JENNIFER WELLER // Chief Judge
Jennifer runs her own business Creativeworkz and lectures at CSU. Jennifer assists businesses and individuals to grow themselves and their businesses. Jennifer started her working life as a microbiologist at Tooths Brewery. Moving on to Technical Manager at SPC before joining Uncle Tobys as Research and Development Manager. At Uncle Tobys /GF she has held several roles including Quality leadership, Project Management and Manufacturing Benchmarking. In her role as Corporate Consumer Sciences and Insights Manager for Goodman Fielder she was involved with conducting marketing and sensory research internationally to develop insight, brand visions, and product development insight. Jennifer was General Manager of Hadar homes. She developed the business to win awards in both the Yarrawonga and Moira Shire business award. Jennifer was a finalist in the 2007 Telstra Business Women’s Award in The Business Innovation Category and the Victorian Winner of the 2007 Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the corporate sector and was awarded Business Woman of the year 2004 by Business and Professional Women’s International Albury.
Natasha Callewaert’s career spans over 20 years in accommodation, 13 of which she has owned her own businesses all within the Quest Apartment Hotel Group.? Natasha currently owns & operates Quest Wodonga & also holds an advisory position in the Franchise Advisory Council for Quest.? Her strengths & experience extend to team building & leadership, strategic planning, marketing & communications, human resources, business & risk management.? Having been a small business operator for over a decade Natasha understands some of the challenges that small business owners face in cash flow management & driving business outcomes through innovation. Natasha moved from inner city Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga 5 years ago & has been a strong advocate for growth in the twin city with her focus on promoting Albury/Wodonga & works hard to maintain strong regional business networks.? She is passionate about her community & an active participant who seeks opportunities to promote the region through her business platform.
Recently retired, Dawn has an interesting variety of experience in business over 47 years. With 20 years in Banking from teller to lending to Branch Management, giving a broad base of expertise to move into Real Estate with rolls as Office Management, Property Management & Sales Experience for 9 yrs. Also a silent behind the scenes partner in a mechanical & 4WD franchise called Opposite Lock in Wodonga for 20 years. Spent a lot of Sundays doing book work & offering support & advice in this successful business before selling in 2016 . The last 12 years of my working life was owning & running a successful retail ladies fashion store in High St Wodonga. Lived in Wodonga since 1972, growing up on a dairy farm at Mitta Mitta.
Karen is literally the left hand of Albury Precision Engineering.Having spent her entire working career involved in all facets of manufacturing (from jeans to weapons and everything in between) she assisted her husband Linton in the setup of their company back in 1989. With her industrial engineering and business management background, they have established a niche engineering facility boasting some of the most modern CNC equipment located between Sydney and Melbourne, employing over a dozen specialist tradesmen and affiliated personnel. In her spare time she annoys her adult children, plays the piano and attempts to expand her ability in Japanese inspired cuisine.
Susan is the joint owner of E2E The Change Agency. She is passionate about helping organisations be the best they can be. For over 25 years Susan has provided strategic leadership and hands on help to her clients, creating change and delivering projects that make a difference. Susan’s clients have been large and small, private and public. They have been in a diverse range of industries including: Healthcare; Finance; Agriculture, Engineering and Construction. Susan’s company is a silver sponsor of Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce (ANCC). In conjunction with ANCC, Susan has founded the Project Management in Action (PMiA) professional group to support the local Project community. When Susan isn’t rolling up her sleeves helping companies succeed she can be found on the golf course or sampling our wonderful local cuisine and wines.
Bev is an Albury-Wodonga born and bred local who has been on several big adventures in Wagga, Sydney, Melbourne and the Northern Territory, working firstly as a nanny and then as a teacher in five Aboriginal community schools across the Barkly Tableland. Since returning to North East Victoria in 1999, she has been employed in a variety of roles in the education, community development, health, local government, theatre, cultural development and human services sectors. She built a home in Yackandandah, moving there in 2010, and has been the CEO of the North East Local Learning and Employment Network (NELLEN) since 2016.
My name is Della Poppins and I currently work as a Travel Consultant for helloworld Travel in Wodonga. I have been here since we opened the store in April 2014. I feel I’ve been very lucky in life being able to work in 2 great careers that I am very passionate about. My main focus in both careers has been in providing outstanding customer service which I believe is an extremely important part of a successful business.
I live in Leneva with my husband Mathew and together we own and operate MAD4HAIR in Stanley St. Wodonga. We have owned this barbershop since 1991 and we currently employ 3 other staff. We focus on being a family run, family friendly operation and we have families with 3 generations as regular customers.
I have also participated as a member of the Wodonga Councils High St Revitalisation Consultancy group in 2009 which was formed to look into and set up recommendations for the proposal of the redevelopment of High St. We have seen some of those recommendations in the revamped High Street that we now enjoy.
Barbara's background is Finance, Marketing, Media, & Technology in the Health, B2B & Retail space.
