Weekly Podcasts To Challenge Your Management Thinking

Our Guest Executives

From time to time, our podcasts include an executive we feel has some interesting experience and insight to share with you. You can read about these guests and find a link to the podcast/s featuring them at the end of their profile.

Coming up next…..

Nick Jacomas 

Nick JacomasNick is scheduled to talk with us soon.

Nick Jacomas has been Chairman of the Bicentennial National Trail  (BNT) since 2009, managed a photographic retail store and is a photographer. His “spare” time is given to lobby groups representing recreational horse riding interests (Australian Trail Horse Riding Association (ATHRA), Endurance Riders, Trail Riding Australia (TRA) and Pony Clubs and well as numerous horse breed associations), especially in relation to gaining access to public lands. He is currently Deputy Convenor of the Australian Horse Alliance having been a member since 1992.

Nick has served on a variety of National Parks and Wildlife Service committees since 2000, including Horse Consultative Committee,  NPWS Advisory Council, NPWS Compliance and Audit Committee. He continues to serve on the NPWS Hunter Regional Advisory Committee.

Nick is going to talk to us about negotiating (particularly in situations where opposition is dominant) and succession planning for specialised individuals.

Rodney Watson OAM

Rodney Watson OAMRodney spoke with us in May 2018.

Rodney is a currently Board Member of Netball NSW. He has held numerous positions in both netball and hockey associations in Australia at the same time holding down senior management positions in both State and Federal Public Services.

At one time he also had a take away business in Coolangatta in Queensland.

With such a varied management experience over so many years, it is interesting to hear the similarities between business and sports management, the lessons learned early and the importance of governance wherever you have an organisation whether it is not-for-profit or commercial in nature.

You can listen to Part 1 by clicking here

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You can listen to Part 3 by clicking here


Daniel Hakim

Daniel HakimDaniel spoke with us in April 2018

Daniel Hakim is a business owner based in Sydney. He has always had a love of cars – this developed from an apprenticeship followed by working “on the tools” for a few years before he was approached to buy a business where he had previously worked (all before he was 25).

For over 10 years he has developed the business into a successful combined retail and wholesale outlet with a close knit team despite the challenges of and changes to the automotive mechanical industry.

You can listen to Part 1 of our discussion by clicking here

You can listen to Part 2 of our discussion by clicking here


 Trish Nicklin

Trish NicklinTrish spoke with us in August 2017

Trish Nicklin has been practicing Transformation, Change, Communications, Leadership, Corporate Relationships and People Management in the Financial Services industry professionally for over 25 years and as a volunteer in Sporting organizations and Not For profit associations for over a decade.

After returning to and graduating from university with a Post-Graduate Degree in Business leadership; Trish set out on her own, creating her own corporate advisory business – CriticalQ, in 2017.
CriticalQ aims to help Business and ‘Not for Profit’ leaders re-wire their thinking, in order to make better and more informed decisions. This year Trish will continue her studies with the Fellowship of Transformation program at the Australian National University.

With a focus on “getting to the point, in an easy, fun and friendly manner” Trish is a regular public speaker and presenter on Leadership, Change Management, Transformation, Sporting Governance and various professional topics relative to governance, relationships and people.

You can listen to Part 1 of our discussion by clicking here 

You can listen to Part 2 of our discussion by clicking here

You can listen to Part 3 of our discussion by clicking here



Trisca Scott-Branigan

Trisca Scott-BraniganTrisca is spoke with us in  August 2017.

Trisca Scott-Branagan is ranked the #7 most innovative CMO in Australia by the CMO Council (2016). For over 20 years, Trisca has worked across financial and professional services in marketing and business development roles. This includes working 10 years for Deloitte, where she held Global roles and was based in New York for a number of years. She is currently the Executive Director of Marketing at Deakin University, Australia’s leading university in online courses.

