Entrepreneur Of The Year
2017 Central region judges
- Kathryn Gramp, Non-Executive Director, Codan Limited (Chair of Judges)
Kathryn (Kathy) Gramp was Chief Financial Officer of Austereo Group Ltd, one of Australia’s largest commercial radio and online broadcasters, until June 2011. Kathy’s career in the radio industry spanned over 22 years. She was closely involved in the growth of two FM radio stations into two national FM networks, their international expansion and the successful move into digital and online media.
In addition, Kathy has over 18 years board experience across a wide range of industry sectors. She currently holds board positions with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Codan Limited, RAA Group, Silver Chain Group, Masonic Homes, and Flinders University.
Kathy is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
- Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, SeaLink Travel Group
Jeff Ellison is the Chief Executive and Managing Director of SeaLink Travel Group, a position he has held since early 1997. Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and joined SeaLink following eight years in private practice.
He has been instrumental in the development of SeaLink from a ferry and day tour operator to a diversified tourism and transport operator, increasing operating revenue from $12.8 million in 1997 to around $180 million in 2016. With over 1,100 staff and 74 vessels operating around Australia, carrying over eight million passengers per year, SeaLink Travel Group Limited is now in the ASX top 300 listed companies.
Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director of Solstice Media Limited in addition to his role at SeaLink.
Jeff has been awarded a Life Membership of TTF Australia, won the 2013 South Australian Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, 2014 Central Region Listed category winner.
- Anthony Kittel, CEO and Owner, REDARC Electronics
Anthony Kittel is the CEO and Owner of REDARC Electronics. REDARC is a Lonsdale based, advanced manufacturer and was awarded 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. REDARC was established in 1979 and manufactures a range of portable power products for vehicle applications including battery management systems, power supplies, voltage converters and inverters. REDARC supplies products to the automotive, mining, defence, agricultural and marine industries.
At the 2015 and 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards, REDARC was awarded Gold – Excellence in Manufacturing over $10 million annual turnover. Born in Port Augusta, Anthony graduated as a qualified Mechanical Engineer at the South Australian Institute of Technology (now UniSA), and completed his MBA at the University of Adelaide. In 2013, Anthony graduated from the three year Owners Presidents Management program at Harvard Business School.
Anthony is the immediate past Chairperson of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission, Deputy President & SA Branch Councillor of Australian Industry Group, a member of the Flinders University Engineering School Industry Advisory Board and a member of the Adelaide University Business School Industry Advisory Board.
He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.