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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 2020 40under40 People's Choice will close Tuesday 11 February 2020.

The winner will be announced at the 2020 40under40 Awards Thursday 26 March 2020.

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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Nikhil JAYARAJ
Regen Power Pty Ltd
Managing Director
Nikhil Jayaraj has been working with Regen Power for the past 10 years, rising up in ranks to become its Managing Director and shareholder. With his vision and experience in this field he brought many changes in marketing strategies, sales, procurement, customer services and brand building which led the company from a negative $100k margin in 2015 to a huge profit margin of $ 1 by 2018-19. The past four years witnessed an astounding growth of 300% in sales and revenue.This year Regen has seen the best sales to date. With 8% of market share, Regen is ranked no.1 in terms of residential/ commercial solar sales and installations in WA. Nikhil dreams of maintaining this position for the years to come and increase market share by 10% in next 3 years.With over 20,000 customer base and exclusive agreements with major suppliers, confident that Regen would lead the future market.
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Candice Haynes
Innervation Chiropractic
Director/Chiropractor
I dreamt of being a chiropractor but never expected that following my dream would lead me in the direction of running a successful business, improving the health of thousands of people and educating the wider community. I graduated as a chiropractor in 2009, owned my own business within 18 months and rebranded as Innervation Chiropractic in 2018. Running a business allows me to be a mum, chiropractor and business owner all in a balanced and rewarding way. Creating jobs, sitting on the Australian Chiropractors Association WA board and supporting students to thrive as chiropractors has meant I was named Young Chiropractor of the year in 2013 and was awarded with the Student Liaison award in 2017. Watching my business transform from 2, to 8, and soon to be 12 team members, and seeing the forever growing impact we have in our community is why I love what I do!
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Jenna Gore
Sleep Science Guru
Founder & Director
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 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 60k 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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Ruth Blackham
Western Surgical Health
Co-Director and Principal
I am a Bariatric, Upper GI and General Surgeon; one of only two females in Western Australia. I am a co-director and principal of our practice. At the core of our business is Excellence in Patient Care. Rather than having the patient travel to multiple places, we employ dieticians, psychologists, physicians and surgeons to ensure continuity of care, minimised travel time and time off work. Maintaining the patient at the centre of every clinical interaction is greatly valued by clients and we hope to build upon this into a larger practice in future. My vision for surgical education as an academic is to ensure WA is a national hub for training and education of all surgeons from medical student to trainees.
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Jo Hawkins
University of Western Australia
Manager, UWA Innovation Quarter
Dr Jo Hawkins is working to bridge the gap between universities and industry. As manager of The University of Western Australia’s Innovation Quarter (UWA IQ), she supports some of the state’s brightest minds to release the value of new ideas and technologies. Jo has facilitated connections and collaboration between thousands of researchers, students, funders, investors, and industry. Achievements include delivering 600+ innovation and entrepreneurship training placements, supporting 100+ UWA spinout projects, and overseeing the branding and launch of IQX, UWA’s first innovation and coworking space. During the first twelve months of operation the space hosted 250 events, 15,000 visits, and facilitated 500+ new connections between industry and the university. Jo is also an award-winning writer and lecturer. She aspires to drive Western Australian economic development by creating clearer pathways for industry to engage with UWA, a globally networked, billion-dollar enterprise, offering access to world-leading research and teaching.
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Ray Kershaw
Mondo Exclusive Homes
Director
35 year old Ray Kershaw started Mondo Exclusive in 2010, a custom home builder in Perth, WA, and has achieved a thriving business in a fluctuating property market, now averaging 7-10 home builds a year. With his homes recognised in numerous state and national industry awards, Ray is heavily involved in his industry, contributing and advocating for especially the smaller builders and future leaders at every opportunity, by mentoring and being on multiple influential industry committees. He was instrumental in creating the Future Leaders committee for the WA Master Builders Association, the only chapter in Australia to have one. He believes the company’s heavy focus on complete transparency, a highly personalised service keeping up with design trends and marketing via social media are key contributors to his business success.
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Bec Johnson
Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre
CEO
Diagnosed with the complex autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes in 2001, Bec is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre, an Australia-first support centre for Western Australians with type 1. The Family Centre supports hundreds of families to face the challenges of type 1 diabetes with confidence, through on-point education programs, cutting-edge clinical care and community connection. The Family Centre’s mission is to reach and serve every person impacted by type 1 diabetes in WA in the next five years. Bec is a compelling community leader, recognised by Facebook with one of only 100 Fellowships awarded globally to the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Despite having more than 40,000 injections of insulin in her life, Bec believes there are no limits on life with type 1 diabetes, and she has twice swum solo across the Rottnest Channel and sailed across the Atlantic to prove it.
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Adam Mastey
Pubster Pty Ltd
Founder
In its first year, Pubster became one of the most comprehensive databases of its kind in Australia, gave thousands of small businesses control over the information patrons receive, and lets venues to market directly to a receptive audience.A platform designed to arm would-be patrons information about nearby bars and pubs, Pubster started as a “side hustle” of Perth engineer Adam Mastey who wanted to build a platform connecting patrons with venues without nuisance advertising or collecting personal data.The concept took off and has since delivered 1 million impressions, facilitated over 12,500 real-time connections between patrons and venues and launched overseas.It is an affordable, sustainable marketing platform with global potential that gives the bar and pub industry - which still markets via A-frame chalkboards - a new tool to thrive, and could help reverse the trend, led by Uber Eats, of people staying home.
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Dominic Barlow
Breight Group
Director - Business Strategy & Development Manager
As a Business Development and Optimisation Manager at Breight Group I shifted the mining services paradigm from a rate base to a total cost/value base, unlocking significant efficiency improvements for mining clients. I achieved this by leveraging lean and work standardization principles regularly used in manufacturing plants, rolled out across the pool of technicians through supervisors specifically trained in these skills, I plan to expand this approach beyond mining, to other resource industry areas such as renewable energy, helping thus the WA economy grow and become more resilient by creating a competitive advantage for such industries to move in or scale up their operations.
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Brie Healy
From Dust Creative Arts/Global Creative
Founding Director
Brie Healy is a Melbourne raised dance artist now working predominantly teaching dance in the remote Pilbara region of Australia. Having grown up immersed in the arts, Brie found herself drawn to remote towns that lacked what was such a big part of her upbringing. Seeking to fill the gap in arts education, Brie moved to Tom Price in Western Australia and against all the challenges mining towns produce, has successfully started her business From Dust Creative Arts which provides dance classes in a studio setting as well as programs as a part of the arts curriculum in schools throughout the region. Now entering year 15 of teaching, Brie is passionate about sharing her craft with students and is working on more arts projects in the region to ensure a long term arts presence remains strong for many years to come.
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Yola Bakker
LANAH
Founder
From the performing arts to real estate, the consular corps to environmental impact, Yola is now based in Western Australia working in social services, arts advocacy and leadership development.Pursuing her calling as a professional artist at the Jakarta Institute of Arts cemented her commitment to the creative process and more importantly her resilience against conformity and conventional thinking / methodologies.Yola is an influential leader within the organisations and communities that she works and as the first ever recipient of the Alumni Scholarship on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s flagship program, her natural style and authentic passion is attractive to those around her.Of Makassan and Moluccan ethnicity Yola's cultural heritage shaped the definitive set of values by which she works and plays, underpinning her astute business drive and a personal practice framework.