Trisca leads a team of 70 marketing and business development professionals. In a sector that is increasingly competitive, global and digital, this team’s remit is to develop and deliver the University’s marketing and brand strategy, and to attract and convert students to choose Deakin University as their preferred place of study.  Trisca also serves as a board member of ADMA and IAPA, and is an Industry Advisory Board Member to Deakin University School of Marketing and Marketing Magazine.

You can listen to Part 1 of our discussion by clicking here

You can listen to Part 2 of our discussion by clicking here

You can listen to Part 3 of our discussion by clicking here


Geraldine King

Geraldine KingGeraldine spoke with us in early March 2017 in Sydney 

Geraldine King started her working life as nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, later working in Accident and Emergency. After completing her Arts degree, majoring in Communications and Human Bioscience, she “fell” into a workplace health and safety (WHS) role by accident – relieving a friend who was working what was known as the OHS nurse. Geraldine absolutely loved that job, and has worked in various WHS roles since including several years as both a consultant and employee, for private and public organisations.

Geraldine has always been particularly interested in the promotion of health, both mental and physical,  in workplaces. Work Health and Safety has shifted, over recent years and there is now greater emphasis on mentally healthy workplaces. She believes that people who work in WHS and Wellbeing and HR, are uniquely placed to advocate for employees who are experiencing physical or mental health issues.

You can listen to Part 1 of our discussion by clicking here.

You can listen to Part 2 of our discussion by clicking here.


Libby Pease

Libby PeaseLibby spoke with us in late October 2016 in Sydney.

Libby Pease has worked in the field of health, safety and workers compensation for over 25 years. During that time she has trans-versed a number of legislative changes in the health, safety and workers compensation arena.

Libby has worked in a diverse range of industries; agriculture, pharmaceuticals, gas utility, information technology and finance. She gained her health and safety qualification from the University of New England.

You can listen to Part 1 of our discussion by clicking here.

Part 2 of our discussion is available by clicking here.


Anna Mirzayan

Anna MirzayanAnna spoke with us in October 2016 in Sydney.

Anna Mirzayan has an 18+ year career in marketing, communication and branding.  During this time she has held senior positions in industries ranging from membership associations, education institutions, training organisations to insurance and financial services organisations. Her roles included General Manager Marketing and Membership for The Tax Institute, National Manager Marketing for Kaplan, National Marketing Manager roles for Finsia, The Securities Institute of Australia and Educom Australia and prior to that with Citibank and Lend Lease Corporation. Anna is an accomplished Toastmaster and serves as President of Balgowlah Toastmasters.  She now shares her experience in public speaking by training corporate executives to become more engaging and confident speakers.

Today Anna runs her own consultancy business working with organisations to help them position, differentiate & manage their brands; develop sound marketing strategies, launch new products, as well as running corporate public speaking courses.

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Jamie Wadley

Jamie spoke with us in June 2016 in Mosman (NSW).

Jamie Wadley has over 25 years experience in a broad range of industries from auction houses to international banks in areas as diverse as remote camera monitoring in pipelines to outdoor promotional material for “sky high dinners”. He has worked in the corporate arena as both a specialist and a consultant, these days enjoying the entrepreneur approach to all his varied interests. As an early adopter of internet based business he has been able to develop strategies and platforms for many of his clients as well as pursue interests of his own.

Today he provides marketing coaching to a select group of clients whilst also enjoying his other great love, sailing – particularly racing.

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 David Skillen

David Skillen

David spoke with us in February 2016 in Gosford (NSW).

David has thirty five year career in banking and finance covering Australia, Asia, USA, U.K., and Africa. During that time David held very senior and challenging positions at Barclays, Citigroup and American Express. These included CEO for Cards in Asia-Pacific, and COO for Cards internationally and Asia Head of Operations and Technology all at Citigroup. As the CEO for Barclays Retail and Business bank David’s responsibility covered 13 countries in Africa; as well as large technology and operations roles such as Global Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Retail and Commercial Bank. These roles included setting the culture for success with responsibilities across 50,000 staff. 
Today David serves on the board of a major international bank operations company, is senior advisor to Essex Lake Group, advises KPMG Consulting in the banking space, holds senior office in the structure of the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation, and chairs investment vehicles in the Australian WatersSports industry.
He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS(Snr))


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Matt Wenberg

Matt Wenberg

Matt spoke to us via phone in February 2016 from his base in Cairns, Queensland.

