Business Advisory – Industry Capability

Although most of my business clients are larger, my passion still lies in helping small, often family run, businesses. I feel quite privileged at being in a position to assist others in this way.

The following should give you some insight into the industries and business types I have experience in.


Age Care

BenhomeAged care hostel located in Maitland with 79 low care beds, 20 community care packages and 65 staff.
Catholic Care of the AgedOver 600 employees providing services for independent living, assisted living within hostels and villages and nursing home care.
Hunter Retirement LivingProviding over 500 care places & 235 self care units, 152 community aged care packages and a home nursing service.
Macquarie Retirement CareProviding over 500 care places & 235 self care units, 152 community aged care packages and a home nursing service.
MarobaAged care facility with over 150 staff providing services within a nursing home, hostel and self care unit environments.
Tinonee GardensAged care hostel. 40 staff.

Business & Personal Services

Adnum AutomotivesProviding quality mechanical services to both the personal commercial markets in the Hunter area
Auto AdvantageAn innovative service that finds and negotiates the best price on new and used cars for its personal & business clients.
Coastwide Telephone ServicesSupplies telephone systems, installation and maintenance, call management and supplier connections to businesses on the NSW Central Coast.
Commonwealth BankNewcastle & Chatswood business banking centres.
Communication WizardsThe Hunters leading supplier, installer and maintenance provider for telephone and PABX systems to both the small business and corporate sectors.
Diamond ITPremium provider of computer software & hardware, installation and maintenance to the small business sector.
Dotcom Property SalesA company that is taking on real estate with a whole new approach where technology and client service combines. The business provides a range of real estate services including sales and property management Australia wide.
EPP National – NewcastleA national small business support service providing cost reduction and sales improvement products.
Frontline DiagnosticsNational supplier of workplace alcohol and drug testing and training services.
Graham A Brown & AssociatesSpecialist in development of Integrated Environmental Management, Auditing, Training Development & Training Delivery in areas of; Risk Management, Environmental Management, Occupational Health & Safety, Social & Community Relations Management & Root Cause Analysis.
Hunter Business ChamberPeak business association representing Australian Business in the Hunter.
John Farragher TransportOne of the Hunter Regions largest transport companies having held distribution contracts with companies like Woolworths and Coca Cola.
LMBCThe Lake Macquarie Business Centre in Gateshead is a not for profit organisation that acts as a ‘business incubator’ to small business with serviced offices, training programs and virtual office support.
PEP EmploymentAssisting those with mental health problems and disability to access a range of services enabling them to obtain and retain open employment with ongoing support as required. Covering Northern Sydney and the Central Coast.
Performance ITComputer software & hardware sales installation and maintenance to the small business sector locally.
Peters Real EstateA family business, which has been serving the community of Maitland and Lower Hunter areas since its establishment in 1971.
Priority Business LawyersPriority Business Lawyers has been and continues to be a leading energetic business law firm that focuses on supplying good quality legal services to a range of business clients across the Central Coast region and into Sydney and Newcastle.
Quality DataOffering consulting and project services in a wide range of computer systems and applications. Quality Data have been providing these services to local, state and national industry for over ten years.
Savage Multi MediaProviders of advertising solutions for business. Savage offers the complete multi media service including design and production for TV, radio, press, logos, animations and more.
Star AniseGourmet food caterers to both the private and commercial sector.
Success Motivation InstituteProvides products and mentoring that allows people to permanently motivate themselves while developing their leadership skills.
TagtimeTesting, Inspecting, Tagging and logging of electrical equipment and installation. Providing training for competency in electrical inspecting and testing with full product support. Consultancy for electrical installations and equipment compliance.
VIP Home Services33 franchisees in the Lower Hunter & Central Coast.

