About Us

Heads Over Heels pro-actively supports women entrepreneurs through providing access to influential business networks.

 

The organisation was founded in 2010 with a mission to eliminate the discrimination and gender inequality faced by women entrepreneurs in Australia, through taking practical steps to address the issues that were preventing their success.  Heads Over Heels determined that the best way of supporting women entrepreneurs was to enable access to the business connections they need to grow their companies.  The Heads Over Heels model is based on holding structured events where a carefully selected portfolio of women entrepreneurs pitch their companies and their ‘asks’ to business and community leaders, with the audience then going into ‘Huddles’ to facilitate offers of connection.

 

Heads Over Heels has an incredibly dedicated volunteer Advisory Council and Board supported by A-List Partners and Sponsors.  Through the generous support of our corporate sponsors and volunteers, Heads Over Heels has increased the number of women entrepreneurs it supports, and has refined our model to facilitate more quality connections at each event, increasing our community impact.

ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

RICHARD ENTHOVEN

Richard Enthoven is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hollard Australia Group which includes Hollard Insurance, Hollard Financial Services and Real Insurance. He has also served as a Director of The Hollard Insurance Company and The Hollard Life Insurance Company in South Africa since 2003.   Richard is also a Director of the Insurance Council of Australia and the Chairman of the ICA’s Financial Inclusion Committee.

 

Richard serves on the Advisory Board of Head Over Heels, a not-for-profit organisation that supports a portfolio of high-potential women-owned businesses. Richard holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and BA from the University of Southern California. He is a passionate cyclist and a fan of test cricket.

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DIANE GRADY AM

Diane Grady has been a full time independent director of public companies and not-for-profit boards since 1994. She is a member of the Macquarie Group’s Board of Directors, the McKinsey Advisory Council, and the Centre for Ethical Leadership/Melbourne Business School.  She is Chair of the Hunger Project Australia. Previously she was Chair of Ascham School, a Director of BlueScope Steel Limited, Woolworths Limited, Goodman Group, Wattyl Limited, Lend Lease US Office Trust, Lend Lease Limited, MLC and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.   She was also President of Chief Executive Women and chaired the group’s taskforce which published the CEO Kit for Attracting and Retaining Female Talent.

 

Diane was formerly a partner at McKinsey & Company where she spent 15 years consulting to clients in a broad range of industries on strategic and operational issues. She was a worldwide leader of the firm’s Organisation and Change Management Practice and the first woman outside the United States to be elected to McKinsey’s global partnership. In Australia, she headed McKinsey’s Consumer Goods, Retailing and Marketing Practice Group.  Ms Grady was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to business and to the promotion of women leaders and in 2001 received a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through business leadership.

DEBORAH JOHNS

Deborah Johns is a Partner at Gilbert + Tobin in the Corporate Advisory group. She advises clients on a broad range of business acquisitions and disposals, complex joint ventures, fund establishment, venture capital, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters. She is also an expert in matters relating to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth).

 

Deborah is recognised by Chambers Global in two spotlight tables as a foreign expert in Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad) and is recognised as an AFR Best Lawyer in Funds Management. She has been interviewed on television and radio and conducted numerous seminars and training sessions for clients in relation to foreign investment issues.

 

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (USA in World Affairs) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a certificate in Asian Studies and certified proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. She received a fellowship to pursue a year of graduate studies at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University and received a J.D. with Honours from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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RENATA KALDOR AO

Renata has been involved in business, education and community affairs.  She is currently the Chair of the City Recital hall , is on the Board of Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Co Founder of Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre of International Refugee Law at UNSW

She was previously a Director of ASI, a private company involved in Office products, Home Textiles and Property Development and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House, and Advisory Member of Alzheimer Association of NSW.

Until recently, Renata was a Judicial Commissioner of NSW.  In the past, she was Chair of the NSW Women’s Advisory Council and Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney.  She has held Board positions on the NSW State Rail Board, the Sydney Olympic Bid Committee, the Garvan Medical Research Foundation and was an inaugural Board Member of SSO.

ROBERT KELLY

Robert Kelly has been a practicing insurance professional since 1969. With more than 45 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Robert has vast industry experience and an active interest in all facets of the Insurance Industry, acting as Risk Manager, Insurance Broker, Underwriting Agent and Claims Manager.

Robert co-founded Steadfast Group Limited (Steadfast) in April 1996, with a  visit to band together non-aligned insurance brokerages and adopt a unified approach to market.

He is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Steadfast. In 2013, Robert led the company to a successful listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), now an ASX 200 Company. He is also a director of various subsidiaries of Steadfast.

Robert was named Insurance Industry Leader of the Year at the 2011 Annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards and Equal First Most Influential Person in the Insurance Industry in 2014, by Insurance News Magazine.

He is also an International Board Director for ACORD International, based in New York. In March 2014, ACORD awarded Robert their prestigious Rainmaker Award. Robert is also a Director of Steadfast Foundation and the Charity KidsXpress.

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LYNN KRAUS

Lynn Kraus is the Managing Partner, Sydney Office – responsible for EY’s largest office in Oceania.

Prior to joining EY, Lynn spent several years working within the institutional banks of both Wachovia Corporation in the US and Westpac Bank in Australia.

Lynn has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Clemson University, USA; is member of the US AICPA, an affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and Board member of Kidsafe. Lynn is also the Chairman of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusiveness Council and previously served on the Ernst & Young Oceania Advisory Council.

