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Prof Darrell Mahoney (Chair)

Emeritus Professor Deakin University

Darrell has held many senior positions in higher education including Dean of the highly innovative Bowater Faculty of Business at Deakin University; Chairman, Department of Accounting, David Syme Business School; Director of International Programs and Postgraduate Programs for the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin; and, National Director of the Australian National Business School Ltd.

Darrell has worked with Arthur Andersen & Company and General Motors-Holden. He has acted as a consultant to the Pratt Group, the Bowater Group, Telstra, Cycling Victoria and other organizations. He has undertaken lecture tours in Asia for CPA Australia and training projects in the former Soviet Union for the Australian Ambassador in Moscow. For a decade he ran annually in Malaysia the Asian Intensive School for Advanced Management program for Australian MBA students.

Darrell has written on topics as diverse as international business, corporate planning, management accounting, financial modelling, education, and mental retardation. He was principal author of the award winning text International Business: A Managerial Perspective.

At the community level, Darrell was Chair of the Monash Community Foundation and is a Member of Plan Australia. Darrell is a trustee of the Bowater Trust and is a board member and Treasurer of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC).

Darrell is an Emeritus Professor at Deakin University.

Sunil Jadwani

Founder Kodeworks

Sunil Jadwani joined the EIBC’s Board of Directors in November 2015. He is the founder of Kodeworks, which develops custom software solutions specifically designed to automate and streamline business operations. He also advises small-business owners on their overall Information Technology (IT) strategies.

He trained as an Electronics Engineer and has designed and developed software and electronics for a wide range of applications across several industries, including, banking and financial services, light manufacturing, automated industrial testing, home security and automation, health care, legal, human resources and the not-for-profit sector.

Sunil is evangelical about helping small-business owners maximize their operational efficiency and staff productivity.He advocates an integrated, business-orientated approach to implementing software solutions using the most appropriate and cost-effective technology available.He is particularly attuned to the non-technical aspects of IT implementation and the constraints of time, money and human resources under which small businesses typically operate.

He is confident that the unique business+IT perspective that he brings to the EIBC Board will support effective application of IT within the EIBC as well as the businesses that the EIBC hosts.

Sue McMillan

Senior Business Development Manager

Sue has a senior business development role with the Victorian Government, within the Department of Economic Development and works with the private sector to progress their investment and export opportunities. Just as she supports and connects business with opportunities in her role with the Victorian Government, she sees her involvement with the Eastern Innovation Business Centre as a further way of assisting small business in the region to achieve their goals.

After working in graphic design for a number of years, which included teaching, she completed further studies in marketing and finance and then worked in the banking and finance sector. Sue went on to set up her own business and contracted to Aussie Home Loans as a mortgage broker for a number of years, being awarded broker of the year during that time.
Sue was elected to Knox Council in 2008 - 2012 and served as Mayor in 2011. Her responsibilities included chairing numerous regional committees and sitting on the Local Government Minister’s advisory group and state.

Sue is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and currently holds the positions of board chair of Knox Basketball and board member of the Eastern Football League.
She is a former board member of the Fern Tree Gully and Rowville Community Banks; Independent Chair of the Outer Eastern headspace Consortium; Chair Ferntree Gully Cemetery Trust; Chair - Audit Committee, Eastern Regional Library Corporation; and executive member of the Coonara Community House.

Sue is originally from North East Victoria and is married with three adult sons, stepson and stepdaughter.

Julie Salomon

Director Community Development & Services, City of Monash

Julie Salomon is the Director of Community Development and Services at the City of Monash.

Julie has extensive experience working at a senior level in a wide range of community service and community development programs in Local Government, State Government and the community sector. Julie’s experience encompasses strategic planning, policy development, project management, facility development as well as the management of service delivery.

Her key interests include facilitating the provision of quality services and programs which support individuals, families and communities to enjoy health and wellbeing in a supportive, vibrant and inclusive community.

Julie is responsible for Council programs encompassing family and early year’s services, healthy aging, aged and disability services, arts and culture, recreation and leisure, library services, youth services, community grants, community health and wellbeing, access and equity, and social policy.

Michael Spiegel

Chairman Windsor Community Bank Branch

Michael Spiegel was the former Head of Strategic Development and the Executive Secretary of the Board for the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University. He was also the director and founder of Mirrorcone Pty Ltd, a mobile app company integrating with scientific instrumentation and co-founder of the Monash Antibody Technologies Facility, the first fully automated antibody facility in the world. He was a foundation member of the management team of Gene Bridges GmbH, a DNA engineering company in Dresden, Germany.

Michael has a diverse international background in innovation management and has consulted for major global companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech and engineering space. He has extensive experience in strategy, finance, business development, stakeholder management and driving strategic change initiatives.

He is currently working as a commercial and residential finance broker and is Chairman of Windsor Community Bank Branch (Bendigo Bank) and an ambassador for the Monash University MBA program. He holds a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz, an MSc from the University of London, an MBA from Monash University and a Diploma of Finance from Kaplan.

Mira Yannicos


Mira is an Australian qualified lawyer with many years’ experience in general corporate, commercial litigation and global immigration law within various top and mid-tier law firms and organisations in Melbourne. Over the last few years Mira has practiced in the global mobility space, including in senior management roles with operational and strategic responsibilities and a focus on APME, within leading global providers of global mobility services.

Mira has successfully developed, transformed and managed a business group within a global organisation based on defined fundamentals resulting in the organisation becoming a leader in its field and on the cutting edge of its industry. Mira has also been instrumental in designing, implementing and maintaining an innovative tracking and reporting system rolled out to various APME locations which resulted in risk mitigation, peace of mind for clients and a competitive advantage for the organisation.

With a genuine commitment to cater to the needs of the business community in Melbourne’s South East and the success of the EIBC, Mira is now keen to give back to this community and make a difference in this area.

Danielle Storey

CEO Eastern Innovation Business Centre

Danielle Storey understands communication and customer engagement and succinctly communicates business concepts and the essential attitudes required to grow businesses and teams. She engages all levels of business in the “buzz” of innovation – the framework that Australia, as a region needs to export our expertise and thrive.

“Innovation is not just a buzz word. Australia, as a regional community needs to be founded on businesses, entrepreneurs and people who are at the forefront of best practice, world class processes in people engagement and mind-blowing technology. There has never been a better time to be in business!”

As a business mentor she has professionally advised hundreds of small Australian businesses and start-ups who need simple plans and strategies to grow profits and achieve results for their owners. As a long term business owner, Danielle understand the mindsets and processes that businesses and leaders must implement to create change and success.

She founded and ran, with her family, an international business in a highly competitive space and is a speaker in business/marketing, innovation, sales/customer service and employee engagement. Danielle is a member and Past President (2012/2013) of Professional Speakers Australia (formerly National Speakers Association of Australia) and a published author of The Selfish Servant.


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