Sydney VIP Guests April 2018

Hon. Andrew Stoner

Hon. Andrew Stoner

Fmr NSW Deputy Premier

Minister for Trade & Investment, Minister for Regional Infrastructure & Services.

Andrew was first elected into Parliament as the Nationals Member for Oxley on March 27th 1999 and was elected Leader of the NSW Nationals in March 2003. Following the NSW Liberals & Nationals election win on March 26th 2011, Andrew was sworn in as Deputy Premier and took on his Ministerial responsibilities.

Andrew was born in 1960, growing up in Brisbane before moving with his family to Grafton. A keen surfer and committed father of six, Andrew and his wife Cathy are proud residents of Wauchope on the NSW North Coast. Andrew believes in the importance of family and a fair go for all.

As the fmr Deputy Premier, Andrew is dedicated to bringing common sense back into how our State is governed. As the Leader of the NSW Nationals, he is the proud leader of the only party that was formed solely to represent people living outside the major cities.

Prior to entering Parliament Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Business and a master in Business Administration, and has also worked as an employment agency manager.

Angela Vithoulkas

Angela Vithoulkas

Councillor of the City of Sydney Council

Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business

Angela Vithoulkas is a second term independent Councillor at the City of Sydney. As well as representing all members of the local community, she is actively involved with Sydney’s small business and start-up community.

Angela is the Deputy Chairperson of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business Sub-Committee. Angela’s successful career in public and corporate life has been acknowledged through numerous awards including: City of Sydney Business of the Year and NSW Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as 2007 Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year. In 2017, she was also named as one of Australia’s Top Nine Influential Female Entrepreneurs.

In 2015, Angela formed the Sydney Matters Independent Team. She is committed to ensuring that Sydney becomes a smart city through the use of technology that will transform the city and improve the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors.


Christine Bartlett

Christine Bartlett

Non Executive Director: Mirvac, TAL, Sigma Pharmaceuticals

Clayton Utz, Deputy Chairman GBST, Chairman of the Board The Smith Family

Christine is a company director and business advisor with extensive senior executive experience across a range of sectors including finance, banking, superannuation, property, digital/technology, education and professional services. Christine currently serves on the Boards of Mirvac Ltd, GBST and The Smith Family. She sits on the Mirvac Risk and Audit Committee and is Chairman of the People and Culture Committee of The Smith Family. 

Previously Christine has served as a company director of PropertyLook, National Nominees Ltd and Australian Custodial Services Association (Deputy Chairman). She was also a member of the Pymble Ladies College Governing Council. Christine is a member of the Minter Ellison’s Advisory Council, UNSW Australian School of Business Advisory Board, Chief Executive Women, and AICD.

Christine spent her formative years with IBM where she honed her management skills through senior executive roles spanning national, regional and global responsibilities with positions based in Australia, New York and Tokyo. Christine's joined Jones Lang LaSalle Australia as CEO. Jones Lang LaSalle is a major commercial property services provider. With a focus on building the business through innovation, acquisition and organic growth, Christine grew revenues by over 55% and profit by over 350%.

Following Jones Lang LaSalle, Christine was appointed by NAB as Executive General Manager of NAB’s “NextGen” business process and technology transformation project. The scope of this highly complex program was to replace the ageing core banking, finance, risk and treasury systems of the bank. After 3 years running NextGen, Christine was appointed Executive General Manager of NAB’s market leading Asset Servicing business with over $700B in assets under custody.


Sein-Way Tan

Sein-Way Tan

Chairman & Group CEO

Green World City

Sein-Way Tan is well renowned in the fields of sustainable cities, innovation and future trends. He is the founder of Green World City, a consortium with global mission to make cities and large-scale projects more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. He has been invited to meet many world leaders (Heads of State) and engaged with hundreds of influential political and business leaders worldwide.

He is an Australian business leader that have been invited to APEC Summit, Forbes Global CEO and many major international summits. He has also been invited by the Australian Federal Government to do reports on Property Development and by the Chinese Government to the Great Hall of the People and other major forums to advise on sustainable cities and future trends.

In addition to speaking on TV and radio globally, he has been invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Prize City Hall in Oslo, selected by leading experts and peers to be honoured as a World Cities Summit Leader and awarded by University of Newcastle for International Leadership.

He has lived and studied in Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. This experience has given him a wide understanding of many cultures. He interest includes business, geopolitics, current affairs, history, languages, environment, innovation and evolving global trends.

