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Andrew Simmons is the Founder of Vision Personal Training, Australia’s largest Personal Training studio franchise with 50 studios across Australia and New Zealand. Vision was voted Emerging Franchise System of the Year by the Franchise Council of Australia in 2008, and National Personal Training Business of the Year in 2003 and 2010. Inducted into Fitness Australia’s Roll of Honour in 2013, Andrew has presented at international health, fitness and business conventions since 1995. Andrew is also the author of two best-selling books on health and fitness: “Fat Loss Take Control” (40,000+ copies sold) and “Ready Set Go — 3 Steps to better Health” (10,000+ copies sold).
Brad Sheppard and Jason Urbanowicz
Jason Urbanowicz is a Director and presenter at Create PT Wealth with business partner, and Australia’s highest paid Personal Trainer, Brad Sheppard. Create PT Wealth is the fitness industry’s most sought after coaching and mentoring company, renown for providing fitness professionals with the education, resources and support required to develop a profitable fitness business.
From 2008 to 2014, they educated over 6,500 personal trainers via their two-day business building seminars, and each year, around 120 students undertake their mentoring programs. They are the Authors of a number 1 best selling book, “A Personal Trainer’s Guide To Wealth Creation”. Both Jason and Brad started in the fitness industry in 1995 and have a wealth of knowledge of what it takes to build a highly profitable business. www.createptwealth.com.au
Brendon Ward is CEO of the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE). AuSAE is the home for association professionals. A place where they belong, connect with others, advance their careers and feel empowered. Brendon is passionate about and has a long history in the for purpose sector having previously held leadership roles with Registered Master Builders Association, The Recreation Association and Water Safety New Zealand. He has headed up the New Zealand Charities regulator and managed the Volunteer Program for Rugby World Cup in 2011.
Chad Wright is the CEO of Infinity Martial Arts. After starting his first martial arts business with just a $5,000 credit card, Chad has grown the Infinity Martial Arts network of schools to ten, with two franchises now based internationally in the UK. Infinity is the most promising franchise opportunity for BJJ clubs in Australia right now.
Craig Mac has had an extensive career in the fitness industry spanning over 25 years. Building a chain of 15 health clubs in the UK and operating as a business consultant to private fitness and sporting club chains in Denver, Princeton and Philadelphia, Craig settled in Sydney and is the Founder and Managing Director of GymLink Australia. Going on to publish his own magazine, What’s New in Fitness (WNiF), Craig now also owns and operates a Sydney based web design and development company
Damian Mitsch is Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Chair of the National Primary Health Care Partnership, a director of Allied Health Professions Australia and an adjunct senior lecturer in clinical leadership and management at Monash University. Until recently he was a member of the Board of Directors of Austin Health.
Damian is passionate about innovation, change and leadership. He has worked in the health sector for many years, in health associations, public and private sector health organisations and running his own aged care and software business. He holds an MBA, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Australasian Society of Association Executives, the peak professional society for Association professionals.
David Hart is the owner, Director and Head Instructor of Dominance Mixed Martial Arts which has operated in Melbourne for more than 13 years. He has a BJJ 2nd Degree Black Belt, is a multiple Victorian, National and Pan Pacific Champion in gi and no gi in both weight class and open weight, and has placed second in the Pan Americans gi and no gi.
Deb Callahan is currently working in Early Childhood Development but has a background in Retail Management, Administration, Human Resources Management, Project Management and Training. She has attended many and varied professional development programs throughout the years and is a voracious reader/reviewer of self-improvement strategies/theories and philosophies! She has recently joined the Giggletree team currently adding value to their documentation and processes.
Dennis Hosking is the founder and Managing Director of HealthyPeople.com.au, a recruiting service for Australia’s fitness industry. Launched in 2005, HealthyPeople is the first and only service to promote fitness candidates to employers. HealthyPeople also advertises more than 150 opportunities a month, boasts a database of more than 65,000 industry professionals and works with more than 800 fitness employers.
