Meet the Team
Jacqui has been a specialist business coach and program trainer for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) since 1999. With an extensive knowledge of what SMEs need, as well as proven solutions for building successful businesses, she has assisted hundreds of business owners to accelerate their growth and increase their value.
Amanda has owned and sold a variety of businesses over the last 20 years, and recognises from a business owner perspective the value of tailored business advice and support. She is 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.
Bryce joined Realise Business in September 2016. As Team Assistant, his duties include processing paperwork for new and existing clients along with post-appointment processing and follow-up. He also assists the admin team and the business advisors with projects and events.
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.
With a wide range of experience across a number of industries including healthcare, Education and VET, Employment Services, Manufacturing, Digital and Online, Legal and Real Estate. David has combined this extensive industry experience with the operation of his own successful consultancy firm prior to his tenure here at Realise Business as a Business Advisor.
Dave is a passionate advocate for positivity and employee wellbeing. During his career in Management Consulting and Venture Capital Dave evaluated hundreds of businesses across the business lifecycle. This experience has provided Dave with deep insight into organisational culture and leadership which he brings with him to Realise Business.
Ingrid is an award-winning Executive Assistant who brings extensive knowledge of the Not-for-Profit sector. She has co-owned a small business and is passionate about working with teams during periods of growth to build a positive, happy and healthy work environment. Highly experienced working at CEO and Board level, Ingrid brings exceptional organisational, communication and relationship building skills to Realise Business. She also brings a sense of humour and a smile to the office every day!
Jaclyn is a Marketing, Events and Communications professional with over fifteen years’ experience in project, brand and campaign management. As a specialist B2B Marketer, Jaclyn has recognised achievement in engineering industry campaigns with measured contribution to increased market share in the key sectors of Rail, Utilities, Mining, Manufacturing and HVAC.
Katherine was the CEO of one of Sydney’s best known cafe bookshop brands, Ampersand. She served customers in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs at her Ampersand stores for over eight years and was well known for her leadership, customer service, and no-nonsense approach to running a business and a team of dedicated staff that started with a team of four and grew to 46 within six years.
Whilst running his own business, Matt has worked with many business owners. Matt’s approach to business issues and challenges is hands on and practical. He has provided assistance to many small business owners, from start-ups to established businesses in a multitude of industries.
Matt has spent over 20 years in the international business, entrepreneurship & start-up arena having worked with hundreds of start-up founders around the world. Having bootstrapped, built & sold his own award winning Fintech talent consulting business operating across the Asia Pacific region, featuring in the BRW’s Top 100 fast growing company list, Matt then travelled the world operating across a variety of high tech start-up ecosystem’s including Stockholm, London & Helsinki.
Nat Ellis is passionate about the current opportunities for new and innovative NDIS services that support people with a disability to enhance their lives in the ways they choose. Whether you run an existing business, or are considering self-employment in this changing service environment, Nat is eager to assist you to explore the possibilities.
Palisha is a marketing specialist who brings strong insight and a genuine passion for digital marketing to the Realise Business team. When she’s not keeping the website and our digital communications running smoothly, she enjoys engaging with members at networking events and workshops.
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 too.
Stevie is a highly successful Advertising & Marketing Communications Strategist with over 15 years’ experience. Stevie studied with the Life Coaching Academy. Her approach to coaching is built on the belief that whether you’ve just started, or you’re well-established, your business has a much higher chance of success with a happy, motivated leader at the helm!
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.
Craig is a people and performance specialist who is passionate about empowering people to fulfill their potential. He is a strong believer that as an executive your ability to inspire, motivate and lead has a direct result on the level of your employee’s engagement and therefore their productivity within your team. The way you communicate with each other and your team is a crucial element in any successful business.
Viktoria Darabi holds a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism which combines the disciplines of Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Tourism and Gastronomy. She is a Food Culture Tourism Consultant within the Tourism, Events and Hospitality industries. As a Culinary Tourism Whisperer and Crusader, she has a keen eye for current and future trends in food and beverage. She blends a foodie’s soul, within a marketer’s mind, within an entrepreneur’s spirit.
Peter is an experienced business leader, executive coach and business excellence consultant. He has global experiences on non-profit and charity boards as a strategic expert. He has assisted several associations develop strategies for affiliation, partnership and co-operation.
Peter led an international non-profit for 12 years visioning and building the strategies for governance, growth and sustainability, and created the essential connections and opportunities for collaboration and affiliation.
Peter has numerous recent experiences with commercial growth tactics and has chaired an association committee for non-profits focussed on international expansion.
Peter understands the changing needs of charities and non-profits in the local market and has the experience to partner with executives to identify the right strategies for sustainability. Peter runs his own consulting firm Holtmann Professional Services, https://holtmannprofessionalservices.com from Sydney, Australia.
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.
Robert has 30 years’ experience across the IT and wealth management sectors, previously holding senior roles with BT, MLC and Permanent Trust. He joined the Board emboldened by the organisation’s mission. He plays a key role in assisting the Board and management in implementing strong governance practices.
A digital marketing and analytics expert with over 17 years’ experience, Des brings a wealth of relevant industry experience and top-level strategic knowledge to the Board. Having worked as both a Director and GM, he has an intimate understanding of the hardships faced by small business owners on a daily basis.
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.
Marcus is currently Head of Digital for QBE Insurance Australia and New Zealand, and has previously run digital and on-boarding at Optus as well as customer strategy for Citibank Consumer Bank in Australia. A former lawyer, Marcus stronglybelieves that small business is the cornerstone of a strong Australian economy.