He has also advised major corporations and CEO forums in Asia, Europe and North America on business opportunities in investing in large-scale sustainable projects and sustainable cities.

He is on the Advisory Board of Global Urban Development, Sustainia and Data Cities. He is an Advisor to many Governments, including the Chinese Government on creating green cities and is also on the Steering Committee of the UN-Habitat (United Nations) World Urban Campaign.

Sein-Way Tan is also passionate in helping innovative companies expand internationally by using his global connections and resources.


Andy Turnbull

Andy Turnbull

CEO at Inconcert. CEO, Sports Hydrant

CEO, Parliment Sports Club

Andy is CEO at Inconcert, CEO, Parliment Sports Club, CEO, Sports Hydrant Sports Hydrant, a sports communications platform that connects people to sport, to sporting issues and to other sports people to provide a voice for your sport.

Inconcert is part of a group of companies headed by Andy Turnbull, e has previously been a principal executive and owner of a number of businesses including as founding partner of Turnbull Associates, Chartered Accountants (Pall Mall, London, Maidenhead, Watford) and Group Managing Director of Healthworld (NASDAQ: HWLD) (New York, London). Principal in and advisor to the industry for 30 years. Healthworld was the 33rd hottest stock on the NASDAQ and grew from 22 people in the UK to 3000 worldwide in a 4 year period.

Andy is also Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Inter Parliamenrtary Sport.

Inconcert is an Associate of Results International Group. We are global leaders in building and realising value in the marketing, technology and communication industry. Our goal is to create success for the owners of companies in these sectors and our deep understanding of the sector informs everything we do. We partner our clients every step of the way to help them realise their full potential - whether growing organically, buying, selling or raising funds.

Dr Caroline Hong

Dr Caroline Hong

Founder & CEO, CH Asia Australia Pty Ltd (Dr Caroline Hong – International Asia Australia Business

Associate & Adviser, Andrew Stoner & Associates facilitating business & talent to Australia

An Asian Australian Business Woman, Business Owner and Community Leader in an Asian Century, with a unique and diverse background over 30 years in Business, Healthcare, Government, Community & Associations.

A community and business leader adding cultural, professional, gender & ethnic diversity to the Asian and Australian boardrooms.

Over 30 years in Business, Healthcare, Government,  Community & Associations including:


  • Founder & CEO of CH Asia Australia Pty Ltd (Dr Caroline Hong – International Asia Australia Business Consulting, trade and investments)
  • Associate & Adviser, Andrew Stoner & Associates  facilitating business & talent to Australia
  • President and Chairman of China HR Australia
  • President and Chairman of Asia HR Australia
  • Vice Chairman, Earn & Learn Pty Ltd
  • Vice Chairman, Sports Aviation Flight College Australia Ltd (SAA)
  • Vice Chair, Slasher Teck Ltd
  • Director, Drones Innovation Ltd
  • Director, Vice Chair, Aquaculture Industries Australia Ltd
  • Director, Vice Chair, Food Recycle Pty Ltd
  • Associate Director Sydney School of Protocol; Co-Founder & past Director of  Sydney School of Protocol -Asians in Australia 
  • Strategic Consultant, Accessible Publishing Systems
  • Director, Australian Bridge Solutions Ltd
  • Director, Future Asset Management International Ltd  Jan 2016 – May 2017
  • Founding CEO of the SME Association of Australia 2011-2013
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003 
  • Ambassador, Business Events Sydney since 2009 
  • Ambassador of Australia China Business Week 2013-2014
  • Ambassador of Migration Alliance Australia 
  • Australian Representative of Sarawak Convention Bureau
  • Australian New Zealand Representative, Eng Kah Enterprise
  • Board Member – Asia companies
  • Business Events Sydney Ambassador, Association/NFP Executive (16+ years) and Mission Leader to Asia/China


  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide 1983
  • CEO of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine 2001-2011
  • First woman CEO of the Australian Dental Association NSW & ACT 1997-2001
  • Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry Internationale (ADI) since 2001
  • Associate Fellow and former NSW Councillor of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
  • Board Trustee Member of the St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation, Sydney since 2011 – current


  • 7 years experience in the South Australian Government sector in healthcare and leadership roles
  • 8 years experience in the NSW Government sector in healthcare and leadership roles
  • Representative of South Australian Government in the healthcare delegation to Shandong, China in 1987
  • Key leadership role in the implementation of the Commonwealth Dental Health Program scheme in Northern Sydney Area Health Service, NSW Government service
  • Developed the NSW Government strategic plan for public dental services 1995
  • Member of the Federal Government Diagnostic Imaging Review Committee (Medicare items)

David McCredie

David McCredie


Australian British Chamber of Commerce

David McCredie has been the CEO of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce since 2010. Since joining, he has been dedicated to establishing a culture of growth in membership and sponsorship, while maintaining the core business of building the events program.

