career into corporate roles. My collective experience in geology, finance and management underpinned a blue print for my own advisory business and launched Discovery Capital Partners in early 2017.Focused on advisory services to emerging private and small cap businesses, Discovery has completed nearly $150 million in corporate transactions and been nominated for industry awards. Whilst initially focused on Metals and Mining, Discovery now advises clients from a range of sectors. Vision to build Discovery to a Top 3 WA Corporate Advisor by 2020, giving back to the community including being an advocate for careers in the mining sector and continuing to help build great Aussie companies.
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Sebastian Moerl
MTU Maintenance Service Centre Australia Pty. Ltd.
The Managing Director
Sebastian Moerl is an engineer within engine maintenance industry, and experienced in multi-disciplines including technical, marketing, sales, and management. After serving as a project engineer and senior customer manager for over 15 years at MTU Berlin, he took over as managing director at MTU Australia based in Perth WA in early 2016. The business focuses on LM series engine maintenance. Mr Moerl has since led his team to provide highly professional services to clients across Australasia and neighbouring countries. The business has developed and extended firmly and rapidly from one employee in 2016, now growing up to seven including two subcontractors. Sebastian has piloted MTU Australia’s growth from $ 3 million award contract value in 2016, up to 16 million to November 2018. Mr Moerl obtained his Degree of Certified Engineer from Germany, he is members of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Brendan Kennedy
OncoRes Medical
Co-Founder / Chief Scientific Officer
I am an entrepreneur, inventor, academic and mentor working to create cutting-edge medical imaging technology in WA to improve outcomes for patients undergoing breast surgery. My vision is to take medical devices from concept through to product launch and to create an environment that empowers others to do the same.I am CSO of OncoRes Medical: a company that is developing a novel medical imaging probe, micro-elastography, to assist surgeons in removing tumour during surgery, thereby reducing the number of additional surgeries required: currently 25%. I have led each aspect of micro-elastography from initial proof-of-principle experiments, to clinical studies, pitching to venture capitalists to secure investment and, now, productization.
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Charlie Guilloteau
METIS Design & Engineering
Managing Director
As a young French engineer, Charlie Guilloteau set out to make his mark in Australia in 2009. In spite of the challenges posed by the Global Financial Crisis, Charlie went on to establish the engineering department for a local family business. Within five years, he attained the Chartered Status with Engineers Australia and became an Australian Citizen. In 2014, Charlie founded Metis Design & Engineering, offering advanced simulation technologies and other premium services.What started as a sole-trader business is now a company employing three additional engineers. His determination to impress clients by exceeding their expectations is seen in their motivation to refer him to others. Client referrals have seen the company’s annual turnover grow eight-fold in just three years.Charlie has a passion for environmental endeavours. He is providing pro bono work to the organisation REmida and is co-founding a new enterprise specialising in innovative plastic debris collection systems.
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Ryan Hunter
Peet Limited
Senior Development Manager
Ryan started his career at Peet at 19 years of age whilst studying full time. Now a member of Peet’s Western Australian Leadership Team, Ryan manages a team of development specialists overseeing a portfolio of land development projects with an on-completion value of $2.1 billion.President of the 4,000-member Wanneroo Basketball Association since 2007, Ryan is also passionate about the value of community sporting organisations. Instrumental in securing a $12 million purpose-built facility in Joondalup, Ryan transformed Wanneroo Basketball from a position of financial instability to a successful, sustainable non-profit organisation. Ryan is a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar, past UDIA (WA) Young Professional of the Year and Life Member of Wanneroo Basketball. He actively supports the sustainable growth of Perth working with the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Regional Advisory Panel of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
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Andrew Glover
WA Fuel Supplies Pty Ltd
Managing Director
I am a person with a strong sense of "family-first". This "family" comprises first and foremost Stephanie (my wife) and our four children. It then extends to the members of our WA Fuel Supplies (WAFS) team and then, ultimately, to all stakeholders impacted by our operations. It is the longer-term security of my "family" that underpins all that I do. The success of WAFS to date is therefore the most significant of my business achievements, as it lays a strong foundation for ensuring the attainment of this objective of long-term security for my "family".The destination for WAFS has however not been reached, with the journey only (realistically) just commenced. The support of the WAFS team that I have built, coupled with my philosophy of "a fair days pay for a hard days work" will see us continue to move towards our destination, with obstacles to be faced and overcome.
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Jordan Fogarty
Be Media
CEO
I am a determined and passionate WA business leader that is focused on innovation, growth and making a large impact on the wider community through everything I do. From aged 13 I raised $104,000 for a local charity and through Be Media have scaled nationally and being formally recognised time and time again for our Product Delivery Platform and unique IP that allows us to deliver at a large scale with almost perfect online reviews and client service. I have built a company that has rigorously high standards and a high performance culture that is monitored and managed more than any other part of our business as this culture drives innovation, creativity, freedom and high client performance.
