Meet the Judges

Deborah Morandin

CEO of Entrepreneurs Paradise


CEO of Entrepreneurs Paradise, Deborah brings together the biggest and brightest entrepreneurs across the world together to create opportunities that change the world for the better. Many of these groups at the homes of Sir Richard Branson.

Sharon Armstrong

Business Owner

Sharon has owned and operated a health and wellness business in the Moreton Bay Region for the last 10 years. The business is a centre for Sharon’s passion for healthy families and currently employs 32 staff and therapists. Sharon also has a passion for business in the region and has been an active member of her local chamber of commerce and other committees for more than four years.

Professor Karen Becker

Deputy Head (Research & Engagement), USC Business School; Professor of Management

Professor Karen Becker is the Discipline Leader for Management, HRM and Entrepreneurship, and Deputy Head (Research and Engagement) in the USC Business School. She has been researching and teaching the management and development of people in the workplace for over 15 years. Prior to this, she worked for 12 years in corporate human resource management and consulting roles. Karen’s main area of expertise is workforce development for innovation and change in the workplace.

Nette Griggs

Director RDA Moreton Bay

Nette Griggs has had an extensive career in local and state government and the community sector in different parts of Australia including areas as diverse as the City of Sydney and Woomera in the South Australian outback and East Timor. She has managed a wide variety of services and facilities and she has led significant organisational change agendas and participated contentious urban renewal projects.

Returning home to Queensland in 2007, Nette took up the position of CEO in a Moreton Bay community organisation, contributing to significant changes in their operation and funding model and building strong local, state and federal government partnerships. In late 2011 after a short contract of six months returning to local government in the outback, Nette took up a position working with Queensland Health Metro North Hospital and Health Service in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit.

Mat Davis

Founder of Australian Coastal and Marine Ecology / Coastal Protection Core

Mathew is an amazon best-selling co-Author, International Speaker, Entrepreneur, Award-Winning Marine Scientist, Educator, Mentor and Thought Leader. Mathew founded the Award Winning Australian Coastal and Marine Ecology Environmental Consultancy, and later founded Coastal Protection Core both based in Scarborough Queensland.

He is a member of the University of the Sunshine Coast Scientific Industry Advisory Committee, and Moreton Maritime Alliance Committees. Mathew has won a number of awards, most recently the University of the Sunshine Coast Alumni of the Year Award 2017 for his incredible work across local ecological and environmental management within the Moreton Bay region, most notably on the iconic Moreton Bay Rail Project.

Mathew was invited to Sir Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island for the incredible innovations and inspiration across the globe in Marine Science in 2017, where he spent a week with Richard discussing how they could collaborate across the globe on key issues facing our oceans and our environment.

Peter Kellett

Manager of Innovation, Enterprise and Technology at Grace Lutheran College

Peter Kellett is the Manager of Innovation, Enterprise and Technology at Grace Lutheran College. Serving nearly 20 years educating the regions youth with a primary focus on Technology. Peter is a National leader in the field of educational robotics for high school students and has taken young people all over the world to compete in robotics competitions. Peter is also a member of the Innovate Moreton Bay Steering Committee and give freely of his time to support innovation in the region.

Mike Smith

Founder / Start-Up Mentor

Mike Smith, serial Founder, start-up mentor and business technology specialist. Mike’s combined 15 years of product, marketing and project management experience across mining, automotive, employment and tech.

Passionate about providing pathways for all people to create a positive impact in this world Mike is now actively working to create a sustainable early stage business hub within the Moreton Bay Region bringing founders, investors, businesses and community together.

Deborah Wilson

Head of Careers, Leadership Development and Consulting Services

Deborah is the Head of OnTalent Careers, Leadership Development and Consulting Services and is a Thought Leader in Careers. She has over 20 years in Executive Leadership positions, from Australasian Sales & Marketing Manager to CEO of a listed entity, and combines this with her interest in business and community via serving on Boards as a Non-Executive Director.

Paul Russell

Executive Director - Innovation Programs & Engagement
Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID)
Queensland Government

Paul joined the Queensland Government in 2003 and has held Senior Executive Service (SES) level positions responsible for the leading the development and implementation of strategic policy development and service delivery in areas including trade and investment, advanced manufacturing, development of the State’s ICT and other enabling technology sectors and the creative industries.

