Corentin Billiet  |  Trusted Family

Parallel Session

A 5th generation member of a Belgian business family active in the metallurgic industry, Corentin takes an active part in the management of the family and its dynamics in his role as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Taking his passion about family business to the next level, he joined Trusted Family. Founded as a family business itself, Trusted Family works with enterprising families who wish to identify and leverage their non-financial value through increased cohesion.

Nola and Norm Bransgrove  |  Branstrans

For Better or For Work

Nola is known to say her greatest achievement in life is the relationship she has with her husband Norm and the family they share which is significant in itself but on the business side of things she is joint owner of BransTrans Pty Ltd, a proudly family oriented transport company operating nationally and based in Gippsland, Victoria. Nola commenced as Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014.

Norm started early with his first business venture at 10 selling mushrooms on the roadside outside his farm gate then at 12 catching rabbits and selling them to a local delicatessen. Just before he turned 14 both he and his school happily parted ways. He has always been a great student of life. With Nola he is joint owner of BransTrans Pty Ltd. One of his great strengths is his capacity to think outside the square and he has been responsible for many strategies and innovations within the business and in support of customers businesses since it all began in 1972.

Joanne Casburn  |  Australian Taxation Office

Adviser Masterclass

Assistant Commissioner in the Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals business line in the ATO, Joanne’s role is to provide technical and case leadership on the most complex audits and private rulings in Queensland involving private groups and high wealth individuals. She has 24 years experience in the tax industry working both in the ATO and in private practice, and has qualifications in Accounting and Law, and a Masters in International Taxation.

Yasser El-Ansary  |  AVCAL Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Ltd

Family Business Masterclass

As Chief Executive, Yasser is responsible for leading the strategic direction of AVCAL’s work in representing the private equity and venture capital industry in Australia, ensuring the industry continues to make a significant positive contribution to the long-term prosperity of the Australian economy. He has almost 20 years experience as a business adviser and public policy expert, through his previous roles with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, PwC, Rio Tinto, Australand Property Group, as well as the Department of Treasury in Canberra.

Darryl Gobbett  |  University of Adelaide

Economic Update

Darryl has worked in senior financial and economic advisory and management roles in the Federal Departments of Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet, Bank SA, Adelaide Bank and Access Economics. Most recently he was the Managing Director, Responsible Officer, Chief Economist, Adviser and Representative of Prescott Securities Ltd, one of Adelaide’s largest financial advisory and stockbroking firms with some $1.8 billion of clients’ funds under advice.

Kirsten Grant Meikle  |  William Grant & Sons

A Wee Dram of Entrepreneurial Lineage and Passion

Great-great-granddaughter of our founder William Grant, and the fifth pioneering generation of the family to run our business since 1887, Kirsten is currently Director of Prestige at William Grant & Sons UK.

While spending two years as Bar Manager of Ecco Vino, an Edinburgh bar famous for its wine selection, she fell under the spell of fine wine. It led her to Matthew Clark, a renowned UK drinks distributor, where her passion for the business, sheer dynamism and inexhaustible work ethic saw her go from Account Manager to Wine Controller in seven years.  

Kirsten was brought into the family business in 2011 by her equally exuberant uncle, Charles Gordon (William Grant & Sons’ irrepressible Life President, who passed away in December 2013). Seeing her success in the on-trade, Charles spotted an opportunity to harness her experience for Glenfiddich. “You have a skill required by the business”, was how he put it to her simply. Not many people refused an offer from Charles Gordon, not even his niece!

Sunil Purba  |  PPB Advisory

Darrell Lea: The Rebirth of a Legend

Sunil views family businesses as unique and understands the intrinsic links between the family and the business. He joins us along with Daniel Walley to share his experience assisting family businesses across a wide-range of industries, conducting independent business reviews to better understand the bigger picture, working with family stakeholders to implement turnaround strategies and providing practical solutions to the challenges that many businesses face.

Daniel Walley  |  PPB Advisory

Darrell Lea: The Rebirth of a Legend

Daniel has spent the past 17 years assisting stakeholders in underperforming and distressed businesses to understand their current position and work with them to develop and implement solutions to better manage their investments. He regularly works with family-owned businesses to preserve the value of their business and protect their external wealth. Daniel joins us to share his experience, including his role as administrator for Darrell Lea and the transformation of this iconic Australian business.

David Ward  |  Philanthropy Australia

Family Business Masterclass

David sits on the Council of Philanthropy Australia, and is considered a leading authority on private ancillary funds. He has written two trustee handbooks for Philanthropy Australia, including the Private Ancillary Fund Handbook, and he conducts Philanthropy Australia’s Governance seminars, and lectures at Swinburne University as part of their Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy. In 2008 David and his wife Jeanette established Te Anau Consulting, a professional consulting firm specialising in the not-for-profit sector, specifically in philanthropic structures, governance, and risk management.


[blue_button]Return to National Conference Page[/blue_button]