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Lance Stringer
Lawnswood Pet Cremation & Cemetery

Mixing corporate experience and a university education with family business values, Lance Stringer has rescued and then grown their 32 year old family business of pet cremation.

Lance bought the business from his founding father in 2002 and has grown it from a one man show in decline, to now operating interstate in 5 locations with a team of 35 people. The group has become the largest family owned service of its type in Australia and Lance has been an enthusiastic member of FBA forum groups both in WA and Victoria since 2008

Committee Members

Stephen Samson
R.C Sadleirs Pty Ltd

A qualified civil engineer, Steve Samson has enjoyed a varied career in the public sector with the WA State Government and in education, prior to becoming a director of his family firm, RC Sadleirs Pty Ltd. Better known to FBA members as Sadliers Logistics, the company encompasses, among others, Lionel Samson and Son Pty Ltd, Plantagenet Wines Pty Ltd and the transport arm.

He is a member of the AICD and sits on the board of FBA as the Deputy Chair.


Donella Caspersz
University of Western Australia

Donella is a lecturer at the UWA Business School in management and industrial relations. She has managed research into the role of non-family employees in the management of family business, and strategic planning by Indonesian family business. More recently, Donella completed a survey on human resource practices in family business. Donella has commenced new research on the topic of ‘Leadership and Family Business Sustainability’ in association with Professor George Kailis, University of Notre Dame Business School.

Rona Biernat

Rona Biernat
Freedom Pools & Spas

Rona has been a working director of Freedom Pools and Spas a national company with overseas interests in export and manufacturing, including Freedom Tanks for the past 38 years. Rona worked in the factory and on construction sites in the early years and then sales and administration.

Freedom Pools have been Members of FBA since 2000 and Rona has been a valued committee member for many years.

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Paul Galvin
Galvin Engineering, PumpEng, Keto Pumps

Paul has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an Owner and Director of various companies including Galvin Engineering, and sits on the P&C Galvin and J&G Galvin Family Councils. Paul joined the family business in 1985 after cutting his teeth in the Mining Industry.

Galvin Engineering was established by Paul’s Grandfather in 1933 to manufacture commercial plumbing products and machined castings. The company has evolved to become a global manufacturer with sales branches in all major states of Australia. He and his brother Chris are now the sole Owners and Directors.

Paul and his wife Christine have 3 adult sons whom will one day become 4th generation custodians of the family business. Consequently they have benefited greatly from their involvement with FBA and wish to help spread the word.

Mauri Mucciacciaro

Mauri Mucciacciaro
Grant Thornton Australia Ltd

Mauri Mucciacciaro is a Partner in the Grant Thornton Perth office’s Privately Held Business team.

He has over 20 years experience in family business consulting, business and private taxation, advisory services and financial management. He also advises a number of clients in relation to their company secretarial requirements.

Mauri is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Taxation Institute of Australia. Mauri’s vast experience has required him to service clients throughout Western Australia and internationally.


John Broons
John Broons Advisory

John is an Accredited Family Business Advisor and is a Fellow of the Boston based Family Firm Institute. With over 40 years’ experience working in, and with, family owned businesses, John has facilitated two monthly Forum Groups for Family Business Australia. John has presented internationally at the FFI Global Conference, and locally, including FBA education programs and CPA Conference. John is also a multi-award-winning TEC Chairman who coaches and mentors CEO’s. John focuses on adding value to business owners, CEO’s, their families & their businesses.

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Shane Davies
Davies BDM 

Strategist, team facilitator, presenter, advisor and consultant, Shane Davies is an astute B2B digital marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience. Described by his clients as highly inventive, visionary and pragmatic, Shane has vast experience in the design and delivery of strategic marketing and business development solutions for organisations spanning the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Having worked with local, national and international companies including REIWA, Bankwest, Landgate and the Small Business Development Corporation; his unique ability to swiftly grasp an inherent understanding of an organisation’s operations, competitive landscape and complexities, makes him a rare and sought after commodity on the Perth marketing scene.

Highly proficient in strategy, speaking, and research, Shane has facilitated countless collaborative vision, brand and strategy sessions.

Shane is a Certified Practicing Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute and an Associate Member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS).


Jeff Ash 
Filter Supplies (WA)


Jeff is a second generation filter specialist who manages Filter Supplies (WA). Founded by his parents Hugh and Rosemary in 1967 it has become the largest business of its type in Australia.

Working full time in the business since 1993, Jeff started as a storeman and has worked in various roles within the company. He now specialises in contract creation, quotation and administration for air, oil, fuel and hydraulic filters into the Mining, Oil & Gas sectors and associated industries.

Jeff has overseen a sustained period of growth and market repositioning of the business  – targeting tier 1 and 2 Mining clientele, retaining existing, and winning new business against multinational


Kim Bailey
Baileys Fertiliser

Coming soon.