Directors’ Briefing: Future-proofing your SME

Wed 15 Aug 2018
6.00pm to 7.30pm





Kerry Little

Kerry Little

Executive Coach, Gwyder Consulting Group

Kerry is an experienced Managing Director who brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the role of executive coach and program facilitator, and he is a preferred coaching supplier to leading organisations across Australia. In his business career Kerry held many senior positions including General Manager, Managing Director, and Deputy Chairman. Prior to his consulting and executive coaching career, Kerry had executive positions in capital intensive/heavy manufacturing, retail hardware, building materials and engineering construction companies.

Kerry is a highly motivated Executive Coach, Mentor and Leadership Development Facilitator with a significant background from senior role in Operations, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources and General Management and as a Managing Director/CEO, Deputy Chairman and Chairman. He has a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Organisation Dynamics) and is a member of Marshall Goldsmith Partners. The Marshal Goldsmith Leadership Development Framework at the core of Kerry’s executive coaching programs is world renown, and is so practical and powerful, it has been used by over 100 Fortune 500 companies, making it one of the most utilized coaching frameworks in the world. Some of Kerry’s Individual Developmental Coaching candidates include Divisional CEOs & Executive Directors of international companies, an Executive Director of the Victorian Essential Services Commission, a Partner in a national law firm, a COO of an elite sporting organisation, and a Group GM IT of a global transport & logistics company.

He has a proven track record of delivering real value to the top and bottom lines of national and International organisations. His great insights into the issues involved in organisational change and leadership development, have seen considerable success in developing people. Much of this working life was involved in restructuring and consolidating businesses due to growth, changes of ownership and in taking divisions out of parent companies as ‘stand-alone’ entities. Kerry’s mission is to help successful leaders achieve positive change in behaviour: for themselves, their people and their teams, and his deep business understanding allows him to step into a variety of situations and support executives to achieve measurable progress in their leadership behaviour. He has over 25 years’ experience as a Senior Executive across Australia.

Dale Simpson

Dale Simpson

Principal Consultant

Life Fellow Institute of Directors (FIOD) Delhi Chapter; Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Fellow Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), Professional Member Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), Charter Member TiE, Member Golden Key International Honour Society.

Chairman Itours Pty Ltd and China Digital Ready, Director Universal Village, Director in Director’s Suite, Director Taradale Music (Spring Music), Advisory Director Reacheights (India), Director Eka Academy, Director Bravo Careers (India) Private Limited, Director Bravo Careers Singapore, Ebravo Pty Ltd, Bravo education Services and International Institute of Business Technologies, Melbourne.

Dale is the founder and Managing Director of several firms specialising in performance, leadership and career management. He and his team have a passion for and a wealth of experience in delivering leading edge programs for people who want to achieve their best.

Dale has worked in the Coaching, Career Development and Education for 30 years. He has delivered career and leadership programs in Australia, India, Singapore and Malaysia at all levels including for Graduates and Executives. His particular skills and experience extend to executive coaching, performance and career management, and leadership. Even as the founder of several companies he devotes the majority of his time to delivering services directly to clients.

His key company Bravo Consulting Group specialises in:

  • Working with individuals in developing their purpose and meaning in work and career
  • Conducting learning and development programs at all levels within an organisation
  • Developing change management processes and systems for corporate in Australia that develop organisational capability and decision making
  • Assisting companies in developing coaching frameworks and skills, allowing them to increase their leverage off human potential and to value inclusion as a way of thinking
  • Assisting organisations in restructuring processes, ensuring that corporate brand is protected and that the employees affected by this change are well cared for and set up for future career success
  • Developing performance and career management practice and capability with international organisations

Dale was Deputy Chair of Norwood (psychiatric services) an organisation focused on re-integrating those with mental health challenges back into the community. He has also been Chairman of Crisis Support Service Inc. now known as On The Line (Suicide Help-Line, Vet Affairs Line and Mensline Australia), and a Director of the Men’s Health Alliance representing. His passion is in assisting men to develop better help seeking behaviours so that women and children can be safe.

Whilst starting up an SME requires meticulous planning, when it comes to addressing the challenges of a growing business, precise planning of how this will be achieved is paramount. Regardless of the company size, future proofing your SME should be of primary concern, to ensure its survival, growth and prosperity.

Small and Medium Enterprises face a myriad of problems on a day-to-day basis. The effects of a slowing economy; increasing business costs; lack of funding; local, national and international competitors; employee skills gaps – the list goes on.

SMEs are struggling to stay afloat in today’s unsettled economy, crammed between established multi-million dollar companies and their more agile counterparts - innovative startups.

However opportunities still persist! SMEs can rely on their nimbleness and speed to break into new markets fast, as well as use their experience to their advantage when competing with these startups.

The future doesn’t need to be scary. For businesses that dream big, innovate, provide unique customer experiences, and even partner up with other businesses in strategic ways, the future looks decidedly bright.

Join us at our SME Directors’ Briefing to hear how to future proof your SME to not only survive, but thrive in the future.

Please note: Pitcher Partners have changed address to Level 13, 664 Collins St, Melbourne.


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