Management & Key Personnel Expertise and Experience

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Mark Van Lith

Managing Director – Business Services

Cert MBA (spec. in Small Business Mgmt & Operations Mgmt), Graduate Cert in Business Mgmt, Cert in Marketing Mgmt, Sales Mgmt & Executive Mgmt Development, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Accounting.

Background: For over 15 years Mark Van Lith has been in the role as State Manager with various corporations involved in manufacturing, wholesaling importing/exporting & business services. During this time he maintained responsibility for Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Operations Management. These are core functions of business that determine the financial success and ongoing viability for any business.

His career started in the retail FMCG industry and continued with the start up and development of a family small business enterprise in manufacturing as a wholesaler. This provided relevant experience and understanding of the processes and issues involved in building your own business. Added to this Mark completed 6 years with AC Nielsen in market research and with it’s parent company Dun & Bradstreet covering financial and credit management.

Debbie Van Lith


Background: Debbie has worked in employment services for the past 10 years with additional experience gained prior to this in various management roles within the retail and hospitality industries. She has worked as a Marketing Consultant & Job Coach with PAGES (Providers of Australian Government Employment Services) specifically helping people with disabilities and those who are Highly Disadvantaged to find worthwhile employment.

Luke Van Lith

Operations Manager

Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Small Business Management (Central Tafe), Certificate IV in Business Sales, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Background: Luke started out in logistics where he worked for a prominent West Australian mining company. He was in charge of coordinating Sea Freight shipments between Australia, Africa and Asia. For the past 13 years Luke has managed the operations of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and has overseen the commencement of thousands of businesses. During this time he has built extensive knowledge of the program and a keen understanding of what makes a successful business.

Megan Kemp

Program Development and Relationship Manager

Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in Employment Services

Background: Megan has a background in employment services where she started as an employment consultant for Jobs Australia and worked her way up to the Operations Manager for atWork Australia and then Jobactive Coordinator for Chandler Macloud. Megan has extensive industry experience which she brings to the role of program development at ABS Institute.

Gish Liyanage

Trainer / Mentor

Masters in Business Administration (International Business), Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management / Finance, Diploma of Banking and Finance, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Background: Gish has over 13 years experience as a Human resources manager, trainer and mentor. He has worked as a tutor at the University of Western  Australia in Australian Employment Relations and International Management. He has a wealth of knowledge and has worked in many different industries including telecommunications, IT, outsourcing, accounting and Oil & Gas.

Kevin Miller


Background: Kevin’s passion is helping business owners succeed through collaboration and learning. He has over 15 years experience in owning / growing and managing a successful business from inception. Experienced in leading and inspiring people, he has a high sales focus and growth mindset. Kevin achieves this by providing business owners with the energy and encouragement to achieve their goals.

Kevin also hosts the Business Growth Podcast and The Small Business Show on 89.7FM which provide a platform for business owners to share their experiences, raise awareness and more importantly learn and have some fun along the way.

Tara Lewer


Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, Xero Certified Advisor, MYOB Certified Consultant, Registered BAS Agent

Background: Tara has worked in her own bookkeeping business since 2007. She has also worked in Small to Medium sized businesses in the Accounts and Administration field for over 25 years, including a wide variety of industries and business structures. Her extensive experience ranges from Accounts Payable, Finance Management to Office Management and Financial Controlling.

Tara has a passion for what she does and loves to share that passion!

Cherie Ha


Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology & Physiology) , Master of Business Administration – Global , Cert. Holistic Nutrition Coach.

Background: Cherie is a holistic health coach and has been coaching over the past 3 years to local and national women and men regarding their hormonal imbalances, weight-gain, gut issues and stress. She takes a holistic approach when improving the well-being of her clients and that includes supporting them in their relationships, career, creative projects, business and home environment. One of her highlights is conducting an array of well-being and mindset workshops throughout her previous sales role at Vodafone Australia linking the importance of self-care to sales and work productivity. She has also run local workshops in nutrition and women’s hormonal health.

Pippa Spibey


Diploma of Junior Primary Education, Post Grad Diploma of Special Education, Post Grad Diploma of Counselling, Certificate of Attainment from ACA as  Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Art Therapist, Cert IV in Small Business Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate of Attainment from Public Speakers institute.

Background: Pippa Spibey immigrated to Australia in 1995 having previously lived in South Africa and Botswana.   Since arriving in Australia she has gone from part time teacher, stay at home mum and housewife to a multiple award winning business owner, including winning the Karl Farrell Inspiration award for the most promising business of 2013 and also being named one of the NIFNEX top 100 most influential small business owners in Western Australia 2014.   Pippa is primarily a Counselor and a Coach registered with the Australian Counseling Association (ACA).  She is also a registered Professional Counseling Supervisor registered with the ACA.

Pippa has been employed in diverse settings, working intensively in Counseling, Career and Life Coaching and as a Disability Employment Consultant.  She has extensive experience working and supporting children and adults with disabilities and people struggling with long-term unemployment.  She is an expert in the field of resilience and loves helping her clients to develop inner strength, an understanding of how to cope with life issues and how to survive and recover from mental illness and abuse.   Her interest in resilience developed during her years as a Junior Primary Special Education teacher and as a Support Teacher and Art Specialist working in a Language Development centre.

Jeeva Padayachee

Trainer / Mentor

Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Certificate IV in Property Services,  Certificate III in Micro Business Operations, Certified Life Coach, Certified Self Confidence Coach & Trained public speaker.

Background: Jeeva started a business, The Success Kit, in 2014 with the main focus of helping others to achieve their dreams, goals and desires through personal development.

His working experience includes conducting training workshops in entrepreneurship, management, banking, real estate, auditing and verification analyst. Training and development has been his great passion for many years. He has conducted workshops in South Africa and Australia on a wide range of topics, including: How to Run and Manage a Successful Business; Mind Mapping for Business and Personal Success; Delivering Brilliant Customer Service; Goal Achievement; Building Self-Confidence; Effective Time Management; Using The Law of Attraction to your Advantage and How to Deliver Successful Presentations.


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