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David Humphreys

Director, Avocado Creative


David Humphreys is an independent IT and digital solutions consultant. With a career spanning over 20 years, David has led and advised on initiatives within government, defence, telecommunications, agriculture, retail and healthcare.

He has a deep understanding of knowledge and data led technologies with a strong focus on end user centricity. His unique methodology fuses agile delivery and human centred design principles to engage users and ensure rapid take up of technology solutions.

David has been a founder himself, seeking to bring innovation to digital health and proptech. He was an inaugural participant of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Accelerator Program so has first hand experience of the startup journey.


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Erika McInerney

Founder/Director of Mac&Ernie


Born and raised in Gippsland, Erika holds a Bachelor in Media and Communication, and a Masters of Marketing. Having worked in the advertising and marketing industry for 25 years, she launched her business, Mac&Ernie, in 2016. Mac&Ernie has become the platform for Erika to empower small regional businesses to take control of their marketing. Combining training, workshops, and online courses in marketing, she shows businesses just what can be achieved, even without a large marketing budget. 

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Hugo Richard

Co-founder and CEO of Dystech


Hugo is a serial entrepreneur with a keen interest in innovation and bright ideas that can change our society. Originally from France, he has worked internationally and built relationships around the world, including in Asia, Europe, US & UAE. Hugo is the co-founder and Co-CEO of multi-award winning Dystech, a startup which is currently building the fastest, most cost-effective and accessible assessment tool app for dyslexia and dysgraphia, using artificial intelligence. Growing up dyslexic and dysgraphic, he is passionate about creating an efficient tool that can be used for early detection of the learning disability. 

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Jane McKay

Marketing Consultant, Jane McKay Communications


Jane McKay carries a Bachelor of Social Science, Advanced Diploma of Management, and a Masters of media and Communications. With 15 years of experience in the marketing industry, having worked in copywriting and as a marketing manager within corporate organisations, Jane launched her business in 2009. She provides a one-stop-shop for her clients, coupling website design, graphic design, copywriting, social media strategy, and marketing strategy. Jane is passionate about creating an authentic approach to marketing, to help her clients achieve greater levels of success within their businesses.

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Katie Dawson

Co-founder, Cottage Garden Threads


Katie is the co-founder of Cottage Garden Threads, which produces hand dyed embroidery thread to the Australian wholesale market. Having studied Design and Production, and with a Certificate in Textile Design through an apprenticeship facilitated by RMIT, Katie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her startup. 

Katie was a participant in the Startup Gippsland 2020 program. Not only does she have experience in growing and managing a startup, but her insights as a participant herself make her invaluable to this year’s cohort. 

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Kerryn Vaughan

Director - Girls With Hammers & Get Off The Bench


Gippsland born and bred, Kerryn is an international speaker & author, trainer, mentor and podcast host. She is also the founder of not-for-profit One Planet Classrooms, co-founder of Girls With Hammers, and creator of Get Off The Bench. With a background in disability, autism, and behaviour, Kerryn is extremely passionate about inspiring people to find the courage to back themselves and take that first step. Her work in African countries has enabled multiple women’s empowerment groups, provided clean water solutions to schools and communities, and supported children to access education.

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Michael Piko

Director Valavon


Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the effective, efficient, and secure delivery of ICT services across the Utilities, Higher Education, and Health sectors. His career has spanned Chief Information officer, leadership, management, and consultancy positions. Michael has proven strengths in enterprise-wide strategic thinking, leadership, and governance in delivering well considered, fit for purpose solutions. He has delivered services to over 300,000 end users across large geographical areas, and believes in meeting organisational needs first and foremost.

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Paul Pratt

Director of Pursuit Advisers


Having worked in the accounting industry since the age of 19,  Paul has significant experience in dealing with small and medium businesses across a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, dairy, manufacturing, franchising, building & construction, retail, web-based, professional services, wholesaling, travel & hospitality. Paul particularly enjoys working with business owners and high net worth families, helping them to achieve financial independence and meet their goals. Paul works with an easy to understand, matter of fact approach, to deal with anything that comes up for his clients.

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Rob Celada

Director, Pathfinder Law


Rob Celada grew up in Drouin, and has practiced law in Gippsland for over a decade. Formerly Senior Associate at McKenzie Allen, Rob has a broad base of experience in handling legal matters large and small for people in the local community, with a strong focus on commercial law, property law, and litigation.

In founding Pathfinder Law, Rob wanted to create a place for the best and brightest legal talents in Gippsland to offer commercially focused and innovative legal services to the businesspeople, entrepreneurs, developers and startups who are driving growth in the region and shaping Gippsland’s future. Rob has a particular interest in operational process development and the application of technology to improve how law firms work, to deliver better and more cost-effective outcomes for clients.

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Ryan Leslie

Principal Consultant of Aerium


With over 20 years’ experience in business development and transformation, Ryan is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business managers succeed. With a background in LEANSTACK continuous innovation, LEAN start up, marketing, brand development, product development, engineering, and intellectual property protection, he delivers practical no-nonsense advice. Ryan’s role is to assist entrepreneurs and business managers to commercialise their ideas, build scalable brands, and increase their profitability. He achieves this through providing professional services in the areas of business strategy, brand and product development, organisational design, trademark protection, market analysis, marketing strategy, and project management.

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