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Jared Fitzclarence
KAW Engineering
Managing Director
Jared Fitzclarence is a passionate advocate for regional business and entrepreneurialism. Excelling in leadership roles since his early teens, Jared is currently the owner of KAW Engineering, a successful Industrial Engineering business employing more than 30 local Karratha staff. Jared delivers projects to Australia’s biggest resource projects while staying connected to the local community through extensive sponsorship and engagement. Sitting on the Karratha CCI Board, Karratha Young Professionals, Pilbara Business/Industry Leaders Round Table & the City of Karratha Business Advisory Council, Jared is a tireless advocate for local industry participation. Constantly learning and innovating, Jared is currently Pioneering a Common-User-Infrastructure Galvanising Plant and the Pilbara Advanced Manufacturing Collective. These initiatives will revolutionise the Pilbara Manufacturing Industry over the next 2 years and will totally disrupt the delivery of resource sector construction projects in the Pilbara, creating hundreds of local jobs and more than $220 million annual increase in local GDP.
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Julia Hales
Black Swan State Theatre Company, DADAA, Perth Festival
Writer Performing Artist
Julia began development as a performing artist with DADAA in 1997 and is a dedicated performer focused on building a repertoire of works in dance, theatre and screen, referencing universal themes of identity, fame and love. Julia has experienced accelerated professional development since participation in Australia Council’s SYNC Leadership program in 2015/16. She has worked with DADAA’s digital program, researching with other Down syndrome experiences to find out what love meant to them. The resulting short film provided new opportunities for Julia with Perth Festival and Black Swan State Theatre Company. Her co-devised work, You Know We Belong Together was very well received earlier this year as part of Perth Festival in collaboration with Black Swan and DADAA and has a return season in 2019. Julia is currently working for DADAA as a research coordinator for the Experience Collider project. She is also working on two new project developments.
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Julian Pace
Happiness Co
Founder & CEO
I lost my father to suicide on my 21st birthday. A couple of years later, my cousin died, and my best friend (also to suicide). It cost my family, friends and myself deeply. I wanted to use that pain as purpose, and sadness as strength. My dad and family’s why I chase my dreams. I built Happiness Co, representing hope and possibility. It can end global unhappiness and reduce suicide, using ‘solution based models. Now, Happiness Co is a national award-winning company, and fastest growing social enterprise in Australia. The programs I created, empower people, and focus on all key areas that create internal happiness, that they can take and contribute to their family, friends and community. We’re based on action over awareness, (focussing on actual and tangible tools used in building clients lives). There’s 15 Ambassadors, voluntarily working alongside me. We've been hugely successful across Australia impacting people.
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Caroline Shaw
Live Well Physio
Founding Director, Principal Physiotherapist & Pilates Mentor
Caroline is the founding director, principal physiotherapist and Pilates trainer at Live Well Physio.Her mission is to inspire her community to make positive changes to their health. Her clinics combine physiotherapy, Pilates, psychology, massage, podiatry, nutrition, life coaching, mindset workshops and healthy cooking classes, pioneering a new approach to healthcare. No stranger to giving back to the community, Caroline developed the philanthropic wing of her business, aptly named Give Well. The premise of Give Well is that through contributing to others we improve our own health. This fulfils the forth pillar in how she believes we build good health – through how we think, what we eat, how we move and how we give.Caroline plans to expand her philanthropic impact, open another clinic, get Pilates into schools, open a health retreat, and a wellness school for kids to start them on the right trajectory with their health.
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Iris Smit
The Quick Flick Pty Ltd
Director/Founder/CEO
I'm the founder and CEO of The Quick Flick, a digital-first beauty company that launched in 2017 with a simple premise; to make every day beauty moments easier through our revolutionary stamp-on cat eyeliner. The Quick Flick leverages content, customer engagement and community to power a superior shopping experience that is built off the desire to create a product for the ‘every person’. I am challenging the beauty industry by building an all-inclusive brand that offers a product for people of all ages, genders, cultures and skill levels. The Quick Flick is now stocked in Australia's largest beauty chain, Priceline and has been featured by the likes of Daily Mail, Buzzfeed and Mamamia as one of the top beauty products of 2018.
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Shaun Hardcastle
Bellanhouse Lawyers
Partner
Shaun joined Bellanhouse in 2015 to help grow the firm, and managed its business development and human resources whilst also establishing his own legal practice. Since joining the firm, the team has doubled in size and Bellanhouse has received national recognition for its equity capital markets and corporate work. Shaun was named as a “Recommended Corporate Lawyer – WA” by peer reviewed Doyle’s Guide in 2017 and 2018, a significant achievement considering he only started practicing corporate law in Perth in 2015. The recognition reflects the calibre of Shaun’s work and the strong reputation he has built.Shaun is active in the community and leads the pro-bono practice at Bellanhouse. He is currently a director of two local non-profits, the WA Parks Foundation and The Magic Coat for Kids and also sits on the board of the UWA Rugby Club, as well as coaching the junior team.
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Nadim Darwish
Curtin University
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Darwish was awarded a PhD degree in 2011 from the University of New South Wales-Sydney where he subsequently became a Postdoctoral Research Associate (October 2010-September 2013). In October 2013 he joined the University of Barcelona as part of his Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship awarded by the European Union (October 2013-April 2016). In May 2016, he commenced his current position at Curtin University under the ARC-Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) scheme. He published more than 45 research articles, most of which are in world leading journals and he is the recipient of several awards and honours. In 2016, he built and commissioned Australia’s first single‐molecule electronics facility at Curtin University and established a new research line in the area of molecular electronics. He has made several breakthroughs developing transistors, resistors and diodes at a size of a single molecule, 100,000 smaller than the width of a human hair.
