Danelle Cross – Manager, Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship
Danelle was appointed Manager of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Curtin Business School in 2017, following 8 years at the Centre in the role of Program Manager. Danelle has a passion for business, university and industry collaboration and lifelong learning as well as being a strong advocate for diversity in all its forms.
Danelle’s business experience includes 18 years of strategic marketing, communications, project and partnership management across media, tertiary education and FMCG industries. Danelle is also Director of her own small business in the gourmet food sector.
Danelle completed her Bachelor of Commerce Marketing and PR at Curtin University and is a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Phil Doyle – Program Manager
Phil’s first career was diplomacy. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra for 13 years and had postings to the Embassies in Jakarta and Seoul. He enjoyed the thrust and parry of diplomacy, but had a hankering to be involved in business.
Phil began working at Curtin in 1998. Over this period he held several roles and has been Growth Program Manager for 10 years. He has an affinity and great respect for business people and enjoys seeing them, and their businesses, develop. He sees no greater joy than have a business person tell him that a Curtin program has helped them change for the better.
Michelle Chafin – Program Manager
Michelle Chafin’s career has spanned tourism, regional small business, and event management, marketing and tertiary education.
Michelle completed her Bachelor of Commerce Management and Marketing at Curtin University. Michelle enjoyed working on a number of business and community development projects whilst living in the Kimberley region which include Derby Revitalisation Project, Small Business Field Officer, Young Women’s Indigenous Leadership Programs, Youth Entrepreneurship Day, and Kimberley Home Based Business network.
Michelle recognises the importance of training and development to improve economies in all regions of WA.
Michelle joined the team at the Centre for Entrepreneurship as Program Manager in 2015.
Jenny Boylen – Administration Manager
Jenny joined Curtin Growth in March 2011. She has many years of experience in customer service, administration and event organisation in Commonwealth Government, private sector and community organisations.
She is familiar with the work versus family challenges faced by many women in the modern workforce, and with her roots in the country, is very aware of the additional barriers faced by country people in accessing information and services.
Most recently Jenny was employed in a large statewide not-for-profit organisation in the dual role of Executive Assistant/Office Manager, managing client services, supervising staff and supporting senior managers.
Jenny Duggan – Administration Assistant
Whilst the Growth program fuels the mind, Jenny has been fuelling our participants’ bodies for over 10 years. With extensive catering experience gained at various high profile venues, Jenny’s culinary skills are consistently rated the best by Growth participants.