APIL People’s Choice Award 2024

 

Managing Director, Benang
I am a Noongar/Ballardong woman, a mother of three beautiful children and passionate about bringing forward change through collective community initiatives and progressive business drive. I have been fortunate enough to lead our Benang team for the last 5 years since inception which has managed to become a known contributor to the Civil, Utility Infrastructure and Mining & Resources Sectors. We now employee over 40 people in Western Australia and work directly for asset owners around Western Australia in maintaining and building our state's critical infrastructure. Through my business journey i have also been humbly involved as Chair of Noongar Mia Mia in helping support our homelessness crisis as well as a Board Member of Zonta House who help bring change for Domestic Violence. I hope to see Benang as a household name in Australia and to continue my service to our community.

Director/Co-founder, My Implant Dentist
My journey as an implant dentist revolves around providing accessible and affordable implant treatments to everyday Australians. At my practice, My Implant Dentist, established in 2019, we've made it a priority to break barriers --- on average, our implant treatment is 24% more affordable compared to other clinics in Western Australia. This significant cost reduction is made possible by our in-house laboratory and our extensive expertise in performing over 2000 implant procedures annually.Driven by a commitment to quality and affordability, we've expanded to oversee seven clinics and one dental lab across Perth and Brisbane. My vision extends further as I aim to extend our services to the SouthWest region of Western Australia, striving to make transformative dental solutions more accessible to all. My focus on blending expertise in implants and cosmetic dentistry aims to restore not just smiles but confidence, ensuring care for every patient seeking life-changing dental treatments.

Director, Green Shoots
A qualified and experienced Employment Lawyer, Human Resources professional and licenced investigator, Philippa Lonie has over 15 years experience in delivery professional services and human resources advice.In 2021, after experiencing a toxic work environment, Philippa founded Green Shoots; a workplace solutions business whose vision is a world where everyone thrives at work. Philippa wanted to create workplaces where people are safe. They can be themselves, be their best, and contribute towards a financial and sustainable future for everyone.Green Shoots provides trauma-informed workplace investigations, Human Resources consulting services and workplace rehabilitation services. Philippa specialises in investigating highly sensitive workplace bullying and sexual harassment matters.Philippa also co-founded Little Things for Tiny Tots in 2015, a charity that provides essential newborn baby items for Mums in need. It started in her lounge room, and thrives over 8 years later. Philippa is Mum to 2 primary school aged girls.

Business Owner / Creative Director, House of Hobby
Emilie Otto is the Creative Director at House of Hobby (HOH) and she’s on a mission to make people’s lives more joy-filled by helping them discover a creative hobby. HOH is a Perth based business that hosts creative workshop experiences and designs DIY hobby kits, catered to people who are looking find a creative outlet and indulge in some self-care. Emilie bought the business in June of 2020, after starting as a painting teacher in 2018. Since taking over direction of the business, HOH offers new event services and creates unique products. The business has become the go-to workshop vendor for large business es such as RAC, Roy Hill, BHP and Rio Tinto in Perth and on regional mine site villages.

Director, Pathfinder Marketing
I am David Toby, the Managing Director of Pathfinder Marketing - a performance-driven digital marketing agency specialising in SEO and digital advertising across diverse industries.In 2016, my business partner Mitchell Kelly and I embarked on the entrepreneurial journey of bootstrapping Pathfinder Marketing.After setbacks in previous failed ventures, I spearheaded the company's growth strategy and am proud to have cultivated Pathfinder Marketing into a thriving 7-figure business. With a lean team of 10 employees, servicing over 60 clients globally.Our recent achievement of Google Premier Partner status, an honor only bestowed upon four agencies headquartered in Perth, sets us apart from larger competitors and positions us for significant expansion.Pathfinder Marketing has left an indelible mark on notable brands such as Bedshed, Cygnett and Byron Bay Gifts. Renowned for our innovative approaches in competitive landscapes, our impressive 90% client retention rate attests to our unwavering commitment to performance excellence.

Director, PCH CIVIL PTY LTD
I am a 29 year old civil engineer who has grown up in Australia. My career in the construction industry started out with WA Limestone with some work experience and moved to Laing O'Rourke where I spent almost 8 years. A truly outstanding business and some incredibly talented and genuine people whom I have worked with. One of the greatest cultures in construction and a true industry leader and what i believe has become a real benchmark for PCH.Josip Peran , James Culliney, and I started PCH Civil four years ago as a minor equipment hire business (Perth Construction Hire). Since then, we have grown into a sophisticated civil engineering and mining services company helping to deliver major infrastructure projects across WA and employing over 150 men and women, in roles ranging from engineers and surveyors to excavator operators and labourers.

Founder/CEO, BOBABOBA FRANCHISING PTY LTD
I am a Vietnamese born Australian who embraces challenges given in the land of opportunities.From a young age of 19, I stumbled across entrepreneurship when my boyfriend at the time wanted to open a fish and chip shop. Not knowing the trade, I earned the respect of an industry predominantly ran by Greek men the hard way. Throughout the years that followed, I opened two more stores, helped my parents open their store and benefited others and their entrepreneurialism with all that I know.In 2018, I wanted to do something new. I challenged myself to an industry I knew nothing about. My favourite drink, bubble tea. I set out to Taiwan with the help of a friend and Google translator app. I overcame a language a still don't speak, earned the respect and skills from tea masters and suppliers around Asia with sheer determination and a positive attitude.

Managing Director, Hawkeye Services
Wayne Hourquebie is Managing Director of Hawkeye Services, a Western Australian company providing surveying, project management and engineering services throughout the state, servicing the mining and construction industries. Established in 2020, Wayne has grown the business while raising four young children alongside his wife, Jen. Client numbers have grown consistently. Hawkeye Services has recently expanded and opened an office in Karratha. Wayne is actively working with the Yurra and by association the Yindjibarndi people as part of Hawkeye Services Aboriginal participation plan. Over the past year, due to the shortage of experienced Engineering Surveyors in Australia, Wayne has sponsored nine African surveyors through Business Temporary Skills Shortage Visas. Wayne has assisted and supported the surveyors and their families to relocate and get settled in Australia. The success of Hawkeye Services is built on Wayne’s welcoming, family environment for staff and an accurate, efficient, and trusted service for clients.

Owner/Director, Schlam Group
Having embarked on his apprenticeship as a boilermaker in his father’s precision welding business in Yarloop at 15 years old, Ryan Schlam’s entrepreneurial spirit has propelled Schlam to become one of WA’s largest privately-owned mining services companies. With an Australian focus and a global reach, today you’ll find Schlam’s products and maintenance specialists at work across mines on six continents. Schlam now employs over 550 people and has been recently recognised as an Employer of Choice® in The Australian Business Awards 2023. Ryan’s journey to success was a result of upholding his core values, keeping steady in troubling times and maintaining a clear vision. What sets this 38-year-old apart is being audacious in his pursuits, often with an innate ability to identify what needs attention and what is simply background noise. Ryan hasn’t just stumbled upon success, his tenacious, insatiable, and determined nature, makes him completely and remarkably, self-made.