Community & Government

Celebration City ChurchA Local church offering a range of practical programs including the provision of free meals for the homeless on a daily basis.
Department of Aging Disability and Home CareOne of the largest human services organisations in NSW providing support and services to more than 1 million older people, people with disabilities and their carers
Department of HousingThe Department of Housing is the NSW government organisation given the difficult task of finding and maintaining public and community housing for the less fortunate in our community.
Hunter Water AustProvides a range of specialist technical and operational services in the fields of water, wastewater, stormwater, catchment and environmental issues to water agencies, councils, industry and urban developers.
Job Centre Australia LtdOne of Australia’s leading disability recruitment and placement employment agencies boasting 10 sites around NSW
Lake Macquarie City CouncilLargest Council In The Hunter Region.
LeapfrogLeapFrog ability provides rapid response, flexible support services to people and families living with a disability or who are disadvantaged. They are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation. The many benefits we provide to the less fortunate in the community are largely funded by the NSW State government.
Newcastle KnightsNewcastle’s multi Premiership winning rugby League Club, representing the broader Newcastle community in the National Rugby League competition.
Royal Australian Air ForceThe Royal Australian Air Force provides air and space power for Australia’s security. It is the youngest of the three armed Services in the Australian Defence Force, the uniformed part of the Australian Government Department of Defence.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter ServiceThe premier Newcastle & Hunter Region community rescue support organisation.


Yarnteen CollegeProvides accredited and non accredited training in keeping with the needs of the Indigenous community. The college is a Registered Training Organisation with national accredition under the NSW Vocational Education Training Advisory Board. In addition to its primary purpose of training and up skilling Aboriginal people, Yarnteen College has taken a step in reconciliation by providing accredited, non accredited and cultural awareness training to non Indigenous Australians.
Advanced Careers CollegePrivately owned and operated careers college. Providing an educational system to enable individuals to become part of their industry they choose.
Contour CollegeProvides Nationally Recognised Training (RTO) in Beauty, Nails, Makeup, Cosmetic Retail, Pharmacy and Business, Hairdressing training.
Hunter Institute -TAFE16 campuses enrolling around 50,000 students in courses across the spectrum of vocational & general studies.
Newcastle University School of Nursing & MidwiferyOffers a range of programs, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


A & D LiftingDistributors of cable and chain to a range of industries.
AdvitechCentre of expertise in a range of engineering disciplines, information technology, environmental science, and management systems.
Automated Control EngineeringSupplier & manufacturer of electrical process controls and automation equipment to a range of industries.
Bartter EnterprisesAustralia’s second largest poultry producer, employing over 4500 employees throughout its farming, processing, distribution and marketing & sales operations.
BHP – Mt Arthur CoalHunter Valley Energy Coal (HVEC) owns and operates the Mt Arthur Coal mine in the Hunter Valley, which supplies thermal coal to export markets and for domestic electricity generation.
Connell WagnerEngineering and management, one of Asia Pacific’s largest and most experienced multi-disciplinary consulting practices.
Firefly InternationalFirefly International has a team of experienced industrial and mechanical engineers who have an excellent history of successful designs, covering a wide range of applications and specifications.With the ability to custom make tools and equiptment to suit your needs, Firefly can help you adapt and take on the most difficult of tasks with confidence.
Inducta EngineeringProvider of software and software design services as well as a range of consulting services to engineers and the commercial building and construction industry.
Maitland DieselMDS has modern workshops capable of handling all facets of engine and transmission servicing and overhauls for the Industrial, Construction, Marine, Power Generation, 4WD, Heavy transport and Mining equipment sectors. MDS also offers a range of associated services including line boring, Hydraulic rod repairs, spare parts and more.
Orica Mining ServicesSupplier of commercial explosives and blasting technology serving markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
PWG Kings & SonsPWG King and Sons (Kings) has been providing a wide spectrum of engineering services to the Mining, transport, Electrical, Aluminum, Agricultural, Construction, Rail, manufacturing, and Food Processing industries for in excess of 80 years.
RCA AustraliaGeotechnical and environmental engineers. 35 staff
Simulation Modelling ServicesSimulation Modelling Services Pty Ltd is an Australian company that provides management consulting services and software products in the fields of computer simulation and scheduling.
Thomas & CoffeyThomas & Coffey are a major supplier of asset installation, repair & maintenance services to many of Australia’s leading industrial, mining, utilities, government and manufacturing companies.
Waratah EngineeringA long established specialist supplier and maintainer of underground coal mining and tunneling machines for Australian and New Zealand markets. Waratah Engineering is located in Lithgow and Emerald with its head office and manufacturing facility located in the Hunter Region.
Wearx Pty LtdProviding unparalled Wear Asset Management and material handling service to the mining industry both domestically and internationally.


