Ian Palmer CEO of Schools Industry Partnership (SIP) and Inspiring The Future Australia



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  • David Carbines
    Co-Founder of Red Hat Impact

    Ian oversees all programs and services delivered by Schools Industry Partnership by a team of 23 personnel. He has held this position since 2005. He is widely known and respected by government, business and community leaders for his innovations and passion for inspiring young people to reach their full potential and to transition successfully from school into employment or further education. He is dedicated to learning from national and international research findings and best practices and to incorporating them within initiatives that address service gaps and meet the needs of all local and national stakeholders. Several of Ian’s best practice initiatives have been adopted and utilised by community and government organisations across Australia. He began his career as a small business owner and went on to become the CEO of a Group Training Company and CEO of the Penrith Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Master’s Degree in Career development.


    • UK Inspiring the Future has connected 16 million students to mentors in just 6 years! Inspiring the Future Australia is here.
    • Primary students with contact with mentors are 5 x less likely to be unemployed or not in further education. They also earn 18% higher than peers.

    Register to be a mentor here: https://www.inspiringthefuture.org.au/page/join-the-campaign

David Carbines, Co-Founder of Red Hat Impact



  • David Carbines
    Co-Founder of Red Hat Impact

    With a diverse background spanning emergency disaster management (World Vision International), operational management (Aldi Stores) strategic consulting (Deloitte), startup incubation (The Difference Incubator) and enterprise digital transformation (Arup), David co-founded Red Hat Impact to help social enterprises grow and scale to financial sustainability.

    David holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Economics), Arts (History and Development Studies) and Diploma of Music (Voice) from the University of Melbourne, and completed the altMBA16 in February 2018.

    He loves reading and playing guitar in breaks from renovating a weatherboard house.


    • David’s favourite karaoke songs.
    • Why mission driven organisations must combine the “brains of business” and the “heart” of not for profits.
    • Australia’s First Live Blended Crowdfunding Event.
    • Three core objectives Capital, Consulting, Connections.

Jeremy Biggs, Founder of YTAO Global



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  • Jeremy Biggs
    Founder of YTAO Global

    Jeremy is the Founder and CEO of YTao Global, a technology platform that enables provenance and transparency for the $3Trillion global Fashion Apparel supply chain.

    His experience as an entrepreneur has seen him working within the retail technology industry for 15 years and has worked across local and international markets with varied partnerships, from Silicon Valley based technology leaders to large multi-national retail groups.

    Arriving from South Africa in 2009 with a young Family, he quickly got busy with understanding how to innovate the Australian retail landscape which has eventuated with the founding of YTao Global.


    • Only 2% of fashion labels can track their supply chain vs 60% of Millennials expect their fashion brand to have supply chain transparency.
    • Future technology will allow lots of smaller socially aware brands to compete with larger brands.

Sue Hollis Founder TravelEdge, Bike Lover and AdventurePreneur



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  • Sue Hollis
    Founder TravelEdge, Bike Lover and AdventurePreneur

    Sue has had a wild and crazy ride within the airline and travel industry over the past 30 years. As a senior airline executive with British Airways in both Australia and the U.K., her roles included Manager Sales London, General Manager 767 Fleet, General Manager British Airways/Qantas Joint Serves Agreement, and the Head of Australia Sales for Qantas.

    Not content with living a corporate life and wanting to make a bigger difference, she stepped into the role of ‘Entrepreneur’ and started TravelEdge – a successful corporate travel management company with her business partner Grant Wilson 17 years ago.

    Since that time, TravelEdge has grown into a $250m business becoming the largest independent travel management company in Australia, with Sue being recognised as one of the Top 10 Women entrepreneurs in the country.

    Still following her passions, Sue stepped down from the role of TravelEdge CEO in 2015 to ride a BMW superbike solo around the Pacific Northwest for three months. Her first book encompassing that journey – “Riding Raw” – was released in August 2018.

    Sue is now a coach and an adventurepreneur – based between Whistler, Canada and Sydney, Australia – where she can be found following her passions, building communities, racing motorbikes and helping people create lives of epic proportions!