Managing Director, Regen Power Pty Ltd
Nikhil Jayaraj, winner-40 Under 40 Award 2020 and finalist-CEO Magazine Awards 2022 and 2023, have been shaping strategies affecting business since 2016 as the MD of Regen Power, a national solar company headquartered at WA providing residential, commercial and off-grid solar energy solutions through products like solar PV systems, solar batteries and EV charging. Pursuing his PhD on “Transition Towards Solar Energy Storage” at Curtin University helped him attain international exposure and become a part of United Nations Environmental Programme and keynote speaker at international conferences. It has become the first company in WA to install 40,000 systems, to complete 20 years in solar industry, listed in Financial Times Top 500 High Growth Companies in the Asia Pacific 2020-2023 four times in a row, and won ProductReview Awards from 2021-2024

Director, TeamOMC
Odhran McCorry is an Executive Health Coach, originally from Ireland but living in Perth since 2018. He is passionate about helping career focussed executives with his data driven approach to optimising their health.When delivered correctly he believes that a top down approach to health within an organisation can have huge dividends to companies performance, culture and profits. Odhran believes in his mission of executive health so much that he gives up his time and knowledge regularly delivering talks pro bono to companies in Perth alongside his educational and motivational episodes on 'The Elite Executive Podcast'.In a world where burnout and stress can cause immeasurable effects on our overall health, Odhran's work is a breath of fresh air in the corporate world and something which can impact local businesses for years to come.

Co-Founder, Head of Product & Design, Healthengine
Darius Wey is the Co-Founder and Head of Product & Design at Healthengine, the largest consumer health marketplace in Australia. Since founding the business in 2009, Darius has led product development and established major industry partnerships to enable millions of Australians better access to healthcare by helping them find and connect with more than 9,000 health practices.Darius also serves as Non-Executive Director at Suitsme, a subsidiary of Ruah Community Services and an accredited NDIS platform providing mental health services to the people of Western Australia. Beyond healthcare, Darius is passionate about maturing product development practices in Australia. He is the founder of ProductTank Perth, the largest community of its kind in Perth bringing product professionals and global speakers together to discuss and develop the product craft. He has delivered keynote addresses across Australia and New Zealand, and is recognised internationally as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hypnosis Creative Agency
In May 2022 I co-founded Hypnosis, an independent creative agency that strives to redefine the Perth creative scene and bring fresh perspectives into the industry. With a storied background in marketing (16 years across the globe in Sydney, Singapore, Amsterdam and London), I have had the privilege of working with some of the world's best brands such as Nike; solving curly business problems through creative solutions, all while building inclusive teams and fostering collaborative environments, where everyone can thrive. I am at my best when I am leading teams.l have a genuine love for helping brands to find their voice, and then a passion for using that voice to create culturally impactful communications. All of this has been built into the DNA of Hypnosis. Helping position it as a hub for creative innovation, and to contribute meaningfully to the way Perth businesses grow over the next 5 -10 years.

Joint Founder/CEO, Diamond Collective
I founded Diamond Collective in 2021 with my business partner, achieving significant milestones since its inception. Exceeding initial projections, we successfully launched our first shop in the third year of operation, surpassing the five-year expectation. Diamond Collective stands out as the first B2C jeweller to incorporate high-resolution video technology in the diamond sales process. As a female entrepreneur in a predominantly male-dominated industry, I have helped cultivate a brand that champions innovation and diversity.After relocating from the UK to Perth in 2016, I was made redundant in 2020. With a baby on the way it was a steep transition to entrepreneurship, having to build Diamond Collective while raising a young child. My approach to business reflects my commitment to excellence and adaptability in both my professional and personal life.

Co-Founder and CEO, Diamond Collective
I began my career in the health industry, predominantly in spinal care, and aged care. This early experience taught me invaluable skills in compassion, trust-building, and effective communication. Despite academic challenges, I discovered the power of unwavering grit and self-awareness. Battling mental health struggles since the age of 7 became an unexpected advantage, fostering resilience and a deeper connection with people. My journey includes working at a Ugandan orphanage, igniting a passion for giving back. A shift to the jewellery industry saw rapid advancement, culminating in co-founding Diamond Collective (DC) at age 23. DC's innovative approach, transparent practices, and commitment to customer education have driven exceptional growth, achieving a million-dollar revenue in the first full year of business. Amid pandemic challenges, we adapted, offering virtual consultations and pioneering lab-grown diamonds. My commitment to transparency, innovation, and fairness defines DC's success and shapes my future direction.

Owner/Director, F is For Dance
Brianna Leake is a fitness professional who has built a portfolio of businesses across Australia and New Zealand that help and empower people to have fun through dance and fitness. Alongside her day-job as Club Manager of Jetts Bassendean, she also runs “Bri-Fit”; established in 2015. In addition to providing personal training sessions, Bri-Fit provides a focus on community fitness. This includes supporting a range of community groups through local dance fitness classes in Ellenbrook, children’s dance parties/classes, and regular classes at Bandyup Women’s Prison and Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison. Brianna’s core passion for dance led her to extend her outreach and in June 2022 she acquired “F is For Dance” (FIFD), a business providing dance parties. In January 2024 Brianna expanded her portfolio of businesses further, acquiring “Boom Events Co”, a silent disco hire business.

Director, Principal Electrical Engineer, Aurum Engineering
As a dynamic and innovative entrepreneur, and drawing from past successes, strong and diverse networks, critical skills and experience, and access to exceptional mentors over my ten year career prior, I had the experience and courage to successfully launch Aurum Engineering in 2022.With only two key staff and an array of strong and diverse projects, the first year has been nothing short of a success, with a very strong pipeline of existing and forecasted projects, key clients, and team growth, we expect a strong performance over the coming years. Notably, our contributions and performance on major infrastructure and government funded projects underscore our commitment to excellence.With Aurum Engineering in a strong position, I am navigating towards new frontiers focusing on innovations, sustainability, and a strong collaborative and diverse working culture. We are looking to double our staff in 2024 and maintain our strong profitable portfolio.

Managing Director, Yiri Pty Ltd
Natalie Bussau is the founder and owner of Honey-Online, a Perth-based business launched in 2020. Recognising a gap in the market, she started Honey-Online to sell Western Australia honey and honeybee products globally through four different brand channels. She works with 42 independent beekeepers to export Western Australia honey to 61 countries, targeting the Middle East and Asian markets. Honey-Online has doubled in size every year since launch.Natalie is also co-founder and 50% owner of Australian Rare, a luxury brand launched in 2023 sold exclusively through Harrods in London. Australian Rare’s target market is ultra-high net worth individuals who seek exclusivity and the finest curated produce. The company is already profitable in its first year of trading.Both Honey-Online and Australian Rare are self-funded. Nat’s mission is to educate the world about the monofloral honeys of Western Australia – the last place on the planet to produce chemical-free honey.