Matt Wenberg’s passion for aviation started at a very young age, he was able to fly a plane before he was old enough to apply for a driving permit.  His discussion with us covers his journey from apprentice to MBA, the importance of teamwork, building relationships, producing high quality work, time management and customer service. We also hear about his recent completion of the Kokoda Trail Challenge.

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Josh and Krystle Hockley

Josh and Krystle Hockley

Josh and Krystle spoke with us in November 2015 in Wangi Wangi (NSW).

Josh and Krystle Hockley are elite triathletes. They were not always………in fact, their journeys both individually and together have taken very different paths that include rodeos and motor bikes, broken vertebrae and competition crashes but these days they have an inspiring passion for life and all its challenges. Juggling time and commitment for unrelated businesses and the pursuit of sporting excellence is just one of our topics of conversation.

We talked for so long, there are three podcasts. Here is the first:


Part 2 is now available:


Part 3 is now available:



Denis Gambi

Denis Gambi

Denis talked with us in late September 2015 in Sydney.

Denis Gambi has over 20 years of financial services experience leading businesses and large teams through some of the most exciting growth and transformational initiatives. He has held executive and non-executive positions with leading institutions including Citigroup, Australian Wealth Management, Lehman Brothers, Westpac and AMP Capital. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering.

Denis talked with us about characteristics we believe all business leaders should possess and what it’s like working for some of the top tier companies at a senior executive level – What they have in common, what are the major differences. You can hear our discussions by clicking on the links below:




Nick Plummer

Nick Plummer

Nick chatted with us in early September 2015 in Sydney.

Nick Plummer has consulted in career transition and coaching since 1990. He started his career in the fast moving consumer goods area, working with Kellogg in Australia, USA and UK in Marketing roles. He was General Manager Sales and Marketing within the Goodman Fielder Group.
Nick is one of the founders of Directioneering. Previously, Nick worked for three other career transition firms and most recently managed the NSW operation of Right Management D&A. His specialty is helping large organisations to restructure and working with Senior Executives in transition.

Nick holds an Honours degree in Business and is a qualified counsellor. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nick discussed how to know when is the right time to change jobs or careers, successful career transitions and the usefulness of outplacement services for both executives and companies. You can hear our discussions by clicking on either of these links:




John EddyJohn Eddy

John chatted with us in July 2015 during a brief visit to Sydney from his business base in Taiwan.

He is an experienced Senior HR & Talent Management Executive with broad experience across a range of HR disciplines and front line HR roles with top brand companies in Australia and Asia.

Key Competencies

  • Cultural alignment strategies particularly in Asia – drive alignment and empowerment of employees across merged business & organisations;
  • Executive Coaching/ Mentoring senior executives and a cross-section of employees – attract, develop and retain top talent and build strong team members via formalised interventions;
  • Talent Management, Development & Retention strategies – develop and manage high potential & management associate/graduate development programs to attract & retain talent;
  • Implement Gender Diversity strategies – proactively support the recruitment, development & promotion of women into business roles;
  • Innovative and change oriented – initiates and embraces new opportunities, open minded and flexible to achieve tangible outcomes and champions cultural change strategies focussed on customer alignment and employee engagement;
  • Knowledge of the Business – thorough knowledge of finance, marketing, operations in order to link HR actions more effectively to the business strategy;
  • Human Resources Best Practices – proactively initiates change in HR practices/policies when needed to meet the needs of the business & employees;
  • Personal Credibility – demonstrates behaviours that convey competence, integrity, accountability & confidentiality that earns the trust and respect of line managers and employees.

John discussed the value of mentoring in the retention of senior executives. You can hear our discussion by clicking on either of these links: