Committee Members

Katrina LoukasShireBiz AGM and election of Committee

LtoR Nathan Rigney [NGR Accounting]. Mike Schrafft [VMS Conferences], Katrina Loukas [Life Hacking]
Steve Atherton [Sourthern Strength], Tim Boyle [ANSTO], Malcolm Kerr. Richard Walker [Secretary], Barry Alchin [Chair], Jeff Forsyth [Treasurer], Michael Forshaw [SSC Councilor] Absent: Paul Degnan [Enware], Sharon Austin [Intelligent Recruitment] & Mike Schoettler [SalesSense]

At the ShireBiz AGM on 15th August 2019 the following ShireBiz members were elected to the Committee.

Barry Alchin, ShireBiz; Steve Atherton, Southern Strength; Sharon Austin, Intelligent Recruiting;Tim Boyle, ANSTO: Paul Degnan, Enware; Michael Forshaw,SSC Councillor; Jeff Forsyth, FCNC; Malcolm Kerr, ShireBiz: Katrina Loukas, Life Hackers; Michael Peck, Miranda Fair; Mike Schrafft, VMS Conferences; Nathan Rigney. NGR Accounting; Michael Schoettler SaleSense, Richard Walker, Shirebiz

The retiring Committee members were thanked for their service.

Barry Alchin

Barry Alchin founded & operated Austin Chemical which supplied local manufactures with a wide range of chemistry & metallurgy. Past president of State Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NSW) & vice president Australian Chamber. Dedicated to the development of a new age of manufacturing in southern Sydney.

 

Tony Blain

Tony Blain is a retired Business owner that specialized in manufacturing and marketing for Entertainers and well known Trademarks for close to 30 years.   Tony has lived in the Shire for 25 years and in semi retirement is enjoying ShireBiz activities, is a Member of the Economic and Development Committee at Sutherland Shire Council and is a Member of Council’s Heritage & Shire History Committee.

Malcolm Kerr

As the former MLA for Cronulla Malcolm has a deep and passionate knowledge and understanding of The Shire and brings a commitment to a change culture that will make The Shire an even better place. With a wealth of high profile local contacts through his many years as a State Member of Parliament, Malcolm has enabled opportunities to be developed and enhanced.

Michael Forshaw

Michael Forshaw is a former Senator for NSW serving in the Australian Parliament from 1994 until he retired in June 2011.   Michael attended school in Cronulla and then graduated with Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 1974 and Law from the University of NSW in 1984. He was admitted as a Barrister in 1985. Michael has been a lifelong Shire resident and is a strong supporter of many local organisations. Throughout his career Michael has been actively involved in representing and promoting the Shire.

Jeff Forsyth

Jeff Forsyth is a director of several construction related companies.   He has a background in engineering, building and education.   He has, over many years been a member of various committees of Sutherland Shire Council, including the Economic Development Committee, the Port Hacking Management Panel and the Housing Strategy Review Committee.   His professional memberships include the Australian Institute of Building, the Australian Society of Building Consultants and the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. His formal qualifications culminated in a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Richard Walker

Richard Walker was the Australasian Director of TCI (The Competitiveness Institute)[2011-2015].  He has more than 20 years experience in senior management and director roles in Not For Profit companies and Professional Associations including nine years as Chief Executive of Macquarie Research Ltd a University commercial company [NFP].  In that role he supervised the formation of the Macquarie University Research Park at North Ryde.  He is also experienced in developing economic strategies for local governments, and in evaluating and commercializing new technologies.

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Paul Degnan is Executive Chairman and major shareholder of Shire based Enware Australia Pty   Limited. Enware  manufactures and markets specialised plumbing products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. Major focus being tapware for hospitals, schools, laboratories etc.(e.g. Sutherland Hospital). We also manufacture safety deluge showers and emergency eyewash products and bathroom equipment for aged care and disabled use and market a range of spill solutions for industry and commerce.Enware employs 200 pope in 3 locations I the Sutherland Shire, with branches in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Singapore and Dubai (U.E.A.).

Paul is a qualified accountant, CPA Australia (CPA) hold a Diploma in Technology (Commerce)(NSW Institute of Technology) and a member of Australian Company Directors (FAICD). He is immediate past President of PPIG (Plumbing Products Industry.  Current member of Sutherland Shire Economic Development Committee, SSHED Steering Committee, and Past President of PPIG- Plumbing Products Industry Group Group).

Steve Atherton JP

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) and a Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of NSW.

