PRESIDENT: WENDI DAWSON
Having worked across both Australia and New Zealand, Wendi has an extensive background in consulting, sales, leadership development and strategy. Her passion and focus have been to work with organisations to achieve their strategic growth goals and hone their greatest competitive advantage – their people. One of her fundamental beliefs is that to achieve significant success and growth you must focus on the customer experience and outcome – continually delivering a better service today than yesterday. Wendi joined the Committee of the Melbourne Business Network in October 2018. She is passionate about supporting the development of businesses – start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, corporate – within Melbourne.
VICE-PRESIDENT: SIAN STEPHENS
Sian is passionate and inspired by the SME global marketplace and finds it full of innovation and creativity, also great customer service and value for money. She supports business owners and their people to assess their own value, understand their potential and learn how to voice in a way that will be heard and make a difference. Through her qualifications and skills in coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation gained over the last 20 years, she brings a wealth of knowledge that she enjoys sharing to ensure everyone has the best opportunities to love and enjoy success in their business. Sian works to ensure that the learning is received and implemented through practical actions that promote collaboration accountability and the best internal and external customer service.
Sian loves to travel and experience new cultures and has worked in the UK, across Europe, in Russia, and the UAE, before falling in love with Melbourne. She was the first Women in Management board member for The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) UK Wessex Region from 2010 – 2013. She has enjoyed volunteer mentoring for Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) 2015 – 2017, and currently with Business in Heels and the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia New Zealand.
TREASURER: PETER O'SULLIVAN
Peter has extensive experience in Australia and Europe, working with companies with operations in the USA and Asia (HK, Vietnam and India). He has worked with corporate businesses in travel, telco, media, retail & sports and entertainment sectors, as well as ‘start up’ technology businesses. Since returning to Australia, he has worked with a number of SMEs to scale up, turnarounds and exits.
Noirin Mosley has worked in 6 different industries in 3 different continents in her career to date. Namely Insurance, Disability, Consumer Electronics (Sony), Online Wall Art and more recently Entertainment (Race Party) and Online Learning (Educate to Elevate). She likes to build and support business communities and is a committee member for both LinkedinLocal Melbourne, The Centre for Optimism and is an Ambassador for the Symphony 7 group too. She is originally from Ireland, plays tennis badly, the Irish harp and believes that Optimism can really be learnt!
Leo Baker is a successful businessman, CEO, Franchisor, Franchisee and Director with almost twenty years of management and board level experience across both the commercial and not for profit sectors with experience in the Franchising, FMCG, education, manufacturing, retail and printing industries. He has owned and managed several businesses. His first business venture expanded to a become a multi-site business that he then leveraged to take over a national franchise chain. He then increased the value of the franchise chain by a multiple of six in just three years, before selling. Leo is now a consultant and independent director to small and medium enterprises and has clients in Spain, Asia and Australia.
Bradley has had a diverse range of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, CEO & CIO of a number of successful companies including SEEK and Computershare. Bradley has launched and worked with many successful startups, raised millions of dollars and rapidly grown tech startups from zero to hero. Bradley is a regular public speaker with his own YouTube channel and as a founder of Northbridge Capital regularly assists companies on capital raising, international growth, marketing and technology
Todd has vast experience in helping clients get the most out of digital. His background consists of design, development, integration, and marketing in the digital space. Starting out building websites as a self-taught developer, he has moved through many different roles; ranging from sales, account management, project management to consulting. He currently spearheads Subtle Digital; a leading eCommerce consultancy that helps merchants and brands unlock growth opportunities and solutions in the eCommerce space.