PRESIDENT – WENDI DAWSON
Having worked across both Australia and New Zealand, Wendi has an extensive background in consulting, sales, leadership development and strategy. Her passion and focus have been to work with organisations to achieve their strategic growth goals and hone their greatest competitive advantage – their people. One of her fundamental beliefs is that to achieve significant success and growth you must focus on the customer experience and outcome – continually delivering a better service today than yesterday.
Wendi joined the Committee of the Melbourne Business Network in October 2018. She is passionate about supporting the development of businesses – start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, corporate – within Melbourne.
VICE PRESIDENT – LIBBY DALE
Libby is Co-founder & Customer Officer at SmartMeasures, a Melbourne based company that helps large businesses keep their customers happy. SmartMeasures offers a world first solution using AI (artificial intelligence) and Big Data to predict which customers are going to leave the business before they even realise it themselves, then help the business to reach out and stop them from leaving. With 30+ years of professional experience in Melbourne, Libby joined the MBN Committee in 2017 to help build connections and relationships between local business owners to support each other and help all of our businesses to thrive.
SECRETARY/TREASURER – BRIAN JONES
Bsc(Econ)Hons, FCA, MBA, Grad Dip Tax, Grad Cert Forensic Studies(Monash), Registered Company Auditor, Registered SMSF Auditor.
Brian Jones has forty-two years experience in corporate, professional accounting, taxation, audit and business advisory fields. He has been in practice in Melbourne as an accountant, business advisor and forensic accountant since 1989. Prior to this he was with BP Australia in accounting policy and systems, corporate accounting and corporate treasury roles.
Brian worked for Touche Ross in London, Birmingham and Geneva before moving to Australia in 1983. He now specialises in audit, strategic planning, taxation, management and forensic accounting and is an accredited business valuer and accredited forensic accounting specialist.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER – ANITA BOWTELL
Anita is a visionary leader actively involved in driving strategy and vision.
As a passionate advocate for Customer Experience (CX), Anita is well known within the local Australian market and wider Asia Pacific region. She is highly regarded in the industry and consults to multinational and national businesses, providing valuable insight and tangible results in their chosen fields.
Anita brings to the table a wealth of experience having worked for some of the largest organisations in the region in both private and public sectors. With a background in recruitment, telecommunications and vendor services, Anita is well equipped to provide expertise and thought leadership to those seeking advice. Previous experience as CEO, President, Director and Company Secretary gives her great insight into business strategy specialising in Sales and Marketing management.
Frank has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Law from Monash University. He has worked as a lawyer for more than 33 years.
Frank has expertise in small business law, including extensive experience in contractual disputes, corporate advisory and commercial transactional work, franchising law, insolvency, employment law, property law, planning law, and building and construction law. Frank is a member of the Committee because he is passionate about small business and start-ups.
Grant is an accomplished and growth-focused leader with 18+ years’ experience running small businesses and all the dimensions therein.He is a volunteer mentor for the Small Business Mentoring Service, serves on the Sub-Committee for Small Business at Victorian Chamber for Commerce and Industry and mentors for ASBAS. Consequently, small business continues to be part of his DNA. He has a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from SMU. He has been an Innovation Practitioner since 2008, organises Pop-Up Innovation Hubs and has designed and run numerous interventions with companies of all sizes. He also conducts various programs for companies, including Leading Teams for Innovation, Business Model and Service Innovation. He packaged various creative thinking methodologies and combined them into an engaging and educational program.