Glenn Keys – AO
Glenn Keys is the co-founder and co-Executive Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions.
In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen Medical with his long-time friend, Dr Andrew Walker. A decade on and Aspen Medical has a team of over 2,000 and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK. Today the company has customers in the Government, Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas and Humanitarian sectors. This multi award-winning company most recently received the 2016 International Project Management Association Gold Medal for Ebola Response in West Africa. Both Glenn and Andrew are the 2016 EY Entrepreneurs of the Year for Australia.
A passionate advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Glenn has placed social responsibility and community involvement at the heart of Aspen Medical’s culture. A percentage of the company’s profits are allocated to the Aspen Foundation, which was established in 2009 and today is dedicated to the eradication of the eye disease Trachoma and scabies in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
On a personal note, Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the International Test Pilots School in the UK. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn also sits on a number of Boards in the healthcare sector, disability sector and social businesses. In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In November 2014, Glenn was awarded the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and represented the ACT at the National Australia Day Awards in January 2015. He is an active Board Member of the National Capital Authority and was appointed Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber in February 2015.
In 2017, for distinguished service to the community of the ACT, through contributions to disability, business and commerce and as an advocate for corporate social responsibility, Glenn received an AO in the general division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Robyn Hendry – CEO
Robyn Hendry is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Business Chamber. She has held this position since May 2015. The Chamber was established in October 2014 as a result of the Canberra Business Council and the ACT Region Chamber of Commerce coming together to form a single entity to represent businesses in the ACT Region.
Robyn has worked in senior executive positions for over 20 years in Australia, New Zealand and PNG. Most recently, prior to joining the Canberra Business Chamber, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Canberra Convention Bureau. She has also held senior management positions in multinational hotel companies in food and beverage, human resource management, general management and strategic development. At the 2011 Tourism Awards, Robyn was awarded Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for the ACT & Region.
Robyn is currently a Director of the Cultural Faculties Corporation (CFC) and Tennis ACT. She has held numerous Directorships including: President and Director Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), Director Business Event Council of Australia (BECA), Advisory Group Member Department of Immigration Tourism Visa Advisory Group (TVAG), Councilor Tourism Quality Council of Australia (TQCA), Director Exhibition Park Corporation (EPIC), Director Australian Science Festival, and Director Capital Arts Patrons Organization (CAPO).
Robyn has a Bachelor of Management (Tourism), Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Keith Cantlie – Deputy Chair
Keith has lived and worked in Canberra for the last 28 years, working across the private and public sectors prior to establishing his own business Cantlie Recruitment in February 2005.
Keith has built a highly successful recruitment and talent management organisation delivering services across public, private, educational and not for profit clients. During the past eight years Keith has also played an active role in the Canberra community by sponsoring the ACT government’s skills enhancement program “Canberra your Future”, Lifeline Canberra and St Vincent De Paul Canberra/Goulburn.
Keith has also played an active role in supporting the development of the new John Paul College based in Gungahlin.
Lorcan Murphy – Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer
Lorcan Murphy is Chief Executive Officer of Communities@Work, a highly respected and successful social enterprise serving the ACT and wider capital region.
Lorcan holds formal qualifications from the Leinster Business Institute (Dublin, Ireland) in Business Studies & Computer Applications, Human Resource Management, Project Management and Business Finance. He is also accredited with the Australian Institute of Management as a Senior Corporate Manager.
He has served on a number of Boards and Committees, most recently as Treasurer and Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee for the St Vincent de Paul Society, Canberra Goulburn.
Lorcan’s career spans over 23 years in executive leadership and senior management positions across numerous sectors, including in multinational organisations across Europe, America, Asia and Australia. In particular, he has experience in the financial services, aviation, construction, production and community sectors.
