At Deasil, we believe ground breaking companies are built on great people and we have the best in the businesses within the network. Deasil’s commitment to a strong team based culture has a huge effect on the quality of work produced. We collaborate as much as possible, encourage new ideas, and are driven to achieve the best results. The effect is a deeper relationship with the entities with which Deasil partners as they become part of the team.
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 Management Group and is responsible for Deasil’s strategic initiatives and investments.
With his ever-expanding global network of business, social and community contacts, Dean has an exceptional talent for identifying ideas and opportunities and taking initiative to make them a reality. He takes pride in being an eternal optimist and a positive contributor.
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). Dean is an active board member on Mount Scopus College Foundation for the Future.
Jeremy Szwider is an experienced commercial lawyer with a broad range of private practice and industry experience. Jeremy acts as the group’s outsourced in-house legal counsel. This function falls within the remit of the fully serviced law firm – Bespoke – where Jeremy is a principal (www.bespokelaw.com). Prior to Bespoke, Jeremy was the General Counsel for the FTSE 100 Carphone Warehouse, AOL and Best Buy group of companies and a senior legal counsel for Onetel Telecommunications and British Gas/Centrica. For several years he has also worked at global law firms DLA Piper (London) and DLA Phillips Fox (Melbourne). With a depth of knowledge in the legal sector, Jeremy has worked closely with the group, acting as its legal adviser. To this extent, he has been heavily involved in negotiating and structuring numerous commercial transactions and corporate structures. Jeremy is a practising lawyer admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor with a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property and Degrees in Law and Commerce.
Sally Carey is Director of Finance at Deasil Management Group.
Sally brings experience of a 13 year career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Tax & Legal where she has a sound knowledge of the Australian taxation system; has demonstrated the capability to lead, motivate and manage a team; a track record in building long and lasting relationships; strong communication, project management and organisational skills and a proven ability in business development, the generation and marketing of new ideas and clients.
Sally is the author of a Fringe Benefits Tax and Salary Packaging book titled “The Essential FBT Guide, 2009-10 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for more than a decade.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Winkler is one of Australia’s leading luxury automotive executives. Michael is a result-driven management professional with over 30-years experience in the automotive industry and 25-years experience in the luxury car industry. His extensive international career with Porsche has seen him perform key executive roles in Germany, the United States and Australia. As Managing Director of Porsche Australia Michael is the local representative for the global Porsche brand. He has played a key role leading and guiding Porsche Australia to sustainable profit growth over the past 17 years. Michael is the primary media spokesperson for Porsche Australia. With his experience encompassing distribution, sales and pre-delivery inspection roles to growth and sustainable management, operations, account and sales management, negotiations and strategy, Michael has proven capability leading small to large, multi and cross-functional teams across all disciplines to achieve positive results.
Michael is a board member of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) in Australia since 2004, representing the luxury automotive industry. The FCAI is committed to representing the Australian automotive industry with state and federal governments. Michael has also been actively involved with the University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business Alumni through the Business of Luxury event and Accru Felsers Chartered Accountants Chamber events. Further memberships include the International CEO Forum and the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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:
Grant Rutherford graduated from the much-lauded Swinburne Institute of Technology in 1989 with a Degree in Graphic Design. He spent his first few years ‘designing’ ads until a mentor beat the practice out of him.
His twenty-year career has seen him work across many creative Australian agencies including Y&R, George Patterson Y&R and most recently, Clemenger BBDO. He joined DDB Group Melbourne in 2008 as Executive Creative Director.
Grant’s work has been acknowledged with over 150 international and national awards, including 7 Cannes Lions, Gold’s at One Show, New York Festivals, Clio, London Internationals, Mobius, AdFest, AXIS and AWARD and a Silver nomination at D&AD.
His more recent work includes Carlton Draught’s ‘Made from Beer’ campaign including ‘Big Ad’, which has been one of the most awarded campaigns in Australian advertising history, narrowly missing out on the Grand Prix in Cannes in 2006.
In 2007 he won the prestigious ‘Creative Leader of the Year’ at the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club for creative contribution to the industry.
More important to Grant than individual awards, his work has been included in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Currently he is on the DDB regional creative council, a board member of The Communications Council and board member of the newly established blood cancer organisation, the Snowdome Foundation.
Barry Collett has over 35 years experience in the food and beverage industry, where he has held various senior executive positions with both multi-national and private companies.
Barry co-owned mid-tier beverage company, Pacific Beverages, which was acquired by Coca Cola Amatil in 2002.
He has served on government advisory boards to the industry as well as industry bodies, such as the Australian Soft Drink and the Australian Fruit Juice associations.
