Exceptional Magazine : 2017 Exceptional Magazine
48 Exceptional Australia 2017 Charlotte Petris Founder, Timelio Charlotte Petris founded Timelio, Australia’s leading peer-to-peer invoice finance platform, after experiencing how difficult it was for businesses to raise finance. A Chartered Accountant and corporate financier with 20 years of experience helping businesses access capital, she understands the constraints many people face when trying to grow a business without access to finance. Having worked in some of the world’s largest banks in New Zealand, the UK, Singapore and Australia, she sees Timelio as an opportunity to “do it different” in the world of finance. Charlotte has previously worked as an accountant and corporate finance adviser at KPMG, RBS, Credit Suisse and Commerzbank, and as the Commercial Director at Bauer Media. Charlotte is actively involved in shaping Australia’s fintech industry. She is Vice President of the newly formed FinTech Australia association, and has been appointed to the Australian Government FinTech Advisory Group. She is a 2015 alumna of the US-founded Springboard Enterprises program for female entrepreneurs building high-growth technology companies. Carmen Vicelich Founder and Managing Director, Data Insight Carmen Vicelich is Founder and Managing Director of Data Insight, which she launched three years ago. The business has grown rapidly, both locally and internationally, and received numerous awards. In 2015, it won the B2B and Emerging Business/ New Brand categories at the esteemed TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards, as well as the Nexus Supreme award and several other honours at the NZDM Awards. Carmen has more than 15 years of experience using data and technology to solve business problems, including working with every major New Zealand bank and insurer, and several large retail, telco and utility brands. She was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist in 2015 and won the University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, recognising the entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives she has brought to market. Carmen is passionate about helping clients to deliver innovation and game-changing value through the power of data while exemplifying best practice. She chaired the industry advisory board for six years, working actively to promote best practice and embedding thought leadership through launching a Data Warranty Register. Alison Hardacre Co-Founder and Co-CEO, HealthKit Alison Hardacre is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HealthKit, a global health platform for patients and medical practitioners. The company provides practice management software to private practices that can be customised for any profession and health system. It also offers integrated services to patients and consumers, such as searchable directories and portals to help patients track their health. HealthKit makes health efficient, effective and globally accessible. In two years, HealthKit has become one of the top practice management software providers in Australia, and it is also one of the most used directories in Australia. With practitioners and patients in 40 countries, HealthKit is focused on international growth. Prior to founding HealthKit, Alison held executive strategy and management roles in banking and health insurance. Alison is a former Young Australian of the Year awardee for health and community service, and she has served as a director of the National Suicide Prevention Board, the Stronger Families and Communities Partnership, and Scope. Alison speaks five Asian languages and holds degrees in arts and law, as well as an MBA. Alison was awarded the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award in 2015 and was named one of the ‘Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech 2016’ by Startup Daily. Carolyn Mee Founder and Co-Creator, cmee4 Productions Carolyn Mee has been working in content creation since winning the role of presenter on the once popular children’s television show Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. In addition to traditional media, Carolyn now specialises in serious game and app development with a focus on health. In 2011, Carolyn set her sights on improving children’s hearing screening and secured funding from the NSW Digital Media Initiative to develop a game to detect hearing loss in children. Collaborating with the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research arm of Australian Hearing, Sound Scouts was created. In 2014, Carolyn won Simulation Australasia’s Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, with Ross Symons – CEO of Big Ant Studios – describing Sound Scouts as “the best use of tech for a serious game that I have seen in quite a while”. Carolyn went on to represent Australia at the international challenge in Orlando, Florida – an experience she described as an “enlightening introduction to a world of international serious game makers”. In late 2014, Carolyn was selected as a finalist for Tech23, an event focused on celebrating innovation. Carolyn won the REA Digital Disruptors Award for her work on Sound Scouts. In 2015, Carolyn was thrilled to receive a NSW Medical Devices Fund grant, which will enable the continued development of Sound Scouts.
2016 Exceptional Magazine