Our Team

John Todd | Executive Officer | AIMM, MIEF, JP

John lives in Emu Plains and has lived in the Penrith / Lower Blue Mountains area all his life. John has been with the centre since July 1992 and was previously a Bank Manager for the Westpac Banking Corporation for 20 years. In addition to many years in business, he holds a Diploma of Advanced Business Facilitation.

John is a Justice of the Peace and is a member/director of the following organisations:

  • Chair of BEC Australia
  • Foundation member of the Australian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators.
  • Vice President, Treasurer & New South Wales representative National NEIS Association.
  • Past Board Member of Business Innovation & Incubation Australia Inc.
  • Director Business Enterprise Centres Australia Limited
  • Member of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, Biznet Regional Chamber of Commerce & Hawkesbury City Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the Institute of Management.
  • Past Director of Football and President Blacktown Spartans Football Club Inc.
  • Past Director Biznet Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Director of Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation (now Penrith Business Alliance)
  • Past Director of Nepean Skillshare
  • Past chairperson for the BEC Central Regions Group.
  • Past board member & founding member of Penrith Nepean United Soccer Club.
  • Past committee member of Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc.

 

Jane Tweedy - Business Advisor

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Jane is a Small Business Advisor operating in the Sydney West region, primarily servicing The Hills and Blacktown.

Jane lives in Western Sydney, and has a passion for helping small business owners succeed. Jane has hands on small business experience, establishing her own small business in resume writing, been a property investor/property manager and also dabbled in wedding photography, but decided to keep photography a hobby.

Outside of the small business and various volunteer work Jane is involved in which have involved implementing social media and marketing strategy, she has a corporate background in investment analytics, people leadership, training, business management, sales and client service. She also worked as a manager for a company store that became a franchise in the fast food industry whilst a student.

Jane’s broad experience is supported by a vast accumulation of theoretical knowledge and Jane regularly participates in workshops to upskill. Jane holds a Master of Applied Finance (MAF with Merit), Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA), and also holds recent Certificate IV's in Small Business Management and Training and Assessment (TAE) as well as a current Certificate of Registration (Property).

Jane loves helping small businesses succeed and gains great satisfaction from helping her local community, and sees this role as a great way to utilise her vast applied knowledge. Clients love this breadth of knowledge and the reinvigoration of passion in their business.

 

Robert (Bob) Green - Business Advisorbg

Bob joined the Centre in July 2015 as a Business Advisor and Mentor at the Western Sydney Business Centre under the Small Biz Connect Program.  He specifically focuses on new and existing small businesses in the Blacktown and Parramatta local government areas. 

He holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management and is a local living in Emu Plains.

He was previously employed as the Financial Controller of a newly established chain of sporting goods stores.  He has experience in starting new businesses from scratch right from establishing a company and registering it with ASIC, devising and registering a business name, tax file numbers, ABN and managing the cashflow during the establishment process.  The sales turnover grew from a few hundred thousand in the first 7 months of operation to a turnover of near $12.0 million last year.

Bob has experience in banking, finance, sales and sales management, developing and implementing workplace health and safety policy and procedures, workers compensation insurance, back to work coordination, education, public speaking, and employment practices and procedures.

He enjoys helping others achieve their dream and will work with small business owners to ensure they realise theirs.  He can bring to bear over 40 years of business experience on your situation to help you move from idea to realisation in the best possible way.  At the same time he will help you understand and put in place all the policies and procedures you are required by law and need to allow you and others to keep an eye on the financial health of your growing business.

Bob will help you channel your enthusiasm and energy into what can be the achievement of your life.

 

Rebecca Di Noia - Business Advisorrd

Rebecca is a resident of Fairfield and has started with the Centre from September 2016. 

She started to work as office administrator with Colonial State Bank Home Loan department for about 5 years. 

She then went on to study in Real Estate and later was working as Home Sustainability/Energy Advisor for around 6 years, under both Federal and State government funded programs. 

In this role she was responsible for assisting general public with advice on how to reduce energy usage and costs and was also involved in marketing the programs to both English speaking and non-English speaking background community through workshops and presentations in various government agencies, community groups, library, shopping centres, events & festivals.  Rebecca can speak Mandarin and read and write Chinese.

Rebecca has been self-employed for nearly 10 years and also has her own business.  She has a Cert IV in Small Business and Training and Assessment, Certificate IV In Business Sustainability Assessment, NSW WorkCover Work Health & Safety General Construction Induction certificate, and Statement of Attainment in Real Estate Practice. 

 

Ian Willis - Business Advisor and Taxi Industry AdvisoriwIan was previously employed by Westpac Banking Corporation and during that time gained experience in all levels of banking, including four years as a branch manager. After his employment with Westpac, Ian went on to owning his own small business from 1992-1993, before commencing his employment with our Centre. 

Ian has been delivering Business Advice for over 20 years, has a Diploma in Advanced Business Facilitation, a Certificate in Business Facilitation with Tafe SA and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators.

Ian is our Advisor for the Taxi Industry providing business advice and support to all sectors of the taxi and hire car Industry due to the current Industry transitional reforms under the new Point to Point Transport Act.

