Board Starter Program

Find your A-Team

As a Certified Chair and GAICD, I am qualified to deliver the board starter program which is a 90-day program which allows you to strategically develop your own charter and choose the right framework for your new advisory board.

The Board Starter Program is the most important component of establishing the right governance framework for your business. This guide is a blueprint in establishing quality protocols, helping you to make key decisions on how you will execute and support your strategy long term.

This program consists of:

  • an online questionnaire
  • 3 half-day meetings over 3 months.

Program Structure


Activity: Growth Assessment

You will complete an online survey prior to your first meeting. Your certified chair will review the report results with you in the Establishment meeting to better understand the business priorities that are important to you.


Activity: 90 Day Establishment Meeting

This meeting will review your Growth Assessment and commence a governance checklist to get things done during this process.

As we take a practical approach to governance and board development, this enables you to review your internal governance, business planning and business practices. An action plan will be created with you to address any gaps you may have in your governance foundations in 90 days.


Activity: Governance Structure Meeting

This meeting will review your progress on your 90-day plan.

You will also take a deeper dive in understanding where value is created and lost in your business using the Value Chain Assessment. Critical thinking and slow evaluation has many benefits in the long term. This meeting is a “step back” to enable you to “step forward” to gain greater confidence in the long term.

A key outcome of this meeting is the creation of your longer-term pathway for your governance structure. Pending on your progress and business needs you will articulate:

  • The business stage you are in
  • A measured goal for the next 18 months
  • Board structure options
  • Key priorities for management, directors and your board
  • Identify the Advisor, Expert or Director profiles

At this stage, you may or may not be ready to submit an Expression of Interest to start connecting with Advisors. Your Certified Chair will do this with you.


Activity: Governance Framework Meeting

This meeting will finalise your governance framework. If a Formalised Advisory Board is the right path for you and your action plan is completed, the outcomes from this meeting include:

  • A completed Advisory Board Charter
  • Advisor Interview preparation
  • Meeting calendar and approach established
  • Meeting Agenda structure
  • Preparation for the Advisor Orientation
  • Finalisation of your Board Pack including:
    • Business Plan
    • Financial Pack
    • Directors Declaration
    • Business Growth Assessment
    • You may also have other documentation pending on your Advisory Board Charter

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Gavin Keeley

Gavin Keeley is an experienced technologist and business leader with a career spanning 4 decades in international consultancy and executive corporate roles across a diverse range of industry sectors, working in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

He has been at the (b)leading edge of commercialising emergent technologies, from the advent of the Personal Computer, through internet, cloud computing, to pioneering the commercial deployment of emergent Large Language Model AI and computer vision in classified Defence Intelligence projects since 2015.He has consistently been an early adopter, and has been featured in articles, and spoken
at conferences for several decades.

He has continually supported Queensland for instance having researched, then lobbied Federal, State, and Local Government for seven years, to establish an undersea fibre optic connection direct to the internet, with the network finally commissioned and operational in March 2020. He co-founded the Silicon Coast group in 2014, which has over 2,000 supporters, where he continues to mentor founders and support the growth of the region’s Digital Economy, and has also served as The President of SunCoast Angels.

In 2018, he was made a member of the Queensland Pearcey Entrepreneur Hall of Fame then in 2021 was inducted as a Fellow into the Australian Computer Society Hall of Fame for his distinguished contribution to the field of ICT in Australia, and in 2022 he was given a special achievement award by the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur for consistently contributing to a connected and inclusive Queensland innovation ecosystem.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of The Sunshine Coast, serving as a current member of the Planning and Resources Committee of the University Council and was recently appointed Chair of Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast, by Federal Minister Kristy McBain MP.

In 2023 he joined Flower Group as Venture Partnerships Director where he is currently working with CSIRO to commercialise their considerable IP catalogue.

“I’ve spent my entire life living in the future and I’m impatient for you all to join me there”.

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Ryan Hollis

Ryan Hollis is a distinguished sustainability expert with over 25 years of experience transforming business sustainability across manufacturing, construction and resources industries. As the Founder of everfocus, Ryan leverages his extensive real-world experience to guide businesses toward delivering maximum impact, growth, and long-term sustainability. His expertise spans industrial engineering, business improvement, and sustainability, making him an invaluable asset to any advisory board.

As a business owner, Ryan intimately understands the challenges businesses face when implementing change. His extensive experience across roles in Health and Safety, Transport and Logistics, Operations, Risk, Environment, Technology, Community, Major Projects, and External Affairs equip him with the insights needed to drive innovation and growth while managing stakeholder expectations. This unique perspective reassures businesses that they are in capable hands.

