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Launching the 2009 40under40 Awards!

The 2009 40under40 Awards Launch was held in conjunction with the Success & Leadership Series and will showcased four outstanding past 40under40 winners who focused on the important issues that are faced in today's business society.

This lively and accomplished panel will delved deep into highlighting not only the positives of Western Australia's economic boom but the downfalls that have also come with it, spreading across a range of industries from mining to financial planning.

The morning also launched one of WA's most established business awards - 40under40! This program showcases the state's 40 most significant business achievers and entrepreneurs in 2009 under the age of 40.

If you are interested in participating in future Awards or have great candidates you feel should be involved then you cannot afford to miss out!  


Mark Blayney - Winner 2008

Mark graduated from University of Western Australia with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering.   After graduation, he continued studies and completed a Master of Business Administration degree via correspondence through Deakin University.

Following graduation, Mark worked initially for the Royal Australian Air Force as a Facilities Officer and then for the Australian Army as the Operations Officer within one of their heavy construction squadrons.

Upon leaving the Armed Forces, he travelled overseas for a year and then returned to Australia and took up a position with Charles Hull Contracting in Waroona originally as Project Engineer then eventually progressing to Project Manager and then ultimately to Operations Engineer.

Mark then moved on to join Henry Walker Eltin then on again to head Ertech’s North West division, based in Port Hedland – a role that he held for 2.5 years.

In early 2002, together with his wife, he purchased Colin Carr Earthmoving and Plant Hire (a company established in 1986 and based in Karratha) and renamed it Carr Civil Contracting. Since then Mark, his wife Barbara, and the Carr Civil team have grown the Company from one that employed 5 personnel and had an annual turnover of (approximately) $1 million to 160 personnel with an annual turnover of $55 million in F08.  With the pending finalisation of a further acquisition in Geraldton, the Company is forecast to double in size again in F09.


Paul Farrell - Winner 2002

Paul has over 18 years experience in the GIS and IT industry, having worked both overseas and in Australia. He is currently Managing Director of NGIS Australia and a Director of NGIS China and intergrate systems. He is also a Director of the Australian Spatial Information Business Association.

Paul’s a recognised leader in the WA GIS and IT community. In 1996, he was awarded a graduate management development program with AUSTRADE to develop his management skills in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2001, he was invited by IT giant EDS to participate in their corporate development program in Canberra and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management as part of the training. In 2002, Paul was a winner of the WA Business News 40 under 40 awards, recognising the top 40 young business leaders in WA across all sectors.

Paul has spent a number of years working in Asia. As the Managing Director of NGIS Vietnam and more recently as Director of NGIS China, he has involved in a number of projects for government agencies and private enterprises throughout the region. He specialises in the application of spatial technology for agribusiness and forestry applications.

Paul completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 1990 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 2001. He completed an Executive MBA at the University of Western Australia in 2005.


Lisa Hutchinson - Winner 2007

Lisa Hutchinson is a Director of Prime Health Group, a leading provider of Health, Safety and Training solutions with medical clinics and offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. 

Following graduation as a Physiotherapist, Lisa and her husband Greg established a physiotherapy business (APS Physiotherapy).  Since 1991, APS has grown to include 13 clinics in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. In 2007, APS merged with Prime Health Group and Lisa took on the role as Deputy CEO of Prime. 

Currently working as a Physiotherapist and business owner, Lisa has a special interest in dance injuries and has worked with WA Ballet, Buzz Dance Theatre and Edith Cowan University –ECU (WA Academy of Performing Arts) as well as many elite sporting groups including the Australian Lacrosse Team, Perth Wildcats, WAIS Breakers, Perth Heat Baseball and Perth Glory.

Graeme Yukich - Winner 2003

Graeme graduated from UWA in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He became a chartered accountant while working at Ernst and Whinney (now known as Ernst and Young). In 1988 he joined Sealcorp, a financial services firm before joining Hartleys in 1990.

In August 2002 Graeme established Entrust Private Wealth Management. Since the Firms’ establishment, Entrust has grown ten fold and now manages over $1 billion of client funds. Graeme has been a financial adviser for over 20 years and over this time has become recognised as one of Western Australia’s leading financial advisers on Wealth Management.

Graeme is also the chairman of Esplanade Property Fund which is listed on the ASX and Entrust Funds Management Ltd a specialist small to mid cap fund.

His outside activities include being involved in the family’s winery, Oakover Estate in the Swan Valley. As well as being on the board of the West Coast Eagles where he chairs the finance committee.

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Event Details

Monday, 22 September, 2008
Grand Ballroom, HYATT Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Te
Seat Price:
$110.00 ($101.20 for paid subscribers)
Tables (10):
$1 012.00