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Adam Wilson
KCA Site Services
Managing Director
I’m the Managing Director of KCA Site Services, the company I co-founded in 2016. Our foundations are built on mining recruitment.I’m a miner, but at 26 a severe back injury took me out of the game. I was told I’d never work in mining again, but my passion and determination refused to listen.Two years ago I had a staff of two people. Last financial year I grew that to 195 people on site, and we’re on track to double that this year.For me, mining is all about the people. I want our miners and their families to be the happiest, healthiest and best they can be. I’m changing practices and investing in communities to achieve that.I’m not here to become a millionaire overnight, I’m here to build a workforce that can ride the boom and survive the bust, and keep Western Australia strong.
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Amanda MacGregor
Bluebird Mental Health
Founder and Ambassador
Being diagnosed with depression at the age of 27 was as much a shock to me as it was my family and friends. The sharp decline into a world of blackness and suicidal thoughts was terrifying. When I finally decided to seek help I was shocked to find a gap in the existing mental health services for adults over the age of 25 with depression and anxiety in WA.I founded Bluebird to fill that gap and to ensure that no other adult would go through the struggle I went through trying to find support. Bluebird provides a mix of early intervention activity, awareness raising, education, proactive front end suicide prevention and a community based recovery support program and to date has helped nearly 1000 adults in WA. I am passionate and dedicated to helping others recover from mental illness and reduce the epidemic of suicide in WA
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Shannon Simpson
Telethon Kids Institute
Co-Head, Children's Lung Health; Senior Research Fellow
Dr Shannon Simpson is an internationally-recognised medical researcher at the Telethon Kids Institute, who has made dogma-challenging discoveries about the long-term lung health of babies surviving preterm birth. She has published 26 scholarly articles in high impact journals such as Lancet (Child & Adolescent Health) and a book chapter that guides training of paediatric respiratory physicians throughout Europe. She has won international awards for research excellence, including from the European Respiratory Society and American Physiological Society, and is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally about the long-term outcomes of preterm birth.Having been on the receiving end of the healthcare system through cancer treatment, Dr Simpson is a staunch advocate for including the community’s voice in research and has established a preterm community reference group. Her experience has also prompted her involvement in life-changing adventures to raise money for cancer research.
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Sarah Davis
Kreepy Krauly
Operations Coordinator
Sarah Davis left the booming mining industry to head her father’s more than 40-year old Western Australian business Kreepy Krauly in 2015. Since then, she has reinvented the family business, modernising and growing its operations, leveraging her engineering and MBA degrees. Sarah has revolutionised the business's marketing and sales, giving it a digital footprint via troubleshooting videos and interactive marketing and community education campaigns and its customer focused ecommerce platform. She has increased Kreepy Krauly’s social media presence fourfold from just 600 followers and grown the distributor network by 42% with her hands-on approach to customer service and training. Passionate about Australia’s innovation and manufacturing industry, Sarah plans to keep operations WA-based, using her engineering expertise to push further quality product development, with her sights set on expanding the business's products into the US market. Sarah is proud to be a successful female role model for her three children.
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Brodie McDougall
PageGroup (Michael Page and Page Personnel)
Regional Director
Brodie McDougall has built a successful 15-year career in the recruitment industry and heads the Perth office of multinational PageGroup as Regional Director. When the mining downturn hit Brodie successfully expanded PageGroup Perth’s client portfolio from mining focused to a mix of industries including healthcare, aged care, non-profit and education. In the past 18 months Brodie has grown PageGroup Perth from 29 to 45 staff, delivered year-on-year double digit revenue growth, won the competitive recruitment contract for Optus Stadium and was named 2017 PageGroup Australia Director of the Year. Recognised for his work as Auskick Coordinator for Wembley Downs Junior Football Club, Brodie was a 2018 Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year Award finalist. Brodie says his greatest achievements are being married to his wife Janey and his three children, Lachie (8), Chloe (7) and Ella (5), which provides him great enjoyment and purpose.
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Angel Chen
DrawHistory
Strategy Chief
I'm a social entrepreneur passionate about creating a world where all organisations have equal access to opportunities. As the Strategy Chief of DrawHistory, a social impact brand agency, I work with and creatively strategise for organisations to amplify their social impact. Our clients range from public companies to Forbes nonprofits. We have helped tackle issues in areas such as health, civic engagement and diversity and inclusion. I am also passionate in empowering women to reach their full potential. Being the Deputy Convener for United Nations Association for Australia’s Women Committee and a National Committee Member of UN Women Australia, I am always excited to rally around programs that harness the power of individuals to move the world forward. I hold a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce from UWA. I have also been recognised on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and as the WA Citizen of the Year.
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Jeffrey Effendi
DrawHistory
Founder and Head of Creativity
Born in Jakarta, Jeffrey Effendi was just seven when his family, who are Chinese-Indonesian, fled the country’s mass race riots. The experience left him with a deep understanding that stories can change the lens in which people are perceived in society. Today, Jeffrey is the Head of Creativity at DrawHistory, a mission-driven strategic design agency using the power of human-centered stories to empower vulnerable people, destigmatise tough conversations and spark positive change. Jeffrey has been recognised as a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Listmaker, Young Australian of the Year (WA) Finalist and Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leader Runner-Up. He was formerly a UNICEF Australia Youth Ambassador and led the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Perth.
