Our People

Every big thing starts off small and every bright idea has the potential to become a successful business.

Phillip Kemp
Phillip KempExecutive Director
Phillip has qualifications in agricultural science, small business facilitation and company management and is recognised as an industry expert in the field of small business development. He has published widely on SME and micro-enterprise development issues with particular reference to international best practice in business incubation operation and has conducted international research and published comparative international studies on the provision of SME and micro-enterprise business advisory and support services.

He holds key positions on a number of national boards and associations including Chairperson of Business Innovation and Incubation Australia and a member of the Enterprise Connect Manufacturing Advisory Board.

Gabor Hernadi
Gabor HernadiOperations Manager
With over 18 years business advisory and senior corporate experience in Perth and Sydney, Gabor specialises in helping small to medium business owners to grow both the profitability and the value of their businesses by innovating, planning and executing breakthrough business initiatives. He has intimate knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing small and medium businesses and has significant experience in the retail, agribusiness, food and beverage, professional services, hospitality, tourism and resources sectors.

Prior to joining Business Foundations Gabor has held senior management positions at Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship, Arnott’s Biscuits, McWilliam’s Wines and Palandri Wines as well as prestigious B2B organisations like Kailis & France Foods. He holds a B. Bus. degree with a double major in Marketing and Information Technology as well as an MBA and is the founder of two start-up businesses as well as serving on the WA Regional Council for Redkite Cancer Fund for Children and Young Adults.

Natalie Budd - Doyle
Natalie Budd - DoyleDirector of Training
Natalie Budd-Doyle (Perth Born) relocated back to Perth from New Zealand where she trained, tutored, mentored and advised hundreds of clients in new start up business and SME’s.

She has delivered NZ Government Contracts, assisting clients into Self-Employment. She has developed and delivered Small Business Modules for the Certificate in Small Business Management for (The University of NZ) Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

Natalie has owned and operated her own businesses in both the corporate and retail sectors, specialising in marketing, business planning and strategic management.
Natalie was the first recipient in WA to win the (National NEIS Association NNA) National NEIS Trainer award 2012, recognising her commitment to training and excellence in managing and delivering the NEIS programme for Business Foundations.
Natalie now leads our NEIS team, managing our RTO and coordinating the NEIS program in both the Perth Metro and Regional WA.
Natalie brings with her, a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering programmes similar to NEIS. She is a very passionate trainer, who believes that her success can only be measured by the successes of those she teaches.

Tony Beard
Tony BeardBusiness Advisor
Tony has spent the past twenty five years working with, and delivering services to, small business operators and managers. He specialises in management and marketing and succession planning strategies.
His experience has been garnered across all Australian states in a variety of sectors, from financial services to hospitality to heavy industry.

Tony has worked with over 2000 business operators in “one on one” development sessions. He advises established businesses working on growth strategies and structural efficiencies, and helps start up or emerging businesses looking for resources and guidance. Tony is also an accomplished workshop presenter.

Janene Troy
Janene TroyBusiness Advisor
In addition to her formal business qualifications, Janene has first-hand experience as a small business owner / operator and has spent the past 25 years working with small business owners across Western Australia.

Janene draws from a broad experience base, having worked across multiple industries and has assisted many small business owners in improving their business performance and realising their goals. With a particular interest in the service, retail, family and home based businesses, Janene is available to help you start-up or run your business better!

Don Geare
Don GeareBusiness Advisor, Enterprise Connect
Don has a general management background, having managed a variety of manufacturing and service businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and England.

Don has served as CEO with two primary industry co-operatives in Western Australia, and has been intensely involved in food processing, value adding, and export of food products to areas in Asia and the Middle East.

Don was named Telstra SW (WA) Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 1997 in recognition of export and business expansion achievements. Now living in Bunbury, Don has more recently been involved with small business in the South West of Western Australia. He was Business Manager of Bunbury Air Conditioning and Electrical Services (2005-07), during which time the company won awards including overall winner in the 2007 WA Regional Small Business Awards.

Chris Barrett
Chris BarrettNIES Advisor
Chris has 30 years experience working in the Child, Adolescent and Family Support and Child Care and Community Services sector. Starting out as a competent Child and Family worker, Chris became the CEO of a Youth and Family service in 1998, until 2010.
Chris is experienced in the areas of managing business, recruiting and training staff, assessing and managing risk, developing appropriate policy and procedures, managing a productive team, staff recruitment and supervision, as well as having a sound knowledge of counselling, care and child/community welfare practices.
After managing a small community based service for 12 years, Chris has spent the last six years as a Business Consultant and Trainer/Assessor in the Child Care, Community Services and Business sector.