More recently, Barry has been managing his family investment company focusing on investment in property and equities, as well as mentoring small business owners in all areas of business management.
Steve Drummy is the CFO for Sonepar Pacific, a sector of Sonepar an independent French family-owned company with global market leadership in B2B distribution of electrical products and related solutions. With a company revenue totalling €16.3billion in 2012, Sonepar employs 33,000 associates at 160 entities in 36 countries.
With over 20 years experience in financial, commercial and operational roles, Steve successfully looks after the L&H Group in Australia, Corys Electrical in New Zealand, Hagemeyer across South East Asia and Sonic in Thailand.
Steve brings a wealth of experience in M&A, new business start-ups and development, commercial negotiations, strategic operational direction development and implementation, business reorganisation, team development and managing stakeholders at all levels including financial institutions, government and boards.
Steve recently headed up the acquisition team for Sonepar in New Zealand to acquire Corys Electrical from the Fletcher Group.
Prior to his role with Sonepar, Steve has worked in manufacturing with Ajax Fasteners, pharmaceutical with Smith & Nephew, printing with News Limited and the distribution industry with Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a MBA both from Swinburne University. He is a CPA and has studied internationally with the business school Insead. He is company Secretary for L&H Group, a board member of the L&H Group foundation, a member of the CEO institute and is a member of the Hutchison club.
David Gilmour is a company director and investor. In these capacities, he has involved with a number of businesses including Ansett Aviation Training which he acquired in 2004. As Managing Director of Ansett Aviation Training, David led its growth taking it from a small service department of the bankrupt Ansett Airlines to what is now the largest airline pilot training facility in the Southern Hemisphere. This involved nearly $100 million of investment in equipment and intellectual capital, expansion of the organisaton, formation of alliances with aviation multinationals and extensive customer development.
David’s last consulting position was as a Director and Vice President in The Boston Consulting Group’s Melbourne office for 5 years. In addition to his client work, he founded and was Global Leader of BCG’s Pricing Strategy Practice which he built over 3 years to nearly 10 per cent of the firm’s global revenues. He was also head of the Technology and Communications Practice Area in Australia and New Zealand. His initial years in consulting were spent with McKinsey & Company in its Melbourne, London and Madrid offices.
Recently, David founded a wine import and distribution business called Untapped Fine Wines. This business seeks to identify sources of high quality wines that have been overlooked by the Australian market with the intial focus being on wines from South America and Spain. In the two years since its inception, this business has grown to be the largest importer of fine wine from these regions.
David serves as a Director on the board of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute and is Chairman of the Commercialisation Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. David served as a board Director and Chairman of the Australian International Health Institute, a company owned by the University of Melbourne, from 1999 to 2011. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of the Nossal Institute for Global Health.
David has Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Monash University. He has also studied on scholarship in the United States at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Barry is the co-founder of Vision Developments Group. A company that focuses on high performance attainable housing.
Prior to this, Barry was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Strategic Sales, Telstra Enterprise & Government in October 2010, and also held the position of Executive Director, Solutions and Business Development. Barry led the Solutions & Business Development team, which has primary responsibility for executing sales across all of TE&G’s industry and government segments until his retirement in February 2015.
Prior to joining Telstra in 2010, Barry worked at IBM for 14 years holding many senior leadership roles including Vice President for Asia Pacific Financial Services Sector and Vice President for Sectors and Sales, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) ANZ.
Last year, Barry completed 7 years as a board member for Business for Millennium Development (B4MD) and 9 years as a non-executive director on the board of Australia’s largest overseas aid organisation, World Vision Australia (WVA).
Brad Smith is the Chief Sales Officer for the Australian arm of Allianz Global Assistance. As part of the Allianz Group, Allianz Global Assistance has over 13,000 employees spanning across 34 countries with revenues exceeding 3 billion EUR.
As Chief Sales Officer for Allianz Global Assistance, the world leader in travel insurance, assistance and personal services, Brad is responsible for the direction and management of the sales and distribution department focusing on driving revenue for the company’s B2B and B2C brands. As the lead contact Brad has a long legacy for building strong and sustainable relationships which drive brand equity for both his business and that of his partners.
Brad has strong skills in new business development, marketing, sales, ecommerce, account and contract management which when coupled with his extensive contacts both domestically and abroad has assisted Allianz Global Assistance in growing to a $450 million enterprise here in Australia.
Brad is known for his capacity to listen, comprehend complex business problems and present straightforward solutions in a decisive yet personable style and his strong relationships across many fields such banking, finance, international health, automotive and the retail sector make him an important ally when building and launching new business concepts.
With a professional career in operations and sales within both small business and corporate environments, his well-rounded yet grounded style, enables him to provide solid strategy guidance.
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.