Entrepreneur Of The Year
2017 Northern region judges
- Steve Wilson AM, Non-Executive Director, Pinnacle Investment Management (Chair of Judges)
Steve Wilson AM has 40 years’ experience in the investment business, including 4 years with JP Morgan Cazenove in London and 25 years as Chief Executive of the Wilson Group Limited which he transformed from its Brisbane stockbroking base to investment management by establishing Hyperion Asset Management and Pinnacle Investment Management. Pinnacle has become a multi-affiliate group with over $25 billion of funds under management. Wilsons continues as a highly regarded stockbroking investment firm.
He is currently Chair of Racing Queensland and the Russo Business School. He previously chaired South Bank Corporation, Hyperion Asset Management, St John’s Cathedral Completion Fund and Queensland Rugby Union. He was a Director of Telstra Corporation, Tourism Queensland and the Council of Queensland University of Technology.
- Maureen Frank, Founder and Managing Director, Emberin
Maureen Frank is founder and Managing Director of Emberin, Australia’s leading inclusion and diversity training academy. Her passion for inclusion and diversity is backed up by more than 10 years’ experience in the industry. Maureen’s clients include key influencers within Australia and abroad.
In 2004 Maureen won a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and was named a BRW ‘Rising Star’ in the 2005. In 2013, Maureen started the Male CEO Champions of Change in Queensland, under the guidance of the then Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick.
Maureen has written an Australian best-seller, You Go Girlfriend, and is the creator of the “my mentor” suite of programmes, which has given thousands of Australians the skills and the confidence to go after the careers they truly want.
- Vanessa Garrard, CEO & Founder, SourceHub
Vanessa Garrard is passionate about entrepreneurship having started her first business at just 12 years old. In 2006 she founded a group of companies developing consumer products supplying youth electronics and tech gadgets. The business is now global with offices in Brisbane, China, and the US.
She has been ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneur list every year since 2010 and was recognised for her entrepreneurial achievements in 2011 receiving the Telstra Young Business Women’s Award.
Vanessa was named 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Industry National winner, 2009 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern Region Young winner, and has topped the BRW Fast Starters and Fast 100 lists. In 2014, Vanessa was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review.
She also volunteers her time in the start-up scene including Google and UQ start-up challenges.
- Philip St Baker, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Graphitecorp Limited Representative, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund
Phil St Baker is an experienced entrepreneur active in Australia and the USA.
As MD & CEO of ERM Power over eight years to October 2014, Phil achieved revenue growth from $10 million to over $2 billion and the creation of the fastest growing energy retail business in Australian which is now rapidly expanding in the USA.
Phil has been MD & CEO of Graphitecorp since September 2015, where he is overseeing the feasibility assessment of an Australian graphite resource and the creation of an international battery materials, equipment and services business with operations in the USA and Canada.
Phil is also a representative for the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund and is a member of the Queensland Advisory Board for the Starlight Foundation.
From 1990 Phil had a 16-year career with BHP Billiton gaining international experience in the resources sector including mining, processing, smelting and refining.