Celebrating the passion, vision and achievements of South Australia’s young entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Panellists

An assessment panel representing the South Australian business community will judge the nominees against the selection criteria, and identify the 40 young business leaders who have made in impact in creating or growing a business in South Australia.

Chair

Andrew Nunn

Chief Entrepreneur

Andrew is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Director of JBS&G Australia—one of Australia’s largest privately owned environmental consulting companies—and was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Region in 2017.

Andrew acts as Director for several companies focussed on property development, private equity investments and entertainment opportunities.

In partnership with his wife Alexandra Dimos, he founded the Nunn Dimos Foundation, a philanthropic fund focussed on supporting key social and arts causes in South Australia.

Leader of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur provides high level, independent advice to the South Australian Cabinet and the business community to enable entrepreneurialism across all forms of business, industry and the public sector.

Carmen Garcia

Community Corporate

Carmen is the founder and CEO of the national certified social enterprise Community Corporate, which operates in the niche space of corporate social responsibility. The company activates and implements customised strategies in diversity and inclusion to facilitate recruitment with a social conscience and drive social impact. Some of the company’s clients include Woolworths, IKEA and On the Run supporting hundreds of refugees, migrants, youth and women access work across Australia.

Carmen was listed in the inaugural 2018 Top 40 Under 40, and awarded the individual State Contribution Award. She helped establish and leads the 40Under40 Alumni. Community Corporate won the 2020 National Social Enterprise of the Year at the Australian Small Business Champions Awards and Carmen’s 20+ year career was recognised in 2020 as the winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Awards for Individual Outstanding Achievement.

Josh Fanning

KWP!

Experienced company director and entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of building media brands with value, Josh has sold two out of three startups he’s founded since 2007 – with the third going on to develop a custom publication for Sydell Group LLC, owner of The Line Hotel chain in the US. The most recent brand, CityMag was acquired by Solstice Media in 2018 and Josh left Solstice Media in 2020 with an audience of 600,000 readers.

Skilled in culture change, Josh is a board director for the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Film Festival and was a founding board member of the Committee for Adelaide.

In 2020 KWP! Marketing and Advertising made Josh their first ever Group Creative Director. Josh oversees the creative output of KWP’s group of companies across advertising, production, technology, branding, media, and social media.

Professor Noel Lindsay

Adelaide Business School

Noel Lindsay is the Dean of Business, Adelaide Business School and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship) at The University of Adelaide, where he is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation.

Noel’s entrepreneurial experience includes having established, operated, and harvested ventures in Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia. He also has hands-on venture capital investment experience with one of Australia’s oldest venture capital firms.

As a Chartered Accountant and a CPA, Noel has practiced in the areas of audit, corporate insolvency, and family business advisory.

Through these various positions, Noel has gained experience in starting and growing entrepreneurial enterprises, strategy development and execution, commercialising innovations, building and leading cohesive teams, quality assurance, managing risk, entrepreneurial financing, corporate governance, organisational renewal, and change management.

Emily Haar

Piper Alderman

Emily is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Employment Relations division. She supports organisations by providing timely legal advice through every stage of employment, including hiring, managing the workforce, and resolving disputes. In this role she provides advice to employers from various industries in relation to all aspects of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law.

Emily hosts Piper Alderman’s podcast, Employment Law for the Time Poor, updating listeners on complicated legal issues in manageable portions. In 2018, 2020, and 2021, Emily was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star for Employment & WHS – Australia. She is also a director of two not-for-profit organisations in South Australia.

Lesley Campbell

Business SA

Business SA’s Membership Manager Lesley Campbell brings a wealth of leadership from the finance sector. With 20+ years of management and business development experience at Bank SA and Westpac, she now leads the acquisition and retention of members for South Australia’s largest peak employer body.

 

Matthew Illman

William Buck

Matthew is a Business Advisory Director of William Buck, specialising in tax and business advisory services for small to medium business. He works across a range of industries including primary production, property, health and professional services. Matthew thrives on working closely with his clients to achieve outstanding results. Throughout his career, Matthew has been a regular contributor to the profession through various speaking engagements and networking programs.

Darren Peisley

OTR

Darren is responsible for development of OTR’s Digital and Loyalty solutions with an objective to create engaging relationships with OTR’s customer base as we deliver on our objective to make our customers lives easier.

Darren has over twenty years success in orchestrating and delivering complex growth strategies with expertise in Loyalty, Digital, Hospitality and Revenue optimisation in Australia and overseas.

Aaron Hickmann

VALO

A serial entrepreneur, Aaron started his first business as a 15-year-old while still at high school. He has since established, sold and grown ventures within the technology sector. Passionate about collaboration, innovation and returning manufacturing to Australia, he is demonstrating that it can be achieved through the adoption of advanced technology to achieve cost comparative products while exceeding quality standards.

With over ten years of experience in the lighting industry, Aaron has forged relationships with ‘best of breed’ entrepreneurs and innovators across the globe, from Silicon Valley to Germany and Japan. His renewed focus is working on R&D projects which reimagine lighting technology of the future.

Zoe Harrison

Adelaide BioMed City & CMAX

Zoe Harrison is the Chief Business Development Officer at CMAX Clinical Research, leading the company’s business development and study start-up teams. With over ten years’ experience at CMAX, including in project management, Zoe enjoys leveraging local medical and scientific expertise to help initiate successful clinical drug trials for CMAX’s international biopharmaceutical clients.

Zoe holds a Master of Public Health and Health Management, and is a long-standing member of the CMAX Executive Team. 

Jim Plouffe

The Lead South Australia

Jim Plouffe is the Publishing Editor of NewsLeads, the arm of Solstice Media that produces The Lead South Australia. Jim has been an editor for more than 25 years and has covered South Australia for the past decade. Publishing The Lead has given him an insight into the people and businesses that are important to South Australia.

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