With the formation of the Department of Science, IT & Innovation (DSITI) in 2012, Paul was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Digital Economy and Productivity. This unit developed the GoDigitalQLD digital economy strategy which included a range of firsts for Queensland in digital literacy, community engagement, digital infrastructure and startups. It also supported Australia’s first Chair in Digital Economy at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2015, Paul’s role was expanded to take on the Government’s Open Data policy.

With the ramping up of the Government’s $205M Advance Queensland initiative, in September 2016 Paul moved into the Innovation Division with responsibility for delivery of a range of startup and business facing grants programs and projects. He has been responsible for delivering the Government’s flagship innovation space – The (startup) Precinct in the historical TC Bierne building in Fortitude Valley (over 5,000 sq metres), the $6m Advancing Regional Innovation Program, the Ignite Ideas commercialisation support fund ($26.5m invested in 203 Queensland ventures), The Australian first, Hot DesQ startup landing program (53 international and interstate startups supported to move to Qld), the Industry Accelerators Fund (7 tech accelerator programs running in Qld), the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships graduate placement program ($3m supporting over 60 SMEs to employ a graduate).

Paul is also responsible for the department’s Innovate Qld program of workshops and webinars delivered by the Impact Innovation Group and the department’s contract with Myriad Technology Events to deliver the annual Myriad Festival.

Tracy Constable

Queensland Stakeholder Engagement Manager for AusIndustry

Tracy Constable is the Queensland Stakeholder Engagement Manager for AusIndustry within the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Tracy has worked for AusIndustry since 2007 and focuses on stakeholder engagement across all levels of government and with regional organisations and industry groups. Part of Tracy’s role is to assist business identify what government assistance is available to suit their needs or requirements with the view to assist them grow, innovate and prosper.

Shaun Reeves

Chartered Accountant and Director of SRJ Walker Wayland

Shaun is currently a Chartered Accountant and Director of SRJ Walker Wayland, business advisors, accountants and auditors. With 25 years’ experience in that role, Shaun has mentored hundreds of businesses helping to formulate and implement growth and profit strategies across many industries.

Margaret Goody

Managing Director | Human Resources & Employee Relations Strategist

Margaret offers practical hands-on experience and knowledge that assists clients to define, develop and implement people management strategies using employer branding frameworks to maximise their ability to achieve business objectives.

This approach helps clients build a dynamic culture and the internal systems that identify, attract and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time who then drive business success.

Her expertise comes from working across a variety of business and industry within small-to-medium and corporate enterprises including the resources, construction, projects, not-for-profit and professional services sectors with a focus on employee relations and human resource management together with enabling communication and stakeholder management strategies.

Key strengths include a broad knowledge and understanding of the contemporary landscape relating to the development and implementation of HR policies and processes and strategies for employee engagement, recruitment, retention and employer branding.

Professional qualifications include Graduate Diploma in Management (Australian Graduate School of Management), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and JP (Qual).

Bob Crudgington

President of Redcliffe Environmental Forum

Bob founded the Redcliffe Environmental Forum in 2005, and has been actively involved in community engagement and citizen science focusing on raising public awareness and looking after some of the regions natural habitats.

Bob is a former international and medal-winning Olympic softball coach and high performance manager for Diving Australia. Bob grew up in Redcliffe and developed a love for Moreton Bay and its wildlife. He studied marine biology at the University of Queensland and specialised in crustaceans and their use of intertidal areas. He has spent most of his career as a professional coach and high performance manager. These days he works for UQ as a researcher and lecturer in sports coaching as well as an online learning designer. Bob also has a consultancy business, Manic Multimedia P/L, where has worked on developing training resources and programs for sporting organisations, the cleaning industry, environmental organisations and induction resources for teachers working in remote areas of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Dominique is the Commercial Strategy Manager at News Corp Australia, whose major focus is on brand and product strategy, plus corporate communication and major projects across the wider business. This follows four years as the Marketing Manager for Brisbane's community newspaper and magazine brands and their digital platforms, marketing to both consumers and businesses. The role also saw her manage major partnerships for News Corp brands and develop strategic marketing solutions for clients, utilising News Corp print and digital assets.

Dominique has 15 years' experience in consumer marketing and B2B (trade marketing) roles across corporate, education, not-for-profit and media sectors. Over these years she has developed broad experience including marketing and promotions, events and sponsorship, brand, product and digital strategy, PR, corporate communications and project management.

Qualifications include a Mini MBA in Marketing, BA Business (PR and Integrated Marketing Communication), BA Creative Industries (Media and Communication). She also mentors up and coming marketing students who are interested in learning about the field.