Knowledge Exchange: Business Fundamentals Workshop

Townsville Enterprise and the Carey Group are proud to launch the 2021 Knowledge Exchange series consisting of a range of educational workshops presented by our region's business leaders and industry experts.

Townsville Enterprise and the Carey Group are proud to launch the 2021 Knowledge Exchange Series, a six-part series hosted across the Townsville North Queensland region, consisting of a range of educational workshops presented by our region's business leaders and industry experts.

This exciting initiative aims to develop and grow our regional businesses' capabilities by facilitating business to business knowledge and skills exchange, collaboration, professional development and networking opportunities.

The Townsville Knowledge Exchange Series will be focused on providing businesses with key information to assist with the how to adapt, seize the opportunities and build in resilience to weather any future business crisis, with Q & A sessions and networking at the conclusion of the workshop.

Topics and Speakers

Guide to Financial and succesion Planning by Colin Lea and Matthew Carey - Carey Group

A guide to Business and succession planning. Focusing on the decision making process, Cash flow and key factors to consider

Col’s area of expertise is wealth creation and retirement planning, investment strategy development for Self-Managed Super Funds, private wealth advice for high net worth clients and agribusiness clients of the firm. In addition to advising clients, Col works closely on driving new client engagement for the firm, and is one of the two Responsible Managers for the Australian Financial Services Licence held by Endure Wealth. Col is originally from a broad acre farming background in the Riverina and maintains a passion for agriculture in dealing with the firms regional clients.

Prior to joining the Carey Group, Col’s background was in international logistics, strategic planning, leadership and management roles in the Australian Defence Force for 21 years. In addition to completing a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, Col has completed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP® Professional) program, which is the highest  financial planning designation worldwide.

Matthew is a senior finance professional with over 12 years’ experience working with complex spectrum of organisations from small businesses, not for profit entities and complex multinational entities. Mathew brings a diverse mix of industry and sector experience including retail, property, aviation, manufacturing and agriculture.

Based in the Ingham office, Matthew services clients in the Hinchinbrook, Townsville, Cairns and Malanda offices, specialising in taxation and business advice; primarily business improvement, and wealth creation. In addition, Matthew fulfils the role of Chief Financial Officer for the Carey Group.

How to achieve a growth mindset in business by Matt Thomson - Carey Group

Building a strategic model or framework to effectively simplify the inherent complexity of business, challenge management and define business initiatives. 

Matt has operated at Executive level in complex global organisations for the past 15 years including the past 10 years as a practice managing partner and CEO. He has successfully grown and led high performing teams of professionals across Australia and Asia. He is experienced in developing and executing strategy; planning and delivering results; managing major initiatives, and motivating teams of finance professionals to achieve above expectation outcomes. He has worked extensively with senior management teams across the Government and private sector to develop effective strategy/policy and plan its successful execution; generate new sources of revenue and transform organisational revenue models; deliver organic and in-organic (mergers, acquisitions, alliances) growth; optimise planning, budgeting and forecasting; and deliver financial performance, capital projects and investments.

Risk Management and Insurance in the changing World by Karina Hansen and Kylie Dennis - Gallagher

With the way we do business continuing to change and evolve, so do the risks to your business. We will discuss how you can improve your Risk Management practices within your business through the changing world and protect yourself from insurable risks along the way.

Karina Hansen commenced working in the insurance industry in 1997 and Kylie Dennis joined in 2006 and have both worked their way through various roles to be an Account Executive for Gallagher today. Karina and Kylie’s expertise are working with our commercial client portfolios to help them understand the insurable risks for their business to make an informed decision on insurance purchases.


Cyber Smart - Protecting your business online by Miranda Mears - Austcyber Townsville Node

For businesses in Queensland understanding not only what are the cyber security threats but also what are the opportunities is critical for resilience, sustainability and growth in an increasingly digitalised economy. Not only are there more threats for businesses to have to navigate but there are also opportunities for saavy businesses. Once seen as a business blocker, cyber security is now being reframed as a significant business enabler to support agility, innovation and growth as well as being a competitive differentiator. In this introductory Cyber Security presentation, Miranda Mears the Townsville AustCyber Node Manager will provide an overview of key aspects all businesses should consider for their business continuity planning, resilience and future growth opportunities.

Miranda Mears is an experienced and passionate leader and consultant with over 25 years of starting, running and exiting businesses. Her special interest and focus areas for business advisory and consulting are in Governance, Strategy, Digital Transformation and Cyber Security. Miranda currently owns a registered Training Organisation Learning Partnerships as well as being the AustCyber Townsville Innovation Node Manager and providing consulting services to Smart Precinct NQ as head of Strategy and Projects. Previously Miranda co-founded Securus Global, one of Australia’s most highly regarded Information Security and technical research companies before selling and floating it on the ASX. It is now part of the Tesserent group of companies which was admitted to the ASX All Ordinaries Index of the top 500 ASX listed companies by market capitalisation.

Miranda is passionate about the North Queensland Region and focussing on three key areas Securing the North – Securing Supply Chains, Securing New Economic Opportunities and Securing New Jobs for the Future.