Dentist/Business Owner, DNTL Code
Dr. Stephanie Mulcahy, a dynamic figure in dentistry and cosmetic enhancement, is renowned as the owner of DNTL Code. Originally Broome Dental Clinic, she acquired the practice five years ago, transforming it into a hub of dental and skin innovation. Under her leadership, the clinic expanded its scope, introducing a Dermal Clinic in February 2023. Driven by a passion for holistic wellness, both branches emphasise proactive dental and skin care alongside aesthetic treatments. From a dairy farm in Northern Victoria, Dr. Mulcahy pursued her academic journey, completing a Bachelor of Science with a double major in developmental biology and physiology from Monash University followed by a year on a remote cattle station in the NT and then relocating to Perth to complete a Doctor of Dental Medicine from UWA and an Masters of Business Administration from AIB.

General Manager, Empower Solar Australia
My business intentions began upon my arrival in Australia as a late teen. After finishing school, I attended University, I then traded in collectable sporting merchandise for a period before acquiring an Australia Post Outlet becoming the youngest ever in WA. My next business move was into a sector I consider a transformational inevitability...renewable energy. Taking advantage of local expertise and business contacts in China, I established Empower Solar Perth in 2018. Empower Solar Australia was born in 2023 with expansion into Victoria. The journey thus far has taught me many things, knowledge and trust are fundamental and plan and then plan some more...no surprises. Good people will always define a successful business while maintaining effective and essential communications with employees, customers, suppliers and family are essential. Expansion plans into NSW will be a highlight for 2024 with our graduation into larger commercial PV systems another big-ticket achievement

Director & Business Manager, Skye Medical Armadale
Stephanie MacKinnon, a trailblazer in healthcare management, co-founded Skye Medical Armadale, a renowned clinic in Armadale, WA. Housed in the restored historic "Old Rectory," Skye Medical reflects Stephanie's vision. Balancing her role as a business manager and Foundation Housing commitments, she transformed the dilapidated heritage building into a leading healthcare centre. Under her leadership, Skye Medical thrived with a unique ethos of holistic, family-centric care, debunking market saturation myths. The clinic's success led to rapid expansion, profitability, and accolades, including RACGP WA Practice of the Year. Stephanie's influence extends to community health initiatives and shaping healthcare's future through mentorship and training. Active with organizations like AAPM and WAPHA, she advocates for positive changes in the primary health industry, showcasing her commitment to innovation and community well-being.

Owner / Lead Occupational therapist, Therapy For Kids Perth
I am a mother of 4 and OT, who put myself through university while caring for my children. Graduating in 2017, I worked as a contractor in paediatrics and spent four days a week in aged care. A meeting with a speech pathologist led to me taking on private clients. At that time I was balancing a full-time caseload alongside another full time job, the demand grew rapidly, prompting recruitment. I knew there was a desperate need and unacceptable wait times for therapy, things began to snowball, resulting in 2 clinic locations and full capacity by February 2023. The launch of a 3rd clinic aims to address the pressing need for therapy access, introducing a super clinic and wellness hub for children and caregivers. January will mark 18 months since we launched, 3 clinics later and 35 staff. We expect the staffing to double over the next 6 months.

Head of Meetings & Special Events (MASE), VenuesLive - Optus Stadium
Whilst my initials spell the word ‘no’, this word doesn’t appear in my vocabulary. I’ve built from scratch a thriving business unit at a new venue, in a new city, establishing an authoritative and trusted personal and professional brand in Perth’s highly competitive events industry, always questioning the ‘no’ and fighting for a ‘yes’. My 20+ years of international and national events experience has given me a wealth of knowledge, paired with an innovative imagination, which I share with colleagues and clients alike to ensure they achieve success.Through and beyond COVID, I demonstrated resilience stemming from purposeful innovation, leadership, and confidence, growing my department, our market share and customer base, achieving significant financial successes with strategic new products and marketing. A firm advocate for women in leadership positions, I aim to empower through experience and send the ladder down for women, particularly in the male-dominated stadium management industry.

Founder / Chief Visionary Officer, BON CHARGE
Katie is an entrepreneur and founder of wellness brand BON CHARGE. Having founded a blue light glasses company in her spare bedroom with just $1,500 initial start-up costs, Katie has been the key figure in growing the company into a global wellness brand now turning over more than $15,000,000 per annum in just 5 years, with no outside investment and fully bootstrapped. Katie wrote an email that generated $797,071 in sales in 24 hours which lead to the company’s largest revenue month (November 2023) at $3.8m.Katie’s ability to predict future sales trends has enabled her to release over 160 different wellness products for the brand in under 5 years, contributing to the company’s massive year on year growth. Katie also directed the company rebrand in 2022 which saw year on year growth of 102% and the placement of the brand as a leader in the wellness market space

Managing Director, W A Commercial Electrical Services Pty Ltd T/A Wacomm
My journey unfolded as I managed two McDonald's restaurants at the age of 16, earning the title of the youngest manager in Australia. Discovering my passion for leadership, I pursued an electrical apprenticeship while continuing my managerial role. Post-apprenticeship, I transitioned into Wacomm Electrical, swiftly rising to Service Manager and Operations Manager. Despite considering a career with WA Police, my commitment to Wacomm prevailed. In 2017, I took a leap, purchasing Wacomm Electrical and expanding our team to 14 members. As the leader, I find joy in daily challenges and nurturing our team's growth. Our client base now includes Stockland, Westfield, Hawaiian and more. My journey reflects a dedication to leadership, contributing to both the success of Wacomm Electrical and the development of our team into top-tier tradespeople.

General Manager, Co-Founder & Director, Varsity Group
Fabian Bucher is General Manager and Co-Founder of WA success story, Varsity Group.Born in Germany, Fabian moved to Australia for a Business Degree after completing an apprenticeship in hospitality management at the Hilton Dusseldorf. He then met business partners, Ben and Matt, and collectively the young team developed the Varsity sports bar concept, with their first venue opening in Feb 2013 - adjacent the University of Western Australia.The group’s rapid trajectory has seen proven performance across eight thriving venues to date, with a pipeline of 20 additional large format venues planned across Australia over the next five years. The dynamic business currently employs over 330 staff.Fabian has consistently overseen the day-to-day operation and creation of systems and policies to strengthen business performance and prepare for rapid expansion.This strong foundation has not only afforded the business successful growth but led to a buy-out in 2022.

Partner, Carbon Group
Leaving an employed managerial position in 2017 to start her own practice under Carbon Group, Michelle Maynard had no clients, no personal brand, and no network. Six years later, Michelle is now the go-to Finance Expert for national media, a sought-after educator and public speaker, a multi-award-winning Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, and Partner of rapidly expanding National firm Carbon Group.Michelle’s success is attributed to her genuine desire to assist and educate others, and her approach to this. Her explanations of complex financial concepts are her superpower, being entertaining while easy-to-understand, leading many to engage her guidance and knowledge either directly or for their audiences. Michelle hopes her legacy is one of educating and empowering businessowners and individuals to financial success, while creating a family-friendly work environment for her staff. Her aim is to prove that focussing on the human element of business is beneficial for all.

