With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) as a firm foundation, Ed has a sharp eye for increasing and diversifying shareholder value. His entrepreneurial expertise has featured the successful execution of mergers and acquisitions, public equities, re-engineering of distressed financial structures, and aligning visions for merged corporate entities.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Locker Group, Ed initiated an industry roll up that steered the Locker Group to revenues circa $200M, culminating in a sale to a U.S. listed entity. The next seven years saw him as the Vice President for AsiaPacific, where he managed further business expansion and subsequent diverse relationships in the complex Asia Pacific regions, with a focus on Chinese business relationships.
Ed’s philanthropic practices and corporate management history also includes a variety of involvement in the Australian Football League where, as a volunteer Director, Ed’s passion and drive to deliver a better community correlates directly with his commercial skill set.
Both a player and manager of people, Sam has spent almost two decades at the pinnacle of Australian sport with two very different, but elite, organisations. His first-hand experience in strategy, motivation, team dynamics, critical thinking and psychology are unparalleled.
Sam is best known for earned impressive accolades during his AFL career, playing 329AFL games, including four premierships – one as captain – and a Brownlow Medal.Yet he has been equally focused in life off the arena; Sam has completed aMaster’s in Business Administration at Monash University, and has appeared in multiple leadership training, including public speaking, culture development and organisational change management. Put simply, Sam understands what differentiates an average business from an outstanding commercial organisation.
Having completed a Master’s in Business Management at Monash University, Kevin has lengthy market experience having created, built and sold businesses to both publicly listed and private enterprises. His achievements led him to become the Director of Quantum Synergy (Vic) Pty Ltd Management Consultants.
Here, Kevin led organisations of significant size, scale and complexity, managing both horizontal and vertical growth initiatives, and personally orchestrating and negotiating strategic mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. He understands the value of disrupting the status quo, and is renowned for helping entities launch and execute profitable operational models, while developing corporate culture.
James has enjoyed a storied career, combining his passion for sports and entertainment across the last 20 years in his role of Managing Director for DSEG.
An industry expert, his impressive client portfolio of sportspeople and entertainers seek his wise counsel.
James also acts as Honorary Chief Executive of The Ponting Foundation, an organisation set up by Ricky and Rianna Ponting to help families with kids with cancer.
Richard spent 34 years in chartered accounting, including 22 years as a partner at KPMG. He also spent 10 years on the Board of the Hawthorn Football Club (2010-20), has served as Non-Executive Chairman of Vaughan Construction for the past five years, and continues to advise family groups and high net worth individuals.
Peter is an Australian Partner and Lead in Corporate Finance for Grant Thornton’s national activity. Bringing substantial breadth of experience, his specific sector expertise resides in Manufacturing, Technology and Infrastructure; within those, Peter’s core competencies include Merger and Acquisitions as well as deal structuring.