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.

Andrew Murray
Andrew MurrayBusiness Advisory Manager
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the small to medium business sector, private and commercial sectors across a variety of industries. Running his own small business from 2003 as a management consultant, Andrew knows the challenges small business owners face. He specializes in providing advice and assistance to business owners and managers, helping them to operate and run their business with the ultimate goal of becoming more sustainable and the owners to be empowered and develop personal resilience.
Amanda Hamilton
Amanda HamiltonTraining Manager
Amanda has over 8 years experience working in adult education, training and managing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Amanda has run her own successful Training and Technical Writing Consultancy business, providing training, on-line courses, and safety management solutions to training organisations and constructions companies.

Amanda lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 16 years as an Economics, Business and Politics Publisher for Pearson, Macmillan and Oxford University Press. Amanda holds a Master of Arts from Curtin University and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and Diploma of Training Design and Development.

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.

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.
Carmelina McQueen
Carmelina McQueenBusiness Advisor
Carmelina is a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant, with significant experience working with businesses across a range of industry sectors including private, public and community based organisations. She is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as MBA (Advanced). In particular, Carmelina has experience in financial management, strategic management & planning, leadership development, governance, and business performance improvement.

Carmelina has worked in senior finance and management positions in commerce, government and not for profit organisations. In addition, she has operated her own consulting business and understands the challenges faced by small business owners.
As a Business Advisor and Mentor with Business Foundations, Carmelina enjoys assisting and empowering small business owners in all aspects of small business set up and management. She especially enjoys guiding small business owners to succeed in their business ventures towards self-employment.

Peter Bowler
Peter BowlerBusiness Advisor
As a business advisor, Peter’s responsibilities are focused on engaging with and supporting new business ideas and people, through sound professional business advice to stimulate quality start-up business and capacity building to grow business profits and success. Business mentoring is a key component of relationship building in the role.
Stakeholder management with Corporate, Government and NGO’s is critical to engaging with business leaders and bringing together the leadership and proprietorship of emerging and existing business opportunities in the region.

On behalf of Business Foundations Peter Bowler extends an invitations to anyone with an idea, a vision, a burning yearning for entering the fascinating world of business ownership to visit him at “ Make Place” Mandurah – the central innovators hub.

Brian Grindrod
Brian GrindrodBusiness Advisor
Brian spent his twenties buying, building then selling small businesses. Subsequent to this he spent the last 20 years boosting the performance of small, medium and larger businesses with a particular emphasis on developing the people within them.

Clients include an impressive range of businesses including high profile, local and national organisations in public, private and government sectors as well as SME’s. Brian excels at designing marketing strategies and implementing and facilitating personal performance and business performance, organisational development and associated business improvement strategies.

Effective leadership coupled with people development programs supported with 1on1 coaching measured against bottom line improvements are key to driving any business to success. Brian is passionate about improving business performance especially through people and their personal performance generating motivated, upbeat and challenging workplaces which in turn produce a more productive and profitable business.

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
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.
Carissa Greenough
Carissa GreenoughManager – Entrepreneurs Programme
Carissa believes that when businesses and researchers work together it can create new industries and exciting outcomes for society. That’s why she manages a contract to deliver a national team of business and innovation experts that give free independent assistance to businesses that want to grow and innovate. Over the last two years, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme team has assisted 380 companies and facilitated 190 industry-research projects worth $17 million.

Carissa has previously worked at CSIRO and Baker IDI Research Institutes in industry engagement and commercialisation. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology with first class honours and a Master of Business for Commercialising Science and Technology, both obtained from Monash University.

Ken Green
Ken GreenInnovation Facilitator (WA)
Ken has over 15 years of senior management experience in high technology companies in Europe and the USA. He is currently an Innovation Facilitator for Ausindustry in WA; a role that involves translating business problems and opportunities and brokering relationships with expertise and resources in Universities and other publically funded research organisations. Ken works at the ‘interface’ between business and research but also across business sectors and scientific disciplines; boundaries where some of the most interesting industrial applications of technology and knowledge occur. Ken spent the last 3 years at the CSIRO helping Australian SMEs exploit the organisations knowledge and expertise.

