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Our Board

SBMS is a Not-For-Profit organisation managed by a Board of Directors.

SBMS Board Members are elected based on their skills to support the governance of the organisation. They meet regularly throughout the year to make decisions about future directions and monitor performance of financial management, compliance, quality and risk.




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Grant Snowden | Chair

BCom, MBA, CA.(SA)

Managing Director and Mentor with a record of transforming and growing mining, manufacturing and distribution companies to a higher level of profit and cash flow.
Experienced in customer relationships, installing IT (SAP) and building plants on time and within budget, in addition to mentoring future leaders and leading teams to deliver more than they believed possible.

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Sam Muscat | Vice Chair


Sam Muscat has over 31 years of experience in Human Resources, Industrial Relations and as a Business Service Manager with comprehensive expertise in all aspects of HR/IR, staff development, business services, dispute resolution, advocates, IR advisor, representation at Fair Work Australia & WorkCover Tribunal, change management, training and finance & business management as well as having had extensive community involvement. He is also a Registered Justice of the Peace and the President of the Australian American Association Victoria.

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Ross Jennings

Ross Jennings | CEO

Ross has had over 44 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. Ross joined the Small Business Mentoring Service as a Business Mentor helping small business owners with business development, best practices, performance improvement, recruitment, planning, financials, goal setting, OHS and marketing. Ross held the position of Programs Manager prior to his appointment as CEO.

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Keith Hinson | Treasurer


Keith has worked in a range of senior management roles that required him to oversee important aspects of a company at the forefront of technological solutions, particularly marketing, business planning, manufacturing operations and process engineering.

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Barry Barber | Secretary

Barry has over 25 years of senior management experience working across the retail and franchising sectors. He has had an extensive career holding senior roles in both large and small businesses, and has run his own successful small business Barry's expertise is in strategy development, leadership and operations. 

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Alexandra Egan | Director

DipProjMgt, GradCertBusAdmin, EDAC 

Alexandra works with senior and mid-level executives, managers and business professionals at all levels of leadership and business and has managed the initiation and implementation of a new government grant program the Workforce Skill Set Fund (WSSF)

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Marcus McKenzie | Director


Marcus has had a long and varied career in accounting and management in a range of large businesses. He has extensive experience in business management and processes, and now runs his own tourism and retail enterprise.

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Barbara Cox | Director

PhD Melb, MB, GradDipBus, BSChE

Barbara has worked and consulted in a wide variety of industries and business types.  Her work history includes multinational corporations, small businesses, petrochemical production, professional services, consulting, governments and education sectors. Her global experience includes Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Barbara’s major strength is being able to help clients understand their needs and create and deliver effective solutions.

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Ruchi Gupta | Director

MMktg, BBus(Multi), LSSGB

With over 15 years of expertise spanning Project Management to Compliance, Ruchi is a certified Agile Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Her proven track record in the Insurance and Finance sectors showcases successes in Digital Transformation and Process Automation. Adept in business and marketing strategy, Ruchi has delivered profound results in areas like Business Process Standardisation and Change Management. Now at the helm of her own consultancy, she aids SMEs in strategic growth and optimisation. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Business and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.






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Liam Mallett | Director

MBA, GradDipMgmt, GradCertMgmt

With over 20 years of broad industry experience, Liam specialises in guiding small businesses through their unique challenges. From running a small enterprise in university to strategising for Australia's top companies, he brings a keen understanding of technology, business strategy, and operations. His experience at across a number of dynamic businesses has shaped his expertise in digital transformation and efficiency optimisation. Liam is passionate about assisting businesses transition from business-as-usual to strategic growth.

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SBMS is proudly supported by the Victorian Government & Small Business Victoria