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Lee Edward Cassell
Passing Paws Pet Cremations Pty Ltd
CEO and Founder
Joining the military at 17, I embarked on a military career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. After leaving the military, I embarked on a military support career and was promoted 5 times in 5 years to a point where at 26 I was Project Manager for South Afghanistan, taking care of 600 Men and 52 forward operating bases and receiving Campaign medals during the process.I have successfully built a business that has allowed for 13 staff to find enjoyable employment and to be able to support theirs families. This is a personal achievement for me.I have now built a Strategic, Execution plan that will allow me to concentrate on becoming the largest Pet Cremation business in Australia during the national expansion which takes place early 2020. This is something I am hugely proud of and was possible after the scholarship at Curtin Business school.
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Paola Magni
Murdoch University
Deputy Dean and Director of the Centre of Research SCRIPT at Murdoch University Singapore
Innovative, vibrant and fearless, Murdoch University’s Paola Magni is a forensic scientist using nature to solve the evilest of crimes. Known as “The Bug Whisperer”, she is the secret weapon prosecutors and defenders turn to when investigating complex homicides, suspicious deaths and cold cases. Paola inspired the creation of a character on “RIS Delitti Imperfetti” – the Italian version of TV’s Crime Scene Investigation – and is an ongoing consultant to the program. Her SmartInsects app, designed to assist the work of law enforcement agencies and crime scene pathologists, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. She’s a book author and her research is published in several international scientific journals, and book chapters.Paola is a champion for women in STEM and believes “women should and can have it all”. She’s currently using cutting-edge virtual reality to train the next generation of forensic scientists in crime scene investigation.
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Sarah Fallon
On Point Finance
Director
On Point Finance offers a premium mortgage broking service and our approach is goal-oriented and takes a holistic view based on integrity, honesty and transparency.As a start up business, our results have been above average, with On Point Finance achieving top 9 groups for Choice Aggregation WA several times in the past 4.5 years noting that this is competing against established firms with up to 10 brokers! Further to this we grew a client base from scratch, and achieved $75m in settlements between January 2016 to February 2019. Given current WA market conditions, I am very proud of this achievement!My goal over the next few years is to scale and grow the business so that I can assist more Australians with achieving their financial goals and the target is $50m in paid settlements
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Megan Nielsen
Megan Nielsen Patterns
Owner
I design contemporary sewing patterns in sizes 0-30 with real people in mind. My goal is to make sewing your own stylish wardrobe enjoyable and easy, and I’m here to help. My patterns are professionally drafted to incredibly high standards and empower makers to sew their own beautiful clothing whilst teaching them new skills. I am passionate about inclusivity, environmental sustainability and humanitarian causes and am committed to using my brand to impact the world and local community in a positive and thoughtful way.
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Tony Caccetta
Perth Dermatology Clinic and Day Hospital
Medical Director
Dr Tony Caccetta is a Specialist Dermatologist and founder of Perth Dermatology Clinic (PDC). PDC is the only independent co-located private day hospital and practice for the surgical treatment of melanoma and skin cancer in Western Australia. The facility was opened by The Deputy Premier and Health Minister in 2014. PDC is licensed by the Department of Health and accredited under the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. The dermatologists and staff at PDC care for over 4000 patients per year and provide regular visiting services to the Wheatbelt and Goldfields. In 2020, Dr Caccetta will pilot a novel telehealth triage service incorporating artificial intelligence, to improve access for rural patients and general practitioners to dermatology services in the Wheatbelt.
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Amanda Walker
WA HomeStay Pty Ltd
Founder
I have successfully bootstrapped and founded our startup business, WA HomeStay. WA HomeStay, https://wahomestay.com.au, is an online booking platform offering cheaper WA holiday accommodation. Whilst managing our holiday home down south, I saw an opportunity to create a booking platform that offered cheaper booking fees for guests and better customer service for holiday accommodation providers. Being committed to sustainable tourism we only allow appropriately registered holiday accommodation to list on our site. Supporting local businesses is also a passion and I enjoy giving our guests an inside look into the businesses in WA holiday destinations. I have been on this crazy startup journey while raising three beautiful children. The entrepreneurial spirit has rubbed off on them with my two eldest boys, Zavier (10) and Bailey (8), starting Fabric Heroes. I am helping them manage the project, which will place Fabric Bag Swap Stations in shopping centres.
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Lucy Dempster
Market Creations
Digital Marketing Manager
Lucy is a digital marketer who has transformed WA’s public and private sectors’ digital services in growing brand awareness, improving website project management and developing strategic social media management - all with a focus on ROI.Having worked for the Town of Victoria Park and the City of Vincent, Lucy developed an in-depth understanding of the local government sector and how to transform digital practices within these organisations to better serve their communities.Putting these skills into practice, Lucy ran her own consultancy business specialising in digital marketing services – supporting public and private sector clients before being headhunted for Digital Marketing Manager at Market Creations (a marketing agency specialising in local government services).Lucy has a proven track record for leading digital transformation within local government and was recognised with three national awards and an honourable mention at GovHack 2019 – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open data hackathon.
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Nilesh Makwana
Illuminance Solutions
CEO
Nilesh Makwana is an entrepreneur, social impact innovator, technology thought leader and advocate for workplace diversity. An Indian immigrant, Nilesh arrived in Perth in 2012, starting from scratch with no job or connections.Since then, Nilesh has co-founded a business that’s been internationally endorsed by Microsoft, fostered soft diplomacy between India and WA, created West Tech Assemblage (an annual tech event for the state’s innovators and entrepreneurs), as well as developed and delivered a free training program to boost digital literacy among Indigenous communities. CEO of ICT consultancy illuminance Solutions, Nilesh applies his philosophy of “living life with purpose” every day, leading the organisation to create technological solutions for social impact. Nilesh is also the co-founder of WA-based nonprofit Borderless Gandhi. Nilesh is passionate about the community, dedicating his time on various boards and committees, always finding ways to give back to the community that has offered him so much
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Emma Brierty
Youth Focus
Cheif Operations Officer
Emma is the Chief Operating Officer at Youth Focus. She has a demonstrated history within healthcare services and is professionally skilled in operations management, change management, coaching, strategic planning, organisational development and quality management. Prior to her role at Youth Focus, Emma held senior leadership roles across a range of healthcare sectors including aged care and hospital care. Emma has a wealth of clinical governance knowledge, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from The University of Notre Dame and a Diploma in Frontline Manage from Aspire Performance Training.Emma is a highly respected, influential and committed leader who leads by example. She is passionate about building efficiency through effective change management with the focus always remaining on providing high-quality care to clients
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Tyler Spooner
Uno Group
CEO / Co Founder
I am a tech entrepreneur with a passion for giving back to the local community. From humble beginnings, I have persevered to develop a range of successful businesses that help to support those in need. The sale of my first business funded a technology start-up called Feedmee App. This app directly resulted in over 10,000 meals being donated to people who needed a helping hand. The Feedmee App technology also led to the development of the Uno Group, which is now the foremost provider of market intelligence to some of the biggest retailers and brands in Australia. My experience coming from a homeless teenager has shaped my attitudes and given me true perseverance. It has also given me the determination to take Uno Group to the next level and expand into new sectors and geographies over the coming years.