After completing a traineeship with Email Ltd in the 1970’s Steve gained further experience in HVAC in Email Ltd eventually rising to the General Manager’s position in Email’s Building Products Division in the early 1990’s

During his years in Email’s Air Handling Division he was awarded patents for the development of high efficiency filtration products and became a NATA signatory for the Email laboratories. Steve was also the recipient of the George Westinghouse Marketing award from Westinghouse USA for the work he did in the Biological safety cabinet and HEPA filtration fields and was a member of several Standards Australia revision committees in the air handling fields

Following several years in the building industry as General Manager of Australian Kitchen Industries & later Stegbar, Steve took on the role of Director & CEO with Air Change in mid 2008 where he led the Airchange team to one ARBS award and two AIRAH awards for innovation in the HVAC industry.

Steve took on the challenge of Group CEO with BioGill in 2014 – A technology based water treatment company in the Aquaculture and Waste Water Treatment markets.

Steve has been a speaker and expert panel member in the manufacturing sector on numerous occasions and has been a Board member (5 years) and Chairman of Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network for the past 4 years.

Dr Tim Boyle

Dr Tim Boyle is the Director, Innovation and Commercialisation at ANSTO. Tim is one of Australia’s most well respected research commercialisation specialists with more than 20 years’ experience in developing the interface between industry and research. Tim is no stranger to high impact research and development himself, having designed and commercialised a new class of antibiotics for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection which are currently in clinical development. In addition to his role at ANSTO, Tim serves as Vice Chair and Director with Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) the peak professional body for industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for Australian and New Zealand publicly funded research organisations. Tim is also a Non-Executive Director of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) a global organisation comprised of national technology transfer professional bodies; and member of the National Imaging Facility, Industry Partnerships Committee.

        Sharon Austin

Sharon Austin, founder and MD of Intelligent Search and Recruitment has over 20 years’ experience as a successful business owner and Executive Search and Recruitment Consultant. This experience is underpinned by qualifications in Electrical Engineering and 10 years at Garden Island Naval Dockyard as an Electrical Designer in their Engineering Office.

Sharon has assisted 100’s of businesses from large multinationals to small businesses, including those in the Sutherland Shire; optimize one of their most valuable assets – their people.  She is passionate about promoting collaboration and developing people to their full potential.

Sharon specializes in consulting to technical and engineering businesses across Australia, with a strong presence in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Sharon is in her sixth term as a Board Member for Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network.  Her memberships include National Association of Women in Construction and Engineers Australia.

Katrina Loukas

Katrina Loukas is the founder of Lifehackers Institute – an innovation & strategy consultancy servicing the Shire. An entrepreneur for over 10 years, she has a background in mathematics, statistics, psychotherapy, complex systems and education. Her specialist areas include statistical modelling for economic impact evaluation and research, human optimisation strategies, and innovative educational programs for developing 21st century citizenry – particularly around vocational guidance, data literacy, self-leadership & resilience. She is also a self-published author and poet. Katrina is passionate about developing Shire-based educational and innovation ecosystems that facilitate a prosperous local economy; one that accounts for social and natural capital as much as it does financial. For this she is currently undertaking a self-directed Masters in Complex Systems Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship that include an Economics of Happiness pilgrimage and completion of a Complex Systems Leadership program

Michael Schoettler

Nathan Rigney
Nathan Rigney is the founding partner of NGR Accounting and is a local shire resident where he lives with his  young family. Nathan is a Specialist Accountant for micro and small business, he understands the pressures and challenges that business go through. Nathan has worked with many clients, but his main focus to help clients adapt to effective and efficient platforms that excel business profits and overall quality of business life.
Nathan obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (major in Accounting and Business Law) in 2009 and later became a CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant) in 2014.
Nathan’s role as a director of Shire Biz will play a vital role, having previous board experience with Southern Sydney BEC, his business knowledge and connection within the community. Shire Biz and Nathan believe and have the same vision for The Shire, a place where the next generation have a job, where business can grow, not being forgotten by government and overall ensuring the quality of life in The Shire is upheld and constantly improved.

Mike Schrafft
Mike Schrafft is a small business owner in the conference industry, following a lengthy general management career and ownership in the printing industry, serving on the committees of related industry associations. As the Executive Director of the NSW Rugby Union managed the creation of the Southern Districts Rugby Club and subsequently served on the committee as well as President of the Junior body. After 10 years contribution Mike recently retired from the board of the St George & Sutherland Shire Community College while previously being involved with other community and sporting organisations. Experienced in both local and international business.

 

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