Director of Health and Safety, Collar®
Jamie Mallinder, Collar Group's Director of Health and Safety, is a transformative leader with a remarkable journey. His innovations have reshaped workplace health and safety (WHS), leaving an indelible mark. Jamie's empathy and dedication to psychological safety extend beyond boundaries, impacting individuals and communities.Honored with the WHS Leader of the Year Award by WHS Foundation and a LiFE Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award from Suicide Prevention Australia, Jamie's personal triumphs add depth to his story. Overcoming mental health challenges, including suicidal thoughts, he courageously left high-pressure consulting roles due to burnout's toll on his wellbeing.Jamie Mallinder's journey is a testament to resilience and commitment to safer workplaces through new view safety theory, backed by prestigious awards and a powerful personal narrative.

Director, Inhabit Property
As a four-time REIWA Residential Salesperson of The Year, sole owner and Licensee of one of Western Australia’s most successful independent real estate brands, Inhabit Property, I took a leap of faith in 2022 to pivot my business from a traditional sales and property management provider to being the first truly digital sales-only agency in Perth. This included selling my property management business, then digitizing every process in my sales service, and researching and implementing the best technologies to better serve our clients. This led me into the world of digital start-ups, conceiving and currently developing my software platform, with a roll-out intended for mid-2024. Along with these pursuits, I am training to be a professional speaker, and have been voted chairperson of the REIWA Sales Network Committee, on my pathway to being a REIWA Council Member. I am a property investor and developer, a writer, father, and a mentor.

Execution Manager ( Director and Co-Founder), JPS Management and Executiuon
I'm Steven Kunz, a qualified fitter and machinist, state-certified engineer, and process plant operator. Fifteen years ago, I arrived in Australia as a backpacker, driven by a dream to work in the oil and gas industry. Today, as a founding director of JPS Management and Execution, I've played a key role in achieving our goal of working with every major LNG producer in Australia, establishing a significant workforce across every state. In just five years, we've become a nationally known company in the industry. Our vision is to be recognised as the best integrated service provider in Australia with a real understanding of what our clients need, while also extending our successful strategies to international markets. I am passionate about offering our employees the opportunity to be involved in exciting projects and be able to create careers and a future for others.

Director and Partner, Fortuna Advisory Group
A humble Christian man, I migrated from India in 2012 to pursue my master’s degree in accounting. Today, I am Director and Partner of Fortuna Advisory Group. With 73 team-members across multiple locations and revenue expected to exceed $10million in 2023-24, we are one of Australia’s top 100 accounting firms. We service clients ranging from SMEs and not-for-profit organisations to Australian subsidiaries of multinational corporations and ASX-listed companies.With some significant awards to credit, I have been acknowledged across business, academic and government forums in WA and nationally. A former adjunct lecturer, I also sit on the board of 2 multinational companies. Over time, I evolved not only as a business owner but also as someone who gives back largely to community. To assist people in need, I co-founded Fortuna Foundation in 2017. Amongst other charitable initiatives, we run a mobile-laundry service for the homeless and a mental-health counselling van.

Director & Senior Financial Planner, Fortuna Advisory Group
Growing up,my father had a low-income job, my mother cared fulltime for my disabled brother.Seeing them struggle, from a young age I’ve wanted to make a difference.I’m not a fan of blood,a career as a doctor was out.If I could help people make the most of their money,help give them a plan to ease financial stress then that would be a great way to make a difference. Completing 1year at uni,wanting to get ahead of my peers and gain practical experience,I started a full-time job in 2004 as administration assistant in financial planning of an Accounting&financial planning firm.I’ve always had drive to not only advise to the highest quality, but to educate.This has allowed me to present in several public forums, media avenues during my career.After set-backs and restarts,I’m now Senior Financial Planner, and director of Fortuna Wealth Management department in the National Award Winning Multi-Service Firm–Fortuna Advisory Group

Off The Beaten Track WA, Off The Beaten Track WA
I am the Founder/Director of Off The Beaten Track WA (OTBT), Perth’s award-winning adventure tour operator that specialises in crafting premium all-inclusive hiking experiences and gourmet adventures within Western Australia. Embarking on a hiking experience with OTBT is akin to unearthing a secret map to paradise.Originally conceived as an inspirational blog and special interest group on Facebook, OTBT has evolved into a highly successful business over the past 6 years. My greatest accomplishment is OTBT's positive impact on West Australians, fostering connections to nature, self, and community. Meaningful work with people with disabilities, enhancing health through hiking, stands out as my most impactful endeavour.In 2024/2025, I will use my passion and expertise in the area of Accessible Tourism to help other operators think outside the box in how they can improve their offering to widen the scope for the disability community.

Co-Founder & Director, MyTab
I am a professional surfer and the co-founder of MyTab, the multi-award winning food and beverage ordering app. Before Covid-19, I competed internationally and financed my travels through working extensively in hospitality. I co-founded MyTab in 2020 with a determination to drive economic growth within the hospitality sector by providing all venues with an innovative, profitable ordering solution and all customers - including those within the disabled community - with hygienic, accessible convenience. As a professional athlete, my ongoing discipline and a drive to succeed were crucial to forge my own path within the hospitality/tech space. MyTab has excelled with 20,000+ customer users and individuals placing 285+ orders. Accolades include: 2022 BCCI Innovation/Rising Star Awards, 2023 BCCI Innovation/Young Entrepreneur Awards, FY23 Xero National Emerging Small Business of the Year, 2023 7News YAA Innovation Finalist and 2023 WA Government JTSI Innovation Booster Grant.

CEO/Principal, CODEKIDS PTY LTD & PERTH BEIJING SCHOOL
I am a devoted father of two, an enthusiastic entrepreneur, the founder of a STEM company - Codekids, and the principal of a Chinese language school - Perth Beijing Chinese School. As a friendly and supportive boss and investor, my greatest accomplishment lies in cultivating profitable businesses that simultaneously generate incredible social impact. I've dedicated my time and talent to nurturing these ventures from their inception, employing a bootstrapping approach to propel them to leadership positions in their respective niche markets. By consistently delivering excellent offerings to our customers, I have successfully merged financial success with the creation of substantial societal value.

Director, Entego Advisory
Harry is one of two brothers who co-found Entego Advisory and is currently an Executive Director of the company.Entego Advisory is a Perth based energy services and consulting firm – providing operational wholesale electricity market bidding and dispatch support to grid connected independent power producers (IPPs). Entego operates in the WA Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) and east coast National Electricity Market (NEM).Entego also provides electricity and gas supply contract procurement for large commercial and industrial customers for both the WA and east coast energy markets.Since Co-founding the company in January 2020, Harry’s leadership has led the growth of the Entego portfolio to over 350 MW of electricity generation assets under service management contracts which support the operations of IPP’s in their respective electricity markets.

Co-Founder & Director, And/And
As Co-founder and Director of Perth graphic design studio And/And, Tara is a creative and strategist approaching design with intelligent consideration.After battling cancer at a young age, this forged the person, professional and leader she would become– setting her on a non-conventional career-course, guided by purpose and impact.With her formative years shaped by diverse experiences across industries/disciplines, embracing this became the core philosophy in co-founding And/And with Adam Bahar. Challenging binary thinking to deliver purpose and profit, And/And help individuals and organisations locally and globally, creating design solutions that truly speak to our complex world.Now one of 11% of female creative directors in Australia, and even fewer founders, Tara empowers others on non-conventional paths.Believing the truest measure of achievement is in giving back, her successes have provided increasing opportunities for impactful contributions –professionally and personally– shaping community and industry, supporting not-for-profit, and mentoring future generations.