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Jordan Kosek
APD Engineering
Managing Director
Jordan Kosek joined APD Engineering in 2009. The company at the time had around 30 staff and one client. His drive was to diversify the business to the East Coast while growing further in the government utility and mining spaces in WA.Today APD Engineering is a $40-50M business, which has grown 10 times in staff and financials, has around 11 offices around Australia, and is accredited with and trusted to work on the networks of almost every Power Utility around Australia. Recently APD has now expanded its operations into New Zealand.
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Aaron McDonald
Pragma Lawyers
Director
Aaron is the founding director of Pragma, a law firm based in Subiaco. Pragma takes its name from the word “pragmatic”, and aims to deliver pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to its clients. Pragma is an innovative firm who embraces fixed fee and transparent billing.Aaron is the founding Chair of the Subiaco Justice Centre (SJC), a non-profit community legal clinic which provides pro bono legal advice and assistance to disadvantaged people. Aaron is also the co-founder of Judicate, an online dispute resolution platform which allows for rapid resolution of disputes outside of the standard Court process. Judicate aims to be cheaper than traditional dispute resolution pathways. Judicate aims to solve the growing problem that “going to court” often outweighs the amount in dispute. Aaron’s achievements are borne out of his passion for access to justice, which make him a worthy recipient of this award.
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Ryan Glass
Commercial Aquatics Australia
National Operations Manager
Ryan has advanced through the business to become National Operations Manager of a large scale construction specialist subcontractor working across Australia. From humble beginnings in late 2003 initially drafting and completing deliveries, Ryan has worked in the field, hands on with the business before moving into supervisorial positions followed by Estimating and Business Development. In 2015/16 Ryan completed dual roles simultaneously on one of the largest Commercial Pool projects in Australia as the Site Supervisor and Project Manager for the new swimming pools at Perth’s Crown Towers. The project went on to win the MBA WA and MBA National Subcontractor of the year for 2017 for Commercial Aquatics Australia. Now as National Operations Manager, Ryan is responsible for the day to day operations of both Melbourne and Perth offices with future growth into the Sydney market on the horizon for 2020.
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Sean Hughes
Realmark Coastal
CEO
“I have known Sean for 12 years and I have a huge admiration for him and his achievements.From the offset I could tell that he had all the attributes of a talented, rounded, modern, ambitious entrepreneur and I have tracked his progress over the years with much interest, seeing him progress to the highly respected and successful businessman that we know today. Sean’s modern management techniques, embracing both supreme customer service and forward-thinking staff engagement have been the foundation of his business success and it is fair to say that he has transformed the Real Estate sector in WA, picking up many accolades along the way.And at less than 40 years of age, he is not finished yet.”Bill Holroyd CBE DL - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Holroyd
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Michael Bartier
BGC Housing Group
Executive General Manager
From working out of the garage of a dispay home selling new homes in 2012, to the top of Western Australia’s housing goliath responsible for over 400 employees, thousands of contractors and half a billion in revenue, Michael is not one for moving slowly. Having arguably sold more homes than nearly anyone else in WA, Michael is a pillar of the residential building industry and a strong voice and advocate for housing discussions at state government level.Building quality homes is not his only aim, he prides himself on the inclusive culture he drives and his ability to constantly drive innovation. Empowering employees, building for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly future, and increasing market share during stagnant economic periods are his priorities. Michael is a man on a mission; a mission to provide stability to more West Australians by assisting them to own a home of their own.
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PAUL MORRISON
ELITE HOSPITALITY PERSONNEL
DIRECTOR
“Let us take care of your staffing needs and leave you to look after your business”Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, with experience from fine dining to bulk catering, and corporate clients including the chef for international football teams, I noticed a demand within the industry for quality hospitality staff throughout WA. This is how, in 2015, Elite Hospitality Personnel (EHP) was born; to help meet this demand for hospitality staffing, which in turn has led to us building strong relationships with our clients and providing services to some of the biggest names in hospitality locally and nationally. Elite Hospitality Personnel can cover any sector within hospitality from Government, education, remote, aged care, in-flight catering, healthcare, events, clubs, restaurants and hotels.What we say is what we do - we call this “Strength in Partnership”. Everything we do has the human touch!
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James Clarke
LH Global Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
James Clarke is an entrepreneur with a focus on the international movement of people and businesses between major world markets. He’s the CEO and Co-founder of LH Global, a Perth-based international company with offices throughout Australia, China, Malaysia, USA, England and Bhutan. His work involves opening channels for cross-directional investment between countries, especially between Australia and China.James consults and advises to organisations who want to break into new international markets, want to explore global investment opportunities, or need to move staff and operations between countries. James is also active in executive roles for the Australian China Business Council and the Migration Institute of Australia. He has been responsible for revitalising the Perth-Nanjing Sister City initiative, a program promoting diplomacy, investment and economic growth between the two regions.
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Jason Skinner
JP Equity Partners
Managing Director
Jason is a highly driven young professional who has been successfully operating a boutique financial services firm in Nedlands for the past 18-months. JP Equity Partners commenced in 2018 and specialises in providing investment and corporate advisory services for clients and investors. The business has developed a significant portfolio of high net worth clients and raised over $30 million dollars. Creating one of the fastest growing and successful advisory firms in the state.Jason has led and assisted multiple companies through successful Initial Public Offering, Capital Raising and Corporate Transactions. He is the Corporate Adviser for several unlisted and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed companies. His ambition to have a competitive advantage in the market and think outside the box, lead to the development and partnership with Asian based company Spark Plus. This well-established international partner has set the business apart and gained client’s exclusive access to international opportunities.
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Michael Hakim Habib Gendy
Jupiter Health Services PTY LT and hammond park family practice pty ltd
Jupiter Health Services PTY LTD and hammond park family practice pty ltd
Migrated to Australia at the age of 28 with no savings ,I am a self-made Entrepreneur/Doctor passionate about medicine/helping people and business development Clinical Educator for UWA Medical students !Pioneer in Medical centre business ,Started first 7 days bulk billing Medical Centre in Perth 2011,Started first 7 days late hours Medical Centres in Perth 2012started the first 24/7 Medical Centre in Perth 2016 !A business partner and co-founder of multiple companies including Jupiter Health and Medical services and Hammond Park Family Practice PTY LTDoffering more than 400 employment opportunity and have 120 GPS contracted to work with me4 Dental Centres (Jupiter Dental Clinics) Today my group is Western Australia’s leading GP group and looking forward to expand to include different services like pathology and radiology and to expand nationally!Sky is my limit!
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Mark Hatfield
Macmahon
GM Plant and Maintenance
Mark Hatfield has more than 19 years’ experience within the mining and heavy equipment industry and has fulfilled numerous operational and senior leadership roles. Mr Hatfield is currently the General Manager for Plant & Maintenance with Macmahon, a leading international mining contracting company with a workforce greater than 4,000. Mark has a strong technical background and has managed operations in Australia, Indonesia and China.A skilled strategist and effective leader with robust personal values, Mark’s ability to build strong teams has seen him deliver outstanding results for companies in the most challenging of situations.Mark has a comprehensive approach to business operations with a keen sense of active community participation. He prides himself on giving back and investing in the industry that has served him well.
