Our Team, Network & People.

Our team of highly experienced advisors and operations staff have the hands-on business skills and knowledge to help your business overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Adam has a wealth of experience buying and selling businesses nationally and internationally and has a passion for advising. Begining his career in sales, marketing and multi-site management, he moved into small business as a Franchisee and Franchisor in Australia, New Zealand and China. During that time he built expertise in start up planning, franchising, commercial leasing, P&L Management and exit planning.

Amanda has owned and sold a variety of businesses over the last 20 years, and recognises from a business owner’s perspective, the value of tailored business advice and support. Amanda is incredibly passionate about working with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them achieve their goals and develop plans to take their business to the next level.

A certified turnaround professional who brings 25 years of public and private sector experience across tourism, advanced manufacturing, health, technology, financial services and sport. His experience includes establishing new businesses or restructuring existing businesses for long-term sustainable growth. Campbell’s relevant and accurate advice will guide you to start-up, restructure, or grow.

Chris has a wealth of business management experience in both the corporate and small business markets, and has run his own business and marketing consulting practice specialising in small business. Over the last 15 years Chris has helped small businesses in a wide range of industries including IT, Medical Services, Legal service, Tourism, Building and Construction, Allied Health Services, Retail, Fashion and Entertainment.

Chris is a results-driven leader with a wealth of knowledge derived from his more than two decades in the NGO, corporate and government sectors. As a current business owner, from his prior work as a growth-minded CEO and a background working with disability organisations, Chris is deeply passionate about the NDIS, small business community and the central role they play in the fabric of our society.

Geoff is a businessman and coach who provides business advice based on many years of experience working with new, developing and established businesses. He interacts diligently with business owners selling products and/or services, to achieve their aspirations and goals. His pragmatic approach has helped hundreds of businesses to flourish and perform successfully. Geoff is also a faciliator of a Realise Business Mastermind group.

Jo has an extensive background in business, having worked in both senior executive roles and as a coach and consultant across a wide variety of industry sectors. Jo’s experience has allowed her to work at all levels within organisations, across all settings, from the factory floor to the executive office in both large, global corporates as well as small to medium enterprises.

In her 21 years of business banking and retail banking experience, Judy has managed relationship portfolios with tens of thousands of customers across a range of industries such as import and export, wholesale and retail, aged care and health care, professional services, tourism, transportation, manufacture, pharmaceuticals, property construction, development and investment.

Liza is a marketing specialist and has spent her career working for some of Australia’s most loved brands – 3M, George Weston Foods, Pacific Brands and Sheridan Australia, Hunter Douglas, Luxaflex and ActronAir. With a unique blend of technical acumen and a solid business foundation, Liza brings together these elements to offer creative solutions for her clients.  

Megan is a highly strategic, commercially savvy, and results-focused marketer with over 20 years of marketing management and business consultancy. With a proven track record for driving growth in businesses across B2C and B2B. Her rich knowledge covers a diverse range of industries. As a communication specialist and storyteller, Megan takes audiences on a strategic journey to bring brands to life and aligns teams.

Nathan has hands-on restaurant marketing experience growing his own restaurants customer base through social media marketing and email marketing strategies which saw him exit the business with a 10,000+ strong database of engaged, loyal customers. Nathan’s small business experience includes owning and operating Casoni Restaurant in Darlinghurst, Sydney for six years.

Patch is a Coach and Consultant, passionate about educating and empowering business owners and leaders to build successful businesses as she believes that great businesses have a positive impact on our communities and society. As a coach, Patch spends all of her time helping business owners learn how to run their businesses, build healthy teams, drive growth, and most importantly – live a balanced life.

With 25 years experience in Brand Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Russell has worked across just about every industry there is. His first professional promotional work began in 1995 which gave him experience in direct mail marketing, creative design and he was on the forefront of the growth of the internet working in a number of agencies before starting his own in 2005.

Sara was fortunate to have entered the world of marketing and communications at a time where consumer behaviour was being more scrutinized than ever before. Successfully navigating her way up the corporate ladder in London, Sara oversaw a range of key accounts and was constantly required to challenge her own thinking to keep pace with the rapidly changing technological advancements society was becoming increasingly exposed to.

