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

Director

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.

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.

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.

Fiona Burton

Trainer / Mentor – Rockingham & Mandurah

Diploma in Patisserie and Bakery and an Advanced Diploma in Further Education, Cert IV in Management & Compliance, Cert IV in Small Business Management and Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Background: Fiona worked for many years in the UK in the Catering Industry working throughout Europe and France and along side some famous Chefs and for the Royal Family. After 8 years as a Lecturer in Bakery and Patisserie and starting her own business Fiona’s Fancies. Fiona and her family migrated to Australia in 2013 bringing her business with her. Whilst still running her business Fiona also trains and mentors new businesses through the NEIS program using her past and current knowledge to inspire and teach future small businesses in WA.

Pippa Spibey

Trainer / Mentor

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.

Tara Lewer

Mentor

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!

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