Ian Carson – Co-Founder & Chairman
Ian is a founding Partner and Chairman of Partners of PPB Advisory. He has been instrumental in turning around organisations in crisis and helped clients to protect their financial positions and reputations. Ian was a Board member of the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital 1992–1996 and the PPB Advisory team leader supporting the successful 2010 settlement by Diego for Thalidomide victims.
Ian gained a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University, a Post Graduate Diploma of Accounting at La Trobe University and completed the Owner President Manager course at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Director and Chairman of Partners, PPB Advisory. Ian is a member of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council (Melbourne) and member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and Trustee, SecondBite Future Trust.
Simone co-founded SecondBite with Ian Carson in 2005. A registered Nurse with a keen focus on children’s health, Simone worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. She also gained a certificate in Pediatric Intensive Care. Simone completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University and the Graduate Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a special interest in volunteers, who are the “golden thread” enabling the significant growth and expansion of SecondBite’s work in the community. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Food Security Advisory Committee, Volunteer Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. She is a board member of the St Vincent’s Institute Foundation
Flavia has extensive experience as a senior corporate lawyer with Telstra and as a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. She has many years of experience in the Telstra Legal Services team, including acting as Assistant Company Secretary, and Company Secretary for the Telstra Foundation. Prior to this Flavia was a Senior Associate at King Wood & Mallesons. Flavia has a wide range of both legal and management experience, particularly in the areas of Product Management, Corporate Governance, Treasury, Trade Practices, Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law. Flavia is a member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and the Queensland Advisory Committee.
Bob Glindemann had over 41 years with Shell, with extensive experience in logistics, supply chain management and all aspects of marketing and sales in industrial, agricultural, mining and manufacturing markets. Roles over that time covered Australia and New Zealand as well as Global and Regional Leadership with his final appointment being Managing Director - Commercial Oceania. After retirement from Shell in 2001, Bob was the Principal of PRO NED Vic Pty Ltd until 2006. Currently he is Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Navy Health Limited.
Bob has been a Rotarian for over 39 years with the Rotary Clubs of Darwin, Brisbane Metropolitan, Adelaide, French’s Forest, Sydney and Melbourne. He is a past President of Darwin and Melbourne.
His current community interests include being Chairman of the Rotary Club of Melbourne East Timor Committee, Deputy Chair of Very Special Kids Foundation and Director of CARE Australia. Director of East Timor Roofing and Training UNIP.LDA (An East Timor Company). Chairman Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety
David is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers. He was a partner with Blake Dawson from 1989 to 2010, during which time he occupied various leadership positions, and led a number of major transactions for clients such as ANZ and BHP Billiton. In 2010, David rejoined BHP Billiton, where he spent three years as Head of Group Legal and Chief Compliance Officer. He rejoined Ashurst, (formerly Blake Dawson) as a partner in September 2013.
Andrew is currently Partner, King & Wood Mallesons and Adjunct Senior Associate, Faulty of Law, Monash University. Andrew specialises in competition law (including third party access), utility regulation, joint ventures, contracts and intellectual property. In competition law he concentrates on transactions, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) approvals of mergers and acquisitions and advice and compliance programs, including National Competition Policy reforms. He has been involved in significant Australian and international and global mergers and acquisitions and competition law issues across various essential industries. Andrew also specialises in franchising and other forms of distribution and dealer arrangements. Andrew has co-lectured in competition law at Monash University for a number of years.
Sheridan is Managing Director and Principal of Shed Enterprises Pty Ltd, a specialised financial services public relations and third-party marketing consultancy and has over 23 years of experience in PR and marketing within financial services in Australia. After starting her career in financial journalism, Sheridan then moved into marketing, working with global financial services groups including Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and Alliance Capital. Initially devoted to marketing global investment management firms in Australia, Sheridan has worked for a number of leading financial services houses in various capacities including business development and media strategy for groups like Adveq Management AG, Neuberger Berman LLC, Bridgewater Associates, Old Mutual plc, CDC Ixis Asset Management, Standard Life Group, Augustus Asset Managers, Axa Rosenberg Investment Management Ltd., Acadian Asset Management and Challenger International.