MedimmapMedical support service based on a unique diagnostic technology.
Mid Coast Division Of General PracticeCoalition of GP’s focused on achieving commercial excellence in tandem with clinical excellence.
Physio at WorkProvide Physiotherapy services, support & training for organisations focused on injury prevention & accelerated recovery. Physio at Work has programs including; Manual Handling, Work Station Ergonomics, Pre-employment Systems, Corporate Health, Physiotherapy Treatment, Work Related Activity Program, Hydrotherapy & Onsite Physiotherapy Clinic.
Port Stephens VeterinarianProviding local vet services to the port stephens area
Recovery StationIs a private Occupational Therapy practice offering a range of professional occupational therapy services to help people successfully engage in “occupations” necessary to carry out every day tasks and activities.
Regulatory ConceptsTherapeutic and pharmacuetical goods registration and approvals consultancy.

Trades & Processing

AdtechEcoLeading supplier of product and services in air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical and solar power.
BAE SystemsAn international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space.
Boeing AustBoeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft
Candyman SignsDesign and manufacture of photo signs, banners, vehicle signs, A-frames, window graphics, canvas prints and fleet graphics.
Convatech Pty LtdDonaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts. A Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the company employs over 250 personnel locally.
Donaldson Filtration SystemsDonaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts. A Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the company employs over 250 personnel locally.
Eraring EnergyEraring Energy is one of the largest producers of energy in New South Wales, Australia.
Gosford Electrical Manufacturers Pty LtdLeading manufacturers of electrical switchboards for the commercial and industrial construction sector.
International Conveyor ProductsWith over 35 years of industry experience ICON is a leading supplier of an extensive range of high quality conveyor belting and conveyor accessories that comply with stringent Australian and International Standards.
KomatsuEquipment manufacturer, earthmoving & construction – wheel loaders, tracked excavators.
Macquarie ManufacturingCaters for the design, supply, installation and support of products and systems for both the mining and environmental divisions.
Maitland DieselMDS has modern workshops capable of handling all facets of engine and transmission servicing and overhauls for the Industrial, Construction, Marine, Power Generation, 4WD, Heavy transport and Mining equipment sectors.
OnesteelAustralia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of structural, rail, rod, merchant bar, reinforcing, wire, tube and pipeline steel products.
Owen SignsA leading signwriting, design and digital printing business, servicing both small and corporate clients including local brand icons such as the Knights
Pinnacle StainlessStainless steel fabricator specialising in hospitality industry products including catering and beverage appliances as well as general stainless steel fabrication. Employer of over 20 trades and professional staff.
Sutton FurnitureManufacturer and retailer of a wide range of furniture for the home
Treloar GroupProvider of the highest quality fluid handling products and services to the petroleum, chemical & process industries.
TS GlobalOffering a competitive range of materials handling products to suit an array of applications. Specialising in Polyurethane Moulded Products, Conveyor Equipment, Rubber Products, Conveyor Belt Repair Material, as well as general engineering and fabrication.
UltrafloorManufacturer and supplier of patented concrete products to the construction industry Australia wide.
VA Eimco (Sandvik)One of the world’s leading manufacturers of equipment for the mining industry.
WestracSales, service and hire of caterpiller earthmoving equipment
Withers AirCommercial and domestic air conditioning suppliers and installers to the Sydney market

