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.
- Leeanne Bond, Director, Breakthrough Energy
Leeanne Bond has 30 years corporate experience including 12 years as a professional company director. She is a non-executive director of Snowy Hydro Limited, Territory Generation and ASX listed Liquefied Natural Gas Limited. She is also a director of the Australian government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and UQ's JKTech. Leeanne will become independent chairperson of Synertec Corporation when it relists on the ASX in August.
As an executive, Leeanne established Worley Parsons’ business in Queensland, NT and PNG, growing it from three to 600 people over a 10 year period. Leeanne served as the first female President of Engineers Australia in Queensland in 2002 and is a past Deputy Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers. She was named Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2007 by Engineers Australia and currently serves on the national board.
- 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.