Executive Members - 2017 (elected November 2016)
Chairperson: Denise Langford
Denise brings to the MBA her 40 years of experience as an active Director of the Langford Family Group of companies including Roysen Engineering, Australian Barbell Company and P&J Sporting Products, representing a total of 160 plus years of Australian manufacturing. A qualified secondary teacher, she has maintained her interest in youth training, and encourages and supports the marginalised into meaningful careers. She has been involved in many committees at local, state and federal government levels.
Deputy Chairperson: Rod Shell
Rod has more than 25 years’ experience in the management of Australian manufacturing businesses and also worked for nearly 20 years with government agencies in planning and construction management. His experience and strengths include strategic planning, risk and project management, corporate governance, sustainability, business analysis and systems development. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1991 and was Chairman and then Master of Ceremonies of the Melbourne Business Awards from 1999 to 2012.
Treasurer: Gary Nugent
Gary Nugent is the Managing Partner of the Nugents Group and he has been involved with the Business Awards since their inception. As an Accountant and Business Advisor for the past 25 plus years Gary has been involved with Business growth and development strategies as well as advising on optimal management of tax planning opportunities. Gary is very proud of the development of the Business Awards and its on-going success and sees it as a vital part of our community as well as a platform for sharing and promoting success.
General Committee Members
Ray De Jersy - Lead of Sponsorship Sub Committee
Don Gregg - Lead of Marketing Sub Committee
Paul Kirton - Lead of Awards Sub Committee
Bob Gawne - Life committee member
Tom Gilmour - MBA Ambassador
Nabil Salameh - MBA Ambassador
MC: Kamahl Barhoush from Barefoot Business
Event Manager: Kim Mastrowicz from The Main Event
Immediate Past Chairperson 2009 - 2013: Geoff Lawyer
Geoff Lawyer is a Director of Complete Colour Printing and has extensive experience within the print and leadership industry. He’s in the business of making sustainability a viable reality in the workplace – working with innovators, entrepreneurs and surrounding himself with likeminded individuals, whom challenge the norm whilst exploring new strategies that will allow his business and the wider community to thrive in a world change and challenge