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Trainers

The delivery of the Program is done primarily by outside experts. Our external presenters are accountants, management consultants and professional facilitators who all run their own businesses. Please click on the presenter’s name you wish to know more about.

Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, Current Past President of the WA Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Certified Management Consultant, the Institute of Management Consultants. Strategic Planning has been an integral part of career, and has included planning for business maintenance and growth. In addition to having the extensive experience of leading and managing large workforces, Glenn has also developed HR procedures for several companies, and also represent Deakin University in WA for the HR Management module for the Diploma in Management course. He has developed many performance management systems for various clients as well as his own company. Glenn is currently Managing Partner of Genesis Business Advisers (GBA).

Matthew Winter

Matthew is currently completing his PhD at Curtin University, and lectures in Strategic Marketing and Advertising locally and internationally. He also runs two businesses – one in SCUBA diving and whaleshark charters out of Exmouth and an organic mango orchard in Gidgegannup. Previously Matthew was partner and Director of Consulting at a national market research and strategic planning consultancy, with consulting experience in most industries, and with both very large corporations and very small businesses.

Jon Doust

Jon Doust has had diverse careers. He was born in Bridgetown into a farming/retailling family and worked in both until he was old enough to know better. Since then he has been asked to leave jobs in banking, the media, retailing (again), farming (again) and comedy. These days he is best known as a writer, professional speaker, big ideas inspirer and community projects facilitator. Some years ago he asked himself the question: Why are people the way they are? That led him to study Jungian psychology and to becoming an accredited Myers Briggs Practitioner. None of this has dampened his sense of humour.

Jim Winter

Jim has an exceptionally broad and diverse background in government and civilian industry. He was an officer in the United States Navy. He taught at several graduate schools in the US and Australia. He has worked in project management in technology, weapons systems, construction, and oil & gas. Jim employs this knowledge and experience in several different ways. He is the owner and Managing Director of The Consulting Firm Pty Ltd, which specializes in organisational development and leadership consulting to government and commercial firms in the Perth area. He is a senior consultant with DTI Consulting where he has focused on safety leadership for heavy industry – especially mining and oil & gas. He has been a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor with Curtin’s Graduate School of Business for the past nine years, working in leadership, organisational behaviour, strategic procurement, transportation logistics, quality management, and project management. He has attained the internationally recognized qualification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and has extensive experience with project management in the U.S. Department of Defense, where he served on the project teams for the Tomahawk and Harpoon missile systems. He is a sought after public speaker with several conference keynote addresses to his credit.

Steve Wells

Steve Wells is a psychologist, professional speaker and peak performance consultant based in Perth, Western Australia. He regularly teaches and consults worldwide with elite athletes and corporate personnel to improve their performance and enhance the performance of their teams. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Curtin University and post-graduate qualifications in Education. He has experience in management and team leadership at a range of levels, his training and development business Steve Wells and Associates Pty Ltd has been in operation since 1996, and he is also a founding partner of ExecEdge, an organisation providing corporate development programs for business leaders. Steve is an accomplished professional speaker, having attained the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) award, the highest international accreditation available to speakers, and is a member of the International Federation of Professional Speakers. He received the 2004 Professional Speaker of the Year Award from the WA Branch of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA). Steve is the co-author of 3 books, and focuses on teaching practical strategies you can use immediately to get better results.

David Reid

David Reid is a business strategist with specialist expertise in branding, marketing and sales.
He is skilled at working with entrepreneurs, business owners, directors, corporate executives, managers and their teams.

He has in-depth knowledge of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially those operating in a business-to-business environment.

David has been intimately involved with the WA SME sector via his association with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Curtin University for over 15 years as both a presenter and mentor.

He runs David Reid Group (DRG) which he formed in 2001. DRG is a team of highly experienced brand, marketing and sales specialists who David handpicks to work with his clients, project by project.

In 2007 David was recognised in the annual 40 under 40 Awards held by Western Australia’s Premiere business newspaper, the WA Business News.

He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with postgraduate studies in Marketing.

Richard Thorning

Richard was appointed Director – Entrepreneurship & Executive Education at Curtin Business School in 2007, following a period as an Adjunct Professor. He had worked closely with the University since 2000 as an industry partner and was attracted to this new role, because he identified strongly with the themes of “helping businesses grow” and “lifelong learning”.

