Speakers

Nick Abrahams
Nick Abrahams
Global Leader,
Digital Transformation Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nick is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology and was just named in Engatica’s 2023 list of the World’s Top 200 Business Innovators. He has been a partner at international professional services firm Norton Rose Fulbright for over twenty years, spending the last eight years in global technology and innovation leadership roles. Nick co-created the world’s first AI-enabled privacy chatbot and won the Financial Times newspaper’s Asia Innovator or the Year Award.

He is the Co-founder of LawPath, an online legal solution which has served over 400,000 customers. He is a Professor at Bond University where he researches and teaches high performance in professional services.

Nick was on the board of ASX300 company, Integrated Research, for six years and is currently on the boards of the Garvan Foundation, the Vodafone/TPG Foundation and the Sydney Film Festival. He is the host of the popular podcast Web3 goes Mainstream and the author of the Amazon best selling books Big Data, Big Responsibilities and Digital Disruption in Australia.

Lee Barron
Lee Barron
Finance Broker/Director,
Fox Financial Solutions

Lee Barron is the driving force behind Fox Financial Solutions, bringing over 15 years of industry expertise. In 2020, fuelled by the vision to provide clients with a truly holistic approach to financial solutions, Lee founded Fox. Passionate about empowering individuals from all walks of life to achieve their financial goals, Lee leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of excellence. His commitment to going the extra mile for clients, coupled with an extensive network and wealth of experience, defines the ethos of Fox.

Lee's dedication and outstanding client service have not gone unnoticed. In 2022, he emerged as a finalist for "Customer Service" at the MFAA Excellence Awards, a testament to his unwavering commitment. The pinnacle of Lee's achievements came in 2023 when he clinched both State and National Winner titles. Lee Barron stands as a beacon of financial expertise and client-focused dedication, guiding individuals through their financial journey with Fox.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Executive Broker Distribution, NAB,
NAB
Carolyn Creswell
Carolyn Creswell
Founder,
Carman’s Kitchen

Carman’s Kitchen founder, Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business, love what you do and have a genuine work-life balance.

As an 18-year-old university student, Carolyn founded Carman’s in 1992 when she bought the small muesli business, she was working at for $1,000. 30 years on, Carman’s Kitchen is now Australia’s favourite muesli brand, alongside being a market leader in deliciously good for you snacks thanks to the brands consistent innovation and perusal of continuous improvement.

From humble beginnings where Carolyn used to park her tiny Daewoo alongside semitrailers in supermarket loading docks, Carolyn’s determination and focus on producing quality products using whole foods, has seen Carman’s build a strong following in exporting to more than 30 countries globally.

Carolyn’s passion for healthy food made from real ingredients has cemented Carman’s reputation as a food brand that customers can trust thanks to the brands ethos of real food, made with real passion.

As a proud mother of four children aged 18 and under, Carolyn understands the importance of producing nourishing foods for herself and her family and applies this to every Carman’s recipe.

Joshua De Buelle
Joshua De Buelle
Principal,
FiNext

Began as a broker in 2007 after having spent the previous 5years as a personal trainer. Started in the industry with literally no banking or financial background but had a hunger to learn and listen. After spending 10yrs working for someone, I decided I wanted to be that someone. I created FiNext to give the industry a better class of broker. At FiNext, it is our Vision to Finance the Next chapter of your story.

Simon Griffiths
Simon Griffiths
Co-founder and CEO,
Who Gives a Crap

Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur. In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, he moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding.

Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon had the idea to start a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multiaward winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.

Since launching, Who Gives A Crap has tripled in size year-on-year, primarily relying on word-of-mouth to fuel its growth. In five years, Who Gives A Crap donated more than $1 million, reaching a milestone in 2020 of $8.3 million.

Simon is also well known as the co-founder of Shebeen, a non-profit bar in Melbourne’s CBD that opened in February 2013 and ran for 3.5 years. Shebeen sold exotic beer and wine from the developing world, with 100% of the profit from each sale going to a development project in that drink’s country of origin.

Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs. His work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Kieran Jefferies
Kieran Jefferies
Finance Broker,
Olleh Lending

Mortgage Broker for 17 years started as Sole Broker and now have a Team of 12 Staff. Born and Raised in Wynnum Manly, I solve problems so you can rest easy. Financing a home is complicated and I love solving complex problems. They make my work interesting and fun.