Chris also develops Training resources for Business, Child Care, Aged Care, WHS, Frontline Management and Legal and Ethical Requirements. Chris is committed to transferring her skills and knowledge to those who want to explore and improve their skills.

Diana Simich
Diana SimichNEIS Trainer
Diana Simich has over 15 years experience in different sales roles in different countries.
From running her own Direct Sales Company to working for large Corporates, Diana has a solid understanding of what industries leaders do to increase revenue.
Now back in Perth, Diana started her business ‘Training for Growth’. Her passion is working with Micro and Small Business owners helping them to maximise their growth by turning conversations into sales, giving them the competitive edge.
She holds a Bachelor of Business degree, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Management and Diploma in Retail Management.
Diana’s passion is attending and learning from personal development courses. She also loves bushwalking and completed the 100km Oxfam walk with her team in 2014
Kim Veale
Kim VealeNEIS Trainer/Advisor
Kim Veale has over 15 years experience as a trainer and workshop facilitator. Her presentations cover a range of topics from leadership and small business management to work skills training.
She holds a degree in Sustainable Development, a Cert IV in Small Business Management, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has over 7 years experience in creating and running two successful businesses, Organic Waste Solutions and Helitech Services Pty Ltd. Kim was recently invited to be a key speaker at the Women Leaders in the Green Economy forum hosted by City of Perth, and also volunteers as a business mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia. Kim is also a qualified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, and has taught yoga in both Australia and Japan.
Jim Snee
Jim SneeNEIS Trainer
Jim has been a Trainer/Assessor and facilitator in a variety of industries ranging from Performing Arts, to career consultancy, to Business for over 35 years. Whilst in the Performing Arts industry, Jim performed around the world in various musical theatre and opera companies as well as studying for his B.A. Degree and, later, lecturing for 5 years at the W.A. Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
In the mid ‘90’s Jim had the opportunity to participate in the NEIS program himself and became the Proprietor/Director of Steppin’ Out Dance and Drama Academy (SODDA).
For the past 10 years, after successfully completing his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Business qualifications, Jim has been involved in working with ‘at risk’ youth and adult job seekers; assisting them with career advice and the development of their work readiness skills and qualifications.
Jim’s passion is people and supporting them in their endeavours to become successful entrepreneurs and believes that everyone has the ability to achieve.
Serene Chen
Serene ChenAssistant Manager
Serene started with Business Foundations in 2010. She joined the company after completing her studies in commerce at Curtin University. Her majors include marketing, e-commerce and management. She makes use of her wide variety of skills at the company, directing its marketing and promotional efforts. Serene also deals with the administrative side of the NEIS program at Business Foundations. Originally from Singapore, Serene moved to Perth in 2005.
Jackie Zele
Jackie ZeleFinance Manager
Jackie has been with Business Foundations since its establishment in 1995. She has extensive experience in Office Management with a diverse range of skills including, event, workshop and property management. She has an Economics diploma and a Certificate IV in Financial Management. Previously she has worked overseas as an Auditor with small businesses and various government departments. Jackie provides accounting and payroll to the organisation and is responsible for its Financial Management, including monitoring, reporting and grant administration.
Angela Marley
Angela MarleyRockingham Administrator
Angela Marley joined Business Foundations in October 2012 as receptionist/ administrator. She is responsible for meeting and greeting clients, and dealing with tenant issues on a daily basis.

Angela has a broad business background, and brings specialist knowledge of the Aged Care Industry, having managed Retirement Villages, which fits perfectly with managing our Incubation facility, with twenty six tenants. Angela has extensive experience as an owner/ manager in catering and hospitality, and highly developed customer service skills, which endear her to tenants, clients and visitors.

Rebecca Beard
Rebecca BeardRockingham Administrator
Rebecca Beard joined Business Foundations in July 2012 as office administrator and receptionist. She is responsible for meeting and greeting clients, and dealing with tenant issues on a daily basis.

Rebecca has a broad business background, and brings specialist knowledge of food processing and retailing and fashion retailing. She is a skilled retail sales person and has a great knowledge of customer service requirements.