Administration Team

AssDipBus, GradCertMtg, FIML, JP

Graham has strong business acumen and is a highly experienced and qualified business consultant in all facets of business management including; Sales and Marketing, Financial and HR management, Strategic planning and broad range of Operational activities.

With more than 30 years hands-on business experience operating in retail, construction, hospitality and professional services; Graham’s skill and passion for business provides his clients with a clear direction for results.

With a strong customer service background Helena’s career moved to Administration Management in 2002.

Helena is the program manager for the AusIndustry Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) and is experienced in the financial management and reporting of government contracts. She is currently completing a Diploma in Business Administration.

Anja is a qualified teacher with over 10 years of secondary school teaching experience. For the past 15 years Anja has been working with schools, business and community sectors in developing partnerships, career development programs, event and project management, and delivering training and workshops to students, teachers, parents and community.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, and previously worked for a Canberra based business as the head of marketing and design.

She is passionate about design, loves being creative and solving problems as well as improving on existing processes and design.

She is also a qualified and experienced beauty therapist, who runs a small business helping to beautify and rejuvenate the local community.

In her spare time, she is training with her horse for endurance competition, taking photos, catching a movie or getting stuck in to a good book

Tracy joins us from Queensland where she has worked as an Administration Assistant/Receptionist with the Education Department for the past 10 years.

She enjoys the customer contact and is happy to assist at any time. During her spare time, she enjoys travelling and most importantly spending time with her family. Relocating from Queensland with its beautiful climate she’s not too certain about a southern winter!

Business Advisory Team

Andrew holds a BSc (Honours) degree from the University of Wollongong.

Andrew has 22 years experience in business management and new startup formation and growth across Australia, Asia and the United States. Andrew has successfully built businesses from the ground up, and worked within and for consulting firms, export corporations, mining and industrial companies, IT companies, government agencies, environmental reporting firms, and retail and wholesale businesses.

Andrew has skills across a range of small and medium-size business disciplines, with a focus on new business establishment, marketing and branding, IP, sales, HR, strategic planning and management systems development.

Kris has over 10 years small business experience in HR, with 5 of those years operating online.

Along with a Diploma of Management, Kris has over 10 years experiencing in managing ski lodges. She has knowledge and experience in the tourism and hospitality industry with an understanding of operating a seasonal business in regional Australia. Kris is internet savvy with skills in social media, apps and website development.

She has a strong sense of community and networking as evident in her volunteer roles as a Councillor, Chamber Secretary, Volunteer Ski Patroller, Ladies in Business facilitator and guest speaking roles.

Deborah has over 30 years’ hands-on experience working with SME’s and large multinationals. She is a Jill-of-marketing trades and trends, master of some; has strong business acumen; a big picture outlook and a demonstrated track record of developing creative and strategic marketing campaigns across diverse industries.

Included in the above is ten plus years as an SME herself, where she managed her own Marketing / Public Relations Consultancy and worked with other SME’s in diverse sectors. Deborah’s areas of expertise extend to business development and retail management.

As a Business Advisor, Deborah offers a broad array of experience for start-ups and established businesses aspiring to perpetuate growth.

Janine was immersed in family operated businesses from childhood. She grew up on the family farm and her family owned and operated a national coach line and travel service.

Since the early 1990s, Janine has enjoyed creating and developing a number of businesses from start-up, and has assisted other business owners to develop and manage their business operations. She has worked in sectors as diverse as recruitment, childcare, personal & leadership development, retail, travel, architecture, construction and IT.

Her areas of expertise include business process development, human resource management, client relationship development, scheduling, event organisation and financial management.

Janine has a strong belief that the success of any business is driven by the development of an atmosphere of trust, integrity and mutual respect.

Jacquie has 20 years real-world experience working with SME’s and multinationals. She has a background in HR, senior commercial roles in the B2B sector and adult education. Her areas of expertise include client relationship management, business development, HR and event organisation.

As a volunteer with the Yass Valley Business Chamber and the Chamber of Women in Business, Jacquie demonstrates her passion for supporting the business community.

Jacquie holds a BA in Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, with Diplomas in HR and Business Administration. She has knowledge and experience running a business from start-up, coaching and facilitating a breadth of programs.

Jacquie enjoys the country lifestyle, good wine, books and movies.

MBA, Adv Dip Elect Eng

Gavin has over 12 years manufacturing and production experience predominantly in the after sales and service in the medical equipment industry.

Recently completing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Charles Sturt University, Gavin’s key skills can be found in asset management, project management and marketing.

Gavin also has experience in organically growing small businesses throughout regional areas of Australia.

As a Business Advisor, Gavin can offer holistic recommendations to suit your business needs.

A social sportsman, Gavin enjoys playing sports at a local level and supporting local community organisations.

BComm (University of Canberra), Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Steve is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience with a “Big 5” accounting practice.

Steve was responsible for the provision of all general business advice including accounting, taxation and management advice to clients ranging from individuals to small, medium and large businesses. His clients included retail, manufacturing, professional services firms and medical professionals. The advice provided ranged from operational advice, detailed taxation advice, business valuations and preparation or review of business plans and cash-flow projections.

