The SEAANZ Team
Associate Professor Tui McKeown
Department of Management,
Monash Business School
Melbourne VIC 3800
Bio: Tui McKeown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management within the Monash Business School at Monash University, Australia. Her research focuses on an active examination of the changing world of work and the role that nano-business (the smallest of small businesses) play in reframing our understanding of what constitutes work.
Tui works actively with academics, practitioners and contractor/ freelance organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the EU and has published widely in high level academic and practitioner publications, journals and books.
She is passionate about making a difference and ensuring that the four streams of practitioner, academic, policy and education work together through SEAANZ to create a real voice for small businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Vice Chair, Policy & Governance
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 423 024 157
Bio: Mark Brennan is the former Australian Small Business Commissioner (ASBC). He held this position in from January 2013 until March 2016. Mark has a strong track record of achievement in the small business area. Prior to his appointment as ASBC, Mark was the Victorian Small Business Commissioner for seven years. This was the first such appointment in Australia.
In 2011 he was named "National Small Business Champion" by the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) for his work in guiding and developing the small business commissioner role in Victoria. Mark has owned and operated his own small business and has held a range of positions for the Victorian and Federal Governments. This included the Executive Director of Small Business in the former Department of State Development. In 2010 he was appointed Director of Liquor Licensing in Victoria, a position he held following his term as Victoria Small Business Commissioner. Mark is a qualified barrister and solicitor and has worked in private practice in these capacities. He is highly respected across all levels of government and the wider business community
Vice Chair, Practitioners & Business
Mr. David Gregory
Small Business Mentoring Service Inc.
1/12 Maroondah Hwy,
Ringwood, VIC 3134
Bio: David Gregory is the CEO of the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS Inc), an organisation that has delivered support to the small business sector for almost 30 years. SBMS operates as a not for profit organisation that provides coalface support though retired and semi-retired volunteers and business experts.
Under David’s stewardship, SBMS has grown to having over 150 highly qualified Mentors and operates primarily in Victoria, with mentors also available in NSW and Tasmania. In 2013 David founded a second division to offer opportunities for small businesses to access an ever-expanding range of services and training. In 3 short years The Small Business Institute (TSBI)has grown to have over 30,000 members and delivers training, workshops, membership and support to small business both on and offline.
David understands the sense of isolation, the fears and passions that small business owners experience every day. His mantra that “You don’t get big business without the medium and you don’t get the medium without the small” aligns with his belief that we must provide support to the sector from which all else grows.
Vice Chair, Community Engagement
Ms. Judith van Unen
Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International
Melbourne VIC 3000
Bio: Judith van Unen is the Founding Director, Chief Financial Officer and joint CEO at Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International, a not-for-profit organization based in Melbourne. JERA is dedicated to bringing about positive change for women and works across Australia and the Asia Pacific Region to promote gender equality.
Judith has a strong background in gender equality and is a Director of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and member of the ANZOG Institute for Governance, UN Association of Australia (UNAA), and UN Women Australia.
Director, Associate Editor Small Enterprise Research
Associate Professor Sujana Adapa
UNE Business School
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
Phone: +61 2 6773 2915
Bio: Sujana is an Associate Professor in Management (Strategy & Marketing) in the UNE Business School at the University of New England. Sujana principally teaches marketing related units such as Introduction to Marketing, Services Marketing, Strategic Marketing and Consumer Behaviour.
Sujana’s research areas include small and medium sized regional firms, corporate social responsibility, innovation adoption, destination branding and cross-cultural consumer behaviour. She has attracted small research grants from the Institute for Public Accountants and the UNE Business School to investigate various marketing and management issues within the small and medium sized regional accounting firms.
Vice Chair, Academic & Industry Engagement
Dr Tanya Jurado
School of Management
Bio: Tanya is a lecturer in the School of Management. Her research focus is on the role of SMEs amidst the global challenges faced by economies worldwide. A secondary interest is in gender inclusion in IT professions.
She is currently working on projects dealing with SME internationalisation and trade policy; indigenous entrepreneurship; and public policy support for SMEs. Tanya is also part of a research team researching the participation and retention of women in information technology professions. Tanya has taught courses on entrepreneurship, strategy, management and organisational behaviour.
TheLoft Legal (https://www.theloft.legal/)
155 Maunganui Rd,
Phone: +6422 1836685
Bio: Nico runs TheLoft.legal, a boutique firm focused on empowering small to medium businesses with their intellectual property and related legal requirements. Studying intellectual property law at Otago University fuelled his interest and led to his first job at Bell Gully, one of New Zealand's largest and most prestigious law firms.
He has since gained extensive experience working at two specialist intellectual property firms, Hudson Gavin Martin and Wrays Lawyers, covering a broad range of intellectual property related legal services across New Zealand and Australia.
Nico sees smaller businesses as a key part of the economy and is involved in SEAANZ to help to give a voice to smaller businesses and to maintain links with key influencers.
Mr Matt Kennedy-Good
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
15 Stout Street
Phone: +64 4 978 3670
Bio: Matt is head of business.govt.nz, the New Zealand government’s online home for small business. Every day 10,000 small businesses use business.govt.nz’s tools and resources to help understand their compliance obligations and improve their productivity.
Since taking over business.govt.nz in 2014, Matt’s focus has been delivering increasingly personalised guidance to New Zealand’s diverse small businesses. He has done this by developing resources that bring together customer-centred design, expert advice and technology. This has resulted in a four-fold increase in usage of business.govt.nz, to a million minutes a month, with an 84% satisfaction rating. Key to this success is the support of the wider business eco-system, including experts across government, the private sector, academic institutions around the world and New Zealand Business Performance Panel, created by business.govt.nz in 2018.
Matt joined SEEANZ because he is passionate about the value that collaboration between academic experts, designers, businesses and government can deliver for small business. Prior to this role Matt has founded and run start-ups.
Dr Barbara Maidment
Margaret River Business Centre
PO Box 328,
Cell: +61 437 800 489
Bio: Barbara is the owner and Director, Margaret River Business Centre where she uses her extensive prior experience to help new clients with everything from small business exploration, feasibility and development and existing business with training, stability and expansion; assisting not-for-profit organisations with good governance and strategic planning; assisting local government with strategic planning, community assessment to good governance and economic development.
Her business experience is drawn from around the world and has seen her travel from the US, to Africa and eventually brought her to Australia. Apart from running her own businesses, she has worked as a District Home Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, as a Qualified Mediator and in Conflict Resolution Centre.
Dr Miria Lazaris
Department of Management,
Monash Business School
Bio: Miria joined the SEAANZ team in October 2018. Miria completed her PhD in International Business at Monash University in 2011.
Her research examined the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the Australian food and beverage sector.
Miria’s research and consulting interests continue to include the activities of Australian organisations, particularly SMEs.
Miria currently teaches for the Department of Management at Monash University.