 

Michelle Locke - Business Advisor

 

Michelle joined the WSBC late last year as Small Business Advisor primarily servicing the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Windsor regions.

She has lived in the mountains since 2005 and is a local in the Springwood area, previously living in Bowen Mountain. As a past business owner herself in the hair and makeup industry she understands how difficult business can be, her desire is to assist business owners to improve and grow their business.  ‘It is really satisfying to work with small business owners and see people achieving their goals and dreams’.

Michelle has a broad career encompassing marketing, sustainability, events management, hospitality, sports management, animal welfare and funding, NFP organisations, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Enterprises. She holds a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Diploma in Business Studies, Certificate Women’s Sport Management Program, and The Natural Step Framework.

Michelle’s past experience as a hockey coach up to National level in New Zealand and State level in Australia has united her knowledge around strategy, planning, discipline, analysis and communication which all applies to small business.

 

Kerrie Elliott - Business Advisor

Kerrie lives in the Wollondilly Shire of South West Sydney and started with the center in January this year to provide business advice predominantly in the SWS region. Most recently Kerrie has been a business advisor in the Illawarra region for the past 2 and a half years.

 

Kerrie has a passion for small business and loves nothing more, than to see them succeed. As a previous business owner herself for over a decade, Kerrie understands the overwhelm that small business owners can experience and is great at helping them plan effectively to stay out of that space and grow a business successfully.

An Advanced certificate in management and background in sales, marketing and management gives Kerrie a strong depth of experience to draw from, in her daily dealings with small business owners. Assisting clients to think big picture and grow to the next level, is a personal favourite.

 

David Waudby - Business Advisor

David has worked in various industries providing a well rounded range of experience. Industries include engineering, B2B sales, retail, member services, Not for Profit service industries.

He has run his own business and involved in a family business for 6 years. Also David has been CEO of a NFP for 8 years successfully delivering government programs as well holding other senior management positions.

Voluntary positions include;

Past President and Treasurer – Business Event of the Year

Past Chairman – MWLP

Past Vice Chairman - Camden Chamber of Commerce

Past Treasurer – Macarthur CF Swimathon

Past Committee member – Wollondilly and Campbelltown Economic Development

David is a creative innovator who can capture concepts and develop ideas in the interest of his clients.

“Assisting those giving it a go in Small Business is a great pleasure” he comments.

 

Michael Todd - Business Advisor

 

Michael is Chief Executive Officer of OnePointHealth, a progressive allied health organisation, and a Business Advisor at the Western Sydney Business Centre, delivering business advice under the Small Biz Connect Program. He was the youngest person ever to win the Best BEC Mentor in Australia Award in 2013.

He prides himself on advising small-medium businesses to achieve their dreams of tomorrow through a controlled and methodical scaling up process, encouraging clients to think differently and challenge conventional approaches.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Business (marketing), Diploma in Business, Cert III in Business Sales, a certification in Business Facilitation with TAFE SA and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Michael is Vice Chairman on the Board of his former High School, St Dominic’s College, Board Member of the Penrith CBD Corporation and a past Board Member of the Western Sydney Defence Force Council.

Michael is often in demand as a guest speaker and has spoken at various events all over Australia. He is also a sought after writer, including being a regular columnist for The Inside Small Business Magazine, The Western Weekender, the Village Voice and the Western Sydney Business Access Magazine.

Outside of the BEC, he has been involved in businesses in the recruitment and services industries and is also the co-founder of Generation YQ, a network for young professionals aged 18-35 years old.

 

Lisa Penson - Business Advisor

Lisa Penson is an experienced business coach, having worked with over 600 businesses of wildly differing industries.

She wears many hats – mentoring, consulting, facilitating and training – and will choose the best to match what a client needs.

She speaks on business topics, runs networking events and workshops as well as tutoring Diploma of Business for Entrepreneurs students.

You’ve come to the right person for business knowledge and support!

 

Emma Gosper | Digital Business Advisor | Office Manager | Dip Mgmt

Emma lives in Penrith and has been with the Centre since January 2007.

She graduated from St Joseph’s Central School as Dux of the year. She is the Centre's Administrative Coordinator, Assistant to all of the Business Advisors in the office as well as the Centre's Digital Business Advisor, helping clients with Digital Advice and Social Media. She is also responsible for the Centre's accounts, all administration aspects, and managing the office. She holds a Certificate III in Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Management.

Emma has also owned and operated her own small business since 2012.

 

Erin Johnston | Administrative Assistant

Erin lives in Glenmore Park and joined us in October 2016.

She is the Centre’s full time Receptionist/Administrative Assistant and responsible for all reception and administration duties including being the first point of contact for the Centre when you call or walk into our Head Office in Penrith. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Policing with Western Sydney University and is currently completing her Certificate in Business Administration.

 

Tony Lackey | VET. Education Compliance Manager | Dip Mgmt, Dip Bus

Tony is a resident of Penrith and has been with the Centre since May 2009.

He is responsible for the compliance for the Centre's training activities. He holds a TAA40104 in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Associate Diploma in the Arts, Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Business. He has previously worked as Compliance Manager at Hawkesbury Community College, Group Operations Manager for Panthers and has successfully operated his own small business.