Professional Services

Advanced Psychology SolutionsProviding a progressive, quality focused psychology consultancy service to a broad range of private and commercial clients.
Braye Cragg SolicitorsOne the Hunters oldest litigation firms, specialising in family, commercial, probate, insurance, criminal & conveyancing law.
Open Door FinancialProvider of a range of financial services including financial planning, risk insurance and mortgage advice.
Crosbie Warren SinclairA top 50 Australian accounting firm with over 40 years of experience in accounting and financial advisory services.
Duesburys NexiaEmploying over 50 people Duesburys is a progressive, multi-disciplinary firm providing expert tax, audit, financial and business services nationally and internationally
ForsythesForsythes is a significant corporate identity within the Hunter Region and beyond with market leading divisions that specialise in Accounting, Recruiting, Litigation Support, Training, Financial Planning and IT.
Incentive AccountantsLocal Newcastle firm offering accounting & taxation services as well as a range of business support services in the areas of business sales and acquisition, succession & financial planning
JSA GroupOne of Newcastle’s leading Financial Planning organisations specialising in personal and group superannuation and insurance.
LinnertsA personal financial education and coaching service for those wishing to take a detailed and holistic look at their personal financial affairs while refining their own financial knowledge.
McCosker PartnersNewcastle city based accounting and financial planning specialists to individuals and small to medium businesses since 1982.
Nexia International AustraliaNexia International is a worldwide network of accounting and consulting firms. In Australia Nexia is represented in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane.
Priority Business LawyersPriority Business Lawyers has been and continues to be a leading energetic business law firm that focuses on supplying good quality legal services to a range of business clients across the Central Coast region and into Sydney and Newcastle.
PSI GroupPSI Group offers services in Financial Planning and Investments, Self managed Superannuation funds and Superannuation fund administration.
Taggart PartnersIs a local Accounting Practice that has been working in partnership with the people of the Newcastle Region to grow their business and create personal wealth. They offer a comprehensive range of professional accounting, financial and wealth creation solutions designed to add value to its clients.
Turnbull Hill LawyersVoted one of BRW’s top 100 fastest growing companies Turnbull Hill Lawyers is one of the more significant legal service providers in regional New South Wales supporting a client base which ranges from national corporations, to private individuals, government bodies and the business community.
VBD Chartered AccountantsAccounting & financial services provider to a diverse range of small and medium businesses in the local region.

Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure

Convent GalleryPremier tourist attraction incorporating a museum, market & function centre. Employs over 35 Staff.
Harvey World TravelHarvey World Travel is one of the longest established retail travel agencies in Australia. It has now grown to having over 500 travel agencies throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Ivanhoe WinesIvanhoe Estate is one of the most photographed and talked about vineyards in the Hunter Valley. The vines are over 45 years old producing low yields of fruit with exceptional award winning quality.
Tea Gardens Returned Services & Citizens’ Country ClubServing the Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens community as well as the many visitors to the area and boasting sporting facilities and a 200 seat multi purpose restaurant and function centre.
Tourism NSWTourism New South Wales promotes New South Wales destinations to international and domestic visitors.

Wholesale & Retail

AOK HealthWholesales and retails a range of unique health & fitness products to the public, corporate and retail sector internationally.
Aquanaut Pty LtdA wholly Australian owned company which operates as a wholesaler of water sports equipment to the swimming, snorkelling & scuba diving industries in Australia and New Zealand.
Ark Party HirePremium hirer of event equipment and associated products to both the commercial and personal markets.
Display PowerSpecialists in display and signage solutions. One of the few centres in NSW to offer complete printing, laminating and mounting services for displays and signage in one convenient location.
Gloria JeansAustralian owned and locally operated, Gloria Jean’s offers the highest quality coffee and outstanding personalised service.
IGA SupermarketsNational buying group offering local grocery retailing services.
Kentan MachinerySales and service support of specialised machinery for the agricultural industry, mining, manufacturing, farming, civil works, earthmoving, building and construction across NSW.
Megaplay GroupIndependent owners of several fuel and retail precincts across the Lower Hunter Region.
Mista MoneyCombined staff experience of over 40 years in the Pawnbroking industry, priding themselves on having a large range of quality products at reasonable prices. 2 locations – Wallsend and Kurri.
Mowlem Asset ServicesStrategic facilities management to the commercial sector as well as industrial asset services to the industrial, resource and power sectors.
Onsite RentalsOne of Australia’s leading rental and retailers of portable buildings, portable toilets and storage containers. Product range includes site offices, lunch rooms, change rooms, sales offices, broadcast boxes, toilet and shower blocks.
Stuart & DunnThe regions leading retailer and supplier of stationery and office supplies and office equipment and furniture to commerce & industry.