Twoeyes brings together a ‘virtual’ team of highly experienced strategic, operational, technical, commercial and investment specialists who provide outstanding clarity to help small, medium and large (private, public and not-for-profit) organisations reach their potential.

The Twoeyes’ Team of Advisors works closely with Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Boards and CEO’s to prepare their organisation for successful start-up, strategic growth, capital raising, trade sale or succession.

Unlike many business consultants and advisors, we understand first-hand what it means to own and grow a business. Twoeyes team members are not just specialists in their respective fields: as entrepreneurs and business owners ourselves, we have first-hand experience of the demands of growth in small, medium and large companies and have personally undertaken capital raisings, trade sales, mergers and acquisitions. As a result, we can offer Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Boards and CEOs’ clarity and insight that only ‘hard won’ experience can bring.

Whatever the assignment, Twoeyes’ focus is clear: achieve a strategic business position that is unique and sustainable, improve operational performance and reduce business risk, resulting in greater benefits to key stakeholders and a significant increase in the velue of shareholders’ equity.

By combining the principles of Private Equity, Venture Capital and Strategic Operational Planning with first-hand entrepreneurial and executive-level experience, Twoeyes offers clients a unique approach to business consulting.

conorManaging Director of Twoeyes Venture & Advisory (a company he established in 2000), Conor McKenna is a strategic advisor who helps entrepreneurs, business owners, boards and CEOs make their company more valuable. He does this by working with them to develop and grow business strategy and improve financial and operational performance.

By combining the principles of Venture Capital, Private Equity and Strategic Operational Planning with first-hand entrepreneurial and executive experience, Conor offers clients a unique approach to business consulting.

When providing strategic advisory services to private business owners and public and not for profit organisations, Conor calls on broad experience, proven entrepreneurial and executive skills, high-level business and Venture Capital qualifications and an international network of business leaders, financiers, private investors, government officials and service providers.

Conor is an award-winning entrepreneur, multiple-business owner and private equity investor. He is also a non-executive director of, and advisor to, a number of private companies, government bodies and non-profit organisations.

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Conor has lived and worked in Ireland, England, Canada, Italy and Australia. His experience spans more than 20 industries, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services, internet, multimedia, glass and plastic packaging, wine marketing, water desalination, venture capital, medical and allied health services, corporate training, event management, disability services, and the infrastructure, building and home improvement industries.

Within these industries, Conor has worked with start-ups, spin-outs, family businesses, small-to-medium enterprises, large corporates, not-for-profit organisations and Government boards and agencies.

The founder and driving force of multiple ventures, Conor has broad operating experience: from the first employee in a start-up venture in the water desalination industry to a management role with the Australian subsidiary of a Fortune 500 American multi-national, where he was responsible for a $50M budget & reported on 1B units in ‘Just in Time’ supply to the Australian wine industry.

In 1999, Conor invented ZORK, a patented wine sealing technology that now forms the basis of a successful global product innovation. The company he subsequently founded successfully commercialised the technology and raised multi-million dollar venture investment and grant funding. Strategic partners were secured in major global markets and large-scale manufacturing capacity developed on 3 continents. The company was strategically acquired by a US multinational in 2011.

Since 2004, Conor has been the owner of Kid Sense Child Development, a specialist provider of Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology services to children with developmental challenges.

A Member of the Business Development Council of South Australia from 2006 to 2011, Conor was one of twelve business owners appointed to advise the Minister for Small Business on matters relating to the South Australian business community.  He is past Chair of the Business Development Council’s Sub-committee for Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also a former member of the Sub-committees for Small Business Funding and for Family Business.

The founder and former South Australian Convenor of AVCAL, (The Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Ltd.) and founder of the entrepreneurial network, First Tuesday Adelaide, Conor is recognised as one of the pioneers of the Venture industry in South Australia.

Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009, Conor attended the Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Program at the Harvard Business School in Boston in November 2009. A recipient of the SA Government’s Venture Capital Scholarship in 2008, he completed the 34th Venture Capital Institute in the USA in September 2008. He also completed the Australian Venture Capital Association’s ‘Foundation Course in Venture Capital’, in Sydney in 2002.

Conor is a regular contributor to the Equity Club feature section in “In Business” magazine. He is also the author of “Equity Marketing for the Savvy Entrepreneur”, the Blueprint for raising equity capital at the lowest price with the least loss of ownership and control.

