LEADING BRAZILLIAN specialty coffee roaster and barista, Danilo de Andrade, has brought his love of coffee and skills to one of Australia’s most revered coffee brands, Di Bella Coffee.

In his new role as the company’s product manager, Mr de Antrade would boost Di Bella Coffee from the outset, based on his reputation for working with the widest variety of flavours “so critical for discerning coffee drinkers” according to Di Bella CEO Darren Dench.

“Danilo de Andrade has a wealth of coffee knowledge and expertise across various coffee roasting platforms and multiple award winning barista competitions – and we are excited to welcome him to our Bowen Hills (Brisbane) headquarters,” Mr Dench said. 

“Danilo is as passionate about the crop to cup process as we are, and this really defines the Di Bella coffee experience.”

Mr de Andrade developed his love of coffee in his home town of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee, and then travelled the globe to develop his skills as a roaster and barista before arriving in Australia.

“Danilo has developed a strong following of devoted coffee lovers here in Australia and he will be bringing this unique skillset to our entire coffee industry supply chain,” Mr Dench said.

“Danilo’s experience and expertise is exceptional and he has finessed his knowledge and skills by working across the entire coffee process – working as a roaster, buying and sourcing green beans, working as a quality control manager, and even training others on the unique attributes and flavours that a single bean can contain.”

Mr Dench said having someone who really understood how to respect and work with the wide variety of flavours was critical for discerning coffee drinkers.

“Danilo is able to understand and leverage the flavour nuances so that blend profiles reflect differing taste profiles,” he said. “Coffee is similar to wine in this respect and the variety of tasting notes, the complexities of spices and the robustness or velvetiness of flavours need to sing together in real harmony.”

Mr Dench said Mr de Antrade would continue the journey of Di Bella Coffee by creating unique coffee blends that loyal customers can savour.

“My coffee philosophy is to retain the integrity of the bean’s origin and unlock the flavours and nuances that the growers want to amplify and that Di Bella consumers truly enjoy,” Mr de Antrade said.

Mr Dench said Di Bella Coffee was now Australia’s leading specialty coffee roaster and supports ethical and sustainable producers. He said these relationships provided access to the world’s finest coffees and were an important part of delivering the “ultimate coffee experience”. Di Bella Coffee is part of Retail Food Group.



BRISBANE-BASED Entrepreneur Dean Foley has taken out the Early Career Professional Award at the Indigenous STEM Awards.

Mr Foley is a Kamilaroi man and founder of Barayamal, a 100-percent Indigenous owned and managed charity that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs through coding programs for young people, mentoring and workshops. 

He will receive $20,000 to support his work as Indigenous STEM Education ambassadors in 2018.

Caboolture School Student and aspiring neuromorphic engineer Kayla Pattel won the Secondary Student Award. She has participated in the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS), Health Science Camp, Spark Engineering Camp, QUT Robotics Open Day and SPARQ-Ed Dynamic Tumour Heterogeneity in Melanoma Camp at the University of Queensland. Ms Pattel has also worked as a summer student for Boeing Defence.

Funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and delivered by CSIRO, the awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teachers and scientists, to inspire more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.



CPA AUSTRALIA has confirmed former Efic leader Andrew Hunter will be the accountants’ organisation’s new chief executive officer, starting on April 3.

CPA Australia president and chairman, Peter Wilson said Mr Hunter was chosen by the board from an excellent short list of four men and four women selected from Australia and overseas. 

“The new board has been working to appoint the right person to take CPA Australia forward and we believe Andrew will do an outstanding job for our members and this organisation,” Mr Wilson said.

“Andrew is a proven CEO with international experience who has demonstrated he can drive change, understand stakeholder needs, and bring out the best in organisations.”   

Mr Hunter was most recently managing director and CEO of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), where he developed and implemented a new strategy that refocused the organisation on its core purpose and dramatically improved relationships with all stakeholders.

Prior to his role at Efic, Mr Hunter held several senior positions with Macquarie Group including head of Macquarie Capital Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Mr Hunter said he was excited about taking on the role.

“CPA Australia is a great organisation and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all the staff, as well as the division and branch councils,” Mr Hunter said.

“Delivering value and service to members will be a priority and I will be talking with members to get an understanding of their perspectives on CPA Australia’s future direction.”

Mr Hunter’s annual base remuneration will be $650,000 with an at-risk incentive component of one third of his base remuneration. Mr Hunter’s contract includes a mutual notice period of six months.

Mr Wilson thanked Adam Awty who has been interim CEO since June 2017.

“Adam took up the interim CEO role during the most tumultuous period in CPA Australia's history and the new board thanks him for his efforts to keep the organisation moving ahead over this time,” Mr Hunter said.

“After 18 years with CPA Australia, Adam will be leaving the organisation to pursue other career opportunities.  Adam’s former chief operating officer commercial role has been made redundant and he will receive a redundancy payment in accordance with the organisation’s policies of $843,446.  His last day will be April 2.”



THE Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland board has appointed Kirsty Chessher‐Brown as the state’s new chief executive officer.

Ms Chessher‐Brown has been with the institute since 2006, most recently in the role of director of policy, research and sustainability. She said she was eager to continue the gains UDIA has made in recent times in Queensland, and tackle the ongoing challenges of “land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community”. 

State president Stephen Harrison said the appointment followed a desire by the board to continue the path forged by outgoing CEO Marina Vit.

“The institute has experienced many successes in recent times, including influencing policy development critical to delivering diverse housing in Queensland,” Mr Harrison said.

