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Session 5: Creating Star Teams

The Importance of People to the Developing New Venture

Session details

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Location: Building 1, Room 447 (Council Chambers), ECU Joondalup Campus


  • Associate Professor Maryam Omari, ECU's School of Business
  • Mr Tony Grist, Chairman, Amcom Telecom

Session schedule

5:00pm Registration & Networking

5:10pm Welcome & Session Introduction

5:15pm Speakers and Q&A

6:35pm Networking with drinks & canapés

7:15pm Close

Session content

One of the key entrepreneurial skills is the ability to build effective teams. Forming a viable team to deliver the business vision is a critical step as it is frequently the first thing other stakeholders, such as investors, partners and customers look at when evaluating a new venture.

This Session will explore the roller coaster ride of forming teams, breaking up dysfunctional teams and how to develop and work with successful, ‘star’ teams. It will consider the skills and capabilities required for new venture creation and growth and examine the team dynamics that are required for teams to perform at the highest level. In addition, the Session will look at key roles that need to be filled and suggest potential ways that team members can be incentivised to ensure commitment to the team and growing new venture in the early stages.

Speaker information

Mr Tony Grist

Mr Tony Grist is co-founder and current Chairman of ASX-listed Amcom Telecommunications Ltd, a leading fibre optic telecommunications carrier. Until the recent in specie distribution of its iiNet shareholding to Amcom shareholders, Amcom was the largest shareholder of iiNet Ltd, Australia’s second biggest DSL internet service provider.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is an Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 1990 he founded what became Albion Capital Partners, a Perth based venture capital investment and consultancy firm which has been an investor in, and has arranged funding for, life sciences, telecommunications, mining and mining services.

Tony has extensive experience in capital markets, and has held directorships in Canada, United Kingdom and Australia in the telecommunications, healthcare, mining and energy industries. He accepted a directorship with the Minderoo Foundation in August 2014. The foundation is a key operation of Minderoo, which was founded in 2001 by Andrew and Nicola Forrest and also encompasses the private business holdings of the Minderoo Group.

Tony served on the board of iiNet for five years until August 2011. In that time iiNet grew its revenues from approximately $200M to over $700M through acquisition and organic growth, including the acquisition of Westnet and AAPT. In 2010, he was Chair of Judging for the western region of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, as well as serving on the national judging panel. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. It is the first and only truly global award of its kind with regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities across 50 countries.

Tony was deputy Chairman of Loreto Nedlands for three years until 2011.

Associate Professor Maryam Omari

Maryam is an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University.  She has held a number of academic leadership positions and has been involved in significant curriculum change. She has a PhD, Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM), Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science. Her research interests lie in workplace bullying, cross cultural management, and quality of worklife issues.  Maryam has taught Human Resource Management, International Business and Management. She has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East, U.K and U.S.A.

Maryam is currently on the Board of ConnectGroups and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM); a member of the WA Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) State Council; the WA representative on the AHRI Research Advisory Panel; the Chair of the International Management Stream of the ANZAM annual conference; and a Judge for the annual Telstra Business, and Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards. 

Maryam has 17 years of human resources experience, with the last seven at an Executive level as an HR Manager. She has worked in various HR capacities including: training and development, recruitment and selection, coordination of graduate programs, organisational development, program evaluation, project management and strategic planning.  She has significant experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of Executive Education and Management Development programs.

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