Founder & Director, Reliis Limited
As an entrepreneur and co-founder of an emerging biotech company based in WA, my professional journey reflects a commitment to driving innovation within the healthcare sector. With a background initially forged in the resources industry, I successfully transitioned into life sciences, demonstrating adaptability and a strategic mindset. Leading the development of a pioneering drug for the treatment of delirium globally has been a cornerstone achievement, earning recognition through the sector. The recent accolade as the winner of the 2024 WA Innovator of the Year further underscores my impact in the biotech landscape. Beyond business, my role as a board director within the disability and other non-for-profit sectors exemplifies my dedication to community impact. Looking ahead, my vision involves propelling our biotech company to greater heights by advancing our development programs, expanding research initiatives, and fostering strategic partnerships for global influence and positive patient outcomes.

CEO, The Grout Guy
I'm Brad Young, founder and CEO of The Grout Guy. Starting as a 17-year-old high school dropout, I transformed a small shower repair business into a multi-million dollar nationwide success. Today, we're a leading name in the grout replacement and services industry with over 110 employees in four major locations: Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Our services range from leaking shower repairs to comprehensive grout replacement and tiling projects, catering to both private and commercial clients.In the early years, I worked hands-on in the field, but significant growth occurred when I shifted to strategic management. We've seen robust growth, with plans to expand our fleet to 230 vans by 2025. Balancing work-life integration, we focus on providing quality services while ensuring a supportive environment for our team. My journey reflects a commitment to seizing opportunities; a focus on the importance of process and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Director, Kleen Slate Services Pty Ltd
Lewis Harriman is the Director of Kleen Slate Services, a WA Department of Health approved and IICRC certified firm delivering professional and quality cleaning and restoration services in Western Australia. Since establishing Kleen Slate Services in 2015, Lewis has significantly grown the business to become a leading provider of cleaning and restoration services in WA to both government and private enterprise, including insurance companies, state and local governments and real estate agencies. Having won three awards at the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Awards, Lewis is highly regarded as a successful business entrepreneur and restorer in the restoration industry, particularly for water damage restoration, methamphetamine remediation and biohazard clean-up. Lewis prides himself on being open, honest and approachable, as well as remaining up to date on the latest standards and certifications in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Executive Manager / Ownership, Stirlings Performance Steels
The possibility of joining the family business was always a call to me whilst in school. When I started in 2007 Stirling’s Performance Steels was a Western Australian family-owned business that employed 40 people. Today Stirling’s is now 50 years old and a national business (Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, Adelaide) with over 170 full time employees. With the overall growth of the business comes the development of its systems and practices. The business is now implementing the most advanced automated warehousing systems and processing machinery in the world. Stirling’s is now a true leader in distribution and supply providing services to a diverse range of industries and some the country’s biggest and most prominent projects. In partnership with my brother, we are the third generation of company ownership, working with a team of executive management that has driven the business to a new level of capability.

DIRECTOR, ATLAS FUEL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Introducing Mr. Shah as the Director of Atlas Fuel Australia highlights his extensive experience in the energy and fuel industry, contributing significantly to the company's achievements. With a strategic mindset, he has been instrumental in guiding Atlas Fuel Australia towards innovation and sustained growth. Mr. Shah's leadership is marked by a keen understanding of the fuel sector's intricacies, enabling the company to navigate challenges with resilience. Under his dynamic and results-oriented direction, Atlas Fuel Australia has emerged as a prominent player in the market. Mr. Shah fosters a culture of excellence and collaboration, emphasizing environmental responsibility in the company's operations. His leadership reflects a commitment to delivering top-tier fuel solutions while ensuring Atlas Fuel Australia remains adaptable to the evolving dynamics of the petroleum & diesel sector.

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia
Dr Kimberley Wang is a leading medical scientist and co-head of the Airway Physiological Research Laboratory at The University of Western Australia. She completed her Ph.D. in a swift three years at the University of South Australia before making moving to Perth in 2013. Her research meticulously explores three vital themes: understanding associations between low birth weight and asthma, characterising airway fat in the context of comorbid obesity-asthma and testing drugs to mitigate excessive airway muscle.Kimberley's impactful research, highlighting the potential origins of asthma in the womb, has garnered attention through newspapers, radio and TV interviews, solidifying her as a well-respected researcher in WA. With 22 career and 26 travel awards, Kimberley's remarkable work ethic is evident through 38 high-quality publications and >$1.5 million funding. Beyond achievements, she constantly pays it forward, through her passion for advocacy, where she actively promotes STEM careers for females and future generation.

Managing Director, Ultimate Tax & Advisory
I’m Managing Director of Ultimate Tax & Advisory which started in 2016 to assist small businesses grow and prosper. I’ve been an accountant for 15+ years and my goal is to not be a typical accounting firm. We have a fun, young team and culture is important here: where we gel with each other, and equally with the clients we serve. I’m proud of the expanding team I have created alongside my wife Krystal, who is Practice Director at the company and who walks with me every step of the way in this business journey. I come from a migrant family and so my biggest goal in life is to work hard and set that example for our daughters, just as my parents did. I’m a family man running a family business, serving other mum and dad businesses around Perth with similar goals.

Managing Partner, SEER Financial Group
I am a purpose driven young entrepreneur determined to drive change in the accounting industry in WA and leave a legacy of this change. I began my career as an undergraduate accountant at 17, became a partner of the firm by 23 and Managing Partner by 26. Over the three year period from Partner to Managing Partner, I rebranded the business, acquired an accounting practice, increased the size of the office by 300% and established a driven and progressive culture whereby young like-minded individuals are given the opportunity to progress to partner in half the amount of time of a ‘traditional’ firm. In addition to my ‘day-job’ I have two other businesses as well as my own podcast. My job is to deliver outcomes that keep people in business, but my purpose it to empower those people through change.

Founder & Director, Adventure Snacks
Tracey Batt is the founder and director of Adventure Snacks, a retail business launched in Perth in 2014. She has curated the largest selection of lunchboxes and accessories in Australia to make mealtime easier and more fun for families. The self-funded entrepreneur has 10 employees, 94,000+ happy customers and 1700+ 5-star product reviews. Tracey has grown Adventure Snacks year on year while only working during school hours. Originally selling her own baking mixes at farmer’s markets, she realised the company couldn’t expand unless she committed to large-scale food manufacturing. Instead, she pivoted to online retail with no previous digital experience. She quickly acquired skills needed for graphic design, website development, content marketing, social media, search engine optimisation and order fulfilment. In 2021, she opened a Perth showroom to sell direct to customers.Tracey is the mother of two and recipient of multiple national online retail and entrepreneur awards.