Lorcan’s clear vision, strategic focus and sound judgement have been instrumental in laying the foundations for Communities@Work’s future growth. His keen business acumen and commitment to the delivery of quality community services have been fundamental in anchoring the organisation as a highly professional and sustainable social enterprise that is responsive to community needs. His commitment to high standards of governance, industrial relations and ICT proficiency has also driven the adoption of enhanced corporate management systems.
Yass Valley Council
Rowena has extensive banking, finance, risk management and corporate governance experience.
With more than 30 years of experience including Treasurer of Ampolex Limited, then Treasurer of Optus Vision Pty Ltd and Director of Syndications for ANZ Investment Bank.
Subsequently Rowena was a Director of Essential Energy and Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee, Australian Inland Energy Water Infrastructure, Emmlik Pty Ltd, Optus Superannuation Fund and Director Cue Energy Resources Ltd and Director of Yass Valley Aged Care Limited.
Rowena’s current directorships include Yass Valley Council (Mayor), Chairman Canberra Region Joint Organization, Yass District Education Foundation, Arboretum Foundation and Chairman South Eastern Livestock Exchange.
Jure is the Managing Director of the Doma Group, with interests in property investment and development (including residential, office, retail, hotel and car parking), hotel operations and management (including all food and beverage operations) and private equity. Predominantly based in the ACT, the Group has property interests along the eastern seaboard, including Jervis Bay, Sydney and Newcastle. Its private equity interests span both local, national and international businesses in retail, manufacturing and software, encompassing both established businesses and start-ups.
Jure attended the ANU, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm.
As well as private company directorships, Jure currently holds the following positions:
- Director and Interim Chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau;
- Director at Canberra Girls Grammar School (and Chairman of the Development and Planning Committee);
- Member of the ANU Campus Planning Committee.
Jure is a former director of the Property Council of Australia ACT and was President from 2011-2015.
Head of Corporate Banking ACT
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Jason moved to Canberra in early 2014 leading Commonwealth Bank’s Government, Education, Health & Social Infrastructure business in ACT and in February 2016 was appointed the Head of Corporate Banking ACT, responsible for a diverse sales team and has over 18years of financial services experience and digital transformation expertise.
Jason joined the Bank after a diverse financial services career which included 3 years at Citigroup, Corporate & Investment Bank, managing transactional banking services for Government & Financial Institution clients, 4 years at NSW Treasury in Audit and senior Policy roles, and a senior Government Relations role at the Financial Planning Association leading advocacy for reform to superannuation and financial advice, which included two appearances in Parliamentary Hearings.
He holds an Economics degree from Macquarie University, Post-grad Law from Sydney University and Master of Applied Finance through Kaplan. He is a Fellow of Finsia, a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Board member of the Canberra Business Chamber, Community Services #1, Teen Spirit Foundation and the Finance Board Committee of the ACT Brumbies as well as being a Mentor at Menslink. In 2014 Jason came runner-up AFR Emerging Leader of the Year award which included an MBA scholarship at Sydney University Business School. Jason is a passionate Raiders Fan, technology aficionado, keen supporter of the Arts and is a “mad foodie”.
ACT and Southern New South Wales Manager
Jo Metcalfe is the ACT and Southern New South Wales manager for GHD, a global professional services firm. She has a strong relationships with government and twenty years of consulting, professional services management and industry peak body employment history. Jo makes significant contributions to the organisations for which she plays committee, council and board roles, a commitment that she is eager to continue with Canberra Business Chamber. She has been an active member of the Property Council of Australia since 2004, was a Director of Consult Australia, the peak body for design companies in the built environment. Jo’s past roles include State Manager of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT and Managing Principal of peckvonhartel Architects.
“I am passionate about issues affecting the business community of Canberra and the region and its role servicing the private and public sectors locally, nationally and internationally. I am committed to supporting the Business Chamber advocate for optimal environments for business through strong relationships with government and other stakeholders and the resulting value proposition for Chamber members.”
Co-Founder and Director
Sarah Rajic is the co-founder of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check.
