Lisa Rundel –  Founder and Director of Lost Trades Fair

Lisa Rundell, Founder and Director, Lost Trades Fair and Tomahawk Marketing + PR

Lisa Rundell has spent more than 25 years in marketing, business development, brand execution and strategic planning, working for multinational companies and agencies at senior levels both in Australia and overseas. In 2008 she started Tomahawk Marketing, a communications agency specialising in creative brand strategy, events and PR; consulting to advertising agencies and direct to client.

Lisa grew up in the Macedon Ranges, she moved back in 2011 and with husband Glen, a Windsor Chairmaker opened Rundell&Rundell; a retail shop showcasing the work of traditional artisans and a workshop that teaches chairmaking and offers classes with traditional master artisans. As an advocate for craftsmanship and rare trades, Lisa realised that traditional tradespeople received little in the way of promotion or acknowledgement in the arts and cultural landscape. The interest in craftsmanship was growing, yet access to traditional skills and the people who practise them had been lost. In 2012 a small idea grew into one of the largest events for traditionally trained artisans in the country. The Lost Trades Fair was born on the principle that people are fascinated when artisans openly demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge. The Lost Trades Fair has grown over six years, showcasing more than 200 artisans, both local and international, over ten fairs across three states to a combined audience of more than 100,000 people. The Fair in Kyneton attracts more than 20,000 people each year and will in 2020 move to Bendigo to better cater for a growing audience to regional Victoria.

Paul Henderson – Regional Manager – Northern Victoria, AusIndustry

Paul Henderson, Regional Manager – Northern Victoria, AusIndustry

Paul Henderson is Regional Manager – Northern Victoria, AusIndustry – Business Services and has assisted many Micro and SME businesses over the last 18 years. He’s worked with start-ups in the preplanning and establishment stage through to established business helping to implement improvements, identify opportunities and develop business networks and alliances. Paul has worked in regional Victoria developing connections and building knowledge about the needs of business communities and the techniques needed in creating economic growth. Paul also has experience in the ICT, community development, printing, event management and telecommunications Industry.

Gavin Coffey – retired CEO, Bolwell Corporation Australia Pty Ltd

Gavin Coffey, retired CEO, Bolwell Corporation Australia Pty Ltd

Gavin has had over 35 years’ experience in senior management roles within the manufacturing sector both in the Automotive Component and Heavy Transport industries.

Gavin’s most recent role before retirement was nine years as General Manager/CEO with Bolwell Corporation Australia Pty Ltd a manufacturers of heavy truck components, caravans and sports cars.  Prior to this he served as General Manager of Operations with Hella Australia, manufacturers of automotive lighting systems.

Gavin also spent 10 years as the manager of the VDO Instruments Australia Pty Ltd Kyneton Factory.

Kate Gamble – President of Maldon Inc. and owner of The Shopkeepers Quarters and The Miner’s Pride

Kate Gamble – President of Maldon Inc. and owner of The Shopkeepers Quarters and The Miner’s Pride

Kate Gamble is currently President of Maldon Inc, owns The Shopkeeper’s Quarters (Maldon) and The Miner’s Pride (Castlemaine), both of which are short-stay accommodation, and teaches part-time at the University of Melbourne’s School of Design.

Rebecca Pedretti – Coordinator Economic Development Hepburn Shire Council

Rebecca Pedretti – Coordinator Economic Development, Hepburn Shire Council

Rebecca Pedretti is Coordinator Economic Development Hepburn Shire Council and has been working in local government for 18 years.  She has a background in tourism and events and is a keen supporter of small business.  She is thrilled to be a judge for Mt Alexander Business Awards, as there are so many fantastic businesses who deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Genevieve Wearne – Owner, The Flop House

Genevieve Wearne – Owner, The Flop House

Genevieve is the owner and operator of Flop House (est 2013), a unique, quality accommodation experience in the Macedon Ranges and Central Victorian Goldfields. Flop House currently offers nine luxurious local lodgings, Tokyo bikes, tailored guides and hampers made up of locally sourced breakfast provisions. Genevieve also runs a retail premises on Piper Street that specialises in products loved and “road tested” by her guests.

In her spare time she walks the Goldfields Track and is keen to see more bike and walking trails developed in the Macedon Ranges. Genevieve is passionate about animal welfare in the racing industry and is responsible for rescuing and rehabilitating discarded greyhounds. Previously CEO of Skills Hub – Creative + Leisure Industries Council and responsible for delivering high level strategic advice to government on skills and workforce development opportunities for the creative and leisure sectors.

Lorraine le Plastrier – Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Lorraine le Plastrier – Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Lorraine le Plastrier is the Chairperson of MASDAG. (Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group) She is also a Visual Artist and Musician who has exhibited and has her work represented in different states in Australia as well as overseas. She loves our bush and its secrets and she loves living in our Shire. She plays in the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra and sings with the Peace Choir in Castlemaine. She is also a wheelchair user.

Paul Gianni – Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Paul Gianni – Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Paul has the lived experience of having low vision.  He currently works as a Senior Disability and Equity Advisor; has been appointed to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.  He has lived in Castlemaine for more than 30 years and is a passionate advocate for improved inclusion of people with disabilities.

Nicky Thomas – Owner, The Little Church at Spring Hill Peony Farm

Nicky Thomas – Owner, The Little Church at Spring Hill Peony Farm

Nicky is a Registered Architect practicing in the Macedon Ranges.

Post graduate with an MBA, currently also working in Agriculture as part owner of the Spring Hill Peony Farm and beef production.

During Spring and Autumn, she runs a busy wedding venue at the Little Church in Spring Hill.

Mac Barry – Lazard Asset Management

Mac Barry – Lazard Asset Management

Mac Barry is Head of Asian Trading for a Global Asset Management firm, Lazard. He has more than 20 years experience in Investment Banking both in Europe and Asia.

Mac has had a base in Spring Hill since 2000 and owns and assists in the running of the Spring Hill Peony farm.

Tony McDermott –  Engineering Commissioning Services

Tony McDermott – National Client Relationship Manager (recently retired), Engineering Commissioning Services

A resident of Taradale for 14 years, Tony has recently retired from his position as the National Client Relationship Manager for Engineering Commissioning Services, a commissioning management company under the umbrella of Tetra Tech, an international consulting and engineering services company.

In his various roles in senior management positions, including a stint in London building a business unit during the GFC, Tony has a strong track record of establishing business units that are sustainable and profitable for the long term. His communication skills have enabled him to develop a diverse and extensive network of professional contacts.

Whilst Tony has a successful track record in the corporate sphere, he is excited to be able to pursue his passion for sustainability and recently developed interest in regenerative agriculture. He shares his life with his partner Mary and together they have renovated their house in Taradale to be more energy efficient, and live off-grid to fulfill long held ambitions to be more sustainable in their lives.

Lead consultant at Xbrain

Daniel Bone, Lead Consultant Xbrain

Daniel Bone has operated successful Australian technology, publishing and consulting businesses for over 25 years.  He works with businesses and community organisations to help them adopt technology, improve marketing, plan for regrowth and raise capital.  Daniel lives on a small farm in Muckleford.