Director, Impact ICT
With a passion for all things tech, Tom empowers small to medium businesses with technology leadership that supports their success, productivity, and online resilience. Tom is the co-founder of Impact ICT, a Mandurah-based IT and Cyber Security business established in 2021. Impact ICT works with SMBs to deliver robust solutions and consistent results, standing out from other MSPs care of a commitment to prioritising customer service. The team is known for their innovative and reliable services spanning Managed IT, Cyber Security, Cloud Solutions, Internet and Voice services, and Backup and Recovery.Tom is passionate about creating a positive and rewarding workplace culture that prioritises employee wellbeing and mental health, and supporting community based organisations.

General Counsel and Co Founder, Pilbara Rail Maintenance Pty Ltd
Chelsea started her career at Magic Circle and top tier law firms before moving to Karratha and co-founding two fast growing WA businesses with her husband and business partner - Pilbara Rail Maintenance (PRM) and Red Rock Engineering WA (RRE) - in 2018, all while raising two young daughters.PRM now employs over 200 people delivering specialist rail infrastructure services to the mining industry, while RRE has rapidly grown into a successful engineering and fabrication business with over 100 employees. In her role as General Counsel for PRM, Chelsea has played a central role in driving the company’s growth, helping secure work with BHP, Rio Tinto and FMG among others.Chelsea’s passion is driving positive change for women in the rail industry. She is also committed to boosting indigenous participation in rail and improving local community outcomes through meaningful partnerships.

Managing Director, Volta Advisory
Ryan McKenzie stands out as a prominent figure in the energy and infrastructure sectors, distinguished by his strategic foresight and exceptional leadership. As Managing Director of Volta Advisory, a startup that quickly marked its presence by advising to major projects worth over $2B combined, Ryan has displayed his ability to drive innovative solutions and transformative change to support the energy transition. With over 16 years of experience, he has a proven record of delivering complex large-scale projects.Ryan's expertise is not only acknowledged by the successful projects he's led but also by his recognition as a Chartered and Certified Practicing Project Director and Fellow by the Australian Institute of Energy. His vision for Volta Advisory is not just about leading in the present but shaping the future of energy solutions, focusing on sustainability and the integration of renewable energy resources, setting a new standard in the industry.

Director, CyberWest Hub
I’m an award-winning impact driven leader with a track record of delivering projects that are globally connected, inclusive, but most of all truly innovative because I am willing to take risks, try new things and seize opportunities that others do not yet see.I’m internationally educated and have worked with prestigious global organisations including the OECD, CIVICUS and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). I was also founding director of the Innovation for Change Network with nearly 10 years of impact across seven regional hubs, 3,000 volunteers, and 10,000 participants worldwide.As the current Director of CyberWest Hub, WA’s Cyber Security Innovation Hub, I lead a team supporting sector growth across government, academia and cyber startups/scaleups while providing community-based cybersecurity support. In FY2023, we engaged 15,000+ stakeholders, created 150+ new cyber jobs and generated an estimated $10 million+ in deal value.

Founder and Managing Director, Blaze HFS Pty Ltd (owner of Fierce now in Coles)
I am an entrepreneur, lawyer and senior procurement professional. I was promoted to Associate in Lavan Legal at 24 and then moved to further hone commercial and negotiating skills when managing one of Fortescue's highest complexity and spend contracts, the Downer Contract (outsourcing entire mine site). I was approached to work in Melbourne and honed these skills whilst developing my own start up on the side with permission from my employer. Last year, one week before I had my second baby I learnt that not only were Coles going to range my line Fierce, but they were going to range it in all 835 stores. My start up reflects my passion for tackling nutritional deficiencies using wholefoods, my legal and commercial skills have helped ensure I'm profitable.

Director, Fiercely Infertile
Cassie Silver understands first-hand the harrowing experience of infertility - a journey that is often silent, yet shared by 1 in 6 couples. She's transformed her personal challenges into a thriving social enterprise, Fiercely Infertile, which arms others on the infertility rollercoaster with knowledge and connection. Formerly an acclaimed TV reporter, Cassie has since cemented herself as a leading director, coach, advocate, facilitator and guest speaker under Fiercely Infertile and her production company Silver Lining & Co. Her podcast What To Expect When You’re Injecting has amassed more than 200,000 downloads globally.An entrepreneur and mother of two, Cassie is immensely proud her passion project has grown to become a thriving social enterprise with partners, media coverage and interstate keynote speaking opportunities. There is nothing like this available in WA. Cassie’s two young children remind her every day of her own infertility battle and the need to help others.

Director, DANCE FUSION
As the visionary Founder & Director of Dance Fusion, Melissa Sgro boasts two decades of impactful leadership in Perth's dynamic dance community. Her journey spans 35 years of competitive dance, roles in musical theatre productions, cheerleader for Perth’s elite sporting teams & as a dedicated dance educator. Since founding Dance Fusion at age 19, she's transformed it from humble beginnings into a thriving state-of-the-art training facility in Morley.Alongside growing the business, she earned a Dance Teaching Diploma, Bachelor of Sports Science, & Masters in Exercise Physiology. Leveraging her education & dancer experience, she curated a range of highly successful training programs, propelling students to unparalleled success in Perth’s competitive dance scene and impacting the lives of thousands of students in the community. Beyond her role as dance studio owner, teacher, mentor, & certified dance adjudicator, she's also a dedicated wife & mother.

Founder and Managing Director, Rethink Investing
Scott O'Neill, a former engineer turned professional property investor, achieved financial freedom at 28. Fueled by a passion for property, wealth, and economics, he is a two-time bestselling author and founder of the renowned "Rethink" group of companies, encompassing Rethink Investing, Rethink Financing, Rethink Property Lawyers, Rethink Property Insurance, Commercial Education, and Rethink Renewables. As managing director, O'Neill oversees Rethink Investing, Australia’s largest buyers agency for commercial property investors. Since 2015, it has assisted 3750+ clients in procuring over $4.25 billion in real estate. Recognised for his impact, O'Neill shares expertise through media, podcasts, and speaking events, with achievements including consecutive years on the Australian Financial Review Young Rich list, founding Australia’s fastest and largest buyers agency, and winning the "Your Investment Property" 2019 Strategic Investor of the Year award. He now employees 58 staff and in the process of hiring many more.

Managing Director, Drone Sky Shows
Joshua Van Ross is the Managing Director of Drone Sky Shows which he founded in July 2021. Drone Sky Shows produces large-scale drone light shows across Australia growing from 300 drones to over 1,000 in under one year; servicing government, corporate and private clients Australia-wide. This is Joshua’s fifth business previously owning a food van, phone charging rental station business, a consumer cashback website, and successfully exiting his construction company in 2020 after six years as Managing Director. Outside of business, Joshua is a Latin dance teacher and performer, and has served in the Australian Army Reserve for 13 years achieving the rank of Lance Corporal and completing one domestic deployment in 2014.

Founder and Managing Director, Halo Civil Engineering
Peter Breen is the founder and Managing Director of Halo Civil Engineering, an entrepreneurial civil construction contractor. Peter was a project manager in Tier 1 construction companies before founding Halo in 2021. In the 3 years since, he has grown Halo to $19.73 million in turnover (2022-23 financial year), with a workforce of 100 full time equivalent.Halo is a market leader in delivering complex civil projects for clients in the infrastructure, energy and resources industries. Under Peter's leadership, Halo has diversified into recycled plastic noise walls and developed its own construction AI. Peter is passionate about driving the civil construction industry forward through innovations and better working conditions. Halo encourages staff to fundraise and take part in community events, and pledges 1% of profits to charity.Away from work, Peter is an amateur runner, raises money for community and charity organisations, and spends time with his friends and family.