Within his role, David is able to facilitate key connections for the benefit of members. By utilising both the Chamber's and his personal network, David creates opportunities for organisations to gain access to knowledge leaders, corporate and government figures.

Furthermore, his interactions with a broad range of industries both in Australia and the UK enables him to provide crucial advice to government, non-government and private sector organisations on best practice in a range of fields, including: business strategy, marketing, financing, political and government connectivity.

The Chamber has grown steadily over the seven years. It has tripled its turnover, increased its surplus, and expanded operations across five states and to the UK for the first time. Thanks to this expansion, the Chamber is in a better position to service its membership than ever.

Throughout his 20-year career, he has developed strong strategic and business development capabilities, becoming a highly regarded resource for those looking to broaden their exposure both within their sector, across industries and into new markets. David completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Newcastle and holds a BA from the University of Technology.

His ability to simplify and define Australia’s unique and long-standing relationship with the UK has made David a leading voice and advisor in the media on political and business activities in the UK.

David Jackson

David Jackson

Non-Executive Chairman Reffind

Managing Director at S2M Digital

David brings 28 years of management experience in enterprise and mobile technology, executive search and talent management, online lending and IT services with a proven track record in development and commercialisation of new technologies and revenue generation.

David is also the founding Director of S2P Project Professionals IT Services and the founder and former CEO of FundX, a marketplace invoice financing platform that is embracing big data and predictive algorithms developed with KPMG Australia to provide risk-based funding to SMEs where bank finance is unavailable or expensive.

David is a principal investor in a wide range of compelling and early stage blockchain and technology businesses in Australia, Asia and the USA, and has over 21 years’ experience founding and mentoring successful start-ups across Australia and the United States. He sits on the Board of Sydney Angels, and mentors at Sydney Uni's Incubate.


Dr Ken Silburn

Dr Ken Silburn

President LAZSTA (Met South West Science Teachers Assoc.)

Global Teacher Ambassador

Dr Ken Silburn is a science educator, communicator, Certified Google Trainer and passionate about teaching 21st Century Skills and increasing the educational opportunities of students on a global scale.

Ken is the Head Teacher Science at Casula High School, President of LAZSTA (Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association) and Coordinator and founder of the iSTEM (Invigorating Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) project delivering science enrichment programs for high school science students and the US Space Academy Program.

He is internationally renowned in science education, especially in the area of Environmental and Space Science. He is a strong advocate for engaging students in STEM careers and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the International Mars One project and a Director of the Australian Mars Society. He has participated in NASA Spaceward Bound Expeditions to the Mojave, Desert USA, Pilbara and Arkaroola expeditions in Australia, and in 2016 was a member of the education team for the NASA India high altitude Expedition to the Ladakh Region.

His work in extraordinary work in teaching science was used by the Indian Department of Education to produce  training videos on science education. The resulting series will be broadcast to excess of 2.5 million students.

Ken was the recipient of the 2013 NSW State Award for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the 2014 NSW Australian Academy of Physics Award for Community Outreach. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Excellence In Secondary Science Teaching.  He is now recognised as a Global Teacher Ambassador, having been acknowledged as one of the top ten teachers in the world, from over 23 000 nominations, through the Varkey Global Teacher Prize.


Michael Kasumovic

Michael Kasumovic

ARC Future Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Founder of Arludo

Michael is an ARC Future Fellow in Evolutionary Biology at UNSW Sydney and the Founder of Arludo, an edtech company whose mission is to increase interest in STEM topics and improve scientific thinking for students of all genders, ages, and socioeconomic levels. 

For his research, Michael explores how the social environment affects how individuals develop, behave, and interact. He works on three different groups of animals. Michael uses crickets to examine how social environments affect the individual level gene expression and what this means for behaviour and development, spiders to explore how social environments affect the intensity of competition and how willing males are to fight, and humans to explore how social interactions affect an individual's self-perception of their ability and what this means for how they behave and the mates they choose. 