Sue is an experienced marketer with over 20 years of experience across marketing strategy and execution, agency leadership and business development.
She started out working with marketing agencies in the UK, delivering strong consumer and business campaigns across multiple channels before she made the move to Sydney.
Sue enjoys working on tailored solutions for individual businesses and making a difference to long term goals.

Syane brings more than 16 years’ experience in retail management and business administration. In the last few years, Syane has focussed on building her expertise in marketing strategy, graphic design and social media management; utilising these as powerful sales and business expansion tools. Syane is a versatile professional with well-developed planning, organisational, multi-tasking and leadership skills.

Our F&B expert Tim Noye has worked his way from the ground up and has over 23 years diverse industry knowledge.
He can help you with general costings and budgeting, improving efficiencies, menu design and execution, creating company and team KPI’s, staff retention, driving new business, OH&S, industry expectation and general compliance. Tim is a down to earth advisor committed to helping your hospitality business in any way he can.

Wayne has been a fully qualified Chartered Accountant for over 35 years.  The last 20 of these years has been working one on one with start-ups and other small and medium business owners as a trusted business advisor. Skilled in analysing business financial performance and cash flow.  This in turn allows Wayne to help business owners to understand the real drivers of their business so they pull the right levers to profitably grow their business.

Yesica has a mission to empower small businesses and startups to unlock their full potential so they can thrive and make the most out of the digital era. For over 6 years, she has made an impact in the industry by being the voice of truth for businesses and startups. Yesica has a background in Strategic Marketing through Google and Facebook Ads, Website Analytics, and Graphic Design and she enjoys sharing this knowledge with small businesses to help them succeed. 

Therese Tarlinton is so passionate about small business owners collaborating on marketing, that she wrote the book on how to do it.  SWAP! Marketing without Money flew into the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Small Business spot and has ignited a movement where brands are gaining visibility, industry credibility, and improved profitability by working together. Therese knows what it feels like to be a small business owner and has advised many over the last 15 years. 

Jacqui Attard is a business expert and coach who has devoted her career to helping small businesses grow and prosper. As CEO of Realise Business, Jacqui develops coaching programs and services to help businesses grow and increase their profitability.

For the past 20 years Charmion Ingram has built a strong background in Strategic Business Consulting, Culture and Organisational Change. Her roles have included Manager, Business Consulting and Planning at AMP where she was instrumental in building the “coach to coach” training program for the Business Partnership Managers that supported the wider AMP Financial Advisor network of 800 businesses. 

Elecia brings over 13 years’ multi-disciplinary marketing experience to Realise Business, across B2B and B2C marketing,  digital and content marketing, membership marketing, brand, corporate communications, public relations, sponsorship and event management.

Donna is a client services professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of people in a calm, polite and effective manner. Fostering teamwork, operational excellence, and quality of service at all times, she prides herself on her clear communication style when working with our Business Advisors and our Clients. 

Paula is a dedicated client and customer service professional with over 20 years’ experience in administration, accounts & organisation of meetings and conferences, personnel and secretarial support of management and teams. Her strengths are handling client and customer enquiries and requests with tact and discretion. She has excellent interpersonal communication skills and is able to liaise effectively at all levels. A can-do professional with a positive and friendly disposition.

The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson is Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Australia’s Academic and Research Network, and is a Chair and Director on several Boards, both for profit and NFPs.

As a Member of Parliament, Katrina Hodgkinson represented regional communities across a broad sector of Central and Southern NSW for nearly twenty years. Katrina was the NSW Government’s first female Minister for Primary Industries (including Lands and Water). She was also Minister for Small Business and Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events.  Katrina was the inaugural Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW and is a former Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management, Community Services, Families, Child Safety, Rural Affairs, Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Fair Trading. She is also former Chair of the NSW Government’s Investment, Industry and Regional Development Committee.