Steve left professional practice in 2002 to acquire a large and successful retail business in Canberra and has been managing and operating this and a further business acquired in 2015 to date.

Operating a retail business has given Steve very specific skills in retail finance, lease negotiations, sales and marketing as well as store design and merchandising.

Steve is very keen on winter snow sports (although he is still a little awkward on his skis) and he still plays social cricket in the summer. When he is not skiing or playing cricket he might be found running around getting fit for his next marathon.

Paul has a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Canberra) as well as a Graduate Diploma of Management (Central Queensland University). He also has a Certificate IV Business Facilitation (Victoria University).

Paul has owned and managed two businesses and is now a business advisor with us. He is particularly skilled in corporate governance, business facilitation, team building, business development & training.

Geoff Pryor has a strong and successful background in advising upon, developing and managing strategic planning and research-based sustainable development processes for a broad range of organisations, in both the private and public sector.

Geoff is a leading exponent of community and regional development and addresses a wide range of sectors including local sustainable business growth. He has many years of Australian and overseas experience in regional development processes, working in both the public and private sectors. Specifically he has a deep understanding of the issues of waste stream management in the public, private and non-government sectors.

Education and Employment Team

Phoebe lives on the south coast and has over 10 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector to improve social, cultural and economic outcomes, building on the strengths of individuals and communities.  Phoebe has extensive youth work experience, both in individual case management and facilitation of early-intervention programs in local high schools.

Phoebe is passionate about empowering young people to make positive, informed decisions around their future career pathways.

Carissa attended Macleay College in Sydney studying hospitality and management. She then worked in retail for 15 years, 3 of these as a manager. She then owned a successful restaurant for 5 years.

Charne is a Goulburn local and has an extensive background in Real Estate, including operating her own Property Management business.

Now with a young family, Charne has been able to utilise her local knowledge and networks in coordinating the Structured Workplace Learning Program in the Goulburn and Crookwell area.

Debbie is a Cooma local who has worked for non-profit organisations in the community services sector for the past 20 years including employment services, youth work and with local business and schools.

She has served on many different committees and has a strong focus and commitment to youth.

Jae grew up on the Central Coast and as of January 2017, moved to the Snowy Mountains Region for a lifestyle change after spending several years living, working and travelling around the world.

Jae has a range of professional skills in various industries including Employment Services, Recruitment, Education and Training, Health, Government/Human Services, Retail and the Trade Industries. He has worked as Team Leader in Employment Services and has worked for Centrelink. For over six years Jae was the Office Manager for an RTO whilst simultaneously a Practice Manager for a Natural Therapies Spa all for the same company. Jae has several years’ management experience in retail and has also ran his own part time business in the allied health industry.

Jae has several qualifications, Diploma’s and Certificates in various industries and is continuing his education to grow personally and professionally.

Jae has a wealth of experience in assisting people transition into employment, education and training and is driven by the outcome from seeing people achieve their goals.

Catherine has been working with youth from all walks of life for the last 15 years, as a leader, a volunteer, a speaker, a teacher, a tutor and a friend. She is a qualified Secondary English teacher and has a social science degree majoring in psychology. Her passions are sustainability, creativity, and seeing people realise their value and potential while having fun in the process.

Paul’s background is working in outdoor recreation, running camps for young people on both the Great Ocean Road and the River Murray. More recently he has worked with Indigenous youth from the APY lands in South Australia. Recently moved to the ACT from Adelaide, Paul is passionate about sport and fitness and loves gaming and fishing.

Julia has been working within the Education and Community Services sector for nearly a decade and says nothing makes her happier than forming strong relationship with her clients and creating successful outcomes.

When she is not working she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, photography, and writing.

Deb has a varied work history starting with Veterinary Nursing and Medical reception then management positions. Although it wasn’t until working in the welfare arm of Anglicare Victoria that her passions became obvious. Deb spent 3 years managing a Foodbank/Emergency relief Centre. After resettling in Yass she continued with a variety of local community agencies and programs as a volunteer.

Deb is passionate about seeing youth reach their potential and discover who they really are.

Tory is a Youth worker and counsellor with a background in Agriculture. Tory has worked in diverse roles in the Agriculture industry from marketing to hands on farming. In 2008 Tory created and managed her own flower farm and online catalogue based in Wagga Wagga before moving interstate to South Australia.

For the past five years Tory has been working in S.A. in the VET and secondary schools sectors supporting young people and empowering them to reach their personal and educational goals.

David brings nearly thirty years of experience as an educator in New Zealand and Australia to his role. He is primary teacher trained, but spent most of his career teaching science, maths and I.T. to middle school. In his hometown of Auckland he became Principal of a small private school. He has worked in schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Davids other interests include aviation. He works part time as a flight instructor at Moruya airport.

Shelly is a qualified teacher with over 10 years experience teaching in both Secondary and Primary schools. She is passionate about Youth Education and the promotion of positive student well-being in the school setting.
In her spare time Shelly enjoys reading, studying, playing sport and spending time with family.