Chairman
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Danielle Robertson
Danielle Robertson Consulting Pty Ltd

Danielle is the founder and CEO of Danielle Robertson Consulting – Care Solutions. DRC operates across Australia, assisting people to find the quality care they need – whether they are seeking care for themselves or as a responsible guardian. Danielle has been an FBA member since 2001. Her reason for nominating to the position of Chairman is that she believes she can assist the Association to grow significantly as well as lead by example and help build a new culture. 

Committee Members
Anna Cesarano

Anna Cesarano
Doltone House

Anna Cesarano is the Chief Executive Officer of family owned Doltone House venue and catering collection. Anna is involved in the strategic decisions around the company’s growth and expansion. Doltone House won Family Business of the Year in 2009 (2nd generation) and Anna was featured in BRW that same year discussing succession planning in family businesses. Inducted into the Family Business Australia Hall of Fame in 2012, Anna proudly fosters the skills and attributes that contribute to the driving success of the “people in the business”. She also participates as a mentor in the NSW Family Business Australia Next Generation mentoring programme. On a personal level, Anna has been married to Steven for ten years and has two lovely children Genevieve and Ignatius. Anna happily balances work and motherhood in a fast paced business of some 300 employees in total.

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David Green
Deloitte Private

David has been attending to the professional accounting requirements of family and owner managed businesses (FOMBs) for in excess of 25 years. David has been actively involved with the NSW Chapter of Family Business Australia since its commencement, in his capacity as a committee member and major sponsor representative.

David was instrumental in the development of the firm’s ‘Guide to Total Planning in the FOMB’ and is the editor of the quarterly newsletter “Your Family Business”. David has conducted a wide range and significant number of specific assignments for family businesses, particularly in the areas of equity and management, succession planning, strategic business planning, business professionalisation, exit strategies, dispute resolutions and (tax) restructuring.

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Richard Sharpe
Sharpe Bros.

Richard’s directorships include five companies with the most prominent being Sharpe Bros. Australia Pty Ltd, celebrating 63 years as a National multi-award winning infrastructure company. Today Sharpe Bros. is a 3rd generation succession success story owned and operated by brothers Richard, Michael and Hayden Sharpe. Sharpe Bros won the NSW FBA 3rd generation Family Business of the Year Award in 2007. Richard first attended FBA in 1998 and remains a participating member of the first NSW Forum group. Some of Richard’s corporate and social responsibilities include: Director at United Way Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Rotary Benefactor – Paul Harris Fellow & Foundation Chair, Safe Work Ambassador Australian Government, The Tax Institute, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, Judo Federation of Australia, Institute of Public Works & Engineers Aust, past President of Rotary, Zone Chair Salvation Army Red Shield appeal and a member of the NSW Justice’s Association. Richard has been married to Joanne since 1992 and is the father of two sons Jay and Samuel.

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Madeline Tynan
Tynan Motors

Tynan Motors is a family company that has 13 franchises in NSW and over 270 employees. Madeline is a full time employee and board member of the company and holds a board position on the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Board. She also sits on the Chrysler, Jeep Dodge Australia Dealer Board and for the last four years was a MTA Board Member. She is also a committee member for the ASA Industry Advisory Committee for the Motor Industry. Madeline’s motivation in joining the NSW Committee is to work with like-minded business people to research and make recommendations on potential projects that help family businesses.

Emily Hammon
Scenic World

Raised in the Blue Mountains, Emily is a member of the 3rd Generation of family business Scenic World Blue Mountains, Australia’s largest privately owned tourist attraction. She moved to Sydney in 2001 completing a Bachelor or Arts in French and HR with a year spent on exchange in Lyon, France. Returning fluent in French, Emily worked in communications for the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, followed by a role in business development for the Economic Department of the French Embassy. During this time, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in International Business. It was with the Embassy, that Emily spent a year living and working in Paris in 2010.
Currently, Emily is employed in marketing within the wine and spirits industry. She is one of 5 in the 3rd Generation of her family, with 9 already making up the 4th Generation. The family has regular Family Council Meetings and Emily organises the Family’s Forum Meetings which include the in-laws and the 4th Generation Members. 

 

Michelle Hartman 
Deloitte 

Michelle Hartman is a Deloitte tax partner with many years’ experience providing taxation consulting, planning and compliance services to a range of middle market clients and industries. Michelle’s experience includes advising clients on implementing and executing restructures, transition of assets to next gen, mergers and acquisitions.

Michelle has operational experience, having worked in industry and a family business prior to joining the tax profession and this experience is invaluable in providing practical and commercial tax advice. She is also an accredited family business adviser, and understands the dynamics of working with family groups, particularly across generations.