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Kylah Morrison
KDCCI
CEO
Kylah has over twelve years’ experience in strategic and operational planning and execution for private companies and not-for-profit organisations. She has delivered feasibility studies, assurance processes, workshop facilitation and project managementKylah is the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO and the Chair of the newly formed Pilbara Universities Centre. Kylah ran a successful small business for six years, working in the SME and training sectors specialising in leadership development, strategic planning, and implementing change.As an engineering professional, Kylah led change, project managed offshore well construction campaigns, managed risk and led incident investigations in public listed resource companies. This gave her valuable insights into the way corporate organisations operate.Kylah has a deep understanding of risks and challenges associated with living in remote and regional Australia, particularly in the North West. During her nine years in Karratha, Kylah has been passionate about delivering regional development outcomes.
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Sarah Thillagaratnam
Media & Communications
Specialist
Sarah is a creative change maker who is interested in developing WA both socially and culturally.The written word is her craft, and she believes in its power to change the world. Sarah finds self-expression through her work in creating awareness, communicating new ideas and inspiring action.Sarah has been recognised for her work in growing the now-established Eat Drink Perth festival with her written submission which received a WA Tourism Award.She has built relationships and initiated collaborations to put together festival programs, visitor guides, video content, and media releases on research with global implications. Sarah holds a BA in Mass Communication majoring in Journalism and Film & TV, and furthered her studies with a postgraduate qualification in Literature.Sarah has a particular interest in the creative arts and in recent years has undertaken a music production course, singing training, and has been actively involved in community theatre.
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Sandra Spadanuda
Blue Beanie Projects Limited & Soul Karratha
Director & Pilbara Shine Project Manager; Director of Marketing, Communications & HR
Sandra has worked in Social Services for 20 years. She currently works as a Senior Youth Justice Officer; is Co-Owner, and Director of Marketing, Communications and HR of Soul Café; and is Co-Founder of Blue Beanie Projects, a Pilbara based organization aimed at increasing regional young people’s access to professional, ethical and sustainable youth services.Sandra is extremely passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, reducing rates of youth suicide, and advocating for increased access to services and resources for young people in regional areas. In her spare time she volunteers at youth programs, sits on various Boards, and is a Foster Carer, having cared for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and young people. Sandra hopes to further expand the work of Blue Beanie Projects and extend the reach of its services through other regional areas across WA over the next 2 years.
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Simon Cherriman
Insight Ornithology
Managing Director
Simon Cherriman is an award-winning environmental scientist, educator, wildlife filmmaker and enthusiastic advocate for the Australian bush. A WA Parks Foundation ambassador, Simon is held in extremely high regard in the Australian conservation community for his unique ability to scale trees, document natural history using observation/visual media, and share it with others in highly engaging and informative ways. Simon spent his Perth Hills childhood climbing trees, observing birds and learning firsthand about the environment. At 15 he found a giant Wedge-tailed Eagle nest which inspired him to spend years studying, photographing and filming these eagles, incorporating them into his tertiary education. This includes the film ‘A Wedged Tale’, coproduced as part of a Masters in Science Communication, which contributed to him winning the 2010 Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year. Today Simon continues to spread his passion for the environment and is currently undertaking a PhD at Murdoch University.
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Nicole Lamers
Revampd Hair Studio
Owner/Director
Nicole learned she had the knack for cutting hair at age six, when she and a friend took the kitchen scissors and cut each other’s hair. Nicole ended up fairly bald and tufted. On the other hand, her friend had a reasonably cute, blunt-fringed bob. Seven years later, Nicole became a junior at a local salon. Aged 15 she commenced her hairdressing apprenticeship. Jump to 2012, at the age of 23, Nicole took the big leap and established her own salon, Revampd Hair Studio. Nicole’s list of career accomplishments are long and impressive. Being determined, a hard worker and always experimenting and trying new things, Nicole, at 30 years of age, has the extremely rare combination of high creative talent and grounded business nous. No one needs a crystal ball to know that these attributes and achievements are a firm foundation for a stellar international career in the years ahead.
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Heuson Bak
Solar Naturally
Director /General Manager
I am completely obsessed with entrepreneurship and finding the magic in what makes a company great. My proudest achievement in my career is starting my company from ground up and within 10 years being ranked as 58th fastest growing company in Australia by the Australian Financial Review. I have placed enormous effort into building the right culture within our workforce which has helped to shape our mentality and attitude toward solar and our customer service. Our annual turnover is in excess of $33 million and I am expecting an increase of 50% in FY19. I am extremely proud that i have built a great team of people around me and also been able to provide employment for many local West Australians whilst our business has flourished over the years. I have plans to further establish the business in developing countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam where they lack stable electricity.
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Joel Steel
QuizJam
CEO and Founder
Joel is the Co-Founder & CEO of QuizJam, a gamified engagement platform that has raised over 2M in seed funding, graduated from the Muru-D accelerator and has proudly worked with the likes of CBA, Seven West, EY, West Coast Eagles, carsales, PGA of Australia, Havas and many more! As winner of the 2011 Men's Health Faces of Success and devoted Father, Joel is a model example of a young, vibrant and visionary entrepreneur. In everything that he has done from his career in the civil construction industry as a project manager and Estimating manager at an ASX listed construction management and services firm, to founding and operating multiple companies in a variety of sectors. Joel has proven skills and entrepreneurial drive for success. Joel's passion to succeed and methodical approach to business is shown with the outstanding professional and personal milestones achieved to date.