In addition to his Venture Capital credentials, Conor holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (Advanced) from Adelaide University. He has also completed the following: Australian Institute of Company Directors’ ‘Company Directors Course’; South Australian Enterprise Workshop’s ‘Executive Diploma of Business Planning’; University of South Australia’s ‘Graduate Diploma of Business Administration’ Certificate of Marketing and University College Galway ‘Bachelor of Arts Degree in Italian and English Literature’ (Ireland).

Conor is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Ltd (AVCAL). A Churchill Ambassador, he is a member of the SA Association of Churchill Fellows. An avid fan of Rugby Union, Conor is a member of the of the SA Crippled Crows Golden Oldies Rugby Club Inc.

larryLarry Lopez is a Partner at Perth based Australian Venture Consultants, a solution driven management consulting practice focused on creating successful commercial outcomes for innovative projects, companies and institutions. AVC provides its clients with a unique service based on the insights it has acquired through hands on experience and engagements in all elements of the innovation ecosystem.

Lopez is also Co-Founder of RedDog Capital Partners, an institutional advisor providing exclusive Australian representation to a publicly traded US financial institution.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Lopez spent 17 years at SVB Financial Group, a publicly traded US bank holding company (NASDAQ: SIVB). During his tenure at SVB he played a key role in growing the company from a small San Jose, California based community bank to a global leader in providing financial services for knowledge based companies. Over the years he held numerous senior and executive positions.

He served on various management committees of the Bank including the Bank’s Loan Committee, Information Technology Committee, Internet Committee, International Committee, Joint Leadership Committee and Employee Recognition Committee. He also participated in the acquisition, divestiture and creation of several of the company’s operating businesses.

In 2003, he produced an award winning documentary, Silicon Valley Bank: Reinventing an Industry, Financing the Future, to commemorate the Bank’s twenty-year anniversary.

Before retiring from the Bank in 2006, Lopez was Managing Director at SVB Capital, the venture capital and private equity arm of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB Capital manages over one billion dollars in venture capital and private equity through its direct investment funds and funds of funds. During Lopez’s tenure, beginning in 1997, the group made over 300 investments.

In 2004 and 2005 Larry was President of SVB Private Bank, the private banking division of Silicon Valley Bank and President of Woodside Asset Management, the Bank’s wealth management subsidiary.

Prior to taking the helm of SVB Private Bank, Larry was Managing Director of SVB Securities, a corporate and institutional asset management company with US$8.5 billion under management. At SVB Securities he was responsible for strategic planning, product development, vendor management, sales management and regulatory compliance. He also co-managed the creation of an NASD broker/dealer and the planning, development and implementation of a major IT systems conversion. Lopez obtained an NASD Series 7 license (Registered Representative) and Series 24 license (Supervisory Principal), and SEC Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).

Lopez was the Founder and Managing Director of SVB’s International Venture Capital Group (SVB Global Financial Services), where he was responsible for working with foreign venture capitalists, investors and businesses to facilitate foreign technology and life science companies interested in expanding to the United States. In this capacity he was also responsible for the Bank’s foreign venture capital activities and investments in Europe, Australia, Israel and New Zealand. Larry also worked with government agencies in Australia, England, Israel, Sweden and New Zealand to assist investment communities with the development of venture capital policy and investment models to enhance growth in emerging technology and life science sectors. As MD of the International Venture Capital Group he was also responsible for developing and managing the Bank’s strategic alliances.

Lopez was Managing Director of the Bank’s Special Industries Group, prior to founding the International Venture Group.

Before joining Silicon Valley Bank in 1989, Lopez held various positions in international and corporate Banking at Bank of the West, a wholly subsidiary of BNP, and The Pacific Bank, an independent commercial bank in San Francisco.

In 2007, Larry was appointed Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Brilliant West Week and the Leading Lights Investment and Innovation Conference by the Premier of Western Australia, Alan Carpenter. In this capacity, Lopez organized a number of successful events focused on innovation and investment opportunities in WA. Through his network of friends, he was able to attract a number of high profile international speakers including Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

In 2004 Lopez was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce to represent the US venture capital industry on the Australia-US Working Group on Venture Capital, a joint initiative of the Australian Department of Industry and Resources and the US Department of Commerce. The group presented a final report on policy issues relating to the financing of innovative businesses. The report was presented to cabinet level officials in both governments.

Lopez has extensive experience speaking at industry conferences, and working with government agencies and the media. He has been featured in numerous print articles and on BBC World and Bloomberg Financial live broadcasts on stories related to the globalisation of venture capital.