Capital Recruit specialises in corporate recruitment including accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, sales and administration across government and the business community in the ACT. Since its inception over three years ago, Capital Recruit has grown significantly and recently broadened its services delivering managed volume recruitment processes and assessment design within the Federal Government environment. Staff Check is a leading supplier of security vetting services, providing personnel security services to government and business.
Sarah commenced her career in 2000 in accounting recruitment in Canberra. For the past 10 years, she has managed recruitment teams and branches across Canberra and Sydney. In August 2014, Sarah founded Capital Recruit with Glen Heward. In addition to Capital Recruit, Sarah was appointed General Manager of Staff Check mid 2016 to focus on client management, strategy and leadership.
Sarah is currently undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Course in Canberra, has a Diploma in Business and is accredited with the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA). She regularly presents for CPA Australia and other industry bodies on recruitment best practice, industry updates, leadership and career development.
Sarah Rajic was the 2017 Future Leader with the Canberra Business Chamber. Over that time, she immersed herself in the Chamber and board activities, including contributing to minister meetings, the inquiry into insecure workers, the finance and audit committee and other working groups.
In 2017 Sarah received the Best New Business Owner award from Canberra Women in Business for the success of her business, Capital Recruit and her contribution to the Canberra business community.
Founder and CEO
Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the award-winning research conducted by the group, and is today positioned at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector. The company’s capabilities have been recognised at several Australian and international events, most recently: global runner-up from a pool of 2,500+ companies in IBM’s SmartCamp competition in 2013, named by the Australian Information Industry Association as Australia’s most innovative small company in 2014, and selected by the Security Innovation Network as a SINET16 Cyber Security Innovator in 2015. In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures named QuintessenceLabs in its Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies. In 2017, the company was selected as of one of Westpac’s 20 high potential Businesses of Tomorrow.
Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram founded two successful start-up ventures in the information technology infrastructure and services spaces – a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private ISPs. He began his career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with a number of companies and government agencies in Australia.
Vikram holds a master of science in computer science from The Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. He was presented the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014, Vikram was invited by the UK Government to join an expert panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme, and presently serves on the Industry Advisory Boards of AusCyber and the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University, and the Cybersecurity Technical Committee of the Australian Computer Society.
Craig is a Chartered Accountant and has been with KPMG since 1987. He is currently a senior Partner within the Management Consulting division of the firm, responsible for the provision of financial management, costing and government advisory services. He has extensive experience which has included the provision of accounting, business viability, feasibility and due diligence advice as well as costing, modeling, capability development, procurement and program advisory services to a wide range of entities, specialising in the provision of services to both Federal and ACT government agencies.
Outside of KPMG, Craig has served as a member of the Canberra Business Chamber Board since it’s formation and the Canberra Business Council Board since 1996 (holding the position of Chair for 7 years). Craig is also currently Chair of the Canberra Institute of Technology, Chair of CIT Solutions Pty Limited, Chair of the Gallery of Australian Design and a board member of Hockey ACT.
Craig is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Society of CPAs.
Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
Archie Tsirimokos is a member of the Canberra Business Chamber and Chairman of Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Canberra’s largest independent law firms. He is recognised as one of Canberra’s most experienced property lawyers and is the trusted adviser to many of the region’s business minds.
Archie’s expertise in governance, commercial law, litigation, building and construction law has gained him a far-reaching respect among his peers and resulted in a loyal client base that includes some of the ACT’s largest corporate developers, investors and financial institutions. He has been involved in the negotiation and delivery of numerous complex commercial projects and has extensive experience appearing as counsel in the ACT Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia.
In 2014 Archie was named the Property Council ACT’s Property Professional of the Year, and in 2015 Archie was named the Real Estate Institute of ACT’s ‘Solicitor of the Year’ – an award he also won in 2014 and 2013. Archie is a Director of Lifeline Canberra.
Archie has worked tirelessly to promote the local region; as well as being integrally involved in many significant property transactions.