Regional Voice - Port Lincoln

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Port Lincoln Hotel

1 Lincoln Highway

Port Lincoln, SA 5606


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On Wednesday 27 March 2019, Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Inc and Business SA will be co-hosting the Regional Voice forum at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

Following our most recent Regional Voice Survey, as a local business owner or operator, we warmly invite you to join us to discuss how we can help your business be more productive and prosperous. To read more about the report, click here.

As well as Verity Edwards, Business SA’s director of media and communications discussing the survey, guest speakers on the night include; EML’s Alex Flint, Small Business Commissioner John Chapman and Jodie Cole, professional mentor, and coach. Jodie will be running a short course on the night about Emotional Intelligence in Leadership, which will include:

  • What makes good leaders great
  • Tools to encourage consistency and fairness in decision-making
  • How to motivate others
  • Identifying your strengths as a leader

To book your ticket to this free event, please register by clicking the 'Book Now' button below.

Unable to make it on the night, or want extra training? Business SA will also be conducting a range of training courses in Port Lincoln over the year, including:

23 May 2019 - Exceptional Customer Service (1 day)

24 May 2019 - New to Management (1 day)

29 May 2019 - Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace (Half day)

29 May 2019 - Mental Health Fundamentals for Managers (Half day)

13 June 2019 - New to Leadership (1 day)

14 June 2019 - Emotional Intelligence in Leadership (1 day)

26-27 June 2019 - Managing WHS in the Workplace (2 days)


John Chapman - Small Business Commisioner

John Chapman was first appointed Small Business Commissioner in 2014 and was reappointed for a further four years in 2017.

The role of Small Business Commissioner, under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2011, includes alternative dispute resolution for business disputes, providing information to small businesses and advocating on their behalf.

In addition, he is responsible for the administration of the, Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995, the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2018 and he also oversights the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009. He has responsibilities under a number of other Acts including: the Fair Trading Act 1987, Late Payment of Government Debts (Interest) Act 2013, and the Local Government Act 1999.

He brings to the role extensive experience at senior executive level in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is also an experienced board director and fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Adelaide University Graduate School of Business in 2004.

John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for over eight years between 2005 and 2014 where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education. He was responsible for the MTA’s Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Scheme which employed more than 550 apprentices and trainees.

He has held a number of board positions including:

  • President of Group Training Australia (SA);
  • Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia – the automotive industry’s national training body; and
  • Councillor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.
  • Interim TAFESA Director April 2018 - current

Before joining the MTA, he was the General Manager – International Business at Business SA and held a number of executive positions with, Insurance Australia Group.

Earlier career history has included senior experience within the South Australian Government including as an Executive Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet with responsibilities for all economic related cabinet items, policies and policy implementation including major projects.

John has also worked as a Chief of Staff to former SA Premier Hon. John Olsen as well as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Hon. Stephen Baker.

As a journalist, John worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation specialising in finance, political and industrial reporting for both radio and TV.

Alex Flint - EML

Alex Flint is the Regional Development Manager for EML, one of two Return to Work Agents acting on behalf of Return to Work SA. Alex has a relationship with regional SA, growing up in the South East on a grazing property. Alex has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and has worked for EML for the past 8 years, with extensive knowledge and experience across several Return to Work Schemes.

EML is committed to achieving industry-leading return to work outcomes and improving work health and safety for the benefit of workers, employers and the broader community.

Verity Edwards - Business SA

Verity Edwards is Business SA’s Director of Media and Communications. She has worked in the media for the past 23 years, and been in her role at Business SA since July, 2017.

Prior to joining Business SA, Verity spent 12 years working in the Adelaide bureau of The Australian, including four years as the paper’s Weekend Professional editor, undertaken stints as bureau chief, Weekend Australian Magazine contributor, workplace columnist in The Deal and as a feature and news writer.

She has also worked at Messenger Newspapers, Channel 7, 5AA and the ABC, working in roles from reporting, news reading and covering sport to program producing.

Jodie Cole - Business SA

Jodie Cole is an experienced and enthusiastic learning and development professional with extensive coaching, mentoring and motivational skills and a proven ability to empower others enabling them to achieve their full potential. Jodie holds qualifications listed below as well as having worked within state Government departments for 26 years, 15 of those in Training & Development, coaching, leadership and curriculum development. Jodie has coaching clients in numerous countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.

Main areas of expertise are:

  • Coaching – strategy - organisation
  • Training, Facilitation and personnel management
  • Behavioural/personality profiling – resilience-team/HR Management
  • Property Investment Advising

Areas of Interest:

  • Social media and PR
  • Human behavioural Psychology
  • Property Investment planning and strategy

Qualifications & Achievements:

  • Adult Education and Training Qualifications
  • Persolog DISC Trainer
  • Life Coach and NLP Practitioner
  • Small business management and Children’s Services Diplomas
  • Advanced Diploma in Policing
  • Property Investment Adviser

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