Meet our National Finalists

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year recognises ambitious leaders who are driven by a relentless urge to create; bringing their bold vision of a better, brighter world to life, creating a world of possibility.

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Sean Senvirtne
Southern Region National Finalist

It was Sean’s first entrepreneurial venture that unlocked his passion for business and technology. This early experience led him to build, scale, IP and merge the game-changing online e-commerce marketplace,

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Marcella Romero
Founder and CEO, Arriba Group 
Eastern Region National Finalist

From a standing start in a one-woman home office, Marcella’s Arriba Group has grown into a major force for good, impacting the lives of more than 700,000 vulnerable Australians living with injury, disability, or ill health.

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Jack Gance 
Chairman and Co-founder, Chemist Warehouse 
Southern Region National Finalist

A qualified chemist, Jack began his entrepreneurial journey by purchasing his first pharmacy. Today, Chemist Warehouse is an iconic Australian brand, employing 17,000 people and serving customers through 500 stores.

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Andrew Barnes & Chris Eigeland
CEO & Co-Founder and Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Go1 
Northern Region National Finalist

From its genesis in a Brisbane garage, Andrew and Chris grew workplace training platform Go1 into the largest curated e-learning library in the world, bringing together the best training providers from across the globe.

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Claire Wittwer-Smith
Executive Director and Founder, My Plan Manager
Central Region National Finalist

Through My Plan Manager, Australia’s largest National Disability Insurance Scheme provider of plan management services, Claire is bringing equality, choice, and control to over 50,000 people with disability.

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John Winning 
CEO, Winning Group
Eastern Region National Finalist

Buoyed by his success shaking up the market for buying appliances online, John transformed Winning Group into an experience company, including retail, logistics and hospitality, it has a team of 1000 and has served over 2.2 million users across the country.

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Doug Brooks 
CEO, Brooks Hire 
Western Region National Finalist

From humble beginnings in a tin shed in a remote Western Australian town, Doug has grown Brooks Hire Service into Australia’s largest privately owned equipment hire business including divisions in transport, access equipment, equipment sales, and Doug’s first passion – aviation.,

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