About Us

About Us

South West Leaders inspires leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.

Hosted in Bunbury, South West Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, South West Leaders operates the Executive Leaders Series, designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

South West Leaders has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.


Advisory Board

South West Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the network and aide in the growth and development of Members. This Advisory Board includes:


James Paulsen

James started his career with Corporation Builders and worked his way up to Executive Director. He also founded Enterprise Angels, one of the first business angel networks in Australia. In 2006 he founded Queensland Leaders, an initiative to work with Queensland’s leading private companies to assist them become national or international market leaders. James studied accounting at QUT and then completed an MBA from Bond University.


Rupen Kotecha

A founder of the CFO Centre Australia, Rupen was on the Board of British Airways Regional Cargo based in the UK. Over his career to-date, which has included exposure to global organisations, Rupen has acquired invaluable knowledge and experience of the problems and opportunities facing large and small businesses in sales, operational and financial areas.
Rupen was Managing Director of the CFO Centre Australia before starting WA Leaders in 2015.


Charlotte Brown

A business strategist and marketing expert, Charlotte studied business and strategy in France and in the UK before landing in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA under scholarship. She became development manager for MAPS Group, the leading company servicing government agencies throughout Victoria, ACT and New South Wales. She then moved to the South West to invest in and develop several businesses in the tourism industry, as well as mentoring businesses. Charlotte also began lecturing at TAFE, focussing on  Business and Management programs for the past 13 years.


Karl Depiazzi

Karl holds a Double Major in Accounting and Public Practice from Edith Cowan University Western Australia and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.  Karl has over 18 years of executive management experience, both in the not for profit and large corporate environments. He is an experienced company director and consults to a range of businesses within the oil and gas, technology, resources, infrastructural and engineering industries. Karl is currently a director of Work Crews Australia, Mercantile Bridge, SNS Nursing Services, and is the deputy chairman of Forrest Personnel Ltd.


Adrian Egan

Adrian is a retired agricultural and environmental scientist with a background in application of emerging knowledge and technology in a research-to-implementation pathway.  He is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. In 1990, Adrian Egan was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST). In 2003 he received the Centenary Medal for services to Environmental Sciences, and in 2006 was awarded a Centenary of Agricultural Science Medal.


Nathan Omodei

Nathan has a solid track record in business having started and successfully grown several companies throughout his career. With tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Commerce and Finance and employment experience with several larger financial entities, Nathan has a strong finance background and an ability to develop and implement new strategies to drive business growth and profitability.  Nathan is currently Director & CEO of The Leisure Collective International which owns and distributes several Australian brands including Creatures of Leisure and OTIS Eyewear to the global surf and eyewear markets.


Andrew King

Andrew has a background in the development, funding and management of mining companies, from Chairmanship of an ASX300 company through to Executive Director roles plus operations and construction management. A Mining Engineer with additional qualifications in Accounting and Financial Management, he has extensive knowledge of Corporate Governance through his Board positions held in companies operating within Australia and overseas.
Andrew has experience in company start-ups from seed capital/angel funding through to Australian and international capital raisings in excess of A$100M. Currently a Director of a mining consultancy, he is also involved in the disability services sector as a Director of Enable WA.





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South West Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 15 Executive Leaders are selected each year.