As a guest lecturer, he has lectured on entrepreneurship, financing start-up companies and global venture capital at various universities including Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oxford University, the Hass School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, the American Graduate School of Management and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He is one of the founders of the ANZA Technology Network, and served as non-executive Chairman of Steele Productions in Belmont, California and Atrico in Perth, Australia. He was on the investment committee at the IdeaHub in London and on the Advisory Boards of eChron in Stockholm, Crossbow Ventures in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Bandwidth Capital and Blumberg Capital in San Francisco. Lopez is currently Chairman of the Commercial Advisory Committee of National Center of Excellence in Desalination in Perth and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Murdoch University.  Larry is also a non-Executive Director of bluchiip Ltd, a Melbourne based tracking solutions company.

Larry is an active member of the local community, and has participated in a number of non-profit and charity boards and initiatives.

Lopez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Menlo College and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. In 1980 Lopez completed a six-month internship at the Council for Inter-American Security in Washington, DC, where he focused on open market economic policy in developing Latin American economies. Larry is fluent in Spanish and English.

graemeGraeme Taylor is a specialist in the areas of strategy, strategic marketing, leadership and change management.

Graeme is Managing Director of a boutique international consulting and executive education company that facilitates strategic processes and practical solutions for organizations and managers.

He is also an Associate Program Director at Mt Eliza Business School and an adjunct lecturer at Ashridge Management College in England and at the University of Adelaide Graduate School of Business.

Graeme has an extensive network of associates and colleagues across a wide range of leadership and management domains.

For many years, Graeme has successfully crossed the boundaries of industry and academia.

He has been a Senior Consultant with one of Australia’s leading middle market-sized Strategy Consultancies.

In consulting, executive education and facilitation, Graeme works in both the public and private sectors across Australia and in Japan, USA, China, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.

His consulting work includes executive coaching, facilitation and the development and implementation of strategies.

In Universities, Graeme has taught Economics and Strategic Management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including MBA programs at Monash University, Melbourne University and the University of Adelaide.

He is the former Head of the Strategy Centre of Mt. Eliza Business School where he spent more than a decade consulting, program directing in executive education and teaching on MBA programs.

At Mt. Eliza, Graeme has designed and directed management development programs in Shaping Strategy, Thinking Strategically, Strategic Marketing and Strategic Leadership. He also designed and directed the flagship Advanced Management Program over many years.

He also introduced the four day residential Strategic Thinking and Action Program and currently continues to be its Program Director and key presenter and he currently presents on the Senior Managers Program.

In 1999 he was awarded the prize of Graduate Lecturer of the Year, voted for by the graduate students at Adelaide University.

Graeme has published on strategy in the wine industry and is co-author of the book Practical Australian Strategy (1996) Prentice Hall Australia.

johnJohn O’Brien is specialist in the financing and growth of technologies and companies in the sustainability, clean technology and emissions reductions sectors. He also works with companies looking to benefit from utilising clean technologies to improve their operational efficiency and branding position.

John is the founder and Managing Director of Australian CleanTech and has advised numerous organizations on their options with respect to securing or making cleantech investments. He facilitates the Adelaide and Sydney Cleantech Networks that provide fora for cleantech collaboration, publishes the Australian Cleantech Index and the Australian Cleantech Review, is on the board of cleantech companies involved in solar farms, wind farms, biosensors and plastics recycling (the latter being based in Fujian Province, China).

John is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Leadership and Entrepreneurship on the MBA at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council.

He has published a collection of essays titled Opportunities Beyond Carbon (Melbourne University Press), which seeks to refocus the climate debate away from all the potential bad consequences and towards the many opportunities with which we are now faced.

 

John’s recent projects include:

  • Cleantech Skills Study for the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology;
  • South Australian Cleantech Capability Study for the Department of Trade and Economic Development;
  • Strategic Review of the City of Salisbury’s Stormwater Harvesting business;
  • Market Research Reports for the Clean Energy Council;
  • Solar industry review for Santos Ltd;
  • Technology and industry review for BluGlass, a  listed technology company; and
  • Australian Coal Seam Methane industry review for Gaz de France

John previously worked for Origin Energy on growth, strategy and M&A projects in addition to being the founding secretary of the company’s Operational Risk Committee. He specialized in reviewing and filtering clean energy and water industry opportunities.

