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 Administrative 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.
David Batson, MBA
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.
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.
Joining the team after 20 years of international business, entrepreneurship and start-up experience, Matt’s extensive knowledge and expertise equips him to provide quality, relevant and invaluable advice for a multitude of client businesses. Matt founded, built & sold award winning Fintech talent consulting business operating across the Asia Pacific whilst also featuring in BRW’s top 100 fast growing company list.
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.
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!
Susan has been creative her whole life, but only when she worked at Corporate Travel did she discover her passion for Events. Susan is highly skilled at planning, designing and executing brilliant events, and enjoys seeing the benefits that Realise Business events bring to business owners.
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.
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.
Barbara joined Realise Business Senior Management Team in 2008 and has been Deputy Chair since 2014.
Senior lawyer in large international law firms and now in-house at an Australian resources company – Barbara’s business expretise is in governance, finance and general corporate & commercial law, and interaction with regulators. Her business experience includes Merchant Banking at Rothschild, Company Secretary at the Can Too Foundation and Mentor at the Law Society of NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Programme. She also holds several Community leadership roles.
Pip joined Realise Business in 2014 and brings 30 years of Corporate and Small Business Practice, Strategic Development and experience across several industry categories. Pip has worked for CPA Australia, Kodak, Nikon, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) along with various contract roles in financial services, commercial real estate, sports marketing and cosmetic industries.
Pip has been an active member of the Market Research Industry Association (AMSRS) for many years, has chaired special interest groups. She is also an active member of AMSRO, which represents Companies in Market Research. She has worked for CPA Australia, Kodak, Nikon, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) along with various contract roles in financial services, commercial real estate, sports marketing and cosmetic industries.
Pip believes that small business is the real heart of Australia. We drive the economy, offer huge numbers of Australians employment and are the lifeline to Corporates as major service providers. We keep Australia alive and thriving!
Andrew Rowlatt, B.Bus UTS , I.P.A. and J.P. is a qualified Taxation Accountant who works for Rowlatt & Co which has been established in Miranda since 2000. Our ideal clients are those businesses and individuals who wish to grow their wealth, get more income and legally reduce their tax.
Andrew supports Realise Business because it gives everyone (from start-ups to established) the resources and encouragement to better their business. As a local accountant, he has the same ideals as Realise Business when it comes to helping other businesses.
Ruth joined the Board of realise Business in 2013, has been Chairperson, Secretary and President of the Board, and has been a Realise Business member since it began! Ruth has operated her own business for over 10 years, so she appreciates the challenges that our clients face, and knows what a positive impact Realise Business has on thousands of small businesses in Sydney.
Ruth believes that small business is an essential part of the Australian economy, but it is not an easy road for most people. Business owners need support to help them grow and maintain their business and know that the support will be available at the level they require. Small Business provides jobs and opportunities for the local economy and often gives back to that community. Small business creates big business!