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Shaun Munro
Triniteq
Chief Executive Officer
Having the right optimistic attitude is paramount in effective business leadership. I feel that this should include; showing gratitude, an ambitious nature, self-confidence and taking responsibility for your actions.While I deeply consider my decisions and actions, I am fearless in business and live to find valuable opportunities and solve problems.I always seek to understand my strengths and weaknesses so that I may leverage my attributes while comprehending my limitations. I love my wife and my kids and appreciate the importance of family. I try to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Should I be honoured with a 40 under 40 award, I will become a valued and respected brand ambassador, seeking to positively influence and inspire the WA business community to achieve greatness while encouraging those who have experienced setbacks.
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Kristian Constantinides
Airflite Pty Ltd
General Manager
I am a highly skilled strategist, reformer, unifier and problem solver, who applies those skills in business and advocacy across the aviation, defence, political and other sectors. My achievements include strategy definition and implementation, organisational redesigns, governance overhauls, unification, infrastructure development, capability establishment and enhancement. I lead with my integrity and commitment – to our business, to each other, and to our broader community, nationally and internationally. The Airflite business specifically is a mutli-disciplined aviation business providing a host of products and services across commercial and defence sectors, to customers throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the Sub Continent. Among our proudest achievements is our maintenance support of the RAAF PC-9 Training Fleet, helping to produce past, present and future pilots for the ADF.
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Meg Coffey
Social Media Perth
Founder
‘Texan Meg’ Coffey is a speaker, trainer, lecturer, media commentator and business leader. But don’t let her Texan accent fool you. Since trading the lone-star state for Western Australia, she has established herself among Perth’s entrepreneurial stars, driving the ongoing transformation of WA’s digital business culture and landscape.As managing director of social and digital marketing agency Coffey and Tea, Meg helps WA businesses harness digital marketing to compete on the global stage. As the founder of #SMPerth – the free digital-marketing knowledge-sharing network – she has established a growing 5000-strong community, nurturing a new generation of digital marketers.These successes led to the inception of her latest and arguably greatest achievement to date: the State of Social conference at Optus Stadium, which has put Perth at the centre of Australia’s digital marketing stage – a genuine rival for Sydney and Melbourne.
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Paley Ho
Unios
General Manager
Throughout school, I worked at a lighting/bathroom fixture shop. Out of all the products we sold - lighting was the thing that prevailed. What I enjoyed the most was helping people design their home, each being tailored to their personality. Identifying the design so it became a part of the persons own place of comfort, really inspired me. This is where the idea of Unios originated - I wanted to help create spaces of comfort with light.The direction of Unios is to expand across Australia and New Zealand, then taking it to an international level. The culture of the organisation comes first to me; it's not about targets or KPIs, it's about us achieving our shared vision. That vision is to communicate that good quality lighting can be accessible by everyone. We are inclusive - our products are uniquely designed, innovative and accessible for all.
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Helen Forster
Jacobs
Director of Operations - Infrastructure
Helen Forster is a civil engineer and project manager. She is currently one of three Operational Directors in the Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure business in Western Australia. Ms Forster currently leads a team of over 100 engineers, professionals, designers and planners across the transport, built environment and project delivery services. Her career has seen her undertake leadership or project director roles across a range of significant projects in Western Australia including Greater Mandurah wastewater infrastructure planning and Great Northern Highway upgrade. Ms Forster is passionate about staff development and training. Throughout her career she has developed and delivered a range of training programs within Jacobs including Graduate Programs, Project Management essentials, Next Horizons leadership development program and the global program for Project Directors. She takes a proactive role in WA encouraging engineering careers through presentations to school students, mentoring and promoting diversity to achieve more inclusive industry participation.
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Tom Young
udrew pty ltd
CEO / Founder
After spending a lifetime within the building industry, specialising as a Geotechnical Analyst, Structural Draftsman and Systems Engineer and with a background in science and engineering, Tom taught himself coding and technology. He then built the original udrew beta system following almost a decade of research and development, recently being announced as the Western Australian Innovator of Year. Next year, Tom, is rolling out udrew nationally across Australia and is currently in talks of expansion within Europe and the US, while continuing to push the boundaries of construction technology.Tom is driven by passion, curiosity and the desire to learn while giving back to the WA startup community, and is usually up for a beer and a yarn when time permits.
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Pippa Candido
The Little Bar Cart
Director
Pippa Candido is a published author and successful entrepreneur. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science, Pippa pursued a career in aviation, followed by founding her first business in the events industry at age 27. After starting a family in 2011, Pippa was more determined than ever to create a business that would provide her the flexibility to be a wife, mother and role model for her two young children. With her high level of customer service and hospitality experience, as well as a passion for events, The Little Bar Cart (TLBC) was established in 2016, a concept realised from her own unique idea. TLBC is a full mobile bar and events service with an emphasis on exceptional customer service. With locations in Perth and now Melbourne, Pippa’s drive will provide TLBC with an exciting future for further expansion throughout Australia and the world.