Founder, Digital Hitmen
Upon graduating from the University of Western Australia, I was the Ecommerce and SEO Manager at Kitchen Warehouse for five years.After taking Kitchen Warehouse from a family start-up to Australia's largest pureplay kitchenware retailer, I founded Digital Hitmen.Digital Hitmen's mission is to help businesses reach their full online potential and achieve sustainable growth through digital expertise. We're not a full-scale digital marketing agency, but rather we have a strong focus on providing exceptional SEO (search engine optimisation), web design and paid search results.Our aim is to be the trusted guide for businesses seeking online success through accessible and personalised digital solutions. We believe that every business has the opportunity to reach their full potential online, no matter their size or budget.

Executive Manager, Services, Ruah Community Services
In a sector full of committed people – many with strengths in either service delivery; strategy, system design, leadership or governance – Elsie is a rarity. She brings it all.She is passionate about driving changing to address the root cause of ill-health and social inequity. She has led teams in healthcare, academia, project design, management, and mobilisation, and has clinical experience in remote Australia and abroad. Her combined public health experience and economics qualifications give her a unique perspective on complex community challenges and the ability to ‘speak the language’ of decision makers.As Ruah’s Executive Director - Services, Elsie oversees all operations and services addressing homelessness, family violence, mental health and related legal services. She has been a key driver of Ruah’s growth and success. Her ability to inspire and effect change has earned Elsie respect and loyalty from colleagues, sector leaders and external stakeholders.

Founder & Director, Rocket Launcher Group Pty Ltd (T/A Rocket Launcher & Perth Networking Club)
Justin Barnes, the founder of Rocket Launcher, Perth Networking Club, and a renowned LGBTQIA+ advocate, has blazed a trail of innovation and community impact. Rocket Launcher evolved from a basic marketing consultancy then morphed into marketing strategy technology. With strategic modules and AI technology, that empower start-ups and SMEs across Australia, revolutionising marketing decisions.Perth Networking Club, is a community-supporting networking organisation, with over 40 not-for-profit beneficiaries and over $45,841.28 donated/fundraised since 2020. Justin has spearheaded initiatives and networking to challenge the status quo with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.With a journey defined by resilience, having overcome personal and professional challenges, Justin has used adversity as a catapult to success. A winner of the Innovation & Marketing awards and finalist in various prestigious awards, including the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce, Justin is dedicated to pushing boundaries and making positive impacts on business, community, and the world.

Co Founder and Director, VeinTech
Nick Buckley is a physiotherapist, medical researcher and medtech co-founder. After beginning his career in the paediatric disability space, Nick took his passion for making a difference in people’s lives and applied it to a PhD at Telethon Kids Institute. It was there that he learned about the importance of translating medical research into the clinic, and it was this interest in research translation that ultimately led him to complete the Perth Biodesign course and co-found VeinTech, one of the leading medical technology start-ups in Western Australia. Nick is not only passionate about seeing VeinTech continue to progress on the national and international stage, but also for the burgeoning medical technology sector in Western Australia to continue to advance and allow other innovators to make their ideas a reality, as he has done with his co-founders and team at VeinTech.

Account Director, NRI Australia & New Zealand
Ramzi has worked in Managed IT services and Consulting for the last two decades. Prior to joining NRI in 2023, Ramzi worked for First Focus, a National IT provider, for 7.5 years. He spent much of his time managing First Focus’ WA portfolio and managing all aspects of the state’s operations, growing the state substantially throughout his tenure. Ramzi onboarded some of Perth’s most prominent organisations such as Foodbank WA, WRAYS, WAIS and Orbital Corporation. Ramzi also contributed to the customer journeys in the capacity of Virtual CIO and overall delivery ownership. Ramzi’s expertise helped reduce their IT environmental footprint, secure their data, and transform their use of technology to help make a real difference. Ramzi is currently an Account Director at NRI Australia & New Zealand, supporting WA’s largest enterprises by providing them transformative digital solutions. He believes that technology is the most powerful business tool when used correctly.

CEO and Managing Director, Kommunity Brewing Company PTY LTD
Mason Bagios is one of the Founders of Kommunity Brew, the enterprising WA functional beverage company that started life in a garden shed in 2015 and now boasts more than 950 stockists around Australia, including Coles.As CEO and Managing Director, Mason is an exceptional, hands-on leader and visionary who has propelled Kommunity Brew to greater things, from new brands and a new brewery, to year-on-year sales growth of 68%.Mason has been instrumental in turning Kommunity Brew into one of Australia’s most exciting functional beverage companies, whose gut-loving kombuchas, probiotic sparkling waters, health shots and iced teas and coffees are all-natural, high in antioxidants, low-sugar and gluten-free.Navigating rapid growth and set-backs, he has built Kommunity Brew’s success on community, sustainability and conscience, balancing the demands of an evolving market hungry for health and wellness support with the complexities of growing a business in the competitive FMCG space.

Group Manager HR & IR, Civmec
Stephanie, a dynamic leader at Civmec for over a decade, has overseen Human Resources and Industrial Relations since 2011. Under her guidance, the company expanded from a few WA employees to over 3,000 nationwide. With a strategic mindset, Stephanie fosters a positive work environment, implementing impactful HR policies, talent strategies, and employee development programs. Beyond numbers, her collaborative approach in industrial relations cultivates cooperation and practical solutions to industry challenges. Stephanie's exceptional communication builds trust and collaboration, earning her respect. Her enduring dedication to Civmec's success is evident in her tenure, and her leadership in people initiatives has been crucial to the company's remarkable growth

Managing Director, Axis Laser Pty Ltd
With two decades of experience in manufacturing and fabrication, leadership within a global OEM, and a day-to-day hands-on approach, this has given both opportunity and experience to build a team that reflects my vision and values. Axis Laser was founded in 2022, with the aim of supporting local manufacturing in Western Australia by providing laser cutting and bending solutions. We have partnered with leading European manufacturers of laser and bending equipment and placed a strong emphasis on automation and safety. Additionally, we have installed the first in-house nitrogen generator plant in Western Australia within the laser cutting industry. This unit supplies our n2 cutting gases in-house, without the need for external gas suppliers. Complimented with solar power, furthermore, reducing our carbon footprint.

Managing Director, Block One Hospitality - North Bird, Ezra Pound, The Bird
With a degree in IT and programming experience, I pivoted my career into financial planning, owning a financial planning business, garnering multiple awards, until April 2020. However, my licensee's deceptive contract changes left me with a reasonable debt. Instead of dwelling on financial loss, I embraced the gained knowledge and personal growth. In 2017, I acquired a 50% share in Ezra Pound, a struggling business with debt. In 2018 I took another substantial risk, investing my savings, leaving only a very small amount for emergencies, to purchase The William Street Bird. While the main venue was stable, its subsidiary faced challenges. After a modest refit, I ran the business as a function centre until early 2020. A significant overhaul transformed it into the North Bird Wine Store and Bar, reopening in February 2020, only to close a month later due to the onset of COVID-19.

