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
designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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
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 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
South West Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 15 Executive Leaders are selected each year.