• Meet The Team

    Meet The Team

    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.

  • Meet The Board

    Meet The Board

    Our highly experienced team of Realise Business Board members provide invaluable advice and strategic business direction to our CEO.

Meet the Team

  • Jacqui Attard

    Jacqui Attard

    Chief Executive Officer

    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.

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    Jaclyn Wainwright

    Jaclyn Wainwright

    Brand and Marketing Manager

    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.

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    Ingrid Moller

    Ingrid Moller

    Office Manager

    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!

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    Palisha Tuladhar

    Palisha Tuladhar

    Digital Marketing and Technology Specialist

    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.

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    Bryce Strobach

    Bryce Strobach

    Client Coordinator

    Bryce joined Realise Business in September 2016.
    As Client Coordinator, 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.

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    Courtney Sandor

    Courtney Sandor

    Administration Assistant, Marketing and Events

    Courtney is a welcome addition to the Realise team bringing with her a strong administration skillset and a passion for all things marketing and events. Her strength in building relationships with clients and stakeholders and her dedication to customer service makes Courtney the perfect person to coordinate events for Realise Business.

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  • Amanda Warrington

    Amanda Warrington

    Business Advisor | Mastermind Facilitator

    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.

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    Ben Dalton

    Ben Dalton

    Business Advisor

    Ben is an experienced professional in a wide variety of sectors including Small Business, Multinationals, Federal, State and Local Governments. He has a demonstrated history of working effectively in many industries including Retail, Hospitality, Banking, Construction, Customer Service, Tertiary Education, Wine and Other Beverages.
    Over many years Ben has acted as a consultant to a very wide range of small businesses and hospitality operators.

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    Chris Cassar

    Chris Cassar

    Business Advisor

    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.

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    Christopher Wilborn

    Christopher Wilborn

    Business Advisor | NDIS

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

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    Darren Wrigley

    Darren Wrigley

    Business Advisor

    Darren is a Sales Trainer and Business Performance Coach who loves to help small to medium businesses thrive with higher sales and profit.
    He currently also runs a successful consultancy business in Sydney.

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    Geoff Silk

    Geoff Silk

    Business Advisor | Mastermind Facilitator

    During the early years of his Management Consultancy business, Geoff developed a burgeoning relationship with BEC St George and Sutherland Shire, and was soon after invited to join their board of directors.

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    James Evangelidis

    James Evangelidis

    Business Advisor

    James is a passionate business advisor who draws on many years of experience to provide high quality training, advisory and coaching services to numerous professional services firms and organisations.

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    Katherine Blizard

    Katherine Blizard

    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.

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    Kathy Hamill

    Kathy Hamill

    Specialist Digital Solutions Advisor

    Kathy Hamill has a 20+ year track record in digital marketing, media and content marketing, and is passionate about helping small business owners to grow their business and brand.

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    Marianne Bateup

    Marianne Bateup

    Business Advisor

    Marianne is a professional coach, consultant and trainer with demonstrated success in supporting individuals, teams and businesses to recognise their potential and expand their capabilities.

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    Matt Trustrum

    Matt Trustrum

    Start Up & Early Stage Advisor

    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.

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    Naomi Matcham

    Naomi Matcham

    Business Advisor | NDIS

    Naomi has extensive experience working in the disability sector, from owning and operating her own small business in the NDIS space, to supporting organisations navigate national disability reform both in Australia and the UK.

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    Sara Berry

    Sara Berry

    Business Advisor

    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.

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    Stevie V Brown

    Stevie V Brown

    Business Advisor

    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!

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    Syane Macedo

    Syane Macedo

    Business Advisor

    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.

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    Viktoria Darabi

    Viktoria Darabi

    Business Advisor

    Viktoria 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.

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    Jo Attard

    Jo Attard

    Mastermind Facilitator

    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.

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    Emanuel Perdis

    Emanuel Perdis

    Business Coach

    Emanuel Perdis served as Managing Director of the Australian-owned Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics company for over 23 years. Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics was also co-founded by Emanuel, Napoleon and Soula-Marie Perdis

    As a renowned Education thought-leader, Emanuel led Australia’s largest makeup academy, Napoleon Perdis Make-Up Academy which boasted 6 world class campuses in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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  • Peter Holtmann

    Peter Holtmann

    Chairperson

    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 Brock

    Adrian Brock

    Treasurer

    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 James

    Robert James

    Company Secretary

    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.

    Des Viranna

    Des Viranna

    Board Member

    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.

    Lindsay Munns

    Lindsay Munns

    Board Member

    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 Marchant

    Marcus Marchant

    Board Member

    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.

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