“Our Research Foundation has also gone from strength to strength, delivering insights that give our members an evidence base for their decision making. All this has culminated in record numbers of new members joining us in both metropolitan and regional centres throughout the State.

“It’s is a winning formula benefiting both members and the industry. As a result, we wanted a leadership evolution and we believe Kirsty is best placed to take the institute forward, delivering ongoing value to members in all regions through its advocacy, policy, events, and professional development program,” Mr Harrison said.

“Kirsty’s knowledge of the industry is second to none, making her the natural choice to lead the institute and support the industry to deliver vibrant Queensland communities.”

Ms Chessher‐Brown said she was passionate about the UDIA and looked forward to continuing her long association with its members across Queensland and all levels of government.

“The institute’s research program will continue to play a critical role in shaping our advocacy efforts and agenda to ensure members can deliver the type of housing the community is calling for,” she said.

“I'm looking forward to working with our members as well as the State and Local Governments to resolve some of the current challenges our industry faces including land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community.”



CANON OCEANIA has appointed Luke Clark to lead Converga as CEO, from May1, with a mandate to innovate.

Mr Clark was previously chief information officer (CIO) at Canon Australia.

As part of the Canon Oceania Group, the role at Converga will allow Mr Clark to showcase his expertise in transformation projects while leading the business as part of Canon’s broader service portfolio. Mr Clark’s role as part of the Canon Oceania senior leadership team will see him continue to bridge the two service offerings and taking his learnings from CIO of Canon Australia to CEO of Converga. 

“I’m excited to work with this talented group of employees and our valued customers,” Mr Clark said. “I’ll be focused on delivering the end-to-end business services that customers expect from us.”

Mr Clark will be stepping into the role of the current CEO Paul Bellette, who is departing Converga after 10 years with the company, four years as CEO, to commence a new chapter in his career journey. During his time with Converga, Mr Bellette led the company’s change of ownership from NZ Post to Canon Oceania with a strong focus on customers and innovation.

Before the change of leadership comes into effect, Clark and Bellette will work alongside each other to ensure a smooth transition.



COMMERCIAL cleaning group OCS has announced a structural change, elevating Gareth Marriott, to bring greater integration to its Australian and New Zealand businesses.

Mr Marriott, the managing director of OCS New Zealand, has been appointed to the newly created role of managing director for New Zealand and Australia. 

Mr Marriott and a supporting regional executive team will manage the company’s hygiene, facilities management, cleaning and waste services in Australia and New Zealand.

“The move will allow us to develop our Pacific operations, and build from our success and learnings on both sides of the Tasman,” OCS Group CEO Peter Slator said.

“Gareth has a wealth of experience, strong relationships, and a good knowledge of OCS across Australia and New Zealand, having worked in both territories since he joined us in 2012.”

Mr Marriott will split his time between Sydney, Perth and New Zealand and said he was looking forward to becoming reacquainted with the Australian business.

 “It will be business as usual in both countries, with a key focus being spending time with or Australian employees, customers and suppliers to understand where they see improvements that can be made,” Mr Marriott said. “There won’t be any immediate changes, other than ensuring we can continue to deliver outstanding services across the board.”



ACAST Australia has appointed Guy Scott-Wilson to the vital role of content director.

Mr Scott-Wilson will lead Acast’s content strategy to help set the foundations for future growth of the company that lays claim to being the world’s leading technology infrastructure for audio on demand and podcasts.

Founded in 2014 by Karl Rosander and Mans Ulvestam, Acast is a free-to-use technology platform connecting listeners, podcast creators and advertisers that currently has more than 56 million monthly listens to more than 2,000 shows around the world. Acast is headquartered in Stockholm, and has offices in London, New York City, Los Angeles, and Sydney. 

Mr Scott-Wilson is a trained journalist with more than 10 years in the commercial side of the industry, firstly at London’s iconic Dennis Publishing and more recently as partnership director at Allure Media in Sydney, where he worked closely with the publishing teams as they established Allure as a pioneer of branded content.

Acast launched in Australia in February 2017 and by year-end has more than 2 million listens. Mr Scott-Wilson said Acast’s  mission was to “connect Australian podcast creators to the rest of the world and bring great global content to Australia”. The company recently signed a partnership with Nova establishing the biggest podcast player in the Australian market, due to the combined inventory.

Mr Scott-Wilson said he aimed to ensure local content creators could tap into rich data to help them grow and monetise their audiences.

Acast Australia country manager, Henrik Isaksson said, “After a robust search and selection process, I’m delighted to announce Guy is joining our team at Acast in Australia. Guy brings a high level of global and local expertise in the content development and publishing field and will be an asset as we head into this exciting era.”

“Guy will play an important role in our business because, above all, we’re focused on helping local Aussie podcast providers monetise content and give listeners an enjoyable place to discover it.”

Mr Scott-Wilson said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Acast, such an exciting platform in this rapidly growing content channel. I'm fortunate enough to have spent my entire career in businesses that care deeply about the quality of their content. And in joining Acast, I'm joining a platform that is going to lead the industry for many years to come.

“In a world where so much content competes for our attention and finds us via social media, podcasts offer an opt-in experience that still emphasises great storytelling, and for me that is extremely exciting.

“Australia has some unique voices and amazing stories to tell, which will resonate with both local and global audiences. I can’t wait to start working with Australia’s many excellent podcasters and help them to find new audiences and monetise their content more effectively.”



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