Ken was previously a Director with a UK Photonics startup which grew from 8 to 80 staff over 10 years and ended in a trade sale to the world’s largest optics manufacturer. He has been involved in university spin-outs from Southampton University and technology acquisitions out of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London.
He has also held technology transfer and industry engagement roles in the UK for big science projects such as Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) at the European Southern Observatory and the ‘Aurora’ mission to Mars for the European Space Agency.
Most recently Ken was involved in establishing Commercial IP diligence processes for a major UK clearing bank that enabled them to enter the Venture Debt market to finance growth companies rich in intangible assets but lacking traditional security provisions.

Angela Doyle
Angela DoyleBusiness Adviser
Angela brings a broad range of business management and leadership skills, experience and qualifications to her clients. This is derived from over 17 years in senior management roles which include General Manager and CEO positions, taking in responsibilities such as financial management; human resource systems; sales and marketing; system improvements; production processes; strategic and business planning; and risk management.

Over the past seven years, Angela has provided assistance to over 130 small to medium businesses, providing an objective and professional outsider’s perspective on the health of each business and practical recommendations aimed at improving business performance. Angela has worked across a wide range of industry sectors which include the five growth and tourism sectors identified as eligible for support through AusIndustry’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Angela has qualifications in business management (MBA) and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.

Andrew Richardson
Andrew RichardsonInnovation Facilitator (SA)
Andrew has participated in collaborations between SMEs and research organisations in many different roles: as a postdoctoral researcher on a linkage project, as a researcher in industry coordinating projects with academic partners, and as a Director in a start-up company that successfully licensed IP to a major whitegoods manufacturer.

Originally studying optoelectronics and laser engineering, Andrew moved into fundamental research in biophysics before returning to applied research in the field of optical sensing; here he gained experience of sensor development, early phase prototyping, and project management. Facilitating connections between SMEs and the research community is aided by the 3 years Andrew spent in technical sales of scientific equipment within Australia, wherein Andrew became familiar with the research capabilities of a broad section of the Australian research community.

As an innovation facilitator in South Australia, Andrew is passionate about providing opportunities for SMEs and PFROs to collaborate for impactful outcomes.

Don Geare
Don GeareBusiness Advisor
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.

Jim Grigoriou
Jim GrigoriouInnovations Facilitator
Jim has been working in the field of new business creation since an early age. His first foray was bagging chicken manure, carting it 700 metres to the nearest road and waiting for buyers. He realised that colourful signage with a difference was needed to get people to take notice. On weekends he indulges his passion for farming, construction and woodworking.

Professionally, he has immensely enjoyed working with SMEs to generate IP for the creation of profits and jobs. Since 2008, he has also supported a Papua New Guinea NGO, the Foundation for People and Community Development that is working with seven forestry communities resisting the entrance of commercial logging operations. Overseas experience includes time in the US teaching at Chicago’s DePaul University, part of a team driving an instruments start up firm in North Carolina and living in Ghana and travelling parts of West Africa.

Mary Frey
Mary FreyInnovations Facilitator - NSW
Mary has worked in the SME and University environment in the following sectors: water recycling, analytical mining services, IT, medical devices, biotech, silica components for the electronics industry and more recently marketing and finance analytics. Her business experience has been in the establishment, construction and operation of USFDA manufacturing facilities for the export market. She was one of three founding shareholders who implemented a business plan that formed the basis for a capital raising for Australia’s first biological stem cell storage facility currently known as “Cryosite” which originated from the University of NSW Centre for Immunology in 1999. The company listed on the ASX in 2002.

Mary has been involved with R&D companies whose origins were University based both in the USA and Australia and she has worked as a catalyst, facilitator and champion of applied academic research for a number of years.

Gary Colquhoun
Gary ColquhounInnovations Facilitator - NSW
Gary has over 19 years’ experience at the interface of industry, academia and government facilitating the commercialisation of corporate and academic research. With a background in photonics and laser engineering, his product management activity has led to new photonics and sensing products, services and processes in Environmental, Life Science, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Military applications. He co-founded Fibre Photonics Ltd in 2006 with a Russian scientist specialising in mid infrared fibre optics and grew the company to over £1M GBP of bootstrapped sales inside four years. He later took the company through ISO9001:2008 certification and moved to South Australia in 2012 to commercialise research from the university base.

Gary has also worked as a consultant to SPIE, the international Society for Photonics Instrumentation Engineers, increasing their engagement with the European Photonics industry. Here, he also implemented and chaired conferences on industrial photonics and imaging. As a strategically capable director, executive, manager and mentor Gary has also been an active council member for the Scottish Optoelectronics Association and was company secretary for the trade body for a period of two years.