Prior to joining the Australian energy industry, John held teaching, oil and gas and consulting engineering roles in the UK, Canada and the Middle East.  He also had operational responsibility for pipeline construction projects, gas distribution network operations, gas pipeline development and operations and the development and implementation of cogeneration and ‘natural gas for vehicles’ strategies. He has developed and implemented water operations projects, including managing the Coliban Water outsourcing project, and a proposed fibre optic network project in conjunction with the SEAgas pipeline.

John has Engineering degrees from the University of Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He has completed the AICD’s Company Directors Course and is a chartered engineer with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

andrewAndrew Phillips is a well-regarded expert in sales and leadership training and specialises in helping businesses and individuals achieve their goals faster.  He is the owner and CEO of Brian Tracy International in Australia and New Zealand, a world leader in the training and development of individuals and organisations.

From a farming background in South Australia, Andrew is an MBA graduate and entrepreneur who has successfully developed and sold several businesses during the last 25 years.   He has lived and worked in Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Adelaide, Dallas and Miami.

Andrew’s core values are old-fashioned hard work, gratitude, and honesty.  In 2002, his distribution business was ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Australia. In conjunction with this business, Andrew founded a national charity component which raised over $300,000 for the Australian Red Cross youth programs.

Andrew is also an international sales consultant for the Brian Tracy International head office in Canada. His aim is to help other entrepreneurs world-wide achieve their goals of financial independence through developing successful businesses by applying proven business principles and strategies.

A long standing member of the Franchise Council of Australia, Andrew is also a member of the Adelaide University Alumni Association, a supporter of the South Australian State Theatre Company, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As Director of Brian Tracy International for Australia and New Zealand, Andrew is committed to helping companies and individuals achieve their personal and business goals faster than they ever thought possible.  Brian Tracy’s suite of prestigious seminar programs in sales, leadership and management provide learning and development tools across all spectrums of organisations. The Brian Tracy programs are proven to bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

Andrew enjoys travel and his passion is tennis. He and his clients can often be found courtside at the Australian Open and other major tennis tournaments.

chrisChris Herrmann is a specialist in taking niche products to market. His expertise covers a full range of business skills from company start up to developing a team of people, marketing, sales, financial, management and product development and support.

An award-winning entrepreneur, Chris is the founding Managing Director of InfoTec Communications, a company that has been the commercialising vehicle for a number of innovative niche market information technology products.

In 1996, InfoTec introduced an Australian first information product for the real estate market. This was followed by several data search and enquiry management products. One of these was the popular ‘My booking Manager’ online event registration and payment management product.

With a track record of national and international clients, including some of Australia’s top four banks and Australia’s largest airlines, USA based Symantec Incorporation and Qantas Vacations, Chris’ success has been recognised with several Australian Government Small Business, Entrepreneurial and Innovation Awards.

Chris has extensive leadership and management skills having managed small enterprising teams to large corporate departments, and understands the demands of customer service.

In doing so, he draws on a broad range of international experience having also worked and lived in the Middle East and North America.

Chris was an advisor to the Saudi Telecom management team in Saudi Arabian and was also recruited as a Project Manager to start and head up a Department in a North America based multinational cellular mobile telephony company for the USA and Canadian markets.

Having successfully obtained Government grant funding for two key projects, he understands the rigorous requirements for securing public funding.

His knowledge of marketing and sales fundamentals has seen him apply these skills from negotiating his way from first contact with a corporate call centre to securing major contracts with some of Australia’s top listed companies.

In recognition of his knowledge and experience in commercialising information technology products, Chris was invited to present to students at the Yunnan University in the Chinese city of Kunming. He has also been invited to be part of a UK Trade Mission sponsored by the UK Trade & Investment British Consulate-General

As a member of the Business Development Council of South Australia since 2006, Chris is one of twelve Members appointed to advise the Minister for Small Business on matters relating to the SA business community. He is also a member of the Business Development Council’s Small Business Economy sub-committee.

Chris is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course. He also holds an Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications.

As part of his on-going professional development, Chris has undertaken a broad range of intensive marketing, sales, internet marketing, entrepreneurial and business development programs. These include the National Enterprise Workshop Program; the FastTrac Entrepreneurial Business Development Program, and the TechMentor program.

terryTerry McKenna is a specialist in the areas of technology-driven business transformation, project and program management, risk management and change management. Terry is founder and Managing Director of a project management consultancy designed to bring together best-in-class capabilities for successful delivery of technology-driven change programs. Previously, Terry worked in a number of positions for a ‘Fortune 500’ global IT services provider.