Annie Kane
Annie Kane
Managing Editor,
The Adviser

Annie Kane is the managing editor of Momentum's The Adviser.

As well as writing about the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts.

Dr Jodie Lowinger
Dr Jodie Lowinger
CEO/Founder,
Mind Strength, Executive Coach & Bestselling Author

An award-winning Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety, Resilience & Mindset Expert and Leadership Coach driving transformation in leading CEOs and organisations and connecting at the heart of parents, educators, kids and teens. This is Dr Jodie.

Having worked and trained at Harvard, Dr Jodie has helped hundreds of thousands across clinical, corporate and academic settings as the creator of the Mind Strength Method, Founder/CEO of The Anxiety Clinic, and Founder/CEO of Mind Strength Peak Performance Consultancy. Through her Mind Strength Methodology, Dr Jodie has cracked the code of high performance, productivity, wellbeing and resilience. Masterly balancing her trademark warmth with transformational tools built on neuroscience, Dr Jodie’s expertise is globally differentiated.

Jodie is the best-selling author and creator of The Mind Strength Method: Four Steps to Curb Anxiety, Conquer Worry and Build Resilience’, a groundbreaking methodology based on neuroscience that helps individuals and organisations to achieve high performance and thrive.

As a Leadership and Performance Coach to small, medium and large organisations including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, Dr Jodie is often considered a CEO’s secret weapon, helping drive transformation and high performance in leaders and teams.

She is in high demand as an international virtual and in-person keynote speaker. Her speaking topics include: How to Beat Burnout and Boost Wellbeing, High-Performance Mindset, Make Anxiety Your Superpower, Mental Health and Resilience, Psychological Safety, Conquering Imposter Syndrome, Emotional Intelligence, Building a Mentally Fit Culture, How to Coach and Mentor, Helping Teachers, Parents, Kids and Teens and more!

She is the podcast host of ‘Where to From Here?’ where she interviews celebrities, elite athletes and business leaders who have leveraged the superpower of anxiety, risen above challenges and aligned to passion and purpose.

Dr Jodie regularly appears on TV, radio, digital and print, including Sunrise, Today Show, national news, 2GB, The Australian, SMH, Marie Claire, Vogue and many more.

You’ll find her on the Advisory Board of Not For Profit Gotcha4Life and as a staunch Ambassador for the Not for Profit StreetWork.

As a devoted mum of 3, Dr Jodie is passionately committed to sharing her voice to create a better world.

Katherine Persoglia
Katherine Persoglia
Mortgage Broker and Founder,
Property Before Prada and The Brokers' Bible

Meet the Founder of Property Before Prada: A Successful Mortgage Broker Paving the Way for Women's Financial Empowerment.

For over two decades, I've been an accomplished mortgage broker in Melbourne, running a thriving and award-winning business. My passion for doing things differently led me to rebrand my broking business to Property Before Prada in 2018. With bespoke educational programs, I aim to empower women to become more financially savvy and help them break into the property market.

Standing out has always been important to me, and remaining true to my brand has been key. Despite concerns that my branding would limit my customer base to women and hinder my business's growth, I've remained confident in my approach. My branding has a powerful message and story behind it, one that I wholeheartedly believe in. As a young woman unable to escape my circumstances, I was inspired to share my story and help others, particularly women, understand the importance of financial independence.

Scott Rumble
Scott Rumble
Director,
Yakka Finance

Scott Rumble is the Managing Director of Yakka Finance, he has an unwavering commitment on building a boutique Asset Finance Brokerage that is unmatched when it comes to knowledge, service, and the deeply imbedded relationship that are built with their clients.

Scott identified a persistent gap in the market—a need for a finance broker who not only possessed in-depth knowledge on how the banks operate but also a very personable approach with his clients. He has a deep passion for supporting clients across key industries such as Construction, Manufacturing and Agriculture.

Over time, Scott Rumble has carved a name for himself within the Asset Finance industry, gaining recognition winning the coveted award of “Asset Finance Broker of the Year” at the Australian Broking Awards in both 2023 and 2022.

Scott takes great pride in contributing to the success of businesses, both large and small. He thrives on the opportunity to assist businesses thrive, grow, and achieve their goals through finance and be a part of their journey

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