by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Robyn Simon

Robyn is a Digital Business Advisor

Robyn has more than 20 years’ experience working with start-ups and established businesses in the retail, tourism, manufacturing and creative industries. She is an avid studier of key trends (local, national and global) and describes herself as a “solutions architect” who loves exploring innovative ways to help her clients market their products and services, especially through social media. Robyn works alongside small business operators in the Northern NSW area from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads, both on a one on one basis and through the delivery of digital workshops.

 


 

Who is your hero, and why?

I have loads of heroes, but I have to say my husband would be up there. He is considerate and caring with an amazing sense of humour. He has mentored me through any and every challenge, or should I say .. humoured. We laugh all the time.

 

Tell us your earliest childhood memory.

My fourth birthday when mum and dad bought me the cutest wee gingham dress with red stitched smocking on the front. They got me cherry red shoes to match.

 

How did your favourite teacher impact you? (Can be a school, university or other teacher)

I had an amazing art teacher at High School who really taught us how to appreciate the world of art. He had a particular passion for French painters and drove a Citroen. We all thought he was pretty cool. It so happens I am very passionate about all things French, including French art and cars.

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Anja Livingston

Anja is the Education Program Manager

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.

 

 

 


 

What is one of the things on your bucket list?
To circumnavigate South America, and visit Easter Island

 

What is one important skill every person should have?
I believe it is really important to be able to do some basic repairs on clothing – including sewing on buttons and re-stitching hems or splits in seams.

 

What are you going to do when you retire?
Hopefully I will be able to travel to lots of different destinations around the world, have more time to spend with my family, and on my hobbies.

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Phoebe Turner

Phoebe is a Program Facilitator

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.

 


 

What is one important skill every person should have?

Emotional Intelligence

 

What is the best vacation you’ve ever had?

Nine years ago, my partner and I spent 18 months travelling with our then three year old son through South East Asia and Eastern Europe. I’d travelled a fair bit earlier in life as an individual, and it struck me how much more immersive and connective travelling can be with a child. How many more doors were open to us and conversations had, because we had a very obvious common thread that traversed class and culture.

 

What is a recent book that you have enjoyed? Why?

Buddhism without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor. I was raised by my dad, a practising Buddhist, and Buddhism always piqued my interest from an ethical perspective (in that I see many of the tenets to be solid guidelines for living in a way that is morally sound) but I struggled with the idea of god/s and rebirth. Buddhism without Beliefs really spoke to me and helped to cement my ideas around having faith without god.

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Tracy Green

Tracy Green is the Coordination & Support Officer

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!

 


 

What is your favourite sport to watch?

All-time favourite sport to watch is Rugby Union especially when my son is playing.

 

What is the meaning of your name?

Tracy – is taken from the Irish word “treasach” meaning “war-like” or “fighter”.

 

Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favourite?

I have lived in 9 cities and the favourite place has been Katherine N.T.

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Helena Newman

Helena is the Administration Manager

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.

 

 


 

What would be the ultimate gift for you to receive?

More time with loved one’s past & present.

 

What is the meaning of your name?

My name Helena means: Shining light. The bright one. Being first generation Australian with both Finnish & Scottish ancestry, while growing up I questioned how to say my own name as my parents and family all had a different pronunciation of Helena.

 

What’s one sentence you’d like to hear from your boss?

We operate on a 4 day work week!

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Graham Baxter

Graham is the CEO of Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre

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.

 

 


 

Describe one experience you’ve had where you took a huge leap of faith.

I am tempered to say, ”getting married” but my wife might read this.
It has to be moving towns with a 6 week old baby to start my first business at age 23.

 

What is the best vacation you’ve ever had?

Spending 3 weeks on the west coast of America visiting; Hawaii, San Francisco, Vegas & LA, plus meeting & getting a kiss from Jennifer Garner who is a client & close friend of my sister in LA.

 

What do you think you will be doing 20 years from now?

Retired & travelling whenever & wherever I can

 

What is your favourite sport to watch?

Differently motor sport; now you know where my reputation comes from!

 

 

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Julia Willson

Julia is a Program Facilitator

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.

 

 


 

What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?

1.) Experience. Although it was some time ago, I went through a lot of what the students I work with are going through. This helps to relate and communicate, and break down stigmas

2.) Empathy. I feel like I get teenagers and the hardship they face in the modern world. Times can be tough and I feel deeply that talking openly about it can only be a good thing.

 

What is your favourite outdoor activity?

Snorkelling. I love the feeling of being in a completely different world and also taking a break from technology.

 

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Geoff Pryor

Geoff Pryor is the Bin Trim Program Manager

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.

 


 

What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?

I have an unabashed passion to work creatively for a sustainable world for all our children and their children and all the other creatures in it. Perhaps surprising but nevertheless true, I see this possible in programs like the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s business waste program called ‘Bin Trim’.
It’s all about how we manage ‘stuff’ in business and our normal lives!

 

What is your favourite sport to watch?

The answer is simple for me – it’s Aussie Rules because, while important changes have occurred over the years, as a game it still maintains the essential elements of being an enjoyable spectacle.

 

What are you going to do when you retire?

So, I had to check the dictionary to find what this word ‘retire’ really means! This research then gave rise to the question for me of should we ever do so for there are so many things we can all do to make for a sustainable world.

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Phoebe Turner

Phoebe is a Program Facilitator

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.

 


 

What was going on during the happiest time of your life? 

I’m currently in the happiest time of my life. On a farm, close to nature, watching my kids grow and blossom, honouring my values by effecting social change through my work, involved in the local community.

 

If you didn’t need a job, were healthy, and had plenty of time, what would you do?

Connect through travel.

 

What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?

Empathy.

 

by ashleysrbec ashleysrbec No Comments

Get to know: Gavin Kinsella

Gavin is a Business Advisor

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.

 


 

What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
Do the right thing and the right thing will happen to you

What is one important skill every person should have?
Manners — cost nothing and makes the world a more harmonious place

What would be the ultimate gift for you to receive?
A law that was passed that protected all animals

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Wollongong — I’m already here