Dr Glenys Drew
Dr Glenys Drew’s extensive research and practice has greatly benefitted the field of Organisational and Leadership Development in the education sector—delivering highly regarded organisational culture-building expertise through COACH, and previously at The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Glenys is a recognised leader in facilitating empowering 360 feedback and growth processes for leaders, contributing 12 internationally refereed publications in this field.
Felisha M Mina.
Felisha Mina is the graphic designer and blogger behind Extreme Mixed Martial Arts. Over the past two years, she has dedicated her creativity and writing to the fitness industry, with her primary focus being MMA. Enthused by health, fitness and the arena of combat sports, she is also an avid photographer, contributing to some of Australia’s most prestigious fight promotions and events.
With three state-of-the-art locations, Extreme MMA provide the highest standard of coaching and training to locals in Victoria and Byron Bay. Catering to all ages and fitness levels, its clientele range from the everyday person wanting to keep fit, to the professional fighter with years of experience.
Graham Catt is CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The AVA is the national association for Australia’s veterinarians, with 8500+ members who work in clinical practice, government, research, teaching, and the animal health industry. Graham is also the Vice President of the Australasian Society of Association Executives, the peak professional society for Association professionals.
Graham is passionate about leadership: communicating vision, developing strategy, getting results, and helping people and organisations to realise their potential. That passion comes from 15+ years’ experience as a senior executive in commercial and association roles.
Ian Luscombe is a presenter, education consultant and Director of BehaveAbility. Ian has been in Special Education for over 28 years, and for the last 15 of those years, was Principal of Redbank School, Westmead, NSW, a joint Department of Health and Department of Education facility for the treatment of children and adolescents (preschool to Yr12) with emotional, psychiatric and / or behavioural disorders. Ian has been a mentor to aspiring and established principals and a trainer and coach in PBIS (Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports). He was trained under Martin Seligman in Positive Education and is a former advisory board member for the Adolescent Brain Website of the University of Toronto, Canada. Ian is in high demand as a speaker and has spoken extensively across Australia (conferences, schools, universities, NSW parliament house) on practical behaviour management strategies and on ways to enhance teacher welfare in schools. He is still sane.
John Dwyer is currently a Trainer/Consultant with Velg Training and has national AQTF/VET Quality Framework knowledge in education spanning more than 50 years. He brings RTO experience, having a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops on assessment tools, RPL, moderation and validation processes relating to RTO compliance.
Kathryn Taylor is Director and Owner of Turning Point Consulting Pty Ltd. With more than 16 years of experience in human resources, talent management and career coaching, Kathryn has worked across a range of sectors and specialises in assisting education and corporate clients. Kathryn offers schools, businesses, educators, students, parents and aligned associations support in creating a platform for positive self-evaluation, to support proactive life planning and transition skills. She is an active and involved member of several advisory boards including Wellbeing Australia.
Kay Ganley is the CEO and President of CHARLTON BROWN®, one of Australia’s leading training providers and job placement agencies for the child care, aged care, community services and disability care industries. For nine years, Kay was the Director of the Queensland Board of ACPET (Australian Council for Private Education and Training) and was the National Chair of ACPET from 2003 until 2011.
Coach Founder and CEO Leanne Drew-McKain is a leading communication coach, highly regarded for her unique ability to build organisational communication culture and develop highest order communication skills in leaders and teams. Responding with fire-in-belly to countless clients eroded by workplace bullying, Leanne has developed her own coaching brand and product suite to build team communication cultures that suffocate the conversational bullying and destructive behaviours that damage our schools and workplaces.
CareforKids.com.au was established by working parents Roxanne and Mark Elliott who struggled to find child care following the birth of their daughter. In 2003 they launched CareforKids.com.au, which has since evolved into Australia’s most comprehensive child care resource, attracting more than three million visits each year. CareforKids.com.au is regarded as a major source of parent enquiries for childcare providers and is an indispensible tool in driving occupancy levels. Roxanne and Mark also manage ChildcareJobs.com.au, a major online destination for early childhood professionals looking for work.