In 1998 at the age 35, Barbara moved from near Liverpool in the UK after marrying her Australian husband. Working in B2B advising her clients on marketing strategies and business development helping their businesses grow, from this Barbara was able to pick up the best secrets to success also identifying new opportunities, from a variety of passionate businesses. Barbara started in Telstra in 2000 and became Director & Local Telstra Licensee with Telstra Wodonga / Telstra Albury Telstra Business Centre Albury. Working seven days a week for the first seven years Barbara certainly knows the hard yards to get a business up and running from a local team of 8 to now employing over 60. Barbara cares about her team and Telstra’s local valued customers. The biggest thing in her business life is that Barbara encourages others to take risks and have a go, understand their customer needs, have passion in their business, and above all strive for excellence. Building a solid reputation as always above board is her “Thing” – being sincere & ethical is her mantra. Barbara is a loyal & committed professional, giving back to the Albury Wodonga community and its charities. Whoever gets the chance to meet Barbara will remember her!
Phil invested the first 31 years of his working life building a career at Senior Management level in a number of highly recognisable Food Industry Companies. Over the past 12 years, Phil has run several of his own businesses and understands the pressures, challenges and pleasures associated with being your own boss. His passion in life is to work with business owners and inspire them to make positive and simple changes in their business and personal lives, so that they minimise risk and avoid mistakes; mistakes that cost them Time, Energy and Money. Doing that, then allows those businesses to get on a positive growth track that allows us, together, to create more local jobs and as a result build stronger local communities and impact lives positively. My vision is to provide the operational framework for business owners looking to achieve substantial business improvements across the spectrum of Strategy & Business Management, Sales & Marketing, Leadership & Team Building and Financial Management.
'Do not expect to do the same thing everyday and get a different outcome'. If you want your business to change then take the first step and change what you do.
Amelia Hartney is a Partner within the Crowe Horwath, Albury team. Amelia is a Performance Consultant, supporting local companies with strategy and growth solutions. Her specialist knowledge areas include Manufacturing, Agriculture, Government Incentives and International Trade. Amelia’s broader consulting experience includes managing client engagements encompassing business process improvements, strategy development, research & development identification, supply chain reviews, network design development, distribution strategies, transformational project management, change management, stakeholder management and team leadership. Amelia is part of the local Albury Wodonga and broader regional community, through supporting local sporting clubs and not for profit Boards
Kellie Howard is the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Apprentices Trainees Employment Limited. Kellie has spent her entire life in North East Victoria. Moving to Albury/Wodonga from Rutherglen when she was completing her degree in Bachelor Business Accounting/Marketing part time, whilst working full time for a small accounting firm. After completing her studies at the Albury Campus of Charles Sturt University, she moved onto completing her CPA studies and continued working with various accounting firms in Albury/Wodonga, assisting businesses in the Albury/Wodonga region with their accounting and taxation requirements. In 2013 Kellie began working with Apprentices Trainees Employment Limited (ATEL) in the role of Finance Manager and as member of the Executive team. In March 2018 she was appointed by the Board as the acting CEO. Kellie loves that the organisation and team she works with at ATEL, connecting businesses and job seekers through employment, training, consulting and mentoring to ultimately build a stronger workforce.
Kevin has a varied career background, including working in Canberra as an agricultural economist where he advised on the wool and meat industries, and later in aviation on bilateral air service agreements. A tree change took him down a different path, being involved with his wife in retail ventures in the Gold Coast hinterland and in Albury where he has lived and worked for the past 30 years. His extensive consulting in the wine and tourism industries included development of the ground breaking North East Valleys food and wine concept and the widespread adoption of wine clubs amongst SME wineries in Victoria. Now as an advisor with BEC Business Advice he works with a broad range of B2B and B2C clients assisting them to further grow their revenues through building a strategic approach to winning new customers and increasing the spend of existing customers and clients.
Erin is the General Manager of Atura Hotel, a 140 room hotel with conference and food and beverage facilities in Dean Street, Albury. Born and bred on her family farm just outside of Albury, Erin moved to Melbourne to further her experience after completing her Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing & Tourism. Erin moved to Albury with her husband and two children to make Albury their home where she joined Atura Albury as the General Manager in 2017 with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Erin has a passion for exceeding guest’s expectations by creating unique and memorable experiences. Erin is also involved in the Raising Funds committee of the Border Trust, Albury Wodonga’s local Community Foundation, which generates and activates fundraising activities.
Nigel has been the Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Support Services in Albury/Wodonga for over 10 years and has overseen Aspire transform from a small Disability Service Provider employing 38 people to now being a major player in the region and operating within the National Disability Insurance Scheme with over 200 employee’s. Aspire has been supporting people with a disability in the local regional for over a decade and has been a part of some major initiatives in the past such as the development of the Murray Children’s Centre facility at CSU which also houses Aspires Early Childhood facility.
Nigel is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors regional organising committee and is interested in seeing local businesses grow and thrive throughout Albury/Wodonga. He believes that the Albury/Wodonga Business Awards are a great way to show case the amazing local talent and recognize the wonderful achievements of small, medium and large business in the area and to also recognise the outstanding efforts of individuals. It’s a great honour to be a part of the judging panel for the 2019 Business Awards.
Natasha is the Commercial and Finance Manager at Junction Support Services, a not-for-profit organisation based in Wodonga that has been changing lives since 1989.
Natasha over sees finance for 150 staff and 28 programs that support people in need in communities across north-east Victoria, with her main focus being on balancing the financial requirements of the organisation while continuing to meet the needs of both Junction's clients and employees.
A qualified CPA with a degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management from Charles Sturt University, Natasha has established and operated her own business and throughout her career has worked with many small to medium business to help them achieve their financial goals.