As the SBDC’s governing body, the Board has responsibility for performing the functions set out in the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983. The Board meets on a monthly basis to consider issues relevant to the direction and operation of the Corporation.
The SBDC Board has four strategic roles
Operational roles of the Board include:
– setting strategies
– focusing on client service and customer needs
– striving for organisational best practice and compliance with standards
– delegation of operational decision-making to officers within the SBDC.
Steven Dobson - Chair
Steven Dobson was appointed to the Board in September 2012. Mr Dobson is a director of Dobson Financial Planning, a family owned small business. He was previously a police officer with the Western Australian Police Force.
Mr Dobson is a trustee director of the Association of Financial Advisers Investment Fund, member of the ASIC Financial Advisers Consultative Panel, President of Bull Creek Leeming Junior Football Club, advisory committee member of the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978 and a Justice of the Peace. Mr Dobson previously served on the boards of Perth NRM, Kids are Kids and Meritum Financial Group Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from Murdoch University, a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) from RMIT and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Grant Cucel was appointed to the Board in October 2017. Mr Cucel is self-employed, Pilbara born and raised and resides in Karratha. He has an extensive business background having run his own recruitment business for 10 years. Mr Cucel has a Bachelor of Business Degree (first class honours) from Curtin University of Technology.
He was the 2012 inductee into the Western Australian Regional Small Business Hall of Fame and was recognised as the 2013 City of Karratha Citizen of the Year. For nine years, he held the role of chair of the Small Business Centre West Pilbara and strongly advocated for small and medium enterprises in regional Western Australia.
Mr Cucel, having sold his recruitment business to a publicly listed company, now has a strong focus on assisting a cross section of organisations in a voluntary capacity, in addition to his role as Deputy Mayor at the City of Karratha.
Sophie Dwyer was appointed to the Board in August 2017. Ms Dwyer is managing director of Shady Tree Lane Consulting, a specialist finance, agribusiness and governance advisory service. She has extensive experience in the finance and agribusiness sectors and is an elected member of the City of Joondalup.
Ms Dwyer is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) with Honours from the University of Western Australia. Ms Dwyer is a member of a number of company and not for profit boards.
Nicolle Jenkins was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Ms Jenkins established her own business in 2005 called The Hub Marketing Communications, and works across a variety of industries Australia wide. Ms Jenkins is Chairman of one of WA’s largest disability organisations, the Intelife Group. She is cofounder of Small Business Matters, a small business movement tasked to celebrate entrepreneurship and small business. Ms Jenkins is also Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Nicolle was awarded the National Certified Practicing Marketer of Year in 2016, as a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and has won numerous national and state marketing awards. She was a 40 under 40 award winner (2012), a finalist in the 2011 Telstra small business awards and a finalist in the 2011 Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards.
Anthony Masi was appointed to the Board in April 2014. Mr Masi is a pharmacist and has owned and operated successful small businesses in rural Western Australia since 1991. These include a camera store, a health food shop, an IGA grocery store and two pharmacies. He is a former board member of Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local; and is a Branch Committee Member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (WA branch).
Mr Masi is also an active member of the Kyle Andrews Foundation Inc., a Broome-based children’s cancer charity. He was Chair from 2008-2010 and is currently the organisation’s treasurer.
Colette McEntee was appointed to the Board in December 2018. Ms McEntee commenced her career as a theatre manager in London’s West End and is now the creative director/owner of Maker + Co. Based in the South West, Maker + Co is a business incubator, and a creative industries and innovation ecosystem hub providing consultancy services across WA.
Ms McEntee’s expertise includes the development and delivery of various projects supporting a new wave of Indigenous entrepreneurs. She explores new technology as a tool to increase community engagement with Indigenous culture and language. She has owned and operated several successful small businesses in regional WA and has been involved in a voluntary capacity on a range of not for profit committees in the Pilbara and South West.
Ms McEntee is a winner of multiple business awards including the overall best business at Karratha and Districts Business Excellence awards in two consecutive years. She is a graduate of the University of Wales and a Fellow of Leadership WA.
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