The Melbourne Program

15 May 2018

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The Masters

Who are the five Master Entrepreneurs?

They are proven performers with a desire to give back.

Our Master Entrepreneurs have successfully developed, grown local and global businesses across diverse industries. These Masters are powerhouses of entrepreneurial knowledge. They are well connected in local and international business communities and can give you a huge advantage.


Ian Griffiths | The Grifter Investments

Master of International Business & Consumer Products

Master of International Business, Fast moving Consumer Products and Company Turnarounds, Ian has more than 25 years international business experience as an executive with blue chip multinationals including Unilever and Campbell Arnott’s. He has also developed several joint venture businesses in Asia and led a number of company turnarounds in both the consumer product and agribusiness sectors.

He partners with entrepreneurial organizations to provide strategic guidance and commercial support to ensures businesses deliver sustainable and profitable growth. He also provides pragmatic guidance to businesses with a strategic intent to enter and grow in Asian markets.

John Weste | Director, The Richelieu Group Pty Ltd

Master of Professional Firms, Global Deal Making and Investment

John has more than three decades of international business experience as an executive with some of the world’s leading consulting and advisory firms, including Andersen Consulting, the Richelieu Group and Tata Consultancy Services. He partners with international and regional organisations throughout the world to systematically build and transform corporate entities and advises a number of emerging technology-based companies on strategy and capital management.

Riley Batchelor | Founder and CEO at Masterley

Serial Entrepreneur and Master of Learning

Riley is a tech entrepreneur and start-up advisor who has founded five technology start-ups over the past 13 years.  He is the founder of business accelerator EduGrowth and has launched and grown start-ups in education, e-commerce, home services, fashion and media.

Dr Glenn Dickins | Company Director and Investor

Master Serial Entrepreneur, Inventor & Investor

Dr Glenn Dickins is that rare creature: a top-ranking scientist who is a successful entrepreneur. Dr Dickens has six degrees in areas ranging from theoretical physics and an MBA to psychology and spatial information theory. He is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur who has helped spearhead three successful listed companies. He has secured more than six million dollars in grants throughout his career and has advised on strategy and IP commercialization for more than 30 ventures. Presently Glenn has been shaping the strategic future of Dolby Labs at all levels from invention and IP through to advising the top executive team. Glenn has developed licensed his sound technology, contained in a myriad of Dolby products including Dolby Headphone, Dolby Volume, Dolby Voice and Dolby Atmos.

Michelle Melbourne | Co Founder, Intelledox

Master of Growth & Digital Transformation

Michelle is a past winner in the Telstra and ACT Government’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Her business, Intelledox, is a multiple winner in the Telstra Business Awards, in the AIIA iAwards, in the Australian Exporter of the Year Awards, in both the Deloitte Fast 100 and the BRW’s Fast 100 list, and in the Anthill Cool Company Awards.

Michelle mentors entrepreneurs and business leaders in the critical importance of the effective uptake of technology and has been instrumental in driving many important new initiatives, not only in technology circles but also in influencing government policy surrounding business, procurement, IP, innovation, and collaboration. Michelle is also collaborating with the Australian National University’s Digital Transformation Centre, an initiative that has put the ANU at the global forefront of digital innovation and productivity.

Our Past Master Entrepreneurs

Georgia Beattie, Master Starter, Founder Lupe Wines

Sam Mostyn, Master Director, Non Executive Chair & Director across corporate, climate change, sport, arts int dev sectors & Sustainability Adviser

Julian Tertini, Master Retailer, Founder of Freedom Furniture and Fantastic Furniture

Brand Hoff, Master of IT, Director of ICT Australia and Founder of TOWER Software

Anne O’Donnell, Master of Finance, Australian Ethical Investment MD

Bill Mobbs, Master of Healthcare, Founder of ITL Limited

Mark McConnell, Master of Serial Entrepreneurship

Col Alexander, Master of Development, MD and CEO of CIC Australia

Phillippa Grogran, Master Baker, Founder of Phillippa’s Bakery

Kate Carnell, Master of Non-Profits and CEO of Beyond Blue

Ralph Wilson, Master of Manufacturing and CEO of Willow 

Linton Staples, Master Cooperative Research Centres and CEO of Animal Control Laboratories

Geoff Cosgriff, Master Director and CEO of lnfocos

Tom Henderson, Master of Sustainable Building, and MD Jigsaw Housing

Murray Rankin, Master of IT Security and CEO Rankin Securities

John Hindmarsh, Master Developer, Chairman Hindmarsh

Russell Stocker, Master of Investment and Global Rollout, International Senior Manager Fortune 500

David Maxwell, Master of Government/Private Partnerships, Director of Riverview Group

Glenn Dickens, Master Serial Entrepreneur and Inventor of Dolby Headsets

Michelle Melbourne, Master of Human Research Management and Co-Founder Intelledox

Ron Murray, Master of Transport, Founder of Murrays Coaches, Buses and Limousines

Jason Hart, Master of Silicon Valley, Founder of Protocom, ActivIdentiy, NexKey

Mary Anne Waldren | Master Founder, Convenor and MC

Building the capacity of leaders through connection and collaboration, Mary Anne was born into business and knows her way around the corridors of power. Known for creating and auctioning exceptional ideas, Mary Anne brokers relationships, mentors and connects leaders to step up and stand out in their lives.  Mary Anne was the driver of the million-dollar Australian Science Festival and multi-million-dollar National Science Week. She has also engineered the delivery of more than 80 Radio National TV and radio broadcasts for numerous clients. An accomplished TedX speaker, author and an experienced company director, Mary Anne runs a Master Series of training programs for entrepreneurs, corporates, not for profits and government leaders. She is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, has advised international governments on business and has sat on numerous government, private, not-for-profit and association boards. Mary Anne has a Master’s Degree in Management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a swag of other qualifications.