Harnessing the power of mentorship

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Research shows that small business owners benefit from mentorship and guidance.

Each of the 15 small businesses selected to be Digital Champions will be guided through their transformation by a personal Digital Mentor. These mentors are high-profile innovators and leaders, known for their success in digital innovation. The mentors will have leveraged technology to build their own success, and are in a position to share their lessons learned with a Digital Champion and the broader small business audience of Australia.

Leanne Berry

Leanne Berry

Leanne Berry is a Director of Love Your Numbers Pty Ltd. Leanne has 20 years’ experience in providing services, support and advice to a wide range of industries in regional NSW.

Leanne is a former Microsoft SME Ambassador and the 2018/19 MYOB Certified Consultant of the year and been nominated multiple times for Telstra Business Women's Award. Leanne uses financial and operational software to ensure her clients are maximising the benefits and efficiencies of streamlined systems to improve results in their business.

Angus Capel

Angus Capel

Xero is the beautiful, intelligent platform built to help small businesses and their advisors grow and thrive. Born in the cloud, Xero connects businesses with the accounting tools, apps and the thousands of connections business owners need in one place, available at any time, on any device. The company has over 1.6 million subscribers in over 180 countries and a thriving ecosystem seamlessly integrating with 700+ apps.

Angus Capel is the Small Business Advocate at Xero and is passionate about small business and the role it plays within communities. Angus works with a wide variety of stakeholders to solve problems, helping the sector reach its full potential.

Ron Gauci

Ron Gauci

Ron Gauci is the CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and a former director on the Board.

Ron has held a range of previous positions including as CEO at Fed Square, Melbourne Storm, and Melbourne Polytechnic (Formerly NMIT). Ron has significant experience in the global technology and innovation industry and has held senior leadership and executive roles in organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra and IBM, as well as directorships in several organisations.

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Larry Kestelman

Founder of Dodo internet, lead investor in technology start-up incubator Oxygen Ventures, chairman of Frankly Digital Marketing agency and owner of the National Basketball League.

Justine Kyle Yao

Justine Kyle Yao

Google is a multinational technology company that specialises in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Passionate about driving impact and developing strong relationships, Justine Kyle Yao, joined Google as a Digital Consultant aimed at advising SMEs into driving transformational change across their digital advertising and marketing channels. Previously, she worked as Project Manager at IBM, focusing on business agile transformations.

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Dr Sam Prince

Founder of hospitality chain Zambrero, founder of aid organisation One Disease and medical group Next Practice.

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Joe Procter

Joe is from a large Darwin Indigenous family (Adams) with Traditional Owner links to the Northern Territory and Queensland Cape York (Wuthithi). He has led a number of transactions for companies including strategy, capital raising, resource negotiation and private equity investment. Previously held positions for over 10 years at Carnegie Wylie investment bank and Woodside Petroleum. Key interests include Digital Transformation, Indigenous impact advisory and Gluten-Free craft beer, O'Briens. Dux for Strategic Management at University of Western Australia Master of Business Administration and Order of Merit for Australia Institute of Company Directors. BBus (Acc), GDip (AIC), Dip & OM (AICD), MBA.

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Yohan Ramasundara

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association and peak body representing Australia’s ICT sector, and delivers authoritative independent knowledge and technology insights, building relevant technology capacity and capability that catalyses Australian innovation and speeds the adoption of technology for the benefit of commerce, government and society. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

Yohan Ramasundara is the President of the ACS. Yohan is an executive, investor and entrepreneur with extensive experience delivering successful outcomes in private, public and NFP sectors. He previously served as Vice President and the National Treasurer of the ACS. Yohan is also the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific forum for professional ICT associations.

Tim Reed

Tim Reed

MYOB is a provider of online business management solutions and services approximately 1.2 million businesses and accountants across Australia and New Zealand. Tim Reed joined MYOB in 2003, and was appointed CEO in 2008 after holding several senior management roles in the business. He’s passionate about the potential of digital technology to transform society and help businesses succeed.

Prior to joining MYOB, Tim worked in Silicon Valley within a number of companies in global technology and internet markets. Tim holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker’s Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Tim also sits on the board of the Business Council of Australia, and chairs the BCA Innovation Task Force.

Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson is co-founder and Director of RBK Advisory, an accounting and business advisory firm. RBK Advisory was the winner of the 2018 Xero Accounting Partner of the year, and Jason the winner of the Young Finance Leaders 2018 Accountant of the Year.

Jason Romney

Jason Romney

Jason Romney is currently Telstra’s Head of Smart Precincts with a focus on the Internet of Things and smart cities. He was previously Telstra's Head of Technology Innovation and Executive Business Manager. Jason is a Barrister (at the Victorian Bar) and digital strategy consultant, working previously for companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Fairfax.

Marcus Wilson

Marcus Wilson is the CEO and Founder of Surgical Partners. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce, an MBA from INSEAD, and is passionate about implementing technology-based solutions for the complex challenges facing healthcare practices. Marcus is a former healthcare analyst at Macquarie Group and Chief Financial Officer at Focus Eye Centre.

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Emma Shipley

Emma Shipley is a Partner Manager for the ANZ Global Business Group at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Emma was the General Manager of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Emma has also undertaken planning roles within media agencies in both Sydney and Australia.

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Kristine Ferrer

Canon has expertise in areas that include Cloud & IT Services, Digital Transformation, Managed Services & Outsourcing, Information & Data Security, IT Optimisation and Business print and scanning hardware. As a digital innovator, Canon can offer advice and insights in a range of areas that can assist with the digital transformation of small businesses locally and across the globe.

Kristine Ferrer is the Vertical & Channel Manager at Canon Business Services. As part of her role, she brings together the sales and marketing teams to deliver market leading engagement activities at every touchpoint of the customer journey and ensures these activities deliver profitable returns to the business.