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My Business Awards: Meet the 2015 judges

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In 2015, the My Business Awards event will be held at the elite Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney on Friday 13th November and promises to be an event to remember!

We invited you to join us for an exceptional evening of fine dining, entertainment and celebration where you will have the opportunity to mingle with the best in the business - 2015 finalists and winners, other SME owners, supporters and event partners.

Aspiring Business of the Year sponsored by Attaché

Mike RichMike Rich, Attaché

From cheese maker to IT industry veteran, Mike Rich cofounded Attaché at the birth of the PC in 1981.


Today, Attaché is one of the most experienced business software companies on the planet thanks to a focus on innovation and guaranteed business improvement.

Mike is passionate about helping businesses to grow by providing them with the tools to take them to the next level, creating the award-winning Attaché Scorecard app along the way.

He co-founded the not-for-profit M-Institute, based on a UK model, to help grow the number of medium-sized businesses in Australia and New Zealand, and regularly undertakes various speaking engagements to business owners around the country, with a focus on teaching how to renovate businesses.

Small Business of the Year sponsored by CGU

Peter Oakman, CGUPeter Oakman

Peter has been in the Insurance Industry for longer than he would like to remember and with the IAG Group for over 18 years and has held numerous state and national management roles.

Peter is currently the state manager in NSW and has a passion for the Insurance Industry and in particular the development of people in the Industry.

Workplace of the Year sponsored by Workforce Guardian

David BatesDavid Bates, Workforce Guardian

David is the managing director of Workforce Guardian, Australia’s leading employment relations service for employers. David is proud to lead a team providing a wide range of strategic, practical and plain-English employment relations advice and support to Australian business owners and operators.



David gained his BA (Government) from the University of Queensland in 1998 before going on to complete a Law degree, with Honours, in 2001. He later moved to Canada and the United Kingdom where he was employed in a variety of HR, legal and public affairs roles within the public and private sectors.

David routinely represents employers in Fair Workrelated proceedings and can assist with all aspects of employment relations compliance. David is also an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker who facilitates highly interactive workshops on all aspects of workplace relations best-practice.

He is also the ‘Switzer’ program’s Workforce expert, and can be regularly seen on the Sky News Business channel.

Game Changer of the Year sponsored by VISA

Jarrod Roberts, VISAJarrod Roberts

Jarrod Roberts was appointed director of commercial oroducts for Visa in July 2014 and has responsibility for managing their business credit and debit solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Jarrod is an accomplished and experienced payments professional who has worked in the payments industry across Australia and New Zealand for over 14 years.

He joined Visa from ANZ, where he was most recently senior manager for commercial card products. Prior to this he held various roles managing and supporting products across both commercial and consumer credit and debit cards.

Sustainability Initiative of the Year Sponsored by AGL Energy (AGL)

Scott ThomasScott Thomas, AGL Energy

Now general manager AGL business customers, Scott Thomas has worked for AGL for 28 years in a variety of senior roles, including leading AGL’s power development group.

Recently he has lead a comprehensive review of AGL Upstream gas business. Prior to that, he was in the role of general manager AGL Macquarie, where he has led the Bayswater and Liddell power stations and managed their integration into the business.

Previously general manager, major customers and energy service at AGL, Scott has a BCom (marketing) and an MBA.

Most Innovative Use of Technology sponsored by MasterCard

Garry, Duursma, MasterCardGarry Duursma

Garry Duursma is the Head of MasterCard’s market development and payments innovation team for Australia and New Zealand.

In this role Garry has responsibility for the acceptance side of MasterCard’s business, as well as the new technologies that are being rolled out to support innovative methods of payment.

Previously, Garry was the vice president for sales and marketing of Tyro Payments. During his seven years with this business, Garry was part of the executive team driving business strategy and developing go-to-market plans for the commercial launch of the business.

Garry has also been the general manager of Sales and Marketing for Keycorp Limited. Prior to Keycorp, Garry was Hewlett- Packard’s general manger, Asia Pacific, financial services industry business unit.

Event Prize Partner sponsored by Acquire

Kelsey HolmanKelsey Holman, Acquire

Kelsey Holman is the Head of Aquire, Australia’s business loyalty program.

Kelsey joined Qantas in 2013 to design, launch and grow Aquire, which has become an international awarding winning program with an expanding membership base of around 70,000 businesses and 30 commercial partners.

Kelsey has degrees in Law and Business Administration. She has practised as a corporate lawyer and management consultant, working across industries, for organisations in Australia and internationally.

Kelsey also previously established and led the strategic resource management function for KPMG Australia, focused on enhancing firm-wide productivity.

Kelsey is an advocate of business and community partnerships and has a strong passion for business innovation and the small to medium enterprises sector.

My Business Awards: Meet the 2015 judges
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