Deasil draws on the expertise of specialists when embarking on new ventures or exploring alternative solutions. Deasil’s advisory committee includes the following individuals:
Philip Weinman is a self-made businessman and entrepreneur with an impressive track record in starting and developing his own companies as well as investing in start-ups.
He has led the way in disruptive innovation for more than 30 years across a wide range of industries, from IT and satellite communications, recruitment and educational training to travel, property management and beverages.
Philip turned the software and hardware solutions industry on its head when he founded HiSoft in 1983. Within five years HiSoft was Australia’s largest privately-owned computer company with a turnover of more than $300 million and a 35-percent market share in Australia.
In 1995 he founded CTS Travel and Events and three years later listed it on the ASX with a turnover of more than $450 million. In 2012 he returned to travel as CEO of Locomote, transforming how the corporate market operates globally.
In 2006 he established Deasil Management which invests in start-ups, existing private companies and under-performing, under-valued ASX-listed public companies.
Since reducing his day-to-day involvement in the running of his businesses, Philip is channeling his energy and expertise into consulting to other businesses and to speaking engagements.
Semi-retirement will also give him the opportunity to devote more time to his family’s philanthropic foundation which funds capital projects in family welfare and health.
Dean Weinman is Managing Director of Deasil and is responsible for the Group’s strategic initiatives and investments.
With his ever-expanding global network of business, social and community contacts, Dean has an exceptional talent for identifying opportunities and making them a reality. He takes pride in being an eternal optimist and a positive contributor in every situation.
Amongst the many investments, Dean was a founding shareholder of Locomote and played an integral role in taking the company from inception to eventual sale.
Prior to Deasil, Dean spent two years at LeasePlan and three years as an academic tutor at Monash and Deakin Universities, in both the Marketing and Management Faculties. Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Business (Honours).
Peter Pagonis is a member of the Deloitte Growth Solutions team. With over 25 years experience, Peter specialises in servicing privately owned businesses and family offices with revenues typically ranging between $10 million and $400 million. He is actively involved in accounting, taxation and business consulting services to retail, manufacturing, service organisations and family businesses within this private segment. Peter is experienced in providing advice on sale of business transactions and has significant experience in the due diligence process. Peter’s clients are predominantly large families with a diversity of investments centred on the operation of successful and growing enterprises. Peter has a Diploma Of Business Studies Accounting is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a registered Tax Agent.
Peter Williams is a Partner with Deloitte, CEO of Deloitte Digital and until recently was CEO of Australia’s largest online mobile and emerging technology firm, Eclipse. Prior to his time at Deloitte Digital & Eclipse, Peter founded Deloitte’s e-business consulting group in Australia in 1996.
Peter is one of Australia’s key thought leaders on innovation and online, mobile & emerging technology. He has worked with many high profile organisations such as Telstra, CSIRO, Holden, Victorian & Federal Governments and Meat & Livestock Australia. Peter is a sought after commentator on web and technology trends and in 2006 & 2007 has been featured in articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW and Fast Thinking Magazine.
Peter’s other roles include:
Dr.Clive Sher is a medical doctor and in recent times a senior corporate executive with a vast and successful career in healthcare and commercial industries. He is a strategic-thought leader with broad exposure in Australia and Asia. Clive demonstrates a keen perception for entrepreneurial opportunities and has built and sold a variety of medical, healthcare, Occupational Health and Safety, Workcover and optometry businesses over the past 25 years.
He has held executive, director and advisory positions with large national and international corporations, including Pacific Dunlop, Pacific Brands, Lawrence and Hanson, ACI Blowpak, Kays Optical, P&R Meats, SRS Meats, Norfolk Meats, Adidas, BOC Gases, OccCorp, Medibank Health Services, Loscam, MedHealth, Goal Management, Plan B Travel & Locomote.
Richard Uechtritz has over 20 years experience in retailing. He was co-founder of Australia’s two leading photo chains, Rabbit Photo and Smiths Kodak Express and was formally Director of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Richard led the management buy-in of JB Hi-Fi in July 2000 and was CEO and Managing Director until his resignation from these positions in May 2010. He currently acts as a consultant to the JB Hi-Fi Group and is also a Non-Executive Director of Seven Group Holdings Limited.
George Savvides was appointed Managing Director of Medibank Private, Australia’s largest health insurer, in early 2002. Throughout his 13 years of CEO leadership the organisation has enjoyed record membership growth and strong financial performance and expanded into health services. Medibank’s annual revenue has grown to over $6 billion with a customer base of 3.8 million people.
George has 25 years of experience in the Australian & NZ health care sector. He has list two ASX companies, Sigma in 1999 and Medibank Private in 2014. The Medibank float of $5.6 Billion was the second largest in Australia’s history and the third largest in the world in 2014. It is now a top 100 company Australian company.
George has an honours degree in Engineering from UNSW and an MBA from UTS and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is a Board member of NZX listed Ryman Healthcare, the largest age care operator in New Zealand and is a Vice President on the Council of the iFHP (International Federation of Health Plans). His “not for profit” roles include the Chairman of World Vision Australia and is the patron of Arrow Leadership Australia. He previously served for 10 years on the World Vision International Board.
He continues to plays veterans hockey for Melbourne University.
Neil Slonim is an experienced senior banking executive, most recently with the NAB, with a long and impressive track record in adding value to businesses and their owners.
With over 30 years broad experience primarily in Melbourne’s middle corporate sector, Neil has successfully guided countless private and listed companies through the challenges and opportunities which come with economic cycles. He has strong relationships with many of Melbourne’s large private family groups as well as small to medium sized listed companies.
This combined with his connections with corporate advisors, solicitors, accountants, private equity firms and especially banks makes him an ideal “go to” man.
Since leaving the NAB Group in 2008, Neil has worked with a number of private and listed companies. Neil is a founding principal of Athenaeum Capital Pty Ltd, which provides financial and management resources to actively steward the rapid growth of small to medium sized private businesses. Neil holds a B.Ec. and a MBA both from Monash University. He is a CPA and a graduate member of the AICD.
Mukesh Manik is the Founder and Man-in-Charge of Encyclomedia Global, a specialist out-of-home and ambient creative agency which has gained an international reputation for high impact 3D-like designs across traditional and non-traditional media formats.
Mukesh is a forward thinking creative solutions expert who specialises in strategic marketing to deliver measurable results. He is passionate about connecting brands with customers through effective and engaging storytelling.
With over 20 years’ experience in entrepreneurship and marketing across different business lines and industries, Mukesh’s solutions are geography and industry agnostic resulting in them being applied with brands in over 30 countries.