Entrepreneur Of The Year
2017 Southern region judges
- Anthony Podesta, Founder, McMillan Shakespeare Limited, Founder, eCapital Australia and 2012 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year (Chair of Judges)
Anthony founded ASX listed company McMillian Shakespeare in 1988. Having commercialised the novated lease concept for employees to salary package a motor vehicle he was instrumental in the development of the outsourced salary packaging administration in Australia.
Anthony is a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. During his time at McMillan Shakespeare (up until February 2014) the company grew from Anthony being the sole employee, to an ASX 200 listed company with a market capitalisation of in excess of $1 billion. He is also a director of Mainstream Aquaculture and eCapital Australia.
Anthony was named the 2012 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.
- Lesley Gillespie OAM, Co-Founder, Bakers Delight
Lesley Gillespie is Co-Founder and of Bakers Delight as well as an active Director of the grocery outlet chain NQR. Her achievements include being a finalist in the 2004 Prime Minister’s Award for Community Partnerships, receiving the 2002 Boroondara Citizen of the Year (shared with her husband Roger), an OAM in 2006 and a Fellowship from Monash University in 2013 where she gained an Honours Degree in Science and a Diploma of Education.
In 2014, Lesley and Roger (Co-Founder Bakers Delight) were honoured as Champions of Entrepreneurship at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Southern Region awards. Apart from the ongoing and active partnership of Bakers Delight and Breast Cancer Network Australia (a 16+ year partnership) Lesley is also the Patron of the Margaret Pratt Foundation (an honour shared with her husband Roger). This foundation supports research into transplanted organ rejection.
Lesley is also the Patron of the Hawthorn Community Chest (an honour shared with Josh Frydenberg, Ted Baillieu and John Pesutto) and she chairs the Business School Industry Advisory Board for Swinburne University.
- Susan Oliver, Founding Chairman, Scale Investors
Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation agenda.
Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company.
Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills. She is currently deputy chairman of Simonds Homes Ltd, Non-Executive Director of CNPR, and is the independent member of the Investment Committee for Industry Funds Management. Prior appointments include Coffey International Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands, Transurban Group, Centro Properties Group (where she was a member of the board that achieved the successful restructure), Programmed Group, Just Group and MBF.
Susan co-founded The Big Issue in Australia, headed the Australian Commission for the Future and has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia over a period of 30 years. She was a British Council Scholar, was awarded a Centenary medal for service to business and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review.