Export Council of Australia Administration
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa has worked in international trade for the last six years and prior to joining the Export Council of Australia she whas working as Marketing Manager in the financial services sector and business events services. As a graduate in Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney, she has since returned to her roots at the Export Council of Australia, managing the export programs, industry working groups, research as well as managing the National events and awards program. Lisa is currently undertaking her Master in Commerce, majoring in International Business at the University of New South Wales.
Peter has had a long career in international banking, having worked in senior trade roles with Westpac Banking Corporation, Citibank Australia Ltd and Bank of America Australia Ltd. He has also worked with Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) in the credit insurance sales area; as a Director of Infocast Australia Ltd; and owned a business coaching franchise for a period. Peter has been working with the Australian Institute of Export and now the Export Council of Australia for over 7 years. Peter is also a very keen Toastmaster.
National Manager in Finance and Administration
Caroline has had a varied career after graduating with a Bachelors Degree from China. Firstly, she worked as an instructor of 'English for International Trade' and the liaison officer for the university's international office. She then accepted a new job in marketing services with world leading pharmaceutical companies, Astra Zeneca and then GSK. Having worked for their Greater China headquarters in Shanghai for a few years, Caroline decided to take another challenge and started her new career in Australia with two International freight management companies Geodis Wilson and Ceva Logistics. Caroline got her Diploma in Accounting in 2003 and joined the Export Council of Australia (previously Australian Institute of Export) as an admin. & accounts all-rounder before becoming the finance and admin. manger in 2005.
Trade Policy and Business Development Manager
Stacey graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in International Trade and Finance, International Relations and Spanish. Following her graduation, Stacey worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Economics and Policy division. In February 2012 she joined Trade and Investment Queensland as an International Business Cadet and spent five months working in Queensland’s trade office in Santiago, Chile. During this time Stacey assisted a mining technology company establish a subsidiary company in Chile and worked on business development activities with the Queensland Trade Commissioner for the Americas. Stacey joined the Export Council of Australia in February 2013.
Project Manager: Research and Engagement
Kristen graduated from Macquarie University in April 2013 with a Bachelors of International Studies. During her degree Kristen participated in exchange programs with the University of Geneva, Switzerland and the University of Strasbourg, France. In 2012 Kristen was accepted into the Australian National Internship Program, an applied public policy research internship in Canberra, at the Australian National University. Kristen completed her internship with the Hon. Senator Ursula Stephens, chair of the Senate Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade where she undertook a research thesis on the potential sale of Uranium to India upon the request of the Senator. Following her Canberra internship Kristen interned as a researcher with the Export Council of Australia in late 2012 and joined the Council as a Project Manager in August 2013.
Communications and Project Manager, Queensland
Richelle joins the Export Council of Australia with more than eight years experience in the Corporate Communications field. With a Diploma in Business Marketing and a Degree in Journalism, she has represented one of Australia’s leading online insurance providers as the National Media and Communications Manager. She has extensive experience in crisis management working as the Media Manager through the January 2011 Brisbane floods and more recently during ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January 2013.
Richelle has also worked for Queensland’s largest electricity distributor Energex, implementing major infrastructure projects with significant community impact throughout South East Queensland. These include major substation redevelopments and Brisbane’s Central Business District Conduit Installation project.
It’s Richelle’s passion for project management that drew her to the Export Awards program and she looks forward to the stakeholder and client engagement opportunities across Queensland and New South Wales.
State Manager – Western Australia
State Manager- Victoria/ TASMANIA
Collins Rex joined the Export Council (previously the Australian Institute of Export) in June 2009 as the Victorian State Manager, with responsibility for the managing the Export programs and activities in that State. Collins has over 20 years’ marketing and communications experience. She has owned and operated her own businesses on two continents, and has worked as a radio and television broadcaster. Since immigrating to Australia in 1997, Collins has specialized in the management of industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations, and she has coordinated and managed several major events, including the Interact Asia Pacific Multimedia Festival. She has extensive experience working with Government, industry Clusters, and SMEs, particularly in the ICT sector. Collins is a graduate of Johannesburg University (formerly Rand Afrikaans University) in South Africa.
Tradestart Export Advisor- Geelong/Ballarat
Lena Neill has worked as the TradeStart Export Advisor for the South West region since July 2003. During the past five years she has provided export assistance to a large number of clients, mainly new exporters, but also more established companies. Lena is originally from Sweden, but has spent about 10 years in Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Science in International Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, she worked as export manager for textile company for about 3 years. After that she moved on to the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she managed the staff recruitment company as well as worked closely with the Chamber members for the next five years. Lena has always had a strong interest in people and different cultures and has traveled extensively. She enjoys her role as export advisor, using a combination of export/business background, cross cultural experience and multilingual skills while working with the clients.
Tradestart Export Advisor- Bendigo/Mildura
Sandy Harman is thrilled to be assisting businesses to develop and implement successful export programs that bring value to his local economy in regional Victoria. A marketing and negotiation professional, Sandy graduated from Monash University with marketing & sociology degrees and established his career in the private sector. He founded and ran his own successful service oriented business in Melbourne for 15 years and has been involved in export business development in regional Victoria for over 10 years. He was recently the Head of International Sales at VEA Group (one of the world’s largest education specific audio-visual producers). With extensive experience in exporting to the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa, he has specialised in intellectual property licensing (film, software and publishing) so far – however he also enjoys working with businesses exporting physical goods.
Sandy enjoys connecting with his clients and colleagues and maintains a strong international network of business partners. He says, “There’s nothing better than creating good outcomes whilst also establishing long lasting relationships – it sets up a strong cycle of reward for the parties involved.” He is looking forward to building a network within the broader exporting community in Australia and with international offices.
Besides his professional life, Sandy lives in the historical “tree-change” town of Castlemaine, site of the beginnings of the Victorian gold rush in 1851, which quickly became the biggest gold rush the world has ever seen and one of Australia’s largest export booms. He spends his spare time with his family, renovating his house, riding his motorcycle and fighting the occasional bush-fire as a volunteer with the Country Fire Authority.