Prior to entering parliament, Katrina owned and operated retail stores specialising in wool and natural fibres in regional NSW. She was a Ministerial Adviser in the Howard Government, taught at NSW Colleges of TAFE, managed project evaluations for property development companies, and worked at both the ASX (Sydney) and the Commonwealth Department of Transport.  With a strong rural background and based in the Greater Sydney Area, Katrina continues to serve her community as both a Justice of the Peace and as a Member of the Belgenny Farm Expert Advisory Committee. Katrina is a Patron of the national Justice Reform Initiative.

Adrian has held the Finance Role on the Realise Business Board since 2014, and is a partner of ‘CFO On-Call’ which provides business and financial management advice to business owners.
Adrian was formerly Chief Operating Officer of The Griffin Group, Partner in the Corporate Finance Division of Deloitte, and has a broad range of corporate advisory, investigation and accounting experience spanning 50 years.
Adrian has a passion for working with SME business owners to help drive profit and growth by focussing on key drivers of their business and preparing action plans to achieve their goals.

With a career spanning over 27 years in the SME sector within Owner, Manager, Director and Advisor roles, Lindsay has an intimate knowledge and appreciation what makes this vital sector tick.
His believes that in order to thrive in the current economy, business owners need to develop not just their skills and products, but also their capability to connect into productive business networks that offer learning, collaboration and commercial opportunities. This is where I see the role of Realise Business – a vital connection point for our members.
Most recently Lindsay has served as the CEO and member of the Board for the Anytime Group, the master franchisee for this fast growth SME supporting over 400 small business franchisees nationally. He joined Realise in 2015 as Strategy advisor to growth businesses. He holds an MBA business degree as well as business coaching qualifications, and is an active member of both the Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Management.

Ilona is a senior lawyer with over 10 years experience advising on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market transactions, governance and foreign investment matters. Ilona works on a broad range of transactions from seed investments, start ups, private equity transactions and public takeovers.
Her clients value her commerciality, tenacity and proactive approach reflecting her prior experience in commercial focused roles and across multiple industries.

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles, marketing, business development, networking, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and event management. He is currently the Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Leaders Council and Director of Corporate & Community Solutions, a private company specialising in strategic advice, marketing, fundraising, media, public relations and event management.
He sits on the Board of The Gut Foundation, The Estia Foundation, and as a Non-Executive Board Member of Group Colleges Australia which is a well-established, professional Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
Paul is one of Australia’s leading fundraisers & business networkers and is committed to helping many important causes in our community. He helps individuals and organisations to network and engage in the political and business circles of Australia to achieve their goals and objectives.

Angela is an Associate Director at Iceni Group, a boutique management consulting business.  

Angela has more than 30 years’ experience in private, public sector and NFP organisations covering transport, resources, utilities, construction, and business and industry. A communications and corporate affairs specialist, she has held senior and executive leadership roles with Business NSW, BHP, Transport for NSW, Inland Rail and Essential Energy.

Prior to joining Iceni Group, Angela was Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs for Business NSW where she led the development and delivery of research, policy and advocacy initiatives to support NSW businesses during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University Canberra, and brings a range of Board and Committee experience, including as Director of the Industrial Capability Network, Director of the Australian Commerce and Industry and Chair and member of several industry and government committees.

Matt brings over 17 years of experience across a number of different markets in senior public and private sector roles, working closely with executives across strategy, evaluation and operations. Matt currently works within the Digital and Business practice at Nous Group,  a globally recognised consulting firm renowned for its positive influence on clients and communities. 

Before joining Nous, Matt was a commercial business advisor in Sydney for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), NZ’s business development agency, with 40 offices globally. Matt advised and consulted over 50 companies on how to grow, helping businesses solve their toughest challenges in exporting around the world.

Prior to joining NZTE, Matt worked for over 10 years at Nestle, the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods company. At Nestle, Matt held various sales, category and operations roles in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. In Australia he led a business team across category, marketing, supply and finance. This involved writing the strategy and delivering the two-to-three-year plan for the business unit.

Colin is an experienced thought leader who has 25 years of experience advising businesses on strategic transformational change made possible through technology. He currently works as a Managing Director at PwC Australia, and is part of the technology consulting leadership, guiding leading Australian Public, Private and NFP organisations in their digital transformations.