John Todd | Executive Officer | AIMM, MIEF, JP
John lives in Emu Plains and has lived in the Penrith / Lower Blue Mountains area all his life. John has been with the centre since July 1992 and was previously a Bank Manager for the Westpac Banking Corporation for 20 years. In addition to many years in business, he holds a Diploma of Advanced Business Facilitation.
John is a Justice of the Peace and is a member/director of the following organisations:
- Chair of BEC Australia
- Foundation member of the Australian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators.
- Vice President, Treasurer & New South Wales representative National NEIS Association.
- Past Board Member of Business Innovation & Incubation Australia Inc.
- Director Business Enterprise Centres Australia Limited
- Member of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, Biznet Regional Chamber of Commerce & Hawkesbury City Chamber of Commerce.
- Member of the Institute of Management.
- Past Director of Football and President Blacktown Spartans Football Club Inc.
- Past Director Biznet Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Past Director of Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation (now Penrith Business Alliance)
- Past Director of Nepean Skillshare
- Past chairperson for the BEC Central Regions Group.
- Past board member & founding member of Penrith Nepean United Soccer Club.
- Past committee member of Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc.
Jane Tweedy - Business Advisor
Jane is a Small Business Advisor operating in the Sydney West region, primarily servicing The Hills and Blacktown.
Jane lives in Western Sydney, and has a passion for helping small business owners succeed. Jane has hands on small business experience, establishing her own small business in resume writing, been a property investor/property manager and also dabbled in wedding photography, but decided to keep photography a hobby.
Outside of the small business and various volunteer work Jane is involved in which have involved implementing social media and marketing strategy, she has a corporate background in investment analytics, people leadership, training, business management, sales and client service. She also worked as a manager for a company store that became a franchise in the fast food industry whilst a student.
Jane’s broad experience is supported by a vast accumulation of theoretical knowledge and Jane regularly participates in workshops to upskill. Jane holds a Master of Applied Finance (MAF with Merit), Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA), and also holds recent Certificate IV's in Small Business Management and Training and Assessment (TAE) as well as a current Certificate of Registration (Property).
Jane loves helping small businesses succeed and gains great satisfaction from helping her local community, and sees this role as a great way to utilise her vast applied knowledge. Clients love this breadth of knowledge and the reinvigoration of passion in their business.
Robert (Bob) Green - Business Advisor
Bob joined the Centre in July 2015 as a Business Advisor and Mentor at the Western Sydney Business Centre under the Business Connect Program. He specifically focuses on new and existing small businesses in the Blacktown and Parramatta local government areas.
He holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management and is a local living in Emu Plains.
He was previously employed as the Financial Controller of a newly established chain of sporting goods stores. He has experience in starting new businesses from scratch right from establishing a company and registering it with ASIC, devising and registering a business name, tax file numbers, ABN and managing the cashflow during the establishment process. The sales turnover grew from a few hundred thousand in the first 7 months of operation to a turnover of near $12.0 million last year.
Bob has experience in banking, finance, sales and sales management, developing and implementing workplace health and safety policy and procedures, workers compensation insurance, back to work coordination, education, public speaking, and employment practices and procedures.
He enjoys helping others achieve their dream and will work with small business owners to ensure they realise theirs. He can bring to bear over 40 years of business experience on your situation to help you move from idea to realisation in the best possible way. At the same time he will help you understand and put in place all the policies and procedures you are required by law and need to allow you and others to keep an eye on the financial health of your growing business.
Bob will help you channel your enthusiasm and energy into what can be the achievement of your life.
Rebecca Di Noia - Business Advisor
Rebecca is a resident of Fairfield and has started with the Centre from September 2016.
She started to work as office administrator with Colonial State Bank Home Loan department for about 5 years.
She then went on to study in Real Estate and later was working as Home Sustainability/Energy Advisor for around 6 years, under both Federal and State government funded programs.
In this role she was responsible for assisting general public with advice on how to reduce energy usage and costs and was also involved in marketing the programs to both English speaking and non-English speaking background community through workshops and presentations in various government agencies, community groups, library, shopping centres, events & festivals. Rebecca can speak Mandarin and read and write Chinese.
Rebecca has been self-employed for nearly 10 years and also has her own business. She has a Cert IV in Small Business and Training and Assessment, Certificate IV In Business Sustainability Assessment, NSW WorkCover Work Health & Safety General Construction Induction certificate, and Statement of Attainment in Real Estate Practice.