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Clinton House
BetterLabs Pty Ltd; a wholly owned subsidiary of RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd
Innovation Product Manager
Clinton House is a technology entrepreneur, recognised by his peers to be one of the brightest minds in WA. Clinton founded the award-winning Trendwise visitor analytics platform, valued by professional investors at over four million dollars, with deployments in government, outdoor advertising and tourism across Southeast Asia, China and Australia.Clinton has been recognised with a number of personal accolades including Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, as well as the National Digital Disruptors Award from the Australian Computer Society in Sydney.Clinton now focuses his talents and energy towards RAC’s strategic innovation department, ‘BetterLabs’. As an intrapreneur, Clinton unearths opportunities and creates brand-new transformational businesses across a wide range of fields, outside of RAC's core business, to stave off the impending disruption to the main business by autonomous electric vehicles.
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Scott Mills
Mechwest
Managing Director
During my ownership journey, I’ve grown the business from 3 staff to 120, with a revenue increase exceeding 1,000% over the last four-year period and the expansion of operations into Brisbane and Manila.Of the 10 major mining projects currently in WA, Mechwest are contracted on 7 of them. We are quickly becoming the preferred supplier for mining clients due to our in-house design software, integrated project delivery approach and reliability.Along the way I have never stopped learning and growing, I have surrounded myself with great people who have been able to implement my ideas for our industry and led to us not only surviving the mining downturn but prospering through it.Plans for our future include deeper growth and investment into technology to evolve the drafting process within the mining and building and infrastructure industries and giving back through our three areas of sponsorship.
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Claire Rushe
Chematek
General Manager
Claire worked for Deutsche Bank for 11 years, where she became a Director. On the Equity Trading desk, Claire traded hundreds of millions of dollars every day and experienced the GFC first hand. In 2013 Claire moved to establish the European Financial Institutions Coverage team. Alongside this, she joined Mensa and actively promoted STEM subjects across the UK. In 2016, Claire moved to Perth, giving up her career in Banking. She declined offers in Finance and Management Consulting to establish and manage Chematek who distribute Eni (previously known as Agip) lubricants across Australia. Eni is the largest company in Italy with over $100 billion revenue. She is a Director of Jungle Sports – WA’s largest multi-sports provider for children. Claire is an active sportswoman, representing WA at Masters hockey. Claire has a Masters degree in Engineering, from Cambridge University, during which she was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.
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Briege Whitehead
White Spark Pictures
Founder, Creative Director, Executive Producer
White Spark Pictures is an independent production company founded in 2017 by producer, director, and writer Briege Whitehead and from the outset has had two distinct divisions: one producing factual content for the international television market and one harnessing the latest technology and filming techniques to produce VR, immersive and interactive films. White Spark has quickly developed an enviable reputation and has established strong relationships with broadcasters, financiers, distributors and government organisations, both domestically and internationally.To date, TV productions from Briege Whitehead have appeared on leading broadcast platforms around the world such as National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery and Netflix, while its first VR title, The Antarctica Experience, has been declared one of the most successful VR projects of all time after playing to sell-out audiences in major venues including Canberra’s National Museum of Australia and Sydney’s Australian Maritime Museum ahead of its international roll out.
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Rachael Ferguson
Synxsole
CEO
I’m Rachael Ferguson, a podiatrist of 15 years with a big heart, combining a passion for helping people get back on their feet along with my other interests: health, wellness and business.I’m the Founder of Elite Sports Podiatry, and CEO and Co-Founder of Synxsole, a modern footcare company with a range of products that includes our patented insole, range of gel products, compression sleeves and no-tie shoelaces. My biggest goal is to make Synxsole a household name around the world.I’ve spoken regularly on talkback radio, appeared in Synxsole’s TV commercials, been on Shark Tank and won a deal, as well as appearing on Today Tonight and The Morning Show. I also speak at seminars and in the media about common podiatry topics, general health, wellness and entrepreneurship. I also have a range of blogs and videos on common podiatry complaints.
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Samantha Hall
Spaces Alive
Managing Director
People describe me as interesting and curious. It’s a reflection of a very unusual career path between science and industry. My works brings together a strong scientific background driven by empathy for people and their needs. I look at how buildings affect users. I take that feedback to organisations to help them create healthier, happier spaces. I’ve come along way since being told my life and career would be limited due to illness. I decided to find my own brain surgeon. This first experience of grit and perseverance became my foundation. As a sleep deprived mum of a newborn, I bounced with a crying baby strapped to my chest whilst on the phone closing the biggest deal I’d ever worked on. I do not give up easily. I’m proud of what I have achieved and excited to be scaling globally in 2020 with new business partners.
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Jacki-Lee Munckton
Celebrate WA
Board Member
Jacki-Lee is a board member for Celebrate WA. Her career has spanned three continents in a 20-year profession. As a disrupter in mining construction, she drove change. Reporting into the Deputy Programme Director, Jacki-Lee created the strategy from the ground up. With a geographically dispersed team of 5000, mega-projects valued at $25B, her role as Communications Director was instrumental in delivering projects on time and on budget. As testament to the impact, internal communications improved by 30%. Jacki-Lee is an entrepreneur, who founded her own fashion business. Clients included Australia’s best hotels Crown Towers Melbourne and Como The Treasury. To expand the brand and for international insight, Jacki-Lee attended New York Fashion Week and interviewed global designer Tommy Hilfiger and model Nicole Trunfio. At Crown Perth Jacki-Lee was promoted three times in three years. Aged 23, in London, she learnt about the media industry at Sky News UK's 24-hour newsroom.
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Kelda Oppermann
Zonta House Refuge Association Inc
Chief Executive Officer
I have worked in the community services sector across various roles from direct client work, program development and management and organisational strategy. My expertise is in leadership, business development and improvement. For the past 6 years, I have worked at Zonta House Refuge Association, and have been vital in developing programs; driving organisational change from output to outcome based funding models and implementing client focused models of service delivery. I am committed and motivated to working collaboratively with government, my community sector peers and corporate supporters to achieve positive outcomes for individuals and the greater Western Australian (WA) community. I am passionate about how we can achieve better outcomes and a have a greater social impact.
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TARA SIMICH
THE JUNGLE BODY & MERMADE HAIR
DIRECTOR
As the Founder of Australia's leading fitness brand The Jungle Body & Founder of cult beauty brand Mermade Hair, Tara Simich is one of Australia's leading young Entrepreneurs. Before starting The Jungle Body Tara studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics at Curtin University before completing a Scholarship at the State University of New York in 2009. In 2010, at 19 years of age Perth based Tara Simich founded "The Jungle Body,' a provider of 8 unique licensed workouts delivered by Instructors in over 20 countries as far-flung as Saudi Arabia & Austria. In August 2019, Tara launched Mermade Hair, a hair tool that went viral on Instagram, securing contracts with Myer & Princess Polly. Tara is know for her positive approach to business, life & surviving motherhood with a smile.
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Yvonne Power
Village Energy
Co-founder
Yvonne Power is co-founder and COO of Village Energy, a Perth based energy technology start-up established in late 2017, focused on helping grid operators improve the reliability and affordability of energy for remote villages. Village Energy has a vision of helping communities thrive by giving access the cheaper and greener energy. Yvonne has three Masters degrees and extensive experience working in the energy sector of WA where she has worked in various fields such as strategy, research and development and remote Aboriginal communities negotiating native title and heritage agreements. Yvonne recently implemented Village Energy's first pilot project in Andhra Pradesh, India and the start-up has secured further agreements across India and Indonesia with a pipeline of 500,000 connections. Village Energy is entering its next investment round and has generated significant interest from international venture capitalists with an objective of rapidly scaling the business over the next two years.
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Michelle Maynard
Carbon Group Swan Valley
Partner
I started my Accounting Practice in 2017 with a desire to support businessowners. I wanted to change the Accountant experience into one that was supportive, positive and assisted my clients to better understand their business finances and obligations. This message has resonated with many small businesses and the industry.In those two short years I have been awarded 2019 New Partner of the Year and Top 50 Women in Accounting. I was also a Finalist for Small Business Advisor of the Year. I have also established myself as a Finance expert, regularly having my opinion sought by the media and by the industry. Throughout this growth my focus has always been on the growth and support of the people around me, clients, staff, or associates. I truly believe that by investing in and supporting those around you, we all benefit. My business journey and achievements is testament to that.
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Alexander Dudek
Master Cabinets and Stone WA
General Manager and Partner
I am a hardworking and driven character that likes to lead from the front and ensure my team is always striving to achieve more or better. I like to show trust and belief in others around in order to help them move forward and grow as people. This has enabled us to operate and achieve growth in a market that is 40% down. It has enabled us to move premise in this time and amalgamate another business into ours in 2015 boosting our growth by 15%. In my time we have had 11 apprentices complete their apprenticeships and 4 team members with disabilities gain full time employment through MCS. In the future i would like to continue to grow as a business and maintain our high retention of team members. We have tabled the idea of setting up on the East Coast to further diversify our business
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Laurie Maximilian
The Body Transformation Studio
Co-founder
Over the past 21 years as a fitness professional, I have established myself as a career health expert in my community and built a reputable and profitable fitness business assisting people with their health, wellness and fat-loss goals in a safe and sustainable way. From humble beginnings as a husband-and-wife team training clients in an old warehouse, I now own a boutique fitness studio serving over 220 clients. I employ a team of fitness professionals in a supportive, educational, and secure workplace environment in which they are guided and inspired to further improve their skills and knowledge to also establish themselves as fitness industry leaders. Together we are breaking the stereotype of a typical crowded and impersonal 24-hour gym full of uneducated trainers and instead create a happy, healthy environment that our staff and our clients love.
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Sian Roberts
The Last Great Hunt
General Manager
Siân Roberts has been pivotal to the success of Perth’s most prolific, exciting and boundary pushing theatre company, The Last Great Hunt. Working alongside six Core Artists, Siân is a creative and strategic leader, maintaining a culture of support, encouragement, new work and artistic freedom. She has provided strategic guidance to artists and board to successfully transition the company from independent to government funded status, always keeping the art and audiences at the forefront of planning.Siân has overseen over $2.1 million raised in grants, sponsorship, fundraising and commissioning, and secured a second 3 year term of State Government funding. Producing multiple award-winning and nominated shows, she has doubled the company income, donations and number of arts workers employed. Siân is passionate about theatre in WA, and sharing her knowledge of creative business practice.
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Megan Del Borrello
Behind the Brands
Founder
Megan Del Borrello is the Founder of Behind the Brands, a platform for female entrepreneurs in Australia. An entrepreneur at heart with a passion for empowering women, she was named one of Australia’s Top 50 Small Business Leaders in 2019. Megan has spoken at various organisations including APSMA, Nifnex, Reece Plumbing and SPASA WA, Master Painters Association and local councils. Featuring in the media on a regular basis she has been featured in Inside Small Business, Channel 10, Today Tonight, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6PR and Channel 9. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Marketing and was a Board Member of 100 Women during 2016-2018.In 2014, she started Gloss Marketing, when her daughter was 6 weeks old after facing workplace gender discrimination. It was that defining moment that led her to launch Behind the Brands in 2017 for female entrepreneurs in Australia.
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Jess KARLSSON
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
I am a passionate advocate for inclusion, and believe the world would be a better place if we achieved diversity in all areas.; I have a reputation as a proactive and results-driven professional recognised for good governance, leadership and management, with over ten years’ experience across non- profit, health, education, disability and community sectors in CEO, Senior Executive and Board Director Roles. A strategic thinker, and thoughtful leader with a successful national career focused on growing brands and creating strategic partnerships.; My background has developed skills as a purposeful and visionary team leader, combined with innovative business and analytical skills. My experience and passion have strengthened my knowledge in leadership, governance, facilitation and training teams, inclusive recreation, disability, youth in both for purpose and for-profit sectors
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Tamara Heng
Lavan
Partner
Tamara Heng is a partner in Lavan’s Property Services team specialising in the sale and purchase of property assets, due diligence, subdivisions, land development and project management agreements.Tamara acts for a wide of clients including overseas investors, developers, private equity and government bodies, major corporations and high net worth individuals.Tamara has significant experience in property developments and commercial negotiations and has been involved in a number of key projects in Western Australia for leading property developers.Tamara is also experienced in commercial dispute resolution and has negotiated successful outcomes in contractual and property disputes.Tamara was recognised as a Leading Lawyer for Property and Real Estate Law in the Doyle’s Guide 2019, she was also awarded the UDIA WA & Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award 2017. In 2008, Tamara was the winner of the Property Council of Australia's Young Achiever of the Year Award.
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Kukame McPierzie
Woods Bagot
Studio Chair
Through advocacy, engagement, participation and education within the built environment, Woods Bagot’s Perth Studio Chair Kukame McPierzie is leading the way to a brighter future. Winner of 2019’s Western Australian Emerging Architect Prize for being “instrumental in the design and delivery of ‘city changing’ schemes”, Kukame is an architect whose practice is defined by a sense of responsibility to make places better. Having already made a lasting impact on Perth’s architecture with his work on Elizabeth Quay and other projects spanning urban design, masterplanning, public architecture, education, community, residential, and temporary installations, Kukame has worked on projects that have been widely celebrated as a key catalyst in helping shift the perception of Perth from dull west coast outpost to an exciting, modern city. Above all, Kukame takes great pride in getting the conditions for success right, and always maintains a clear focus on the bigger picture.
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David Lynch
Churchill Consulting
Director
David is a Director at Churchill Consulting specialising in organisational strategic change and leads the Performance Improvement service line. He has over 15 years consulting experience to both public and private sector organisations in Europe and Australia.David has a broad range of experience, focusing on Operating Model Transformation and Business Improvement, often using technology as a key enabler of change. He has become a trusted advisor to a range of leading Western Australian businesses across Resources, Healthcare and the Member based sector.After attending Clongowes Wood College, David went on to complete a Bachelor of Business studies from Trinity College in Dublin. David is a Prince 2 Practitioner and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
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Brad Young
The Grout Guy
Managing Director
Born and raised in Perth playing ice hockey for most of his life Brad Young was an entrepreneur at a very early age. Brad was introduced into the re-grouting world at the age of 17. Realising a passion and talent for solving problems and fixing things, Brad could see the amazing prospect that this industry had to offer so he took up an offer to buy half of The Shower Man and from there “The Grout Guy” was born.Since that day, Brad has worked hard at testing new techniques and trialling different products to master the art of re-grouting and repairing leaking showers.The Grout Guy has now been in operation for 13 years and continues to look at new innovations and systems to better the re-grouting and fixing leaking showers industry.Now in two states, with 30 staff, Brad is just getting started.
