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Session 6: Vision, plans and making it happen

The importance of strategy & planning in the development of the early venture; how important are they?

Session details

Date: Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Location: Building 1, Room 447, ECU Joondalup Campus


  • John Rothwell, Chairman, Austal Pty Ltd
  • Associate Professor Maryam Omari, ECU School of Business

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

Having decided to pursue a new adventure it is important to identify a vision and strategy for developing the opportunity into a successful venture. Session 6 looks at the planning process and how entrepreneurs can develop realistic plans for new ventures that are likely to attract investment and ensure growth in a fast-changing world.

What goes into a business plan, and why write one? What are present day investors looking for? What is a business model and how is the best business model for the new venture selected? All these questions and more will be discussed in detail.

Speaker information

My John Rothwell

Over the past two and a half decades, John Rothwell has played a major role in the development of the Australian aluminium shipbuilding industry. In 1988 he founded Austal Ships, together with four partners and the company is now one of the world’s leading aluminium shipyards. Austal listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December 1998 and the group has grown with the acquisitions of two Western Australian shipbuilding companies, a Canberra-based systems integration company, and the establishment of two shipyards - one in Alabama, USA in late 1999, and one in Cebu, Philippines, in late 2011. The group now employs over 5000 people worldwide.

 John Rothwell was born in Loenen, Netherlands in 1944. His family migrated to Australia in 1954. In June 1999, John was awarded the “WA Citizen of the Year” in the Category of Industry and Commerce. During 2000, he was awarded the International Business Award by the International Business Council of Western Australia, and in 2002, he was awarded the Ernst and Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in January 2004 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

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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