Richard’s business experience included thirty years in the information and communications technology industries, in the UK and three states of Australia. Over the last twenty years Richard has performed a series of executive roles for IBM, Telstra and Optus, leading sales and service business units and major change projects. Immediately prior to Curtin, Richard was General Manager – Western Australia for SingTel Optus.

Richard completed an executive MBA at Curtin in 2005 and is studying for a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (just for fun).

Maryanne Fernando

Maryanne has over 30 years of helping companies to succeed. With extensive experience in working with companies globally, she has developed strong commercial strategies for the delivery of brands to the market. Maryanne has worked with some of the largest global brands including IKEA, IBM, Hallmark Cards, Lion Nathan and Huhtamaki Oyi in various roles including Director – Sales and Marketing, Head of Corporate Marketing, eCommerce and Brand Manager. Her breadth of experience spans more than 40 countries, across a broad range of industries and over 150 acquisitions and mergers.

She brings a deep level of understanding of how to target communications to the market that translate to results. Her campaign experience spans domestically in Australia and internationally across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, press and digital. She is a respected digital and brand specialist.

Aniket Maroo

Aniket Maroo is an accountant with a practice in Osborne Park. His clients are all owners of small and medium sized family businesses, so he has a great affinity with business owners. He has been teaching the finance workshops on the Growth Program since the first Growth Program.

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 SMEs 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.

Mary Power

Mary Power has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters degree in Social Science. Mary has a background in teaching and Industrial Relations and since 1990 has worked primarily as a mediator, facilitator and trainer. For more than a decade Mary has lectured variously at a number of universities in Western Australia in the areas of Conflict Resolution, Facilitation and Group Processes.

Mary is widely recognised throughout the profession as a mediator who possesses exceptional people skills and for this reason she is a much sought after mediator, facilitator and trainer, as well as being in demand as a conference speaker. Mary regularly travels both interstate and overseas to undertake work for large international clients. Mary is a partner in Henderson, Power and Associates.

Terry Power

Terry Power is an author, consultant, researcher and keynote presenter in the area of leadership and human potential who presents nationally and internationally for progressive companies wanting to maximize their organization’s greatest asset; their people.

He is a founding partner of ExecEdge; an organization providing high-level consultancy and corporate development programs for business leaders. He currently holds an honours Degree in Communication from Murdoch University and postgraduate qualifications in Education. Terry has extensive experience in leadership and management at both corporate and community levels having sat on a range of boards across Australia.

Dianna Vitosovic

Dianna consults with senior leadership teams to create high performance cultures, with a focus on strategy and innovation facing business challenges. Dianna’s local and international experience in the field of Innovation and Creativity, Organisational Development (OD), cascading strategic initiatives and innovation extends over 30 years. Dianna develops and challenges leaders’ mindsets and is passionate about innovation and leading self directed change, resulting in both personal and corporate transformation.

In 2010 she collaborated with Senior Leadership Teams to design and develop “Self Directed Work Teams” for 60 staff in the Disability Sector. Dianna was a Sessional Lecturer for the MBA at Curtin University in OD, SHRM and invited speaker for UWA AIM Business School Strategic Alliance for the MBA in Innovation, Decision Making, Creativity, Teams and Coaching.

She has consulted widely on public and private sector projects. Dianna currently is the Chair of the WA Advisory Board for Inspire Foundation, a global organisation for mental health and well being for youth aged 14-25. In addition, Dianna has been a private family Director of businesses in transport, industrial properties, retail and agriculture.

Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed (Gollan) is a well credentialed accountant & business specialist with near 20 years deep experience. She is an author, business speaker, small business coach and corporate management consultant.

Based in the vibrant port city of Fremantle WA and with business interests that span our nation, Lisa specialises in guiding business improvement + growth.
Lisa has a new vital, heart-centred view on how to achieve business success today.
It’s based on the principles of a living energy system.
It’s more holistic than the traditional financial formula view that has been dominant in business literature.
Lisa’s philosophy is gaining credibility in the business world.
Her unique approach focuses you solidly upfront on ‘having a life outside work’, ‘mastering your cash flow’ and using your people to achieve ‘process improvement’ leaps.
Active in the local business community, Lisa is an experienced speaker who is engaging, informing, entertaining and educating.
She tells it like it is and passionately shares her knowledge and real life, grass roots experiences.