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Cristiana Anca
Wholefood Enterprises Pty Ltd
Company Director
I’m a social entrepreneur passionate about creating a world where all members of the community have equal access to employment opportunities &skill development. I founded and manage Wholefood Enterprises, a leading local manufacturer of gourmet vegan products. Our brands include Raw by Chris (gourmet desserts), Little Raw Deli (vegan deli), Baked by Chris (baked goods) &others.As company director, I focus on strategic sustainable growth, while staying on track with our mission and maintaining a strong focus on quality, innovation, local relationships and alignment with UN sustainability goals.I am very passionate about working on solutions that empower individuals, particularly women, to achieve their full potential. Having served as National Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, I am excited to rally around programs that focus on capacity and community development to achieve sustainable growth, empowering individuals and organisations to work together to develop innovative economic growth models.
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Rafael Kimberley-Bowen
Scale Partners Pty Ltd
Director
Rafael plays an active role in helping build the future drivers of WA's economic growth, through a focus on disruptive technologies and entrepreneurship, community engagement, CFO advisory and angel investment.• Cofounder of boutique professional services firm scale.partners, offering CFO, tax and legal services to fast growing businesses (finalist in Australian Accounting Awards 2019).• Cofounder of Techboard (startup and tech company data) and Sealz (sunglasses which convert into goggles, ProductHoist's Australian product of the year 2015). • Active angel investor in Australia, Europe and the US, venture partner at 808 Ventures, Director at Perth Angels, founder of Australian Angel Awards, crowdfunding advisor.• Director at StartupWA, ADHD Australia.• Mentor at CSIRO’s ON program, Plus Eight, Inspiring Rare Birds, Founder Institute, etc.• Qualified accountant, fellow of CIMA, GAICD, MBA, Approved Advisor.
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Andrew Erkins
Digit
Founder
A passion for technology and people inspired Andrew to co-found Digit - an accounting firm with a twist. With a background in information systems, he loves business strategy and figuring out what makes things tick (and how it could tick better). Over the last 5 years he's built Digit into a multi-award winning firm in Australia, with a team of 18 accountants, payroll experts, and techologists across Australia and the Philippines. They focus on cloud business accounting - being the accounts department for several hundred small businesses across Australia, and help people make data-driven decisions. Andrew loves teaching, and contributes to industry groups and publications on the future of the accounting industry, sharing experience and lessons learnt to help foster others and grow the industry
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Gemma Taylor
Bradley Bayly Legal
Team Leader - Childhood Sexual Abuse
As the Team Leader of Child Sexual Abuse at Bradley Bayly Legal, I am privileged to legally represent clients seeking compensation, empowerment and recognition for atrocities they endured as children under the alleged care of various institutions. Our team represent the most vulnerable and at risk members of society including the homeless, clients who are incarcerated, lost and stolen generation Australians, indigenous clients, migrants and those who have serious and debilitating mental and physical illnesses. Our team has one of, if not the largest, child sexual abuse teams in WA and we credit this to our strong focus on trauma informed practice and cultural sensitivity. It is the belief of my team and I that exposing the failures of institutions and those charged with the care of children in the past, will result in positive change and awareness to ensure the safety of our children in the future.
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Gina Ravenscroft
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Research Fellow
I am an internationally-recognised medical researcher dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from debilitating inherited muscle disorders. My studies focus on identifying the genetic causes of rare but severe neuromuscular conditions, particularly early-onset conditions that cause babies to die before birth or soon after. I drive collaborations with neurologists, geneticists and pathologists around the world. As a result of my research, Australian and overseas families have the opportunity to screen for disease genes if they choose, to avoid having more affected children. Identifying the cause of these diseases opens the door to developing therapeutics to improve the lives of those affected. My research provides answers for those who currently have none.
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Jimmy Murphy
Town Team Movement
Co-Founder
Jimmy co-founded the Town Team Movement, an under-aching NFP dedicated to inspiring civic action..As a student, Jimmy studied both marketing and music, combining his two study areas as well as his passion for community he founded the Funk Club in early 2000’s which was a musicians and music lovers club based in Leederville and went on to become a prominent promoter in the music and festival scene. Jimmy co-founded Upbeat Events in 2010, which worked with councils and Town Teams to help produce large scale community events such as the Subiaco Street Party, Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival, Vic Park Summer Street Party and Light Up Leederville Carnival. In 2015 he was elected as a Councillor for the City of Vincent he chairs the Arts Advisory Group who, along with council, has set a new vision for Vincent to become the Arts Capital of WA.
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Joep Vaessen
GHD
Business Group Leader - Power Engineering
I’m an energetic leader in WA’s renewables and clean energy sector with a background in power engineering. In my role at GHD, I proudly assist clients in securing WA’s clean energy future by helping them implement renewable energy solutions. I’ve built a local team of skilled and motivated engineers with an appetite for change who are prepared for the next wave of new energy projects such as renewables in the Pilbara. Having fostered a positive culture of co-creation where no idea is too wild for consideration, I look forward to developing more innovative energy solutions for all WA. As a devoted family man, I enjoy the balance of working part-time and spending quality time with my wife (who also enjoys a successful career), three children and our family dog. An active member of my local community, I enjoy devoting time to coaching (soccer) and other school and community activities.
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Paul Ghantous
Urbii Consulting Pty Ltd
Director
Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management. Paul has over 12 years’ experience in traffic engineering, parking, road safety, sustainable transport initiatives and transport planning. He has worked in private consultancies, local government and the Department of Transport. Paul currently serves as Secretary of the Transport Australia Society Committee for the WA branch of Engineers Australia. This group seeks to improve public debate on strategic transport issues. His business, Urbii is a State sponsor of AITPM and assists many local projects to obtain development approval through expert transport planning advice. Paul is passionate about sustainable micro-mobility initiatives and planning for safe, healthy streets for people, not cars.
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James Riddle
Plumbing Bros
Plumbing Bros
Three years ago, Plumbing Bros was simply an idea amongst friends. Today it is a national plumbing company with several franchise partners servicing multiple states of Australia. I used to say to myself "there is only so far you can take a plumbing company". I remember the exact time and moment I removed that limiting thought from my head. That is the day I found my purpose. Every decision I make is aimed at shifting the perception of plumbing. If another plumbing company is doing it, then I don’t want Plumbing Bros to. I want to innovate and revolutionise the trades industry and along the way achieve our projection of 74 franchises Australia-wide. Plumbing Bros will be a household name in every state and territory in Australia within five years. We plan to achieve this by never losing focus of our vision, our purpose and most importantly, our 'why'.
