Meet Our Team


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MINAAL SINHA

(MANAGING DIRECTOR)

Minaal Sinha is a senior management professional with thirty plus years of professional experience in various facets of general management in diverse industries. He has strong leadership & interpersonal skills with proven experience in corporate development, operations, human resource, marketing & sales, banking/finance and project management.

Minaal has gained strong understanding of Australian, Regional and Global business ethics, cultures, regulations & policies in diverse industries at senior levels both off-shore and on-shore. This has given him the rare combination of multi-skilling within multi-business cultures, in various industries achieving many a success in diverse facets of businesses as CEO/COO. In his career prior to management consultancy Minaal has worked with Fortune 500 and multi-national corporations at senior leadership positions. Some of the companies where he worked were – Modi, Volvo, Lurgi, Xerox, Sterling Drugs, Morgardshammar, ANI, and Citibank & ING.

Minaal was a member of the original team that established ING Bank in Australia in 1996. He has been involved in establishing numerous other large companies in India in the late 80’s and has worked with MNCs in the UK, USA, Germany & Sweden. Minaal’s many years of diverse & in-depth experience has allowed him to develop the following core competencies:

  • Strategically manage operations at both macro and micro levels
  • Planning/strategising, implementing & engineering change
  • Developing key people and high performing teams
  • Leadership development, effective mentoring and training
  • Construct complex projects, its organisation & driving implementation within strict deadlines
  • Establishing and rolling out of a simple or complex business from ground zero to a smooth, sustainable and profitable operation/organisation
  • Marketing management including product development, promotion, pricing, positioning and communication

Qualifications and Trainings

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (MBA)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
  • Diploma in Financial Services
  • Fellow of the Institute of Marketing Management
  • Australian Institute of Management, Member
  • Associate, Institute for Independent Business

In addition to his academics, Minaal has a number of industry qualifications.

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LEONARD ROBERTSON

(EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Leonard is a CPA and Licensed Business Agent with more than 25 years’ of experience in businesses. Working as the Director of Planning and Analysis for American Express International Inc. he coordinated the planning cycle for the Australian and New Zealand business units including developing strategy, economic modelling and budget build ups.

As Director Controller at American Express International Inc, he was responsible for a team of 80 and the effective and efficient control of the Australian and New Zealand legal entities to ensure that risk and exposures were minimised in the areas of fixed assets, trial balance, reporting, vendor payables, inter-company charges, local cashiering, tax accounting, compliance, payroll processing, internal control and travel back office functions. Twice he was awarded the company’s highest quality award for contribution to the establishment of a shared service centre for finance in New Delhi.

Over the past 14 years, Leonard has focused on driving growth, profitability and efficiency in a “hands on” practical way with businesses of all sizes. Leonard’s solid corporate background combined with years of experience working with businesses has given him a thorough understanding of what drives business success and affords him the efficient means of achieving outcomes for clients. He applies planning solutions to commercial challenges.

As Executive Director at APICON, Leonard is focussing on driving high performance cultures through Executive Development Programs, Workshops, Continuous Professional Development and proprietary consultancy tools incorporating project management, organisational review and competency assessment.

Qualifications & Training

  • CPA
  • Licensed Business Agent/Broker – Department of Fair Trading
  • TAE
  • Associate, Institute for Independent Business
  • Bachelor of Business – University of Technology, Sydney

Peter Millard

PETER MILLARD

(EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Peter is a seasoned senior executive who has been responsible for leading and guiding the successful growth of service related businesses over the past 3 decades.

Peter has formal qualifications in Engineering (BE Chem) and has completed an MBA with a focus on marketing and international business.

He has worked with large multinational organisations as well as smaller enterprises. As business unit manager he was responsible for the positioning and growth of the businesses under his control. These responsibilities embraced both directing the marketing activities and selling activities of the organisation.

As managing director of Chemtrans Asiatic he was responsible for taking a troubled startup opportunity to a position of sustained profitability with an expanding international customer base.

The implementation of a transformative sales excellence program saw significant performance gains in AH Plant Hire. The program has since been successfully implemented in a number of smaller organisations.