With over 22 years the field, Terry’s roles have included program and project manager, consultant and systems architect. His drive for results has been evidenced in work for clients in a range of sectors, including financial services, auto manufacturing, logistics, and state and federal government. Terry has gained a unique perspective through undertaking assignments in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia and in the US.

In the course of this, he has managed a number of programs and project portfolios, and has undertaken multiple project management assignments. His leadership has also extended to technical direction of systems development and implementation. Terry brings holistic thinking to addressing complex challenges. As Program Manager for a number of innovative follow-the-sun solution delivery projects, which broke new ground in time-to-market delivery capability, he contributed to the development of the associated methodology and intellectual capital.

As an example of his past performance, Terry devised and implemented a Delivery Governance model that oversaw a portfolio of more than 20 projects representing over $20M of revenue.
He also spent a period of time assigned to a tier-one global management consultancy to leverage his client-expertise and provide subject matter expertise on financial systems for a global automotive client’s European and Asian operations. Terry has held a number of operational management roles. On one occasion, he led a trans-geographic team of more than 100 resources, ranging from India to New Zealand, to provide systems development and support for a major Australian financial services organisation.

In the past, Terry has also been seconded to client organisations to provide operational management and leadership in driving significant cultural change, through establishing strategy-driven desired states and supporting change programs. He was responsible for architecting a martixed organisation and re-structuring the applications development and support teams for an Australian bank in preparation for merger activities.
Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Terry is also qualified in PRINCE2 project management, and Managing Successful Programs (MSP®).

As Trustee, Founder and inaugural President of the PMI Adelaide Chapter, Terry has been recognised by the PMI for his outstanding contribution to the field of project management in Australia.
He has presented on project management and related topics at industry conferences and in numerous post-graduate courses. Terry obtained professional certifications from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the National Computing Centre (UK). He has also completed Executive Development training at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Terry was awarded an MBA from the University of Adelaide, where he received the Baron Partners’ Prize for Strategic Management. He also holds a Master of Project Management degree from University of Adelaide’s Education Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation.

kimonKimon Lycos is a specialist in the area of marketing technology and innovation to other companies – a field otherwise known as Business-to-Business (‘B2B’) Marketing and Communications.

Kimon’s career in B2B started as a copywriter in Stockholm Sweden, with Wildell International. In his first year he was recognised as the 2nd best new creative talent in Sweden. He was subsequently  entered as a finalist for a European-wide competition, where he placed 5th.

In 2003, he established Mihell & Lycos, now one of Australia’s leading Business-to-Business consultancies, which delivers core marketing and marketing communications services, along with business development, research and market validation.

Prior to this, Kimon co-founded an international B2B advertising agency, Laurent & Partners, in Stockholm, Sweden. The agency grew from three partners and to a staff of 14 within 4 years. Along the way, the agency delivered B2B marketing communication services to large multinationals in 5 European countries.

His 20 year experience includes consulting to large multinationals in Europe, such as Ericsson, Allgon, AtlasCopco and UPM Kymmene.

Kimon’s European experience included developing global branding for Ericsson’s core switching technology AXE to the telecom market, along with providing strategic support for managing the newly deregulated markets. This assignment was strategically important for Ericsson, with the AXE brand facing several challenges from the emerging “Next Generation Networks” along new entrants such as CISCO Systems and IP based systems.

Carefully managing a team within Ericsson who had worked with decentralised branding, the assignment started with uniting different Business Units, to centralised brand investments and working under one strategy.

Kimon also launched two pan-European brands for UPM Kymmene (third largest cut-size paper manufacture) Yes & Future, along with a new marketing and sales model, which has raised sales and profits during the past 10 years (since inception). In doing so, the European sales team were re-invigorated with value-added sales propositions and two strong brands.

For Allgon, he structured the global communications to launch UMTS (3G) compatible systems towards network operators and license holders. The resulting sales pipeline filled Allgon’s order books prior to the release of the world’s most cutting-edge UMTS equipment.

Kimon’s expertise is recognised by Universities and business media, as a lecturer, opinion writer and speaker. He is a regular columnist for Marketing Australia and in-Business magazine. He is also called upon from time-to-time to be a speaker or expert for other media outlets and seminars.