 

 Erin Hillsdon
Munro Group HR Management

Erin proudly leads the Munro Team, setting new benchmarks for both service and results. As an Accredited Family Business Adviser in HR and Recruitment Services, Erin works closely with a number of Australia’s most reputable and successful family businesses and has been with the Munro business for over 10 years.

Throughout this time, Erin’s repeat business results from improving her Clients’ ability to achieve their objectives through enhanced employee development and engagement. Erin’s work on HR Systems has prevented her Clients from costly and reputation damaging contraventions of the FWA Legislation. Her record of achieving sustainable appointments, is based on Munro’s unique recruitment methodologies.

Cam Kennard

 

 

Cam Kennard
Keneco/Kennards Hire

Cam recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as Managing Director of Keneco Property and 4th year as Head of Property in Kennards Hire. His exposure to the business started long before this, when in his childhood he and his siblings competed in packing equipment consumables on the living room floor to working during his school and university days in branches, servicing equipment and being customer focused. His passions of property, multi-generational investing and nurturing the family bond are all aligned, especially with his third role of overseeing the family office.
 

Keneco has an owned property portfolio and manages the 155+ Kennards branches found throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Kennards Group employs over 1200 people and turns over $300m.

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Hardeep Girn
Know My Life

Hardeep started his family business in 2012 and launched the Know My Life business, brand and product in 2015. Inspired by building long term relationships and leaving a legacy for future generations, he set about giving people opportunity to capture and share their life story on film. Through diversity and adversity, the Know My Life story has become a success with an increasing number of film projects that are both a passion and way of building relationships that deliver value  through introductions. Hardeep is a Member of the Western Sydney Salvation Army Business Appeal Committee, has a voluntary position as Non-Executive Director of Mind For Life; a health and well-being charity, as a film producer is a member of AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) and also is a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

 Peter Simons

Peter Simons
Nulon/ Pronto Software

Peter is an external family member of Nulon Products and employee with Pronto Software. These two perspectives give him an ability to see a family business from the inside and out. Peter understands first-hand how the involvement of the family members can influence the business but also see how an outside party can provide an added perspective.  As a software professional for the past 25 years, Peter has a strong IT background and can also help the FBA grow the membership base using social media tools.

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Mick Burgess
Bost Pty Ltd

Mick is an industrious, goal focused and skilled Operational Manager/ Business Leader who comes from a diverse Landscaping background with over 20 years of experience.  With impeccable leadership skills and a passion for exceptional delivery, continuous improvement and team development – Mick has  successfully founded  and operated his own multi-award winning Landscaping and Infrastructure business (Prior to his employment at Bost Pty Ltd in 2015). Consequently,  Mick comes with a wide range of skill sets including; specialised industry/market knowledge,  an accurate awareness of project management and a broad networking base including key industry contacts.

 Craig Bulmer

Craig Bulmer
Craig Bulmer Consulting

Craig has based his entire career on the certainty that if you really connect with people, then you can understand people and if you truly understand people you can influence behaviour change, which leads to greater employee performance.
He is a people & performance specialist who is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders to realise their potential. With over 16 years experience designing and delivering engaging and relevant training programs for many industries he has learnt how to get the best out of people. His reputation as a first class trainer and master Coach has taken him from Australia to the UK, China to Thailand, Singapore to Japan. Along the way he has made a major impact on the lives of literally thousands of people by imparting practical skills for people to improve everyday work and life.

 

Mimmo Lubrano
Sandburst

Mimmo is the CEO of Sandhurst Fine Foods.  The family commenced the business in 1988, and over the past 25 years Mimmo has worked in all areas of the business – from manufacturing, quality control, procurement, finance, to sales and marketing. Mimmo is a member of many organisations including FIDO – Food Industry Data Organisation – Retailer Info Meeting and Foodservice Forum.  He has been an FBA Forum member since 2006. His deep knowledge and understanding of the foodservice market and food culture creates a demand for him to be present at many food events. Knowledge of product and his passion for quality hold him in high regard with many chefs and commercial cooking classes.

 

Robert Powell 
Grant Thornton 

Robert is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience assisting family businesses with their business affairs, and has a particular interest in governance, including formation of family councils and development of family charters.
Robert is a Family Business and Succession Planning specialist and is an Accredited Advisor Member of Family Business Australia. He is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) of the Exit Planning Institute, which is the peak body representing succession planning professionals worldwide.

Robert is also a founding member of the ATO/Tax Practitioner Forum SME Working Group and the Federal Government’s Small Business Advisory Committee.  Robert has a particular interest in providing succession planning, structuring and financial management advice to family business enterprises and is a regular speaker and author on family business related issues.