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Reuben Joseph
MSP Engineering Pty Ltd
Senior Project Manager
I am a management, project delivery and engineering professional experienced in the management of business departments and delivery of multi-disciplinary portfolios and projects across a variety of industries. My professional achievements include the successful delivery of the Fortescue Christmas Creek Water Infrastructure project and in 2016 being appointed by MSP Engineering to deliver from concept to handover what is now the first stage of a multi-stage circa billion dollar mine expansion program for Talison Lithium with stage 1 on track to be completed in Q2 2019. Mentoring and developing the next generation of project delivery professionals is a passion of mine and I am part of a number of formal and informal mentoring programs. I place a high importance on maintaining the right work life balance between a successful professional career and my family life with my wife and two young daughters who bring me joy no words can describe.
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Carl Maiorana
Bespoke Finance Group
Managing Director/Founder
I believe the best gift you can give someone is the gift of knowledge, a new understanding or a new skill. Although I am not a teacher by occupation, I view my profession as a financial intelligence educator. I show clients how money works and what their options are. Whether it is buying their first home, getting married, having children, separating from a partner, starting a business or preparing for retirement these big life events require careful financial maneuvering as well as compassionate emotional intelligence. Bespoke Finance Group has been helping people since 2012. Today we are a team of 7 and have helped over 1000 clients navigate important life events. My future goal is to finish developing “MoneyIQ” which is a diagnosis and empowerment system for lifting the level of financial intelligence in Australia. I believe in the power of good financial planning and I love what we do.
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Alicia Curtis
100 Women
Co-Founder/Inaugural Chair
Alicia is the co-founder and inaugural chair of 100 Women, a giving circle inspiring everyday people to be philanthropists to provide local and global grants. Since it’s inception five years ago, 100 Women has granted half a million dollars to seventeen projects improving the health, safety, education and economic empowerment of women and girls. Alicia is also a leadership facilitator with her own business, Alyceum, providing engaging leadership and board governance courses inspiring people to step up and give back. In 2016, she co-authored the book, Difference Makers: A Leader's Guide to Championing Diversity on Boards. Alicia has supported countless young professionals to get their first community board position and started the #1000youngdirectors campaign.Alicia has a Masters in Business Leadership and has been recognised as the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year in WA, Westpac & Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and Westpac’s 200 Businesses of Tomorrow.
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Salvatore Vallelonga
Plexus Global Consultants
Managing Partner
Having established a Chartered Accounting Practice at 24 years of age, Sal Vallelonga has grown his business organically, by referral only. Sal is Managing Partner of a multi-divisional business, sitting on numerous Boards; including; ASX-Listed, Private and community based; and is an avid investor in businesses that employ staff.As a Registered Builder, Sal is able to maintain the family’s legacy in the construction industry.Sal sees the need for accounting firms to evolve; with advisory services needed to keep him relevant with clients. Sal opened a financial planning division some 10 years ago, enabling Plexus to be well in advance of its peers on the advisory cross-over. Sal wants to empower staff with winning work, by coaching his team on how to sell Plexus’ unique product offerings.Sal’s community involvement and philanthropy has kept him grounded and the biggest reward in life is his beautiful wife and gorgeous children.
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David Alder
Alder & Partners Private Wealth Management
Director
David Alder is Co-Founder and Director of Alder & Partners Private Wealth Management. Continuing the family tradition (sixth generation) of providing financial advisory and investment management services to high net worth private clients, not for profit entities, and corporates, he has been employed in the Australian securities industry since 2001.After founding the business at age 24 client funds under management have grown at a compound average rate of 18% per annum. The firm utilises a discretionary management approach and operates on a fee for service basis. David is Co-Chairman of the Anglicare WA Winter Appeal Committee which raises funds to assist people to cope with the challenges of life and relationships.He is also a Councillor of the Art Gallery of WA Foundation.
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Chris Dorrington
Dorrington Homes
Managing Director
My name is Chris Dorrington I am 35 years old and the Managing Director ofDorrington Home Pty Ltd.I currently employ 4 full time staff and around 100 sub-contractors andapprentices. Dorrington Homes builds between 6 and 8 new home at any giventime, ranging in price from $500 000 to $2 500 000. We offer our clientsunrivalled service and quality that they will not find elsewhere, all our clientsdeal directly with the managing director for the duration of their build. Ourclients are not job numbers to us, they are real people that deserve to be givenas much service as they require.I have won some awards that are very hard to win in the building industry at ayoung age, as well as getting all my work from word of mouth and repeatbusiness.I have really enjoyed my 2018 Charity Works.
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Brandon D'Silva
Virtual Guest
Founder & CEO
Brandon D’Silva is a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur. D’Silva’s inception into the creative industry was as a graphic designer in 2004. He then progressed into photography and video production, content creating with brands including Red Bull, Bang & Olufsen and Mitsubishi Motors.In 2016 D’Silva founded technology company Virtual Guest. Under his leadership Virtual Guest have been essential in the innovative research and development of a diverse range of immersive content and software including resilience-focused virtual reality training simulations for first-responders, documentaries for Stella McCartney, Google and Semi Permanent, Roadwise's ‘Exerciser Reviver’ 360 video, executive production of the critically acclaimed ‘VIA ALICE,’ and e-Learning solutions for several Australian universities.The twenty-nine-year-old is also studying Psychology at Deakin University. D’Silva believes integrating academia with his knowledge of meditative practices, creative technology and past experiences with psychosis and anxiety will help influence the conversation and treatment of mental health, including sensory perception.
