An overview of the 40under40 judges for 2008.
chief executive officer
Gavin Ball is a small business entrepreneur, buying, starting and operating businesses through his Vorian Investment Group.
Aged 38, Mr Ball has spent the past 15 years investing and managing a variety of businesses in many different and varied markets.
Currently the businesses in development include Pretzos Retail, Star3 Media and Magicorp.
Mr Ball is also a shareholder in the Allphones Group, which he helped manage and build during his six years with the business.
Mr Ball has hands on experience in the start-up, development and growth of businesses and supports the team of people involved in the group today.
general manager, North West Shelf JV
Daniel Bathe has 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, which includes several international projects.
After graduating from Queens University of Belfast in 1982 with a degree in chemical engineering, he joined Shell International and held a number of positions in Brunei, Netherlands, Sarawak and London.
Since joining Woodside in 1997, he has held a variety of roles including business development manager for Woodside's Africa Business Unit, development manager for the Angel gas field in the North West Shelf and development manager for the Sunrise gas field in the Timor Sea.
manager, corporate financial services
As head of the Commonwealth Bank's Corporate Financial Services business in Perth, John Bouffler focuses on corporate clients and providing a full range of financial services including debt, transactional banking, wealth management, asset finance, treasury, trade and working capital services.
The Commonwealth Bank is a supporter of the communities in which it operates, with various sponsorships and a long history of commitment to the growth and development of WA.
Mr Bouffler has a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, is a fellow of Finsia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also actively involved in various community and charity groups.
RSM Bird Cameron
As a director of the Perth business and tax solutions department, Rami Brass has more than 20 years’ experience in providing taxation advice and specialist consulting services.
His experience includes providing income tax, fringe benefits tax and GST advice to various businesses in a diverse range of industries, from non-profit organisations to multinationals.
As the senior director of tax, Mr Brass is responsible for overseeing the operations of the tax services division in Perth and is involved in the strategic planning and development.
Mr Brass joined RSM Bird Cameron in 1994 and became a director in 1995. Prior to joining RSM Bird Cameron, he was a senior manager in an international accounting firm.
sales manager WA
Dawn Davis has held the post of sales manager for Singapore Airlines (SIA) in WA since early 1996.
With a background in travel and tourism dating back to 1979, Ms Davis worked with Qantas Airways in Melbourne before joining SIA in 1983.
Ms Davis directly manages a team of eight sales staff, as well as overseeing two other operational departments, and is responsible for the direction and growth of the airline in Perth.
She is SIA’s only female manager in Australia.
In addition, Ms Davis has served in the Army Reserve and is involved with not-for-profit organisation, Sports Challenge, which involves her speaking to year 10, 11 and 12 girls on leadership from a woman’s perspective, and goal setting.
City of Perth
chief executive officer
Frank Edwards has been chief executive officer of the City of Perth since April 2002. Before this he was executive manager, customer services and then chief executive officer at the Town of Kwinana.
Prior to his move to local government, Mr Edwards was a career Army officer, rising to the rank of colonel.
In the army he served in command, staff and instructional postings in Australia, the US and Papua New Guinea.
He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, holds a bachelors degree from the University of New South Wales and a graduate diploma in strategic studies. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College.
Edith Cowan University
pro vice-chancellor; executive dean Faculty of Business and Law
Professor Robert Harvey joined Edith Cowan University in 2003 after a long and distinguished career in public sector management.
Professor Harvey came from the Department of Justice where, in the position of executive director community and juvenile justice, he oversaw the introduction of the state’s first privately operated prison and led significant reform in an important part of the state’s criminal justice system.
Previously, he performed a number of key roles in the Department of Contract and Management Services. For some years he also held senior positions in the then Water Authority of Western Australia.
Professor Harvey has recently been an adviser to the government in respect to state water plans and now is a member of the board of the Water Corporation.
A previous 40under40 winner, Mr Hasluck has grown Clarity from its original three founders into a 26-strong team over the past seven years.
Clarity provides public relations advice and strategies for a number of large Western Australian-owned or based corporations, particularly in the resources and industrial sectors.
Clarity advises and assists companies with employee communications and offers a range of relationship-building programs in the field of corporate social responsibility.
Mr Hasluck has worked in a wide range of public relations roles in Australia and the UK.
Terry Iannello co-founded Total Corrosion Control Pty Ltd. (TCC Group) in April 1998. The company has grown from a home office employing four people to a leader in the industry, with an expanding office complex and modern workshop facilities employing 570 people.
In addition to his business obligations, Mr Iannello is involved in a range of community-based extracurricular projects.
A major highlight of his career had been establishing an industry based training centre at TCC Group, which is now a nationally certified training organisation.
WA Business News
Publishing has been Harry Kleyn’s passion since the early 1970s. In 1986, Mr Kleyn became the founding partner and managing director of the Community Newspaper Group.
In 1993, he became publisher at WA Business News.
The publication employs 40 full-time staff and has developed a strong and loyal readership among the business and professional community in WA.
In 2005 and 2006 the publication was recognised internationally when it was awarded a bronze for the ‘Best Business Newspaper’ by the Alliance of Area Business Publications.
UWA Business School
Heather Merritt has spent more than two decades in the marketing and communications industry.
Ms Merritt’s most significant career accomplishments include managing the media for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch Relay, and while overseas working on crisis and reputation management campaigns for multi-national global brands such as Nike, Emirates, Gillette and Samsung.
In her role at the University of Western Australia Business School, Ms Merritt is responsible for the management and strengthening of the brand and reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
96fm, promotions & marketing director
Perth born and bred with a background in commercial radio and music marketing, Mr Milne worked at PMFM as part of the very popular Breakfast Crew through the 1990s and spent some time in regional radio stations around WA.
From 1996 to 2003, he was responsible for marketing and promoting some of the biggest music artists in Australia at Festival & Mushroom Records, including Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Eskimo Joe, Human Nature, Hunters & Collectors, and The Hoodoo Gurus.
For the past four years, Mr Milne has been the director of promotions and marketing for 96fm.
Department of Industry and Resources
deputy director general
Stuart Smith leads the Office of State Development with responsibility for state trade and investment promotion, major project facilitation and industrial infrastructure planning.
Before his current role, Mr Smith led the resources group of DoIR for four years with responsibility for promoting resources sector exploration, facilitating Aboriginal economic development and regulating resources sector activity.Before joining the WA public service, Mr Smith spent 14 years with the Australian public service, where he held a variety of regulatory and policy roles