    Sue, welcome to the program


    • How despite having every definition of success on the outside, Sue was empty on the inside.
    • Am I happy? The important question we must act on.
    • How Sue quit her job as CEO of TravelEdge and went riding around North America on her motorbike.
    • My Ducati is my favourite motorbike as she is unpredictable and wild.
    • How Travel Edge knocked backed clients in the middle of the GFC due to a conflict in values.

Clayton Daniel Entrepreneur and Financial Adviser



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  • Clayton Daniel
    Entrepreneur and Financial Adviser

    Clayton Daniel, an Australian-based former tax accountant and financial adviser turned fintech investor and entrepreneur, author of #1 Amazon Bestseller ‘Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle’, co-founder of XY Adviser, and CEO of Sprout Superannuation.

Connor Gillivan CMO of FreeeUp.com



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  • Connor Gillivan
    CMO of FreeeUp.com

    He has sold over $30 million online, has hired hundreds of freelancers to build his companies, is a published author, and is the owner of ConnorGillivan.com.

    He currently lives in Denver, CO.

James Robson Australia’s 1st Certified Carbon Neutral Winery



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  • James Robson
    Certified Carbon Neutral Winery

    James, along with his wife Chrissie run Ross Hill Wines. Apart from scoring 5 stars from James Halliday on their reds, Ross Hill Wines has an extraordinary focus on sustainability. They were the 1st Winery in Australia to be certified carbon neutral and this has led to significant business opportunities especially with Qantas.

    James is extremely passionate about carbon neutrality and here are some of their achievements.

    • Moving to pesticide free production
    • Introducing natural wild yeast in the manufacturing process instead of chemicals
    • Mulching cover crops between vineyard rows reducing irrigation needs
    • Improving recycling
    • Installing 34kw of solar panels which reduced energy cost by 75% and had a 1 year payback period.

Justin Pagotto Corporate Spend Chief Ethical Officer shares with Brad Twynham on his Beyond Ideas podcast



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  • Justin Pagotto
    Corporate Spend Chief Ethical Office

    “The reality is when you bring both social and environmental good into your business it actually increases profitability.” – Justin Pagotto

    Fair trade. Social justice. Ethical sourcing.

    These are just a few of the many important topics covered in the Beyond Ideas episode.

    Justin explains the correlation between business and ethics and how the two come hand in hand for successful businesses and the future of generations as well as the wealth and health of our planet.

    Justin shares with us the knowledge from his decade of entrepreneurial business experiences and his newest endeavour: Corporate Spend.

    Corporate Spend is a social enterprise that focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by creating and optimising CSR programs through collaborating with some of Australia’s most reputable ethical suppliers.

Dan Smith Clean Coast Collective



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  • Daniel Smith
    Clean Coast Collective
    Dan is a social entrepreneur and accountant that is passionate about businesses that are improving the world. His passion for the ocean led him to co-found Clean Coast Collective, a not-for-profit environmental organisation stopping ocean pollution at the source.

    When he’s not removing rubbish from our coastlines, Dan is also part-owner of The Corner Palm, a community focused co-working studio in Byron Bay.

    From taking groups on two week expeditions to clean Australia’s most remote beaches, to running events in Byron Bay, and then freelancing as an accountant, Dan’s experience is about as broad as you can get’

    Editors note: Please note Dan’s podcast was recorded in his co-working studio so there is some noise in background

Alison Price Soil Cyclers



  • Alison Price
    Soil Cyclers
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    Alison is the founder and Managing Director of Soil Cyclers, Queensland’s largest mobile soil recycling, decontamination, amelioration and waste reduction business.

    Last year Alison oversaw recycling projects on more than 50 sites, processing almost half a million cubic metres of material, saving clients more than $5 million and taking almost 30,000 truckloads off local roads.

    Alison enjoys helping other women connect, collaborate and grow in the construction industry and is the current president of National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Chapter, as well as a Board member for the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).