Build Boardroom Capability: Scaling for Start-Ups
Date Monday, 24 June 2019
Time 24 Jun 17:00 - 24 Jun 20:30
Venue Aon Australia Level 33, 201 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
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$ 66 Subscribed Member
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$ 66 Corporate Member
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$ 66 Global Member
$ 66 Champion
$ 99 Member
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Register by Monday, 24 June 2019

We invite you to a special event to discuss opportunities to serve on the advisory boards of early stage companies and to introduce you to some great female founded start-ups.

Meet the founder of Skybuys, Alec Kemmery, who has just secured his first major deal with German duty-free giant Heinemann, who had the sense to post a vacancy on WOB for an advisor. He found IP lawyer, Darshana Parekh, who will join him on the panel with MyWhanau founder, Michelle Forster (who also sourced her advisory panel through WOB).

In the second session we meet the CEOs and female founders of SquarePeg, Scrunch and Patient Connector.

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Session 1 - Advisory Panels & Boards

Setting the scene with Scale CEO, Ariane Barker, on the how and why of investing in a Scale company and the expectations of board members in Scale companies, followed by a panel discussion on the value of advisory boards and panels in a start up / early stage company chaired by Lynda Coker.

Ariane Barker, CEO Scale Investors

Ariane has 20 years’ experience in blue chip financial services companies in senior executive management roles, having worked as General Manager of Products and Markets with JBWere at National Australia Bank in Melbourne, prior to that in capital markets roles with HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and London. She brings great breadth, considered relationships, diversity of insight and perspective to strategic decision making as a result of her broad and varied experience. 

Scale Investors is a network of angel investors, who connect with, invest in and mentor female, early stage entrepreneurs and start-ups with gender balanced leadership. Since launching in 2013, its community of over 100 HNW women and men has collectively invested $8.3m in 16 female led businesses.

Lynda Coker, Director The Studio Limited (Panel Chair)

Chartered accountant, FinTech startup mentor and sits on several startup company Advisory Boards.  Lynda is also a NED of Scale Investors, NED of The Studio Limited (creative tech incubator) and an ongoing judge for the FinTech Australia awards.  Winner of the 2018 Women in Finance Award:  Mentor of the Year. 


Alec Kemmery, CEO & Founder SkyBuys

Alec is the founder of SkyBuys, a tech startup in the travel and retail industry. He currently lives at Sydney Airport - Alec could fly a plane before he had a full drivers license. He completed MScTech (Aviation) at UNSW whilst working as an analyst for a fintech startup working at Stone & Chalk. Alec founded SkyBuys in 2017 and shortly after was selected for the Airbus BizLab program in Hamburg, Germany. He accelerated SkyBuys in Europe and secured global leaders, Heinemann, as a first partner. More recently Alec and SkyBuys was a finalist in the recent SAP-Lufthansa Aviation Blockchain Challenge in Oct 2018. Whenever Alec isn’t working, he’s on the football pitch, coaching and attempting to stay injury free! 

Darshana Parekh, Advisory Board SkyBuys & Welcome Dinner Project

Darshana is a specialist IP & Trademarks lawyer who moved from practicing insurance litigation in Brisbane to an in-house role at Lagardere Travel Retail in 2015 and, in March 2019, to Mission Australia in Sydney. Darshana joined the SkyBuys Advisory Board this year after seeing the vacancy on the WOB website. She also serves on the board of the Welcome Dinner Project and is currently on parental leave.  Read her profile on WOB.

Michelle Forster, CEO & Founder MyWhanau 

Michelle has an extensive track record in transforming multiple businesses, both FMCG multinationals and local SMEs, to growth. She collaboratively chairs cross-functional committees and works with executive teams and boards to develop strategic business plans that deliver best in class marketing campaigns, first to market products and process innovations.

Michelle has received multiple marketing awards: B&T 2017 Marketing Team of the Year - Runner up, ASMI 2012 Best campaign, 2012 James E Burke Global Award for Best Campaign (Carefree), 2011 James E Burke Asia Pacific Award for KY, 1997 TVNZ Marketing Magazine award for Marketing Excellence.

Session 2: Female Founders Panel 

Three female founders will share their experiences followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 

Joanna Downer, CEO SquarePeg

Joanna is an experienced MarComms professional, a three-time founder and a Springboard Enterprises & iAccelerate (UOW) alumnae. Joanna is also the CEO of an HR Tech platform called SquarePeg. SquarePeg enables easy, affordable flexible hiring and regulatory protection for businesses in the evolving 'gig' economy. Joanna is passionate about the future of work and empowering professionals to achieve their best work-life balance. 


Danielle Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder Scrunch

Co-Founder & CEO of Scrunch, one of Australia's fastest growing, data-driven influencer marketing platforms. Scrunch launched in late 2014, and since then has raised $3Million in capital, built a world-class team and launched a global SaaS platform, setting up HQ in Brisbane, Australia. The Scrunch platform enables brands and agencies to discover the right Influencers for their campaigns through proprietary influencer audience insights and makes running campaigns quick and easy.  Danielle has a background in fashion design, blogging and enterprise sales. 

Tess van der Rijt, CEO & Founder Patient Connector

Tess has worked for over 10 years in health system policy and reform, including with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, in public health governance in Singapore and as a management consultant in Sydney. She is now the CEO and Founder of Patient Connector, which aims to give patients better access to upfront information about specialist healthcare, so they can make more informed decisions about their health.  

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