Paul Whinnett

Paul has gained many years of experience in management in Coles starting as night manager, going through vigorous training and becoming a store manager. He then started his own business in irrigation employing 30 people which was bought out by a larger company and was employed there as a General Manager. This company was bought out again many years later and Paul started a new life in the corporate world as National HR, OHS and Training Manager working with 552 staff. Paul then moved on to lecturing in Irrigation and Business Management as well as assessing people to gain qualifications.

Peter Lloyd

Peter has owned and operated a number of businesses during his career and now shares his knowledge and experience to help other business operators from start-ups to existing operations.  Originally from Victoria, Peter has over 45 years of Employment and Business history that transitioned from an Organisation and Method Analyst in Banking to Small to Medium Business Ownership and Management along with Active Military Service in the late 1960/70’s.  Business Ventures included Country Pubs, Suburban Newsagencies, Property Development and Marketing & Home Maintenance.

Chris Wadeson

Chris has owned a number of businesses over his working life in New Zealand and has expertise in turning a business around from losing money to be a very profitable company. Chris also has years of experience in starting a business and turning that business to be very profitable so it could be sold.  He also has years of experience in mentoring small businesses.

Ann Taske

Ann’s first career was as an industrial chemist in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.  Her second career was as an accountant in public practice in Cairns. She set up and operated her own business for 15 years gaining experience in all aspects of running a small business both from an owner’s perspective and assisting other small business owners, familiarity with diverse industries including building & construction, road transport, tourism, primary production and professional services, analysis of financial statements and communicating with and assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities with their financial management.

Katrina Brennan

Katrina regularly assists business owners with their personal affairs in addition to their business operations.

  She has 20 years in the profession, having most recently acted as a Director in a mid-tier city-based firm. After a 14.5 year tenure she decided to embark on a new challenge which led her to working with SRJWW.

  She is committed to supporting her local community by helping business owners take control of their businesses – including setting up, selecting the right structure, growing in the right direction, at the right pace and getting the right systems and technology in place to support growth.

Greg Carson

Greg has been involved in the newspaper printing industry for over 40 years. Almost half of that time was spent working as the Production Manager of the Sydney Morning Herald and Financial Review for Fairfax Media in Sydney and then moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2005 as General Manager of the Yandina Print Centre for APN News & Media.  At APN, Greg was involved in the Yandina Greenfield Site construction project and then establishing commencement of operations.  Greg has also worked with PANPA (Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association) as part of their Technical Advisory Committee, and has been involved in the installation and commissioning of four printing press start-ups.

Steven Haites

Steven has over 40 years of IT and business management experience. He helped establish and grow IT consulting businesses in Europe and Australia. His management experience covers a broad range of fields including strategy, finance, human resources, operations and some sales & marketing.  Steven is motivated to help others to achieve their personal and business goals.  Steven is retired and contributes back to the community in a variety of ways such as tutoring, mentoring and foster child support.

Tom Routledge

Tom moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane in 2017 after serving the hospitality industry for 40 years. Specializing in the management of Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Cafes, Conferences, Events and Commercial catering, Tom built his company from nothing to a highly regarded and diverse hospitality company with a turnover of $15m and 120 staff. The challenges of small business are nothing new to Tom so he is excited at the opportunity to take a mentoring role to support Sunshine Coast businesses.

Debby James

Debby moved to the Sunshine Coast from Darwin in 2018 where she worked for the Northern Territory Government for 20 years. She has experience in management at a senior level, corporate and office administrative including business and strategic planning. Her last role was as Director of Petroleum Tenure overseeing the administration of oil and gas exploration permits which was highly regulated. She has managed teams for most of her career and finds it rewarding mentoring staff and assisting them to reach their full potential.

Adam Davis

Adam started his career as Network Technician in Sydney. He has worked his way through the ICT industry working on building two ICT Infrastructure distribution and manufacturing business divisions in QLD before starting his own company in 2011. Adam’s experience is in the Telecommunications and ICT sectors where he now has two companies that he continues to work on growing.

Ron Perel

Ron has had a distinguished fifty-two-year career in the Construction Industry, thirty of which have been running co-jointly his own successful company.  Ron understands the importance of the bottom line and he knows how to attain it. As a distinguished and highly respected member of the construction industry, he now uses his wide-ranging and detailed industry experience to build up and add value to other companies and projects through advising, training, mentoring, coaching and overseeing multi-million dollar projects.

Lesley Lalley

Lesley has had many years’ experience in finance and management committees including more than 20 years at senior management level. She is a qualified accountant and FCPA with an MBA plus also got a degree in psychology. She has worked in the private sector for 25 years as well as in the public sector for 15 years and has run her own consultancy business. I have worked for organisations ranging from small start-ups to huge multinationals, in cities, rural and remote areas and overseas.  Lesley has completed mentoring training with Chandler McLeod.

Stephen Wilmott

Stephen is currently a Director of Pure Battery Technologies and IntDesign.  He is a highly experienced Manager and Company Director with 15 years demonstrated success in the growth, strategic development, financial oversight, corporate governance, risk management and team development of entire business units within global companies as well as privately owned enterprises.  Previous senior roles have included Director at Sniip (financial tech start up), Director at Australian Mining Integrated Consulting (International Investment and Consulting), Director of Coal Operations Hatch, Owner / Director of Process Consult. In addition to his proven corporate expertise, Stephen has demonstrated success in the launch of new businesses, growing brand reputation and scale to enable merger, acquisition or sale opportunities.

Neil Sotheren

Neil’s initial training was in Mechanical Engineering with further studies in Management.  He then worked as a Sales Engineer, Product Manager and in general management, all within multi-national companies.  For the next 18 years he commenced and developed a company that employed 70 people, designing, manufacturing and installing metal products into the building industry.  Further managerial experience was gained as a Manager/Director of an American company looking after businesses in both Australia and New Zealand.