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Mentors

A unique feature of the Growth Program is that each participant is matched with an experienced mentor or business coach.

Our mentoring team consists of the following professional people.

Esmond Lange

After a long and successful international career with both a mainstream oil company and the market leading service provider, Esmond returned to Perth to work in the private sector building smaller companies. He joined the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship team in 2002 as a Mentor and also currently holds positions on the boards of a number of private companies.

He is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an ongoing interest in creating growth opportunities for small and medium sized companies by the development of key staff and strategies. His company, Sounding Board Australia, focuses on these interests.

Glenn Taylor

Glenn has extensive experience in leading and managing large workforces and managing large and successful change programs. He transfers knowledge in key areas such as systems development, Human Resource management, and key financial reporting. Glenn is a Certified Management Consultant with the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), and past president of the WA Chapter of the IMC.

Glenn is currently Managing Partner of Genesis Business Advisers (GBA) which specialises in coaching businesses to grow in a sustainable manner, providing win:win outcomes for all stakeholders. Glenn also provides executive coaching to senior management.

Bruce Watkins

Bruce has been a Director of Genesis Business Advisers since 1998 and a mentor to the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship since 1996. For more than ten years he has worked as a management consultant and business coach to small and medium sized businesses across Western Australia.

He is enthusiastic about helping business owners and managers realise their goals and to achieve the necessary work/life balance that will sustain a growing business. Bruce has held a number of board positions on corporate and not-for-profit organisations and is an active member of many corporate leadership teams. Prior to establishing Genesis, Bruce held a number of roles with a national agribusiness firm, including state General Manager and Technical Marketing Manager.

Mary Argese

Mary’s first qualifications were in Pathology, but after becoming involved in the AIDS Campaign as a Counsellor, she returned to University, to attain a Postgraduate in Business in Human Resource Management and became qualified in high level training and development of staff. She then ran her own Training Consultancy business, balancing this with being a mother with four young girls under six.

Her interests have turned a more personal one-to-one approach, so she returned to university to attain postgraduate qualifications in coaching, and is now is one of the most qualified Coachs’ in WA. She has a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors. As a Coach, Mary works with CEO’s, Executives, Managers and Staff. She supports them to find answers within themselves, based on their values. She develops and models trust, honesty and mutual respect in communication and working relationships. She focuses on developing co-operation, working as teams, emotional intelligence and having a clear vision, goals and targets.

Sherryn McBride

Sherryn is a freelance marketing consultant, copywriter and industry trainer. As Marketing Talk, she partners with entrepreneurial business owners planning to increase their profits through marketing and promotional activities. Her knowledge is drawn from 25 years managing state branches for national/multinational corporations and consultancies from market research, mining equipment, electrical consumer goods, philanthropic marketing – to arts administration and community partnership brokering.

She works in two distinct markets. With small business owners running out of time and energy to market themselves, and with SME’s ready to outsource their marketing to avoid the overheads of a marketing manager. Her business was featured in the West Australian Business News and is published as a “Success Story” on the Small Business Development Corporation’s website.

Philip Angers

Philip’s experience can guide others in growing their business in difficult times. As Executive Director for Rothschild Asset Management S.E Asia (Rothschild is one of the world’s oldest, leading, international investment banks), Philip has successfully turned around unprofitable business units, lead teams of more than 3,000 sales agents and managed large and respected funds management groups through significant change. He has also established and successfully grown a number of his own businesses and now as a natural leader and mentor, he brings a wealth of experience in business coaching and mentoring to SME clients.

Philip’s passion is to help business people to build on their strengths and realise their full potential. Professionals at all stages of their career can benefit from his holistic approach to business mentoring.

Heike Fowler

Heike has worked many years in Berlin and London as a Senior Business Development & Marketing Manager for companies such as BMW and large global Stock Broking companies such as City Index and E*TRADE.

Heike successfully combines her 12 years International corporate experience with her mentoring and coaching in large and small – medium sized organizations. She has a degree BA (Hon) Advertising & Marketing Communications, is an International Coach Federation accredited Coach and NLP Master Practitioner.

Heike is solution focused. Her enthusiastic and down to earth style inspires business owners and managers to achieve their best performance.

Peter Westlund

In a career that has included senior management positions in small and large businesses, Peter Westlund has significant experience across a wide range of industry including production, construction, warehousing, sales, distribution, and maintenance services. Peter’s management career is built on initial experience in management training and corporate secretarial, financial and commercial positions.

A feature of Peter’s career is strategic planning in dynamic competitive environments and the management of business improvement and organisational change programs. This capability includes identifying, leading and implementing high value business growth, improvement, and change management initiatives to deliver objectives within agreed timeframes. Key achievements include reorganising logistics and distribution activities, establishing new businesses, merging interstate operations, re-focusing businesses on core activities, business acquisition, and sale of, and exit from, non-performing activities and operations.

Colin Bell

Colin has 20 years experience in business facilitation including enterprise mentoring which is an area of particular interest and expertise.

Over the past 13 years he has been a business mentor to Curtin Growth program, assisting owners to develop their skills and capacity to enable their business to grow.

Colin specialises in strategic planning, business mentoring & facilitation, business improvement, leadership and management, organisational development, change management & implementation.

He’s a strong believer that sustainable commercial success comes from leading people positively and from developing supportive and constructive business cultures. Raymond now mentors and consults to business owners and executives in many different industry sectors.