Kimon drove the successful launch of the world’s first online B2B marketing resource, www.b2bmarketercourse.com. The site was the result of consultation with RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Since the launch, over 200 students have accessed the site to understand the complete range of best practice Business-to-Business marketing, branding and communications.

Currently a Director of SWETEK, CleanTech Business Accelerator and brand director for Planet Rescue, his extra activities also extends into raising money for charities, such as 5Towns for the Leukemia Foundation (720 kilometer bike ride in 5 days), and is also assisting with the creation of Nunga Rugby, to help at risk indigenous young men.

Kimon is passionate about sustainability, reflected in his work with the Water Industry Alliance to develop and implement strategy for the national industry brand – Water Australia.

A founder of Logic Plus in 2000, Jason is renowned for his people & customer management skills as well as his thirst for success for both himself and his business ventures.

Jason is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company including finance and operations while still playing a pivotal strategic advisory role to some of Logic Plus’s larger clients.

Logic Plus has been in operation for 11 years and supports a number of medical centres and corporate clients in metropolitan Adelaide, Rural locations and Interstate.

Logic Plus also provides a 24/7 help desk service and IT systems management for a key client with 30 hospital sites located in North America, New Zealand, Bermuda and Republic of Georgia as well as for a number of their radiologists situated in various countries around the globe.

Within these industries, Jason has developed IT solutions to enable small-to-medium enterprises, large corporate, not-for-profit organisations and International companies improve their business outcomes.

In 2004, Jason founded Logic Films, having identified a gap in the market to deliver high quality production work for the advertising industry.

5 years later as the Executive Producer, Logic Films has become a dominating force by producing a hit lifestyle show on Channel 9 “Feeling Good” TV series and provides production services for key clients that include UniSA, Veolia, Adelaide United, Clipsal, EDS and the Adelaide Desalination Plant (SA Water).

Jason holds an MBA from Adelaide University. He also has Certificates in Electrical Engineering and has a number of Microsoft certifications.

paulettePaulette Kolarz is a specialist in Human Resource Management including HR Strategy, HR Operations, Change Management, Customer Service, Personal Coaching, Recruitment, Training and Development. Paulette has a core strength in providing flexible, tailored HR solutions to businesses who are restructuring, growing, rebuilding or rebranding, going through a significant change initiative or looking to maximise bottom line profit.

Paulette is the Director of a boutique agency that works intimately with organisation’s to tailor their specific HR requirements and ‘transform human potential’. Differing slightly from other HR Consulting, Training or Recruitment businesses, Paulette likes to keep a ‘hands on’ approach and partner with organisations to not only advise on areas of improvement but also help deliver the required outcomes particularly from a people planning perspective always ensuring onboarding of all key stakeholders.

During her corporate career, Paulette has been personally involved at an Executive level in successfully resurrecting and rebranding the Harris Scarfe business after coming out of receivership in 2001. Prior to her 10 years with Harris Scarfe. Paulette also worked at P & O Services and had 10 years in the hospitality industry.

Paulette’s background includes management roles in Occupational Health & Safety, Injury Management, Training, Human Resource Management, Organisation Development, Change Management, Public Relations, Recruitment, Corporate Affairs and also in Operational Management heading up the entire operations of an $80 million store. Her track-record includes leading the HR function of a publicly-listed company through receivership to sale, as well as partnering with both small and large businesses in excess of $1 billion turnover.  She has successfully managed human capital through several corporate rebrandings, merger and acquisitions, capital raisings and corporate restructures, as well as system implementations across a wide variety of industries, including retail, government, property and not-for-profit sectors.

She holds an Associate Diploma in HR/IR, Degree in Management (Employee Relations) and Honors in Management (Human Resources) from the University of South Australia.

In 2008, Paulette was named the SA Telstra Business Women of the Year, the SA PricewaterhouseCoopers Young Business Women of the Year and the SA Hudson Private and Corporate Business Women of the Year which above many other things, recognises her commercial acumen, adaptability and well rounded business skills.  These awards have since provided her with many opportunities to get involved in motivational guest speaking, leadership consulting and coaching at all levels from school children to professionals.

In addition to the above, Paulette also plays an active role in the community establishing many media and political partnerships and sitting on several boards and committees including chairing Urban Myth, sitting on the Business Development Council (SA), Industrial Relations Advisory Committee and Bedford Industries.

Paulette believes that only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly and has followed this principal always pushing herself outside her comfort zone over her career to wherever the next opportunity and challenge may be.