28/11/2006 - 21:00

Experienced judging panel

28/11/2006 - 21:00


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The judges panel for the 2006 WA Business News Rising Stars Awards includes a wide variety of leaders in the business world.

Experienced judging panel

The judges panel for the 2006 WA Business News Rising Stars Awards includes a wide variety of leaders in the business world.

The chairman of judges is Luke Martino.

Mr Martino is partner in charge of Deloitte Growth Solutions in Perth, providing corporate, taxation and business advice to a wide range of private and public clients.

His areas of expertise and experience cover engineering, information technology and electronic commerce markets, mining and resources industries and the property, construction and retirement industry.

Deputy chief executive at insurance broking and risk management company Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Steve Thomas, has 27 years’ experience in the insurance industry, 20 of which have been in the insurance broking field.

Mr Thomas has been with Jardine Lloyd Thompson for 16 years.

Curtin Business School business development manager Cisca Spencer began her career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre in 1991.

In 2000, she joined Curtin Business School with the brief of extending CBS links with business. She is working with two Chinese universities to develop joint business-oriented research about the gas industry.

Law firm Lavan Legal deputy managing partner Dean Hely has almost 20 years’ experience in areas including corporate reconstruction and litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy, corporations law matters and general litigation.

He also leads the company’s commercial advice and litigation group and insolvency and reconstruction team.

Stockbroking firm Paterson Securities executive chairman and CEO, Michael Manford, has more than 25 years’ experience in all facets of the finance industry.

Mr Manford joined Patersons in 1979 and was appointed executive director in 1985, managing director in 1991 and executive chairman in 1994.

Mr Manford has had a strong association with the Australian Stock Exchange, having held a variety of professional positions.

Department of Industry and Resources innovative industries division of the office of science, technology and innovation director, Stephen Grocott, with his staff, are involved in the pursuit of the four pillars for the future growth of WA, which include biotechnology, information and communications technology, and renewable/bio fuels.

Media entrepreneur Harry Kleyn is the founder and publisher of WA Business News.

Started in 1992, the publication now has a staff of 37.

In 2003, 2005 and 2006, WA Business News was recognised internationally when it won a bronze award in the ‘best business newspaper’ category from the AABP in the US.


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