SID MYER

Sid Myer is the Chairman of the Myer Family Investments, the Myer family’s private investment company with a diversified portfolio of assets across most local and international asset classes. For the last 20 years, Sid was the CEO of the Yulgilbar Group of Companies with operating interests in agriculture, property investments and equity and debt portfolios invested locally and internationally.

Sid is currently Deputy Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Chairman of the NPGA Foundation, Chairman of the Estate of Sidney Myer, and a trustee of the Sidney Myer Fund, and a director of Copia Investment Partners. In his former community roles, he has been directors of organisations such as Asialink and Asialink Business, St Catherine’s School, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Zoos Victoria and Zoos Victoria Foundation, the Australian Thailand Institute. In August 2008 he received an honour from President Friends of Indonesia and in 2011 he became a Member of the Order of Australia.

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STEPHEN PORGES

Stephen is the current chair of Advara Limited a cloud-based, multi- jurisdictional land registration platform developer and an active advisor and investor to several disruptive early stage businesses.

Stephen is the past Chief Executive Officer of Aussie Home Loans , SAI Global and Newcastle Permanent Building Society.  He has over 25 years experience in International Banking and Investment Banking across most geographies.   Stephen has also held the positions of Chief Executive of Proteome Systems a publicly listed Biotech and Executive Chairman of Hyro, a public technology and advertising business.

Stephen is a past Director of;  Breast Cancer Institute of Australia and ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group:  Council of Wesley College ,Sydney University ; the Deans Advisory Board for the Sydney University Business School and the Australian Business and Community Network.

OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

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NICOLA SWIFT – CEO

With a professional background in the international investment management and securities industry, Nicola has a strong interest in business and its success. Her expertise is in rigorously analysing and investing in a range of both listed and private companies at varying stages of their development.

She has held senior roles as a Fund Manager, Equity Analyst and Director of Global Research in a career divided between London, Sydney and Boston with global institutional investors Alliance Bernstein, International Investment Associates, Jardine Fleming, AMP and Brown Shipley.

She is an experienced non-executive director and sub-committee chair of not for profit, private and publicly listed companies, and currently serves on the board of Ascham School Ltd, Ascham Foundation Ltd and Cryosite Ltd.

Her international and varied career has introduced her to many different corporate cultures, she is an experienced leader and member of diverse teams and has demonstrated the ability to adapt to different sectors, add value, evaluate risk, develop and implement strategy and understand all stakeholder requirements.

Nicola is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a Law Degree and a Master of Arts from Trinity College, Dublin and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Colin McNeil

Colin is a Director at EY in their Mergers & Acquisitions team in Sydney and has over 16 years’ experience in both the UK and Australian markets. He has extensive experience in acquiring, selling and capital raising on behalf of his clients. Colin acts for private clients, funds (private equity and VCs) and corporates with a strong focus on working with entrepreneurs and supporting them through major liquidity events.

Colin leads the Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sector for the Australian EY M&A business and has successfully advised on a number of TMT transactions in the domestic market.

Colin is also heavily involved in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program, which is a global initiative supporting and celebrating successful entrepreneurs across emerging, industry, services and technology sectors to identify and promote their success stories.

Colin holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield and qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Melissa Widner – Interim Chair

Melissa is a general partner at NAB Ventures. She has had previous roles as the General Partner at SeaPoint Ventures, a US based venture capital firm and was CEO of 7Software and Northwest Supply where under her leadership, both companies generated significant returns for their investors.

Melissa is an active angel investor where she focuses on investments in early stage companies.  Melissa served as a board director on several US based venture backed technology companies as well as a director on the University of Washington, Bothell’s Business School Advisory Board.

Melissa serves on the boards of Brasserie Bread, OneBigSwitch, and the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Melissa holds a Masters degree (Stanford) and a Bachelor’s degree (University of Washington).

Colette Grgic

Colette is the Chief Innovation Officer for BlueChilli Group which is consistently recognised and awarded as one of Australia’s fastest growing and most innovative companies.

She has had hands-on experience in startups, corporate innovation, research commercialisation and customer experience roles in North America, South Africa, Australia and the UK seeing her recognised annually as StartupDaily’s Top50 Women in Tech and was awarded the AWLA Emerging Leader in Technology 2016.

Colette has a Bachelor of Commerce, International Business from the Haskayne School of Business and is fluent in Afrikaans and English.  She sits on the Board of Heads Over Heels, acts as an advisor on SheStarts and is seen regularly as a speaker, judge and panellist on her favourite topics – startup and innovation.

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MICHAEL MUEHLHEIM

Michael is a Senior Wealth Adviser with Macquarie Wealth Management and holds CFP accreditation and a B.Bus in Economics and Finance (RMIT).

Michael provides strategic advice and private wealth investment services to a concentrated group of entrepreneurs and their families, and is passionate about connecting with entrepreneurs from their earliest stages to life beyond asset realisation. He also works with various businesses and divisions within Macquarie to help foster broader relationships.

Michael’s core belief is that every person in the world has an equal right to education; it is this mission that ultimately led Michael to become a board member of the School For Life Foundation.

Michael is a big AFL fan, enjoys running and testing endurance, and loves spending time with his kids and broader family.

OUR PLATINUM PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

 
 

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