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 HernadiBusiness Advisor
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.

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.

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.
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
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 ChenNEIS Assistant 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.