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Daniel Leech
Excel Robotics
Managing Director
Graduating with a technical certificate as a boilermaker/welder and eventually taking a leap of faith into created my own company, I have worked over the last twelve years to build my business to an impressive level where I can expect to achieve a projected FY19 turnover of $9M and maintain employment of a 34 member team. This growth has been achieved by making personal financial sacrifices, taking operational risks by in-sourcing many production elements such as powder coating and rubber lining, and embracing new technologies in state-of-the-art robotic welding, and plasma cutting.My goal is to increase operational efficiencies with innovations to escalate production levels, to eventually expand into the interstate and international mining, agricultural and automotive industries by supplying components in various assembly conditions based on customer budgets and requirements.
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Leigh Travers
DigitalX Limited
CEO
In 2014 Leigh left a steady job with wealth management firm Euroz to take a risk on the biggest technological revolution to hit since the internet - blockchain. Joining DigitalX as business development manager, Leigh was appointed CEO within 2 years, at just 30 years old. Leigh flipped the company’s trajectory from lifeless to profitable - inheriting a $4.5 million operational loss, to deliver a $10 million profit in the first half of FY2018. Repositioning from Bitcoin miner to blockchain advisory, under Leigh’s leadership DigitalX’s market cap has increased from $5 million to $200 million+. In 2018, DigitalX formed a joint-venture with US bank AmerX, part of Leigh’s mission for DigitalX to become a top blockchain player in America. Leigh’s blockchain advocacy has led to a fairer bitcoin tax system, the establishment of an Australian code of conduct for digital currency exchanges, and the creation of Perth Blockchain Centre.
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Heidi Cuthbert
Coincast Media
Coincast Media
Heidi Cuthbert is the founder of Multiplier Media and Executive Director and co-founder of Coincast Media. Coincast Media is a 50/50 joint venture with ASX-listed blockchain advisory firm DigitalX. The company has developed a suite of media assets including the Multiplier Crypto News site, Coincast News, Coin.org and Coincast TV.Coincast TV is the world’s first mainstream TV news program focusing on blockchain technology and cryptoassets.Across the company’s suite of media assets, the Perth-based media company is generating at least 3 million impressions per week from a global audience.Heidi is a former Bloomberg TV presenter, has an MBA and advises tech startups and ASX-listed companies on raising their profile to attract investment.
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Stephen Cornish
Pentanet
Managing Director
Everyone complains about the internet, but Stephen Cornish actually did something about it. An online gamer, Stephen became so frustrated with Perth’s slow internet speeds he started his own internet service provider late 2016 and began constructing a wireless network across Perth. Stephen sold his house to fund his vision to break internet providers’ stranglehold and deliver a local service by locals.Without a University degree, formal business/IT qualifications, or a high school certificate, Stephen raised millions to build his dream, fuelled by self-education and a passion for better Perth internet.The big boys: Optus, Telstra and iiNet weren’t an entry barrier to Stephen - he self-funded to build Pentanet, a Perth-based startup delivering internet speeds twice as fast as NBN over wireless, and locally supported, uncontended NBN services. Pentanet is now servicing over 1,000 customers, growing 10-20% a month and has a market cap between $10-$15 million.
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Scott Robinson
Jack in the box
Director
Scott is first and foremost a character. Possessing a unique skillset, he built a reputation as an innovator, problem-solver and action man. Regarded as a serious creative thinker, he has patiently adapted his craft to harmonise with today’s fast paced market. He believes in a progressive process of leading the way rather than following.His ability to articulate brand stories enables Jack in the box to continue pivoting well ahead of the market. He possesses an uncanny ability to effectively disrupt spaces, creating solutions to complex commercial and community situations.With an unconventional style, he leads a highly talented crew, developing the internationally award winning results Jack in the box is renowned for and continues to oversee the vast changes experienced by the industry.A seat at the table of RDA provides Scott with a unique viewpoint, allowing him to share his wealth of knowledge in driving economic growth.
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Luke O'Sullivan
Initiative
Managing Director
Luke O’SullivanManaging DirectorInitiative PerthInitiative Perth manages commercial media planning and buying for Perth-based, national and international brands. In the past year Initiative has been awarded the WA Government Master Media Contract and also won Lotterywest, two of the largest media portfolios in the State. The business was voted Perth Media Agency of the Year in 2018 and has grown by 33%.Luke leads the Initiative team that pro-bono manages social-media activity across the WA Telethon Weekend, a stint of 26 hours. He also donates his skills to advancing major WA-based behaviour-change projects such as Road Safety, Cancer Council and Fire & Emergency Services.
