Sara Pantaleo
La Porchetta

Sara Pantaleo drove the growth of La Porchetta from only 12 outlets when she joined the company in 1996, into the largest, licensed, a-la-carte restaurant franchise in Australasia today, with over 70 in the group. She achieved this by building corporate systems and process that enabled the company to expand without compromising its core family values and culture.

With the right elements firmly in place, Sara went on to introduce key structural and service innovations that positioned La Porchetta for continued strong growth.

Sara is passionate about franchising as a business model. She is a member of the national Board of Directors of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA). This is the peak body for the franchising sector and represents franchisees, franchisors and service providers. Of 12 Board positions, five, including Sara’s are appointed by direct election from the membership.

Sara was national Franchise Woman of the Year 2010 and she a Victorian finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Woman of the Year award.


Committee Members

Graham Neil Henderson
Mitchell Laminates

In 1967 Graham started his business career as a Commercial Cadet with the Repco Limited Group. Working in various finance, accounting and managerial roles. Later he joined Heine Brothers Australasia (international commodity traders) working in both their property/finance divisions and also their trading division in various accounting and finance roles.

Graham was appointed the Company Secretary of Kiwi Limited. Upon merger of Kiwi and Nicholas in 1981, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Asia Region of Nicholas Kiwi Limited.

In 1989 he joined the Mitchell family business as Managing Director and shareholder of Mitchell Laminates Pty. Ltd. When new business, Mitchell Plastics was commenced in 2001, Graham was appointed Managing Director of that business and he is also a shareholder of Mitchell Plastics Pty. Ltd

In 2011 Graham was appointed to the Family Business Australia National Board and Chairman of the Finance Sub Committee. He also is member of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Small Business Ministerial Council.


Samantha Kloe
Headland Machinery

Samantha is married to a second generation Managing Director of Headland Machinery, Richard Kloe.  Headland Machinery imports machine tools for the manufacturing industry. Headland represents over 15 brands and services them nation wide. As the Marketing Manager since 2009, she has seen some big changes within the Manufacturing industry and has had the challenge of adapting and driving innovation within the business through customer retention and engagement programs. In addition, Samantha is Marketing manager of Klugo, Headland’s sister company, a 5-star NetSuite partner and Accredited SuiteCloud Developer. She is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy for this start-up company to the USA and local Australian market.

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Justin McCartney

Justin’s public practice accounting career spans over 25 years in first and second tier accounting firms in Melbourne.
He has been a partner with PKF Melbourne since 2002. Justin’s experience is exclusively in the Business Advisory area. He looks after the annual compliance work and advises small to medium size, family owned businesses and the families behind these businesses.

Justin’s knowledge extends beyond the accounting, tax and succession needs of the business to the personal tax and retirement planning of the family members. In keeping with this, Justin is a member of Family Business Australia, has completed his Family Business Australia adviser accreditation, is the chairman of the Family Business Australia Victorian Advisers Committee and sits on the Family Business Australia Victorian Executive Committee. Justin is committed to family business.

Mac Hay

Mac Hay
Hannomar Pty Ltd

Mac Hay is an accredited Family Business Adviser. He is also the facilitator of four Family Business Australia forums which have been running for more than 15 years as well as being an adviser, facilitator and coach to family businesses.

Mac also presents on many of the leadership development programs at the Melbourne Business School. His background comprises senior HR management experience in the oil and paint industries. Mac is a registered psychologist and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. His family owned a family business for more than 50 years and he has run his own consulting business for nearly 20 years.
Mac strongly believes in the power of open communication, the importance of building trust among family members and is passionate about people optimising their performance and realising their potential in their business endeavours.

Matt Nichol

Matt Nichol
Matthews Australasia

 After a successful career in Customer Service with Pilkington Glass, Matt joined the family business in 1999 in a similar role. Over the next 3 years, Matt worked his way through Customer Service into Account Management and then into a challenging sales role where he honed his sales and relationship management skills. An opportunity was identified for market growth in Sydney, so Matt relocated, leaving his beloved football team St Kilda behind, and spent the next four years successfully growing market share in NSW and the ACT. Once the business was well established, he returned to Melbourne, continuing to contribute strongly to Matthews success and has held the role of National Key Accounts Manager since 2010. Matthews Australasia Pty Ltd is a proud and successful business owned by the family of Lester Nichol, Matt’s father.

Matthews supply product identification, bar code labelling and traceability solutions primarily to the manufacturing industry, their major market segment being FMCG. Matthews Australasia’s client list includes; Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Bega Cheese, Coca Cola, SPC Ardmona, Unilever, Lion Nathan, Schweppes, Fonterra and Murray Goulburn to name a few.

The Business also provides related technical support, software development and systems integration. In addition to their coding, marking and identification solutions Matthews also has a Safety Products division supplying Spill Kits and a wide range of safety related products for manufacturers.

Matt, working with his brother Ben, who is the Business Analyst and Safety Products Manager, are second generation members and proud to be working in a successful family business and excited about the future.


Wesley McLaren
Jalna Dairy Foods

Jalna dairy foods is a 3rd generation family business, started 1959 and bought by the family in 1978. After working all across production, warehousing and admin through high school/Uni, Wesley left the business to get experience elsewhere. After working in financial market operations he returned to the factory, eventually joining Jalna management in Jan 2016.

Wesley currently runs the plastics division (jalna makes their own bottles and lids), working to streamline manufacturing and modernise production efficiencies.


Gaye Wymond
Eyes Right Optical

Gaye Wymond and her husband David combined their optical and business expertise to begin Eyes Right Optical in 1992.

Their passion is to bring beautiful eyewear of exceptional quality to the Australian and New Zealand markets. They import spectacle frames and sunglasses from Denmark, France and the United States and sell to independent optometrists through a dedicated sales network in every state. When the next generation, Mark and Lisa, expressed their determination to continue the business and take it to the next level, Gaye and David sought out an organisation who could help to lead and navigate them through the many complexities of operating and sustaining a family business long term. Gaye is now delighted to be given an opportunity to give back to FBA.


Lea Boyce
BOYCE Family Office

With over 25 years’ experience working with start-ups through to large global family businesses in the areas of sales, marketing, financial administration and consulting, Lea understands the challenges facing today’s families in business. She believes in the importance of every family members role and is particularly committed to mentoring and working with the next generation and women in family businesses. This has provided a strong understanding of the importance of inter-generational exchanges, diversity and inclusion especially within private shareholder groups due to their unique dynamic.

Lea is a Director within her own family business – BOYCE Family Office is a multifamily office for a small group of HNW families. Lea’s role enables her to understand family business from an ownership capacity but also as an immigrant into another professional family group. The Boyce Family is a 5th generation Australian family in business from both the patriarchal and matriarchal lines starting their first businesses in the mid 1800’s.