In his consulting career Peter has developed the strategy and guided the growth of a number of businesses in diverse industries. He is a founding director of Asia Pacific International Consulting (APICON).

As a director of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited, Peter has been an active member of the Marketing and; Community Engagement Committees as well as Deputy Chairman.

Over the past decade Peter has also taught Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Business programs at TAFE (Sydney Institute) enabling him to share his experience with the next generation of marketing and management professionals and entrepreneurs.

Qualifications & Training

  • BE (Chem) – University of NSW
  • MBA – Macquarie University
  • Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business

Clive SmallmanPROFESSOR CLIVE SMALLMAN
BSc Hons MSc MBA MA PhD FBCS CITP GAICD

Clive is a thought leader in risk management, crisis management, decision-making, management and leadership. Originally a computer scientist working in machine learning, Clive moved through IT and change program and project management with some of the UK’s largest companies, before combining an academic career in management with business consulting, and most recently extensive experience as a senior higher education executive.

Formerly a Senior Research Associate at the Judge Business School and a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge University, Clive has worked or taught at highly ranked business schools across Europe (Bradford, NIMBAS, ESC Toulouse, ESC Grenoble). Afater eight years in New Zealand as Professor of Management at Lincoln University, he became Dean of Business at Western Sydney University and then Assistant Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Policy).

He is presently President, Asia Pacific International College, and as Principal Executive Officer sits as an executive director of the College, reporting to its governing board. He has become highly experienced in dealing with regulatory issues!

An experienced business consultant, his work with corporates includes the development or supervision of projects associated with Ford, GM, Deutsche Bahn, DHL, Rabobank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Coca Cola, Shell Chemicals, Phillips, Nestle and PGG Wrightson. He presently engages with small businesses as a coach with the Home Based Business Network.

Clive holds higher degrees in computer science, business administration, management learning and strategic risk management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Graduate of both the Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Company Directors. He is a widely published author.

His outlook on advising business? “Think, ask, plan, act!”

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Dr André Smit

Dr André Smit has had an international management and education career spanning 30 years and working as a leader of teams and as a developer of people. He had a successful managerial career working in a variety of roles with diverse global organisations such as 3M, Westfield and The Venetian in Macao. During his years as an academic at Southern Cross University in Australia, he was exposed to the complexity of a university, and the importance of balancing organisational sustainability and the academic freedom to develop a learning environment.

In 2009, André took up an Associate Professor position in the School of Management, Leadership and Government at The University Saint Joseph in Macao to teach and research in areas where previously, he has been a successful practitioner and he was involved in supervising and guiding MBA and PhD students in writing their dissertations and lecture in MBA and Licentiate classes.

Currently André is the Program Director for The Graduate School of Business at Asia Pacific International College which offers post graduate business program in management and project management. André also lectures and supervises master students in Leadership and Change Management and Human Resource Management.

DR Ken

DR. KEN HUDSON

(Inventor Of Blitz And Speed Thinking)

Dr. Ken Hudson is one of the most creative thinkers, speakers & consultants in Australia. He specializes in unlocking creativity and innovation in individuals, groups & teams – quickly!

He is the best-selling author of The Idea Generator (Allen & Unwin,2007) The Idea Accelerator (Allen & Unwin, 2008) and Speed Thinking (Allen & Unwin, 2010). One or all of these books have been published or distributed in Australia, UK, Taiwan, Italy, France, Brazil, South Africa and the US.

Dr. Hudson has been interviewed by Business Review Weekly, ABC Radio, The Australian Financial Review, The Boss Magazine and contributed articles for Marketing Magazine, HR Monthly, Leading Company and Fast Thinking.

CLIENTS INCLUDE:

Qantas, TNT, Crown Castle, Intel, MYOB, Westfield, DuPont, Heinz, Hilton Hotels, Network Ten, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare, The China Institute of Innovation & Dell Computers.

Qualifications and Achievements:

  • PhD UWS
  • MBA (UNE)
  • B. Bus (UTS)
  • Marketing Director (American Express)
  • Played first grade cricket & soccer and is a 33rd generation disciple in Shaolin Kung Fu

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