Posts in Captain of Industry
Leigh Kelson - Global ecosystem

“A serial entrepreneur, technology veteran, cloud computing pioneer and passionate creative Leigh is a vocal leader of Australia’s startup community and a passionate teller of stories. With a keen eye for what's next, he's excited about the potential of video to transform the way we learn and connect with new ideas and communities. His company, BeachCity Media, tells stories for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, reimagining how we develop the capabilities of tomorrow's creators and entrepreneurs.”

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Jamie Pride - Take More Risk

Jamie Pride is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist & author on a mission to make entrepreneurs, executives and enterprises failure proof. As an entrepreneur, Jamie sold his first startup, Velteo, to New York–based System Integrator Bluewolf, and has founded over six technology startups. As an investor, he has raised more than $16 million in funding for startups via private and public markets, including completing an IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2015. He has more than 20 years’…

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Mark Bergin - Driven by design

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team.DRIVENxDESIGN celebrates courage, excellence and diversity through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When Mark is not advocating or celebrating design he work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop…

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Stuart Ellis - On a personal mission

Mr Stuart Ellis AM, is Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). AFAC is the National Council for fire and emergency services across Australia and New Zealand, and is the facilitator and custodian of contemporary knowledge and practice, for the benefit of our members and through them, the community. There are 288,000 volunteers and career staff engaged across AFAC agencies providing fire and emergency services. Through a collaborative approach AFAC…

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Simon Madden - Aware

Simon has a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful. He played 378 games for the Essendon Football Club, was Victorian and club captain, played in two premiership teams, and was selected All Australian on multiple occasions. Not content just to be known as an elite athlete, Simon has continued to build his professional skills across a wide range of business and educational spheres.

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Nick Mitzevich - Set the narrative

Nick Mitzevich has served since 2010 as Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, where he has led numerous initiatives, including a diverse artistic programme, significant attendance growth, the revitalisation of the building and its displays, and the expansion of community engagement. Previously, Nick was Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane and Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in New South Wales. He holds a BA in Fine Art and Graduate ......

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Mike Smith - Think strategically, act tactically

Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.  He is the Chair of York Butter Factory (YBF) established in 2011.  YBF is the “destination point for innovation in Australia”.  He also holds the position of Senior Adviser Asia Practice at PwC.

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Tony McGinn - Reinvent yourself

After building and leading my businesses in Media, Marketing Services and Technology across Australia, Europe & Asia over 33 years, and the sale of those businesses in 2016, I now have two passionate business focuses. THE MCGINN PARTNERSHIP: We work with B2B SMEs across Australia transforming sales and business development capability and performance. With over three decades of experience in building and running sales teams and having invested plenty in 'sales training', I have looked long ....

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Elaine Bensted - Follow your passion

Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia commencing 3rd September 2012.  Since being in the role Elaine has led an improvement in the financial position of this conservation charity and an increase in Zoos SA membership base from 26,000 to over 43,000.  She also led the work that culminated in the release of a 20 year Master Plan for both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos in early 2015...

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Brad Smith - Trust in your labour

Brad Smith is an Australian entrepreneur, speaker, champion Superlite MX motocross rider and advocate for safe motocross riding practices. He was knocked back by over 50 manufacturing plants during the start-up of his motocross brand “braaap” however, his drive and tenacity lead him to successfully build Australia's only motorcycle company. Brad is the recipient of several achievement awards including two times Australian Young Entrepreneur of the year and four times Australian Retail Business of the year. Brad is also on the advisory board to the Reserve Bank of Australia. In 2008 Brad launched the first braaap store, a retail outlet intended to be “the motocross equivalent of a surf shop”. Braaap has since expanded and has four retail outlets across Tasmania and Victoria and is available in seven countries worldwide.

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Cholena Orr - Scheduled for Success

As the Director of pac executive coaching, Cholena leads a team of coaches and Human Capital specialists who consult to an impressive list of leading executives and corporate companies globally. Cholena offers 20 years’ experience of building recruitment businesses and  is also a regular contributor to business journals such as The CEO Magazine, GQ Magazine, Business Woman’s Media, Business Insider, Kochie’s Business Builders and Business Chicks.

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Brooke Miller - Back Yourself

Brooke Miller is BP’s VP Sales & Marketing Australia, leading the company’s retail business in a highly competitive fuels market. Brooke is focused on delivering a high quality, differentiated offer at 1,400 BP-branded sites and successful partnerships with some of Australia’s largest commercial customers.

Prior to being appointed to this role in April 2016, Brooke was BP’s CFO Fuels AsPac. Over four years, she brought focus and rigour to the financial performance and strategy of the business during a time of significant change.

Brooke first joined BP after receiving an MBA from Melbourne Business School. Brooke has held roles including: General Manager for Elite Customer Solutions, a team of 500 employees providing finance, sales and marketing, and logistics services; Regional Director for BP Solar Australasia, involving the deployment of the solar photovoltaics in the Asia Pacific; and General Manager of BP Bitumen Australia, a national manufacturing and sales operation.

Brooke's career started in landscape architecture and town planning, and she holds a Bachelor of Planning & Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture. For nearly 10 years, she helped to design and construct commercial-scale projects.

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Rachael Robertson - Make the decision

“Rachael led the Australian expedition to Davis Station, Antarctica - the second female to lead a team at the Station and the youngest ever leader.

She managed a team of 18 people through the long, dark, Antarctic winter and through trial and error built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’.”

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Rebecca Burrows - Bring your whole self

“Rebecca has a track record of delivery of sustainable growth in both mature and emerging markets, driving sizeable and sustained efficiencies across large scale operations and building and leading highly engaged and performing teams.
Rebecca is a true enterprise leader - with a track record of strong relationships across stakeholder groups including staff, customer, unions and government and is able to manage the complexities presented by competing priorities or perspectives.
Rebecca is a champion of diversity and a values based leader and has gained experience across multiple sectors including ecommerce, logistics, communications, consumer services, retail and resources. 

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Solange Cunin - Our mission

Solange Cunin is a 24-year-old who grew up ‘off the grid’ on her parents’ farm in northern NSW. She was given her first telescope at the age of eight and convinced everyone around her that she would become an aerospace engineer.  

“Solange studied a Bachelors in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering at University of New South Wales. Solange founded Cuberider, a leader in innovative STEM education, which brings access to space down into the classroom. Solange has lead Cuberider to be the first Australian payload to ever go to the International Space Station and inspired thousands of students across Australia.”

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