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Nicole Pates
Western Kids Health
Managing Director
Nicole is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist and finalist in the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards - Physiotherapist of the Year Nicole is the incoming chair or the WA Australian Physio Association Paediatric Group, regularly teaching professional development courses, and has created partnerships with charities and not-for-profits to improve care to children with chronic conditions.,As a paediatric physiotherapist and mother, Nicole knew there was a better way to deliver private health care to the children of Western Australia. Nicole envisioned a community where expert health professionals working together, for children to develop a connection with, that grew with their needs, ultimately creating Western Kids Health.Western Kids Health is a dynamic, collaborative and custom environment designed specifically for children and families. Staff work together and are experts in childhood physical, emotional and cognitive development. Through an evidence-based, fun, individualised approach we help your child reach their potential
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Chris Brennan-Jones
Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute
Head, Ear Health
I am a paediatric audiologist and outstanding early career scientist leading a team of researchers dedicated to ensuring all children can access effective treatment for ear disease and hearing loss. My research has shown that one in four non-Aboriginal children and one in two Aboriginal children will suffer from recurrent or chronic ear infections, and many are waiting up to 2 years for treatment. To tackle this, I have led the development of the Ear Portal, a telehealth program providing fast-tracked diagnosis and treatment for these children. The Ear Portal is reducing health care costs and improving the lives of families by dramatically reducing waiting times for treatment. My future goals as a clinician-scientist at Perth Children’s Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute include expanding the Ear Portal to national and international sites and developing treatments to ensure no child in WA starts school with preventable or treatable hearing loss.
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Sophie Manera
Rothstein Lawyers
Director
I'm a passionate, young immigration lawyer who strives to be both technically excellent and compassionate. My love for this area of law has motivated me to work hard and build my personal brand and my firm's brand. Since taking over as principal solicitor in 2017 I've pushed my firm in a new and exciting direction - namely by taking on more pro bono work for refugees and implementing fixed-fee services where appropriate, to provide security to clients. I've also expanded the business by taking on more employment law matters, with a niche focus on employment law matters affecting migrants and business-sponsors. I come from a migrant background and speak 4 languages. My late mother came to Australia to achieve a better future for herself and her children, and I'm grateful for the sacrifices she made so that I could receive the best education and future possible.
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James Eggleston
Power Ledger
Senior Analyst
James’ passion for the decarbonisation is transforming the global energy marketplace, for a future that’s powered by renewables. Named one of Australia’s ‘Top 5 Changemakers’ by IMPACT7, James is part of the early team at technology company Power Ledger. James is also a federally funded Doctoral Researcher at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, an Executive Committee Member at the Conservation Council of Western Australia and Councillor at the Australian Conservation Foundation.He has co-authored reports on achieving 100% renewable energy in Australia by 2029/2030 and his scholarship work has produced new energy models. Recently completing an exemplar sustainable housing precinct, to enable every apartment building in the country to become energy 80-100% self-sufficient. James currently delivers on a vision at Power Ledger to accelerate the transition of the global electricity markets to 100% renewable, creating a cleaner environment while reducing the cost of electricity for more affordable living.
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Arman Siahvashi
The University of Western Australia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Arman Siahvashi is one of the most high-calibre postdoctoral fellows at UWA. He has received one of the world’s most prestigious and competitive fellowships: Fulbright Future Fellowship. He was named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2019, ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year 2018, and WA Innovator of the Year in 2018 and 2019 (finalist). He also received Australian National Measurement Prize in 2018 and has been recently nominated for MIT 35 Innovators under 35. These are in recognition of his multi-discipline industry-focused research and for developing innovative devices that not only help LNG industry avoid costly and unwanted plant shutdowns but also the scientists in NASA to measure hydrocarbon solubilities relevant to Saturn’s moon Titan. Arman is one of WA’s Science Ambassadors and passionate about his research and science education. He takes every opportunity to get involved in science communication and outreach activities in the broader community.
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Amie Canzurlo
One for Women
Co-founder, Director of Clinical Operations
As a midwife in the private sector for over 14 years, I was often faced with the frustrations of limited services to refer women to once they were discharged from hospital. This became even more evident when I had my first baby. I found myself in desperate need of a 'village' of support, but instead, all I could access was fragmented and disjointed care. I returned to work with a new understanding of the struggles experienced by women in the fourth trimester (the three months after birth) and a determination to make things better and enact real change. A chance conversation with Stuart, a friend and GP obstetrician who was encountering the same frustrations, saw us build One For Women, the 'village' that women and families sorely need. One for Women will one day be the leaders in Obstetric Care for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.
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Jarrod Ramsay
ICTouch Pty Ltd
Director
WA owned and operated integrated Managed Cloud, IT and Telecommunications service provider ICTouch are digital transformation experts with a cloud first approach. Providing WA businesses, the opportunity to harness advancements in global technology, their wholly owned, industry leading private cloud infrastructure is built on enterprise grade layer 2 fibre networks specifically engineered to surpass the requirements of the most demanding environments. ICTouch delivers bespoke ICT platforms and support services to SME’s at globally competitive rates. Empowering our client’s workforces with secure, ultra-fast, anywhere, anytime access to corporate networks presents a distinct competitive advantage in today's modern world. As a fast-growing ICT company with 17 years of trading history and international expansion plans, we are focused on becoming an employer of choice by providing our staff and clients with access to the best technology on the planet, supported by world class technical and engineering resources.
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Timothy Harrison
Apex Technical Services
Director
Left school at 16,Finished electrical and instrumentation apprenticeship 2001Studied year 11 at night and year 12 HSC during the day in Sydney 2002Started electrical contracting business 2003 Finished Dental Therapy and ran the collie clinic in 2006Studied Physics at UWA 2007Finished electrical engineering (Hons) 2012Worked Oil and Gas Chevron subcontract through my engineering company TRH Engineering 2012-2017Started Vesara building company 2016Started APEX 2016 - 2019Started Harrison Distillery 2019I wish to continue to grow each company successfully. I pride my self on developing business correct from the start with the correct process in place. Start how you want to finish.
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Luke Purser
Apex Technical Services
Director
My focus on my business is staff and client moral. It is also engaging in a dynamic workplace that everyone gets involved and included. Implementing new technologies and software that assist staff with streamlining their roles. I enjoy every aspect of what I have achieved from not completing year 11 to developing a professional organisation through hard work and inspiring others
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Kalvin Chow
Cizzy Bridal Australia
CEO
After reluctantly taking over my fathers business and selling my bridal store, I decided it was time to take Cizzy to the big league. My exploration of international trade shows has directly contributed to the success of our international sales. In 5 years, we have doubled our Australian and in 1 year, we doubled our international sales. Cizzy is now stocked in 176 + stores worldwide, tripling the number of stores from when I took over the business. What lead me to this success, was the direct access I had to brides during my time as a bridal store owner. Drawing on my observations, I was able to create five distinct bridal brands to service each type of bride. This allowed us to become a one stop shop for luxurious gowns, customisations and fast lead times at a price that brides love.
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Paul Glass
NEXION Networks Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Glass is a CRN Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist two years in a row, Co-Founder and CEO of NEXION Group, NEXION Networks Pty Ltd and NEXION W1 DC Pty Ltd. Paul is a board member of the companies and a highly skilled ICT Business Manager, qualified from the Chartered Management Institute UK, a young but experienced company director and board member. Paul leads the company vision and strategy and as CEO manages corporate decisions, the overall operations and resources, and acts as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations.Empowering and passionate business leader, expert IT & Communications consultant with industry-leading experience in Enterprise ICT solution design and delivery. A natural leader with skills in company strategy and growth. Able to drive collaboration, align business strategy to communications goals and support business change through a team and technical product collaboration.
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Glenn Richmond
Fieldmagic & CRM Online
Founder & CTO
Glenn began as the founder and CEO of CRM Online and more recently, the founder of Fieldmagic, a SAAS CRM for field service companies. Fieldmagic offers a powerful CRM, Field Service and Asset Management platform that helps contractors and field services companies increase revenue, lower costs and transform their customer experience.Glenn and his team of 25 staff have been delivering CRM, field service and integration to clients in APAC since 2006. More recently CRM Online and Fieldmagic have been recognised as finalists in the WAITTA awards, and have been recognised for their success having won 6 categories in the Australian Business Awards since 2016.The CRM Online & Fieldmagic team continues to grow both in Australia and in overseas markets as we gain traction in the Australian, US and UK markets.
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Luke Jones
Jones Welding Solutions Pty Ltd
Director
Established in 2011, JWS (Jones Welding Solutions) is a WA owned and operated family business that provides fabrication, shutdown maintenance, construction, installation and labour hire to a portfolio of resource industry clients across Western Australia. Since 2017 JWS has grown exponentially from 15 to over 138 full-time and casual employees. Key clients include South32, MZI Resources, Tronox, Bluewaters Power Station, Doral, Parmalat and Piacentini & Son. Owner Luke Jones is passionate about contributing to the community and provides ongoing financial support to various grass roots sporting organisations as well as sponsoring primary school scholarships in the South West region. A new purpose-built premises to house JWS’ growing team will begin construction in early 2020 in Picton.
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Zane Jones
Jones Welding Solutions Pty Ltd
Director
Established in 2011, JWS (Jones Welding Solutions) is a WA owned and operated family business that provides fabrication, shutdown maintenance, construction, installation and labour hire to a portfolio of resource industry clients across Western Australia. Since 2017 JWS has grown exponentially from 15 to over 138 fulltime and casual employees . Key clients include South32, MZI Resources, Tronox, Bluewaters Power Station, Doral, Parmalat and Piacentini & Son. Owner Zane Jones is passionate about contributing to the community and provides ongoing financial support to various grass roots sporting organisations as well as sponsoring primary school scholarships in the South West region. A new purpose-built premises to house JWS’s growing team will begin construction in early 2020 in Picton.
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Lisa Anne Halton
Studio Halton | Studio Kinship
Founder and Co-Founder
Believing that architecture should be a fundamental tool in bringing about positive social and economic change I founded Studio Halton and co-founded indigenous business Studio Kinship. Both companies create and develop environments that are culturally appropriate and amplify people’s health and well-being using proven ancient design principles. I designed Australia’s first specialist disability accommodation of its kind and co-designed Australia’s first culturally appropriate house for aboriginal communities, inventing a financial model that will aid in home ownership and create aboriginal led industry.I partnered with Hesta award winning VisAbilty to co-design home modifications that allow people with disabilities to age gracefully at home and ad to the equity of their property, ‘My Home, My Choice’. We have created a pipeline of $200million worth of developments and we will continue to develop healthy environments on a global scale.
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Leslie Delaforce
DreamSpark Pty Ltd
Founder / Managing Director
A proud Gumbaynggirr man, Les Delaforce built DreamSpark, an Indigenous registered company providing services and support to grow, harness and leverage Indigenous entrepreneurship and accelerate innovation. Les is also the WA State Director of Tank Stream Labs, Board Director of StartupWA and Non-Executive Director of HelpingMinds. He is an experienced founder, board director and advisor. In 2017, Les was recognised in the Inside Small Business - Top 50 Business Leaders, in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow and featured in the 2018 book, Stories of Grit. Prior to jumping into the tech sector, Les worked in a variety of Government roles and in 2014 was awarded the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 that recognises Australia’s top 30 managers. Les is a strong advocate for the use of innovation as a mechanism to drive change and improve outcomes for a better work environment and community.
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Joanne Beedie
NICU Helping Little Hands Incorporated
Cofounder and CEO
For the majority of my professional career I was a dedicated development / fundraising professional. It wasn’t until the very personal experience of having a premature baby born at 27 weeks, that I took my work in a different direction, a direction with social impact, the formation and delivery of helping little hands (HLH).I recognised on reflection of my own family’s experience a level of practical support was missing (provision of meals, transport, wellbeing and family facilities) and consequently undertook the journey to establish a charity with the fundamental objective to deliver services that would actively support families to be able to spend the important hours in hospital caring for their baby. HLH supports the neonatal care model of “Family Integrated Care” where parents are partners with medical staff. For this model to be effective, barriers and limitations to parental involvement must be removed. HLH does this.
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Katie Lee
St Stephen's School
Communications, Marketing and Alumni Manager
Katie Lee has found her place leading the Communications, Marketing and Alumni Department at one of Perth’s biggest schools, St Stephen’s School. Her previous career in journalism and personal adversities have given her the ideal platform to skilfully discern the right approach to business, walking the line between being simultaneously empathetic and pragmatic. Katie’s leadership has positively impacted the School’s reputation and value positioning with higher community engagement, a stronger brand presence, more professional deliverables, higher enquiry rates and prospective enrolments. She values respect, duty, professionalism and family.Her best business advice is two-fold – “plan, strategise and assess risks at the start of your journey so when you set off, success is reached on a straighter road” and “focus on building relationships – even your strongest competitor could be a potential partner”.
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Dayna Pool
The Healthy Strides Foundation
Founder and Clinical Lead
I am passionate about being a healthcare researcher and I am passionate about translating research into actionable therapy. I want to see research backed and evidence based therapy services become the norm for any client or patient that requires those services from their health care provider. To that end, I am also very passionate about the not-for-profit space, where I work to improve the quality of services overseas especially in developing countries with Therapists Abroad Inc and here in Australia at the Healthy Strides Foundation.Education and training is also a vital component of providing paediatric excellence and I am passionate about learning, research, teaching and training. I love to empower professionals to be the best version of themselves they can be and to work cohesively in a modern multidisciplinary environment.
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Scott Johnson
Assisting Your Life to Achieve AYLA Inc.
Co-founder and CEO
Scott had various challenges, disadvantages and barriers to overcome when growing up. For 10 years Scott used his challenges to develop his extensive career working in London with vulnerable populations experiencing inequality and stigma, and then working in Australia supporting children with disabilities and mental health. Scott has experience in planning, fundraising and implementation of charity work. He undertook strategic fundraising efforts including building partnerships with local businesses in London to raise money and rebuilt a school for 250 children in Ghana, West Africa. Scott continued his philanthropic work in Australia and setup the not-for-profit organisation, AYLA Inc with a vision to inspire and support young people in the community, to raise funds and continue the mission of creating sustainable and safe learning environment for children in developing countries. Scott held on his passion with market research to identify gaps in community based service provisions.