Marie Vassallo has more than 15 years of experience in vocational education. She has worked at all levels within a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), including as CEO for a large national RTO. Marie has also worked as a Skills Victoria Auditor. Since 2008 she has managed her own company, Marie Vassallo Consulting, and brings her business and compliance skills to the table, delivering real world solutions for RTOs. Her consulting business provides assistance with regulatory and funding authority audits, contract applications, validation and moderation workshops and professional development workshops for all levels of staff. In 2014 Marie became an Accredited VETtrak Consultant, providing training to administration staff and management in how to gain the most from this student management system.
Nick is a business coach and VET consultant. He works with the VET community to build leadership capacity and provide elegantly simple yet robust solutions to the complex challenges RTOs face. A regular speaker at key VET events, Nick is passionate about enabling people to be their best. Find him on LinkedIn and Twitter @nickmc or email him – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Owen is the Head Instructor of Infinity Martial Arts. With over 20 years of experience in BJJ, he is also one of the early pioneers of the British BJJ scene. Neil is fast becoming known as one of the top instructors in Australian BJJ. With seven full-time academies in Queensland, plus one affiliate and another three opening in the United Kingdom this July, Infinity is the most promising franchise opportunity for BJJ clubs in Australia right now.
Nigel is Publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, the only magazine and dedicated website for decision makers and professionals in the leisure industry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes news, features and debate covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.
Petrina Fraccaro is General Manager of CHARLTON BROWN®, one of Australia’s leading training providers and job placement agencies for the child care, aged care, community services and disability care industries. With more than 20 years of experience in Senior Marketing and Communication positions, and 15 years in the private and public tertiary and vocational education industries, Petrina drives the Operations, Sales and Marketing, Student Recruitment and Enrolments and Administration for CHARLTON BROWN®. She was a 2014 Business Person of the Year finalist in Brisbane’s Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards and holds a number of positions with boards and industry associations.
Phil Britten and Graham McDonnell
Graham McDonnell and Phil Britten are Directors of the WA Institute of Martial Arts, one of Australia’s leading martial arts providers servicing over 1,500 clients over three locations with their world class programs. In addition to running successful martial arts schools, they have also established The Institute of Martial Arts (TIMA), offering business coaching and learning programs to help other martial arts businesses plan and develop for success.
QELi and Middle Leadership
Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) is a not-for-profit organisation that develops the capabilities of education leaders to help improve student outcomes. Since its beginnings in 2010, QELi has supported more than 7,000 education leaders from across Australia and internationally. QELi is a cross-sectoral industry leader, owned jointly by the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Queensland Catholic Education Commission and Independent Schools Queensland.
QELi’s Middle Leadership Program is a comprehensive professional learning program, held over six months. It gives middle leaders exposure to high quality leadership practice, with a particular focus on the effective leadership of teaching and learning. Participants develop into highly effective middle leaders through expert input, coaching, and putting theory into action at school.
Samantha Ahearn is the Founder and Operations Manager of Giggletree, a company providing boutique consulting, management and new centre setup support to childcare centres Australia wide. For more than 24 years, Samantha has been immersed in the child care industry, having started out as a passionate entrepreneur establishing and managing Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care services. Samantha was instrumental in the development, support and training for QikKids, one of the most widely used software packages for child care services. She has extensive experience across all aspects of child care administration and management including payroll, accounting procedures, budgets and centre procedures and has been involved in many successful centre start-ups and the ongoing management of early educational services. www.giggletree.com.au
An educational consultant and writer, Tony Ryan is a presenter, facilitator and guest speaker for Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi), regularly supporting education leaders around the country. He has worked with over 800 schools in eight countries on issues such as innovative thinking, future-proofing of schools, and effective classroom practice. He has presented over 1500 keynotes and workshops at state, national and world conferences in the past 15 years.
Tony is the author of eight books and manuals on innovative thinking and lifelong learning, including The Ripple Effect and Thinkers Keys. He is presently an Australian ambassador for a non-profit organisation called School Aid, which supports disadvantaged children throughout the world.