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David McDonnell
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC)
Chairman
I am the youngest person to ever hold the position of Chairman at the East Metropolitan Regional Council and am highly respected by my peers. I have achieved regional cooperation between our six-member Councils: The Town of Bassendean, Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Swan.I have facilitated participants agreements for a Resource Recovery Facility that is world’s best practice and one of the first of its kind in Australia, that will have lasting environmental benefits for WA and turn rubbish into a truly renewable resource. I have facilitated the detailed infrastructure planning and funding project “Connect Perth’s East” which will create productive precincts and communities, create jobs, unlock WA to new and existing markets and for the first time ever, fully connect WA’s intermodal hubs, harbours, rail and road logistics which will strengthen the state’s economic output and benefit business, industry, investors and our communities.
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Tim Topham
Topdrill
MD
In 12 years I have built my company from one second-hand drill rig with no contracts, to 20 rigs and 200 people. I weathered the 2008 GFC and was well placed to keep our feet on the ground in the boom, then forge ahead in the 2012 crash. I am resourceful and innovative and that has ensured my company’s sustainability. When faced with adversity or problems, I find solutions. Above all, our people are our most important asset and my crews must be safe. I have a team committed to the success of Topdrill, but equally importantly to the success of our clients. We work hard and we look out for each other, we push ourselves and we do things others can’t. Good gear, good training, great opportunities.
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Natasha Hurley-Walker
Curtin University
Research Fellow
Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker uses powerful radio telescopes to uncover the mysteries of the Universe. Using a low-frequency telescope based in outback WA, she created an image of the entire Australian sky, for the first time in radio colour. With its beautiful images of exploded stars and distant radio galaxies, this has enabled hundreds of other scientific works across the world. As a result, she was named one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists of 2018, and the WA Tall Poppies Scientist of the Year in 2017. Natasha is committed to sharing her journey and raising the profile of women in STEM, and has given numerous public talks, including via TED.com. You can see her image of the Universe using her interactive viewer at gleamoscope.icrar.org. Natasha plans to build an even bigger picture of the Universe in coming years, peering out across cosmic time.
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Amanda Paton
Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc)
Director Therapeutic and Advocacy Services
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Therapeutic and Advocacy Services at Parkerville Children and Youth Care, overseeing a multidisciplinary team of 65 professionals. I have been with the organisation for over 13 years, spending most of this time in a senior executive role. I currently lead Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre, the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre which provides an interagency response to the forensic investigation and management of one third of all cases of child sexual abuse in metro WA, in partnership with WA Police and Department of Communities. Clinically I specialise in the assessment and treatment of children who have experienced complex trauma and child sexual abuse and oversee the delivery of specialist psychological services to over 2100 children, young people and adults each year who have experienced trauma from abuse.
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Shane Jones
Melchor Pty Ltd
Managing Director
My working career has been involved in many different projects which has given a broad range of experience. I studied my Engineering degree in Melbourne and as part of the degree I worked for a year on the Port Hedland to Telfer pipeline. This gave me knowledge of the power industry where I focused the rest of my studies. On completion I worked on a power turbine installation in Auckland, New Zealand after which I returned to Perth, where I worked as a PLC programmer on the new FMG Cloudbreak mine and BHP sites. My subsequent years were working as a Project Manager where I constructed the Merredin Power Station, where I am still a Director today and in constructing drill rigs and an oil export facility in Wyndham. I now run a construction company known as Melchor and sit on a number of other boards such as Perth Energy.
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Eric Javier Torres
ITDynamics
Director
It is hard to believe that something I helped to create with $20.00 and hard work, is now so successful. But money has not been the main factor for me. I love what I have been able to access with ITdynamics’ success. It has given me a foundation from which I have been able to create employment, meet great people, inspire others, educate students, learn new things, traveled the world, represent Australia and gained recognition from peers. I hope that the next 10 years allow me to accomplish many more things.I would like people to see ITdynamics as a realization that creating their own business is a viable option in Australia. They can use what we created or many other great examples as inspiration and know that if a 22 year old immigrant kid with no initial network can do it, why can't they.
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Joshua Beaver
Beaver Group of Companies
Managing Director
Josh Beaver is Managing Director of Beaver Group, a company he founded in 2007 headquartered in Perth and employing over 65 staff.He believes innovation is the key driver for creating value in business. His business invests significantly in research, new product development and manufacturing. His current focus is developing the technology for the “slurry pipeline of the future” to disrupt the bulk ore transportation market.He is passionate about education and entrepreneurship. His long-term vision is to build a great Australian company that can inspire the next generation to see a bright future for innovation and entrepreneurship in this country.Josh previously worked in management consulting, was an elite sailor (finishing 8th Olympic Finn world championships 2005), has a Law/Arts degree (UWA) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment (FINSIA). He lives in Perth with his partner (Johanna) and three young children (Abbie, Thomas & Charlotte).
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Nicholas Stamatiou
Deloitte Australia
Deloitte Australia
Nick is passionate about all things technology and innovation, and his work reflects it. He currently leads Deloitte’s Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy and Commercialisation team, a service line that he conceived and brought into the business just over 2 years ago.He is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading IP strategists with over 12 years of experience working alongside global clients to unlock the value of their technology and IP. He is an experienced patent and trade marks attorney, qualified legal practitioner, IP litigator, and commercialisation advisor with a deep understanding of innovation strategies, IP leveraging, and achieving strategic business growth through open innovation.Often called upon by the leaders of Australia’s most innovative companies, Nick’s passion is in developing and implementing globally-focused growth strategies that leverage intangible assets.