Michelle Locke - Business Advisor
Michelle joined the WSBC late last year as Small Business Advisor primarily servicing the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Windsor regions.
She has lived in the mountains since 2005 and is a local in the Springwood area, previously living in Bowen Mountain. As a past business owner herself in the hair and makeup industry she understands how difficult business can be, her desire is to assist business owners to improve and grow their business. ‘It is really satisfying to work with small business owners and see people achieving their goals and dreams’.
Michelle has a broad career encompassing marketing, sustainability, events management, hospitality, sports management, animal welfare and funding, NFP organisations, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Enterprises. She holds a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Diploma in Business Studies, Certificate Women’s Sport Management Program, and The Natural Step Framework.
Michelle’s past experience as a hockey coach up to National level in New Zealand and State level in Australia has united her knowledge around strategy, planning, discipline, analysis and communication which all applies to small business.
Alex Hawkins - Business Advisor
Alex has extensive retail industry experience spanning over 20 years.
Alex has held many high profile positions in the retail industry from retail sales in store, product buying, trade marketing, Sales Representation and Account Management.
The last contract was to facilitate the execution of a major entertainment brand into Australia and New Zealand with an annual turnover of approximately $35 million.
Whilst working full time in the retail industry, gaining knowledge and achieving personal career goals, Alex has established, operated and grown a small business offering a reputable product range online and in retail.
As well as owning a business, she has been a proactive part of local business community through a number of respected business groups.
Alex has a passion for assisting local businesses in achieving their personal and business goals through offering motivation, inspiration, drive, passion, advice and knowledge.
Lisa Penson - Business Advisor
Lisa is passionate about working with small business owners to help them achieve their goals and develop plans to take their business to the next level.
Lisa wears many hats – mentoring, consulting, facilitating and training – she has worked with many business people from a large variety of industries and at all stages of their business,
Lisa speaks on business topics, runs networking events as well as teaching the Certificate IV and Diploma of Business. Lisa’s runs workshops that are practical, informative, relevant and fun.
Having been at the coalface of business for many years, Lisa offers a highly relevant perspective that encourages, teaches and inspires business owners. Through her individual style and approach to coaching she has helped many small business owners to follow a more successful path.
You’ve come to the right person for business knowledge and support!
Qualifications and Accreditations
- Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment
- DiSC – Behavioural Profile
- Diploma of Business
- Master NLP Practitioner
- Executive Coach
- Business Coach
- Certificate 111 in Marketing
- Train Small Groups
Graham Fitzpatrick - Business Advisor
Graham is the newest member of the team. He has lived in Penrith for over 20 years and has worked all over in Western and South Western Sydney in the past. Graham is a self confessed advertising guru after spending the past 28 years at the coal face of the advertising industry.
Graham has worked for major media companies including Fairfax and News Ltd. As well as the Western Weekender and more recently, local radio station Vintage FM. He is a copy and script writer and holds qualifications in Advertising, Marketing, and Digital Strategy. As well as being the corporate Champion for local literacy program, Paint Penrith Read. Graham loves sharing his knowledge of marketing, advertising and business planning with small business.
He is also the Point to Point Transport Business Advisor for Western Sydney.
Emma Gosper | Digital Business Advisor | Office Manager | Dip Mgmt
Emma lives in Penrith and has been with the Centre since January 2007.
She graduated from St Joseph’s Central School as Dux of the year. She is the Centre's Administrative Coordinator, Assistant to all of the Business Advisors in the office as well as the Centre's Digital Business Advisor, helping clients with Digital Advice and Social Media. She is also responsible for the Centre's accounts, all administration aspects, and managing the office. She holds a Certificate III in Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Management.
Emma has also owned and operated her own small business since 2012.
Chanel Breeze - Administration Assistant
Tony Lackey | VET. Education Compliance Manager | Dip Mgmt, Dip Bus
Tony is a resident of Penrith and has been with the Centre since May 2009.
He is responsible for the compliance for the Centre's training activities. He holds a TAA40104 in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Associate Diploma in the Arts, Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Business. He has previously worked as Compliance Manager at Hawkesbury Community College, Group Operations Manager for Panthers and has successfully operated his own small business.