Sam has over 15 years of experience across the FMCG, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries. Sam’s professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients. In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. Menora is a marketer and distributor of some of Australia’s most trusted brands and owns the brands Wattle Valley and Peckish. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. Under Sam’s leadership, Menora developed an innovative business model and invested in their people, brands and infrastructure that took the business to unprecedented levels of growth. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region
Elliot Costello is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP. To date, YGAP has significantly and measurably impacted the lives of over 180,000 people living in poverty. The organisation aims to back 1,000 early-stage ventures to improve the lives of one million lives by 2018. YGAP raises funds through an entrepreneurial approach, owning and running profitable social ventures and fundraising campaigns to fund their work in the field. Elliot has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN) in New York and at several UN and leading social enterprise conferences across the Middle East and Asia. He is a leading voice on youth issues, social entrepreneurship and innovative fundraising in Australia.
Georgia Beattie is the CEO of Start Up Victoria, the largest entrepreneurship group in Victoria. As CEO, Georgia has been charged with the responsibility “to make Victoria the number one tech destination in the Asia Pacific,”. Georgia is a successful, global entrepreneur & a pioneer of the single-serve wine industry. Georgia founded Single Serve Packaging in 2010 after attending a festival and asking for a glass of wine only to be told it was too hard to serve at large functions. Single Serve specialises in pre-filling wine in a shatterproof PET plastic wine glass for places where glass is dangerous or just inconvenient. With a passion for business & innovation, entrepreneurship has been a major focus in her studies domestically (RMIT) & with the #1 university of Entrepreneurship Internationally, Babson. While at University Georgia was awarded an Honouree Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2008 for receiving marks within the top 2% as well as having her work published in Marketing Core Concepts & Applications, 2nd Edition (John Wiley 2007).
Craig is a Senior Logistics professional with more than 15 years’ experience within retail Logistics, having held senior Logistics roles across Australia’s two largest supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths. Craig is currently General Manager of Logistics at Coles Supermarkets, which is one of Australia’s largest Supply Chains. He is responsible for all day to day operations of Distribution and Transport, as well as the future strategic direction of this function within Coles. Craig leads 9000+ team members across both Distribution and Transport. These responsibilities encompass team member safety and well-being, service to stores, operational efficiency and driving a positive culture within a business function which supplies 20+ million cartons to Coles stores every week. Coles continues its journey to become Australia’s best food retailer, and fully supports the role of SecondBite through a major partnership in providing healthy food for people in need. Craig is also a Board member of the Australian Logistics Council.
Rebecca is a Partner with law firm MinterEllison, in the Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in distribution and supply chain issues in all industries including, automotive, energy, fast moving consumer goods, fitness and telecommunications. She also regularly advises on regulatory compliance (including competition and franchising) intellectual property, comparative advertising and general dispute resolution. She regularly speaks at legal events, including the International Bar Association's annual conference, on legal issues arising from international distribution arrangements.
Benedicte is an experienced senior executive, company director and corporate counsel. She is particularly experienced in creating and leading multi-national joint ventures and public-private partnerships for large infrastructure operations. Benedicte is recognised for her ability to deliver improved safety, higher customer satisfaction and sustained financial performance within complex contracts for essential infrastructure services.
As Chief Executive of Keolis Downer, Benedicte led the largest private operator of multi-modal public transport in Australia. Under her leadership Yarra Trams, the largest tram network in the world, delivered superior customer satisfaction and the lowest fare evasion on record; GoldLink, the Gold Coast’s first light rail line successfully commenced operations and surpassed all patronage estimates; and KD acquired a significant bus operator doubling the size of KD’s business in Australia. Currently KD transports over 210 million people every year and has 4,000 employees operating public transport in five states. Additionally, Benedicte has overseen PPP and franchise contract bids for light rail in Canberra and commuter rail in Wellington and franchise extensions in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
As Refinancing Project Manager, Acting CEO and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary at Aquasure, the international joint venture responsible for the finance, design, construction and operation of Australia’s largest desalination plant, Benedicte led a $3.7Bn refinancing which lowered the cost of debt, diversified funding and strengthened the capital structure of the business. She is deeply experienced in negotiating complex long term contracts with multiple private, government and international parties.
In Paris, Benedicte was the co-founder and partner of the law firm, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associates where she handled large merger and acquisition transactions.
Benedicte holds a Baccalaureate with distinction in Mathematics and Science and an MBA from ESSEC in Paris. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Business and Tax Law from University of Strasbourg and is admitted to practice law at the Paris bar. Benedicte is an Australian citizen based in Sydney. She is fluent in English and French.