Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year awards judging process
Finalists are assessed by an independent panel of judges, who are captains of industry, leaders in their professions and academia, and previous Entrepreneur Of The Year winners. EY is not represented on any judging panel.
Meet the 2017 national judges:
- Ross Dobinson, Non-Executive Chairman, Acrux
Ross has been a Director of Acrux since 1998 and was appointed Chairman in January 2006 and then Executive Chairman from 1 July 2012 to October 2014. He is a founder and former CEO of Acrux. Ross is a former Chartered Accountant with a background in investment banking and stockbroking.
He is currently Managing Director of TSL Group Ltd, a corporate advisory company specialising in establishing and advising life sciences companies. He is also a Director of Reliance Worldwide Corporation Ltd. (ASX:RWC)
Ross has served as a Director, Chairman and Executive Chairman of a number of ASX listed companies and government boards including Starpharma Holdings Limited, Hexima Limited, TPI Enterprises Limited, Roc Oil Company Limited and Racing Victoria Limited. He has also held Board positions on a number of unlisted companies.
- Kathryn Gramp, Non-Executive Director, Codan Limited
Kathy 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.
- Chris Hadley, Managing Director, Quadrant Private Equity Pty Ltd
Chris is one of the longest serving executives in the Australian Private Equity industry and was one of the founding council members of AVCAL. Chris has led and managed the raising of all eight Quadrant funds, the first in 1996, and has been a member of the Investment Committee of all funds.
Chris has led and managed a number of Quadrant investments and has been a director on many investee boards. Chris is a director of Quadrant investee companies Seniors Money International, CQMS Razer, A-Mart/Barbeques Galore, Fitness and Lifestyle Group, Rockpool Dining Group, The Real Pet Food Company, Superior Food Group, APM and Worldmark.
- Michael Malone, Non-Executive Director, Seven West Media Ltd
Michael founded iiNet Limited in 1993 and continued as CEO until retiring in 2014. During his tenure, iiNet grew to become a major telecommunications provider listed on the ASX with revenues of over $1 billion.
Michael has been recognised with a raft of industry accolades, including 2012 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™, CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards and National Customer Service CEO of the Year in the CSIA’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. He presently sits on the board of various public companies including the Australian National Broadband Network, Seven West Media, SpeedCast, Dreamscape, and Superloop. He is also the founder and current Chairman of Diamond Cyber, a cyber security advisory business, and sits on the Advisory board of Market Eye, which is focused on investor relations.
- Sarah Morgan, Non-Executive Director
Sarah Morgan is an experienced board director, corporate advisor and professional investor. Her previous executive roles included 16 years with independent corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel. Over this time she was involved in a large number of transactions including public company M&A, IPOs, capital raisings, asset acquisitions and divestments, and company and business valuations, across a broad range of industries.
Sarah is a respected non-executive director, serving on a number of boards such as Hansen Technologies Limited, Adslot Limited, Future Generation Global Investment Company Ltd, Luxe City Guides Pty Ltd and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. She has also served on the boards of the Melbourne Accelerator Program, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Malthouse Theatre and Australian Institute of Art History.
- Anthony Podesta, Founder, McMillian Shakespeare Limited, Founder, eCapital Australia and 2012 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
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™.
- John Poynton, Chairman, Jindalee Partners
John is Chairman of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited and SC8 Limited. He is a board member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a Director of Crown Perth, Linc Property and the Security Research Institute Advisory Board.
John is also the Chairman of Council of Christ Church Grammar School and Giving West. He has previously served as the Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX listed companies, Federal Government boards, education institutions and not-for-profit enterprises.
John is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a WA Citizen of the Year award in the industry and commerce category.
- Greg Roebuck, Co-Founder, Carsales.com Ltd
Greg co-founded Carsales.com Ltd in 1997 and served as a Director from inception and Chief Executive Officer from May 2002 to March 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience in providing technology solutions to the Australian automotive industry. Greg was the original architect of Carsales.com Ltd and described the journey as the perfect way to indulge his two passions of cars and technology.
In 2009 Greg won the Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award and represented Australia at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ awards in Monaco.
He now invests in the tech sector and has stakes in digital marketing company Rokt, mobile tech firm Unlockd, online trades services group Service Seeking and most recently backed a capital raising for online medical appointment booking website HealthEngine.
- Henriette Rothschild, Chief Operating Officer, iSelect
Henriette is the former Managing Director of Hay Group across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. Hay Group (now Korn Ferry Hay Group) is a global management consulting firm focusing on organisational performance and people advisory services.
Henriette has worked with boards, CEOs and executive teams in areas of organisational performance, transformation and building high performance cultures. She has significant experience developing and advising high performance teams.
She is currently Chief Operating Officer of iSelect, and sits on the boards of Richmond Football Club, Brown Brothers and digital start-up CircleSource, a digital business services marketplace that helps find and engage external specialists.
- James Spenceley, Founder of Vocus Communications and Chief Executive Officer, MHOR Asset Management Chief Executive Officer, MHOR Asset Management
James is the founder and former CEO of Australia’s 4th largest telecommunications company, Vocus Communications. James grew the business from startup to a listed $5 billion dollar market cap business with revenues of $1.8 billion in under ten years.
Now CEO, Co-Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder of MHOR Asset Management, MHOR was one of the best returning small company managers in the last 12 months specialising in investing in listed smaller companies outside the ASX 100 in Australia and New Zealand.
James runs his own private venture capital fund which has investments in 15 start-up businesses including Spaceship Super, TopBetta, HeyYou, One Big Switch and Uniti Wireless. He is Chairman of highly successful job sharing business Airtasker, owner of NBL team the Illawarra Hawks, and has won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award twice (Young and Listed categories).
- Steve Wilson AM, Non-Executive Director, Pinnacle Investment Management
Steve has 40 years’ experience in the investment business, including four 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 $27 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.