Wheels Rolling, Wheels Rolling
Nel is a documentary director, producer and writer. Following 8 years as a successful freelancer, Nel returned to her home town of Perth in 2021 and embarked on the production business. In 2022 she started the production company, Wheels Rolling, in which she brought a $2.2million prime time documentary series into Western Australia. The Way We Wore aired on ABC TV in November 2023 and employed approx. 30 West Australians across the year of production.As the first production for Wheels Rolling, we are delighted to announce The Way We Wore has been nominated for the Screen Producers Australia Awards for best documentary series.In the last few months, Nel and Wheels Rolling have been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine https://harpersbazaar.com.au/the-way-we-wore-docuseries/ , Screenwest’s homepage https://www.screenwest.com.au/news/latest-news/production-company-spotlight-wheels-rolling/?fbclid=IwAR3VKwZPlcZtsiyOG4nf8_MzZTFpwNW080Sql6pN-ErWgK8uhh81wR7D6cI, the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2023/nov/21/the-way-we-wore-celeste-barber-abc-series-australian-fashion and the Australian Newspaper https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/style/what-does-australian-style-really-mean-the-way-we-wore-documentary-has-some-ideas/news-story/31d54c0c6f8e1f542ad13d0d4840ca48 . Nel is currently in the process of developing and selling new productions for 2024.

General Manager - Growth, Compass Group Australia
Luke is a results-driven and strategically minded leader, recognised for astute commercial acumen and dynamic leadership in both large private enterprises and publicly listed multinational corporations. Currently serving as the General Manager - Growth at Compass Group Australia, Luke oversees national growth teams spanning diverse industry sectors such as Energy & Mining, Senior Living, Health Care, and Facilities Management. With a contextual leadership style and entrepreneurial spirit, Luke has a proven track record of achieving impressive top-line and bottom-line performance. Credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, and executive education from INSEAD, a globally renowned business school. Luke is passionate about driving sustainable growth for Compass Group Australia, the market leading service provider of integrated facilities services and thereby providing enduring opportunities for its 12,000 employees and the communities in which they operate.

Director, The Exchange Collective
Erin is a strategy execution specialist who demystifies technology and innovation. With a portfolio approach, she tames technology chaos for major corporates while commercialising her own ideas – and guiding others. She is a Director of The Exchange Collective (TEC), a commercialisation consultancy with a collaborative delivery model. A serial entrepreneur, she is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dark Stry, Edu Stry, Mather Farm, and Wheatbelt Wanderlust Services; their common thread focused on redefining tourism experiences using technology. She previously founded Ignitzee, providing self-guided innovation tools. Erin has lived and worked across the Asia Pacific, and launched new products and businesses across numerous industries while better managing how innovation happens. She delights in solving problems using codeless technology and advocates for diversity as a mentor and agitator. Erin’s current focus is tourism, education, and growing things in the wide expanse of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Equinox Ventures
Brendan White is one of two co-founders behind Equinox Ventures, a Australian venture studio cultivating cutting-edge tech companies. With his long time business partner and growing team, the strategic vision of Equinox has already successfully led to the digital transformation of pathology labs in Australia, brought new neuro-tech assessments to market, made compliance automation work across various different sectors possible, and much more (https://eqx.vc). Brendan's previous achievements include fostering PwC's first SaaS business globally, driving technology adoption for Oracle customers at the start of his career, and contributing to social wellbeing for the LGBT community through co-founding StartOut Australia. His expertise and excitement for Equinox lies in marrying technology with operational excellence, setting the scene for future innovations and societal contributions in the tech landscape.

Founder and Copywriter, Sage Copywriting
Sage Copywriting specialises in helping local governments reach, engage and serve communities through effective communications. Sage Copywriting Founder Claire Lansdown has more than a decades' experience working in and consulting to local governments and is a trusted communications advisor to local governments throughout WA. Claire is a member of Local Government Professionals WA and Chairs Local Government Professionals WA's Communications Network Committee. Her pro-bono Committee service includes creating professional development opportunities for local government communicators to help increase capacity in the sector, to ultimately better community outcomes.She completed her MBA in 2022, and in 2023 was certified as a Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) by Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC). Her vision is to be a leader in local government communications, innovating to meet community needs, pursuing excellence, ethical leadership, and community service. Claire designed her business model to serve her most important audience: her two young children.

General Manager, Frankies on Rottnest Pty Ltd
Siobhan is an owner, and the General Manager of Frankie’s on Rottnest Pty Ltd, which consists of four hospitality operations on Rottnest Island. The operation includes Frankie’s, The Mezz, Kalli’s and Lexi’s on Rotto. Frankie’s was established in 2017, and has developed a reputation for being affordable, family friendly and delivering great customer experiences. After successive failed attempts to appoint a suitable manager, and the challenges faced by Co-vid, Siobhan undertook the challenge to transform the business in 2020. Under Siobhan’s leadership, Frankie’s achieved financial stability, and significant year on year growth allowed for further investment in two coffee vans (Lexi’s and Kallis). Most recently, Siobhan was the driving force behind the inception of The Mezz – a 150 pax bar venue, which has been an instant financial success.Siobhan employees 40-60 people, and oversees the entire operation and financial performance of the business.

Director/Pharmacist, Drovers Pharmacy Wanneroo
I am an experienced Clinical Nurse and Pharmacist with a multifaceted background, encompassing clinical nursing and pharmacy, which equips me with a unique perspective and a comprehensive skill set. I am passionate about contributing to the well-being of individuals and continuously advancing in the dynamic field of healthcare. I migrated to Perth in 2004, driven by a passion and a dream to make a meaningful impact. In a significant milestone in October 2023, I achieved a long-standing dream that originated when I was just 16 years old – owning a pharmacy. I am the proud mother of two children, an 8-year-old boy, & a 6-year-old girl. In addition to being a dedicated wife, I hold the position of the firstborn among five siblings, all residing in WA. As an entrepreneur, I have established & managed multiple businesses and ventures, as a result of years of dedication & hard work.

Managing Director, Triodia Australia
Ryan was introduced to the rail industry at 20-years-old whilst studying at UWA. Initially he started labouring with John Holland in 2002 whilst attending university. In 2005, Ryan chose to work in Northwest WA full-time on the Rio Tinto Rail Network, initially labouring and quickly promoted to a team leader role in 2007. In 2009, Ryan became the acting Superintendent at Flour and formally offered the permanent role in 2010, with 270 employees reporting to him. He was responsible for rail maintenance renewal works for half of the Rio Rail network reporting to the overall manager of Rio.His dad Terry has been a big inspiration for Ryan, watching him develop his own business in Kalgoorlie that created pathways for Aboriginal people to upskill and gain a mechanical trade. For Ryan, Triodia Australia is about offering similar pathways although in more varied roles by upskilling employees and investing in people.

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