Michael's research interest into human behaviour resulted in the development of video games for research purposes, which further lead to an interest in teaching using video games. Over the past two years, Michael has developed over 20 different learning and teaching games through his company Arludo, which focuses on using mobile devices to encourage social interactions between students (in both traditional and digital classrooms) and engage students in scientific thinking.


Virginia Shaw

Virginia Shaw

Director, AG Institute Australia

Councillor, AIPM ACT Chapter Council

Virginia has delivered transformational change projects in diverse business and technology environments, across government, and the private sector. A change alchemist, who works with people and organisations to deliver benefit focused outcomes. With experience in strategic business consulting, business analysis, programme, project and change management, and procurement and contract management. She has a strong commercial acumen and works to deliver empowered win-win results for her clients. 

As a non-executive director, her expertise in ICT, strategic planning, governance, risk management, and stakeholder engagement has been specifically sought and highly regarded. Virginia has delivered and facilitated nationally accredited training in project management, procurement and contracting and designed courses in project management, stakeholder engagement, change management and management.

She has successfully delivered diverse projects including a responsible alcohol consumption campaign; access to health programs in rural and regional Australia and delivering ITC infrastructure projects. She has conducted strategic ICT reviews leading to business transformation projects and business continuity planning in the public and not for profit sector. 

Virginia has been a Ministerial Adviser, agribusiness operator and agri-politician. She is passionate about her work with Boards and believes that successful Boards are visionary, and continually evaluating their organisation's position in their sphere of influence. Her directorships have included Melbourne Market Authority; ACT Cemeteries Authority, AG Institute Australia and ACT Government Procurement Independent Member.
 Virginia also established an agribusiness management consultancy specialising in business planning, project management, public relations and event management.

She was awarded ABC Radio Rural Woman of the Year Award for South Western Victoria; and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.


Sarah Rouhan

Sarah Rouhan

Membership Director

Director Institute

Sarah Rouhan marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience, an MBA from the AGSM, and a passion for marketing and business in general. Sarah has spent a large proportion of her career working within traditional and digital media, film and music related content organisations and over the last 6 years running her own business and marketing consultancy providing support to a range of small to medium sized organisations across a wide variety of industries including entertainment, professional services firms, FMCG, manufacturing and NFP organisations. Sarah partners with Director Institute to provide strategic marketing advisory services and as a key point of contact for Director Institute member services.

Dr Sandra L J Johnson

Dr Sandra L J Johnson

Clinical Associate Professor


Dr Sandra L J Johnson is a developmental paediatrician trained in the field of child development and she has been in private practice for about 26 years. Sandra is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead clinical school.

Sandra completed her medical training at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children’s Hospital. After internship at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town she spent 12 months in adult medicine and she worked as a GP locum for 12 months. She commenced her paediatric training in Sydney and completed her child development specialty training in London. She is Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Australia) and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK). In addition to child development she trained and worked in the specialties of child neurology, neonatology, brain injury, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. She spent 12 months as a paediatric registrar in child psychiatry and attained a certificate in “Emotional and Behaviour problems in Children” at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry.

Dr Johnson trained in learning disorders, attention deficit disorders and school related difficulties while working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She did a training course for doctors on Learning Disorders at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She returned to Australia and worked as staff specialist in developmental disabilities at the Royal Alexandria Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Westmead. She subsequently opened her private practice.

Sandra has studied Law in relation to Medicine. She is currently the President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, having attained her Membership in 1997 and Fellowship in 2008 with this College. She does medico-legal assessments for defence and plaintiff legal teams in matters relating to brain injury and developmental problems in infants and children.

Sandra Johnson is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the main author of a book, written with several contributing authors, called “A clinical handbook on child development paediatrics”. She is the author and publisher of a book for parents and carers called “Your child’s development”.


Jo Maxwell

Jo Maxwell

National Relationships

National Retail Association

Jo Maxwell’s a born and bred retailer. Since joining the NRA as Program Manager, Industry Trainer and Assessor in 2013, Jo has earned a reputation among members and trainees for being a consummate professional who takes great pride in delivering progressive outcomes, and who will go out of her way to uncover hidden student and member needs, and create a bespoke solution for whatever challenge comes her way.

It’s a rare skill Jo’s been able to cultivate through extensive mentorship and guidance from business leaders in visual merchandising, performance management, leadership, training/assessment and adult education.

Now stepping into a new role as the NRA’s National Relationship Manager, Jo is tapping back into her customer service roots, and is looking forward to enhancing experiences for existing partners; leveraging networks; working with the technical teams in generating and developing new ideas; and building relationships with new members.


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