Brendan Green has been the CEO of Australia’s largest handyman business, Hire A Hubby, for over 22 years. Hire A Hubby provides handyman, home maintenance and trades work services for individuals and companies throughout Australia, New Zealand the UK.
Starting with one franchise in 1996, Hire A Hubby now has 335 franchisees across Australia, 50 in New Zealand and 10 in the UK. Having launched his own lawn mowing business when he was just 19, grown Hire A Hubby substantially since 1996 and recently launched a new business, Franchise Cloud Solutions, Brendan is a natural entrepreneur.
Brendan was recently accredited as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) with the Franchise Council of Australia. The CFE program is the only internationally recognised professional accreditation program for franchise executives.
In his free time, Brendan enjoys motorsports and spending time with his family.
Richard is the CEO of Snap Franchising Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest franchised print and design franchise, and a founding member of the FCA. Over the last twenty years Richard has held leadership roles in a variety of franchise systems including McDonald’s, Thrifty Car Rental and Fastway Couriers. In his role as Group Managing Director at Fastway Couriers, Richard had responsibility for franchise organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa. This gave him the opportunity to meet with franchisors and franchisees in many diverse markets. Richard has played an active role in the franchise community, and currently serves as the NSW Convenor of the FCA Chief Executive Syndicate. In 2017, he successfully completed the CFE program. Richard believes the FCA has a crucial role in contributing to public policy debates surrounding the structure, education,and reform of the franchising sector at this critical time.
Selina Bridge is an accomplished leader in the health and fitness industry with a proven track record in marketing and relationship management. After achieving a First-Class Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath in 2003, her career began in the UK with experiences at Motorola and Puma, leading to a key role at one of London’s leading sports marketing agencies, Brand Rapport, managing the strategic partnership between Vodafone and the England Cricket Team.
With a globally focused career in marketing for international brands including BMW and Shell, Selina brings a strong skillset in managing brand reputation. In 2014, she renewed her passion for health and fitness as marketing manager, then general manager, for Curves Oceania. This is when her passion for franchising really developed.
KX Pilates founder Aaron Smith appointed her as CEO in 2018. Despite the challenges COVID imposed on the fitness industry, Selina has successfully grown the KX network from 50 studios and is on track to reach 100 in 2022.
Selina has also led KX’s international expansion, with master franchise partnerships now in place in Indonesia and New Zealand, as well as a joint venture in China. Further expansion is on the cards as part of the company’s five-year vision.
Based in NSW, Daniel is a dynamic and driven business owner and leader who has been self-employed for over 20 years, both independently and as a franchisee.
Successfully transitioning to franchising with Boost Juice 15 years ago, Daniel became an award-winning franchisee partner, owning up to seven stores across three Retail Zoo brands at any one time. He has 10 years’ experience as a retail consultant working with several brands including IGA, Mitre 10, The Cheesecake Shop, BioGuard and Swimart.
Daniel’s consultancy and subsequent business coaching was delivered predominantly through Performance Group Workshops where he analysed all aspects of their business operations for improvement and profit. Daniel has won the highest awards within the Retail Zoo group and was awarded the FCA’s NSW/ACT Multi Unit Franchisee of the Year in 2010 and 2013.
He was named the FCA’s National Multi Unit Franchisee of the Year in 2016. Daniel has always believed in continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Daniel has spent many years representing franchisees within his network, and is passionate and committed to supporting small business and franchising.
Amber Manning is CEO of Just Cuts, the largest hairdressing franchise in the southern hemisphere. Her career began as the youngest financial services franchisee in Australia at just 20 years of age. Amber has led NSW Telstra Franchise and Dealer channels, advised the Harvey Norman Steering Committee, and developed global strategic capabilities through her involvement with KPMG and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Today she leads the Australian, New Zealand and UK markets for Just Cuts, holds CFE accreditation, and is a member of the CFE syndicate group for the Franchise Council of Australia. Amber also owns seven Just Cuts salons with her partner.
Clayton has been in the franchising industry since 1995, when he ran a chain of 60 Australian retail outlets across Canada. After moving back to Australia in 2012, he became involved with MBE Australia with the acquisition of the Perth CBD Centre in St George’s Terrace and becoming a franchisee. After rapid success, he became a partner in MBE Australia and subsequently moved into the role of CEO, overseeing more than 40 locations across Australia in 2014. Over the course of his working career, Clayton has owned and run a successful HR/recruitment agency, which he also took to Canada in 2007. Recently completing his CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) accreditation, this now brings a world of opportunities for not only himself, but all franchise groups he works with. A proud father and husband, Clayton enjoys travelling, camping, fishing and recreational flying. Clayton brings enormous business and franchise experience with a focus on people, process and product while always following his mantra of the five Ps: Proper Planning Permits Peak Performance.
Stephen is a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright. He has been a member of the Franchise Council of Australia almost since its inception, was founding secretary, and is a former President of the Victorian Chapter. Stephen served as chairman of the FCA in 1998 and again from 2000 until 2007 and has been a director of the FCA since 1997.
Warren Ballantyne is the founder, owner and managing director of Gutter-Vac, the world’s first and largest gutter cleaning franchise, revolutionising the gutter cleaning industry. Warren invented and developed his gutter vacuuming technology in 1995 and commenced franchising in 2000. Gutter-Vac now has approximately 90 franchises covering all Australian states and territories, and has expanded its franchise system into North America, launching there in 2016. Warren is also the founder, owner and managing director of Ballantyne Safety, a height safety concept he created in 1995 to complement the Gutter-Vac operating system. Ballantyne Safety’s range of temporary roof safety equipment provides workers across Australia with a fast, effective method to safely work at heights. Warren is also the chairman of Gutter-Vac International Pty Ltd and the Chief Operating Officer of Gutter-Vac LLC (the North American franchise company).
A proven senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in both the corporate and franchising sectors. Tanya has worked with some of Australia’s best-known franchise and retail brands across a broad range of industries including pharmacy, convenience, QSR, bulky goods, fashion retail and beauty. Tanya has worked for relatively small franchisors to help grow critical mass to ensure ongoing success, and for large established franchisors working to remain innovative and responsive to their franchisees and customers. Tanya has been an active elected member of the Franchise Council of Australia Victorian Chapter for over ten years, serving as Vice-President for six years and now as President. In addition to being a past judge of the FCA Awards, Tanya has recently received her Certified Franchise Executive accreditation, the only internationally recognised accreditation program for franchise executives.
Tim Horbury is the franchise owner of The Alternative Board – Adelaide City Territory, with experience within the franchise sector in state leadership roles. Tim has vast experience in retailing, working for recognised brands such as Specsavers and Beaumont Tiles.
In Adelaide, Tim gained senior experience in retail businesses such as Harris Scarfe and Trims and launched the Ray’s Outdoors brand in Adelaide. Tim also ran his own business in the hospitality sector. His career, spanning more than 25 years, has included leadership roles ranging from large corporate entities to small family businesses.
The franchising sector is where Tim discovered the value he brings to small business ownership, with skills honed over the years and a key focus on marketing and people. Within the FCA, Tim has been a valued member of the FCA’s Franchisee Advisory Committee and its South Australian State Chapter Committee.