During his tenure as the Head of HSEC and External Affairs at BHP Manganese Australia, Ryan was not just a part of sustainability initiatives; he was the driving force behind them. His expertise in strategic planning, system design, governance, and community engagement across diverse geographic and regulatory environments adds unique value for his clients. Simon Marr, Managing Director of Marr Contracting, notes, "One of Ryan's key strengths is that he has come from an industry that arguably needs to change the most regarding sustainability, and he understands the commercial and organisational drivers that can impact change." Ryan has helped Marr Contracting source and utilise renewable diesel in their tower cranes, reducing carbon emissions by over 80%.

Ryan's advisory skills in external and regulatory ESG expectations for SMEs also include a detailed understanding of global trends driving sustainability and how supply chain dynamics influence local businesses. As part of the Next Level Education & Advisory Program, Ryan will bring his extensive experience to help local manufacturers identify and overcome sustainability challenges, driving profitability and sustainability.

Showcasing this potential is an ESG governance project recently delivered for an ASX-listed building fixtures manufacturing client. Ryan's guidance resulted in the proactive detection of significant waste in electricity and water use across their operations. The project also gave the CEO and board better transparency on where innovation must occur within their supply chain to remain competitive and sustainable.

Ryan holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering, and an Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety. His academic background and professional experience prepare him to tackle complex sustainability challenges. Read his LinkedIn profile here.

With three young children and a deep affinity for the ocean and land, Ryan's passion for sustainability is profound. He believes that sustainable development is not just a professional pursuit but a personal mission. His dedication to preserving the environment for future generations is a testament to his character. "I'm happy if I can create, connect, illuminate, and lead businesses to be more sustainable, and I am particularly excited for the value we can create through the Next Level program," says Ryan, reflecting his unwavering commitment to making a lasting impact.

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Katrina Brennan

Katrina has been in the accounting profession since she was 19, starting as a junior and climbing through the ranks to Director of a mid-tier Brisbane city based firm before joining SRJ Walker Wayland on the Sunshine Coast as Principal. I have 30 years experience in the profession, working across any different industries.

Current roles:
Principal/Owner – SRJ Walker Wayland – Sunshine Coast
Director – Turbine Sunshine Coast
Mentor – Qld Government Mentoring for Growth
Caloundra Chamber of Commerce - Treasurer
Mindshop – Accredited Facilitator

Business advice
Tax consulting and compliance
Corporate transactions
Family Businesses
Strategic planning
Business mentoring

Katrina specialises in advising small, medium and large business clients engaged in activities across a variety of industries including professional services, building and construction, Manufacturers and service industries. Regularly assisting business owners with their personal affairs in addition to their business operations.

Forming good relationships with clients is very important to Katrina. She believes the more time she invests in relationships, the more she can learn about her clients and their businesses.

Katrina is a huge advocate for supporting her local community by helping business owners take control of their businesses – including setting up, selecting the right structure, growing in the right direction, at the right pace and getting the right systems and technology in place to support growth.

Katrina and the team have collaborated with industry groups and events to connect their clients with other businesses on the Sunshine Coast which has led to exciting new collaborations and partnerships. Sponsoring and partnering with industry events has seen the teamwork alongside industry groups such as Awesome Women in Construction, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturing Excellence Forum FAN and Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

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Rebecca Ramsay

Rebecca Ramsay is an accomplished business owner and qualified Coach, Advisor and Advisory Board Chair, dedicated to empowering business owners and leaders. With a dynamic and engaging communication style, Rebecca excels in understanding, developing, motivating, and focusing individuals through coaching and mentoring relationships. Her extensive experience spans both SMEs and corporate environments, providing her with a unique perspective on identifying improvement opportunities for both people and systems.

Throughout her career, Rebecca has owned and operated four businesses and has worked with hundreds more in her coaching and advisory practice. Additionally, she is skilled in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Advanced Insights Profiling, and is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.

Rebecca’s expertise is demonstrated through her current ventures. Through Clear Light Capital, she provides strategic advice and executive coaching to business leaders, focusing on growth, results, team development, and engagement. Whether you're a leader, executive, board member, investor, founder, or business owner, Rebecca helps you leverage your natural talents and those of your team to achieve success. She excels at uncovering areas that may have been overlooked, enhancing decision-making and leadership capabilities.

In addition, Rebecca is at the helm of LeverageMe, where the team partners with business owner-operators to deliver management matchmaking for businesses ready to secure General Manager support essential for growth and success.

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David Neal

David has extensive experience specializing in leadership, management, strategy, project management, and organisational change.

David is a highly energetic, charismatic, and committed leader who takes pride in inspiring others to reach their full potential and allowing organizations to find their competitive edge. David’s experience stems from fourteen years as a leader within the Australian Army as an Army Officer. He was directly responsible for managing highly diverse teams and projects ranging in size and complexity. He has specialist skills in raising, training, and sustaining teams, risk management, and significant hands-on experience understanding, analyzing, and developing group dynamics.

David Neal has previously been featured in Forbes magazine and developed an extensive follower base on LinkedIn. Recently, he has been acknowledged for the following awards: Top 200 Global Leaders (Leaders Hum), LinkedIn Top 20 Voices Australia, and Top 50 Innovative Coaches (Global Leaders Today).

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Chris Scott

I am an inspirational, results-driven business development leader specialising in individual and organisational alignment to personal and strategic intent. My resolve is to inspire leader and executive team performance to ensure results-oriented business outcomes. I am passionate about empowering individuals and organisations to reach their potential. Working with and guiding senior leaders, board directors, and executives to create exceptional outcomes or unveil considerable opportunities. I firmly believe that the path to individual and business success is empowerment over power … great leaders inspire leadership qualities in others’ capability to lead.

I bring more than 25 years’ experience as a Chief Executive in the health and corporate sector underpinned by a strong foundation of academic success and business acumen. I have gathered a myriad of skills and experiences which places me at the forefront to be a significant and practical resource for any business entity seeking tangible results.

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Scott Oxford

Scott has been a partner in creative agency New Word Order for nearly 20 years and heads creative and strategy. He is developing a new B2C and B2B2C SaaS business in the health and wellbeing space. He is also a certified advisory board chair.

He stays busy as a founder, creative, writer, strategist, facilitator, producer, speaker and podcaster.

He is driven by the power of human decision making across personal, professional, commercial and organisational spheres and the power of evidence to inform strategy that achieves change, either solving problem or unlocking potential.

Scott is a recognised expert in the separate, and sometimes, related, fields of brand and behaviour change. His work over the past few decades has focused individually on both disciplines, leading brand strategy and using brand to transform the leadership and prospects of businesses and organisations.
Scott has also led and written most of the behaviour change campaign projects produced by NWO over the last few decades. These campaigns have been independently proven to successfully empower people to make positive changes in their lives, from key personal decision making through to preventative health, safety, crisis management and ethical and sustainable choices. He led the development of the scientifically informed and proven behaviour change methodology the agency still successfully uses today. Scott is proud to know that all of this work contributes positively to people and the environment, and most importantly, that sometimes, it saves people’s lives.

Scott is an active thought leader in the brand space and hosts a podcast called BrandJam where he interviews leading minds across brand and marketing and encourages them to share their expertise.

He’s also developed many of the brand methodologies unique to the agency today and together with his agency team has developed a framework for evidence-based insights driven strategy around brand and has successfully implemented it across a wide range of businesses organisations and brand projects in government and private sector.

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Kevin Bennett

An experienced and motivated senior manager who has worked in Public and Private sectors, delivering a wide range of Performance andProcess Improvement Programs. This experience is being used to support the development and deployment of Strategic Plans, Improving Customer Satisfaction, Team Building, Coaching, Project Management, Business and Workforce Excellence, Leadership and Management Development, Financial and Operational Performance for organisations who want to improve their performance by building a positive culture to continuous improvement. 

An AICD Graduate, Founding Director / Advisory Group member for Manufacturing Excellence Forum and Vice-President Cleantech Network.

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Angie Hammond

Angie is an experienced, enthusiastic and determined advisor, mentor and marketer who has a mission to inspire, educate and transform small businesses into scaling businesses that thrive. With a passion for creating connections that bring opportunity and cohesion to a company, she has a slightly different view of the world where she sees pathways that can often be missed.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing and a number of years working on Advisory Boards, over 13 years as a mentor with programs such as Mentoring for Growth, Arc Hardware Hub, Ignite + program she is well equipped to listen, hear and then develop tangible and feasible solutions to sometimes tricky problems.

As a qualified trainer and assessor Angie is able to facilitate workshops and run courses with a passion that is palpable. As a certified chair and qualified company director she brings understanding of good governance and the importance of risk mitigation to the table. Working with hundreds of small and scaling companies over the past few years she has the understanding of what can and will throw a business off course and how to get it back on track.

With a passion for Advisory Boards and the understanding and experience in seeing just how transformative they can be, Angie has set up the Next Level program to deliver the understanding of what an Advisory Board can do for a small business that is on the cusp of growth.

Angie’s personal guarantee is that you will learn lots, you will love the process, you will not be bored and you will scale your businesses in the direction you want to go in and we will hold your hands whilst you do it. Its time to take your business to the Next Level.

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