Greg Nathan

Greg is a corporate psychologist and international expert on managing the people issues in franchising.

He is Founder of Franchise Relationships Institute and creator of several popular franchise management tools and books such as the Franchise E-Factor, the Nathan Profiler and Profitable Partnerships

Greg is regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses at franchising conferences around the world.

Greg’s introduction to franchising started with the Brumby’s Bakery group where he was a multi-site franchisee and later became the group’s National Marketing and Operations Manager. He was awarded the FCA’s inaugural National “Contribution to Franchising” Award in recognition of his pioneering work in franchise education and research and has been named by The Franchise Times as one of the Top 20 thought leaders in the USA.

Jason Gehrke

Jason has been helping people better understand franchising for the past 19 years.

With an MBA qualification, Jason has worked at franchisee level, launched a franchise system, and provided PR and marketing services to more than 30 leading Australian franchise systems. 

Jason has also conducted seminars and workshops for thousands of established and potential franchisees and franchisors.

As CEO of a nationwide franchise system, Jason systematically restructured and restored businesses to profitability, resulting in the achievement of the prestigious Franchisor of the Year award less than 18 months later.

In 2004, Jason founded the Franchise Advisory Centre to help small business owners planning to grow through franchising, as well as support new and developing franchise systems. In addition to its extensive consulting services, the Centre also provides a wide range of programs designed to help franchisors and franchisees run more efficient and profitable businesses.

Jason publishes Franchise News & Events, a regular franchising news bulletin, writes a fortnightly franchise blog, frequently presents at franchise and business conferences, teaches at Griffith University, and comments about franchising in the media. He has provided input to state and federal government franchise policy and legislation, served on the ACCC’s national Franchise Consultative Panel for over 5 years, and is a director on the board of the Franchise Council of Australia.

Peter Buckingham

Peter is one of the co founders of Spectrum Analysis in the mid ‘90’s, and responsible for its growth and securing the variety of large and small clients they enjoy.

He joined Spectrum full time in 1999 following twenty years experience in the oil industry, in a multitude of roles. These include various levels of management and specialised work in Strategic Planning and Network Development.

Working in Caltex Australia Ltd., his experiences included Manager of Western Australia, Country Sales Manager in three states, and Property Manager for Victoria. Peter has international experience working in the design and implementation of the sales prediction modelling for Caltex International.

Peter was awarded his Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Institute of Management Consultants in 2010.

Peter enjoys educating, and has been running seminars in Site Selection and Territory Planning for 5 years across Australia. He believes that by educating people in retail and the Franchise industry about site selection, hopefully a far better understanding of the process, and better decisions are made, minimizing poor site selections that can cost a retailer / franchisee possibly all their assets.

As well as managing the company, he still enjoys being an active participant in many projects, handling most of the specific site evaluations we are asked to perform for major retailers.


Geoff McDonnell

Geoff’s long association with the FCA and his passion for education led his company to accepting the contract for delivering the Diploma of Franchising in partnership with RTO, William Angliss Institute.

Geoff cut his teeth in the sales industry working for a small floor coverings business in the northern suburbs of Sydney progressing to Carpet Call's youngest store manager at 23 managing their largest South Australian store.

Geoff then decided to try his hand at selling homes with AV Jennings and that is where his career really took flight. Winning numerous sales awards, Geoff was promoted to State Training Manager and soon after, National Training Manager, with responsibility for the AV Jennings franchisee network. 

During his time with AV Jennings, Geoff developed and delivered a new way to sell and order homes in Australia. Re-engineering the sales process, the sales and production teams worked in unison with clients from the outset resulting in tremendous success including an innovation award from the CEO of AV Jennings.

Having worked with AV Jennings for almost a decade, in 1999, Geoff accepted a short term project management contract with Hutchison Telecoms prior to joining Mortgage Choice in 2000. As State Manager for NSW and the ACT, Geoff was responsible for the development of over 135 franchisees and 300 staff.

In 2004 Geoff joined the Commonwealth Bank to manage the evolution of the Mortgage Innovation business model. Effectively, this was a franchise lending model within the CBA . This model, and the incubator program Geoff introduced, remains a very positive part of the banks’ lending model to this day.

From 2007, Geoff decided to pursue a full time management consulting business securing engagements with a variety of companies including Tower Insurance, Allianz, Stockland, Citiwide, The Money Room, My USA Property, Mars Venus Coaching and Business Essentials.

Tom Harbottle

Tom Harbottle is the Managing Director of Training Managers of Australia Pty Ltd (TMA).

Tom has had extensive management and business experience having been employed by companies such as Procter & Gamble Ltd (UK), Davis Gelatine, Cussons Pty Ltd, Red Tulip Chocolates Pty Ltd, Sunicrust Bakeries Pty Ltd and Cadbury-Schweppes.

His roles have included General Manager, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Production Manager and Training Manager.

In 1993, Tom established his own business to provide learning and development solutions to industry, manufacturing and commerce.

Tom's training philosophy is that learning should be challenging, thought provoking and part of an active learning process not just a lecture of information.

The learning should be interactive, enjoyable and flexible enough to meet the needs of individual participants with a view to give them practical skills they can use on a daily basis.Some of Tom's clients included:

Australian Army, Austrade, Cadbury-Schweppes, Connex Trains Melbourne, Metro Trains, Campbell's Soups, SCA Hygiene, Christian Hansen, Australand Holding s, John Danks, IGA-Metcash, CSL, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, B & J Orica, City of Yarra, Visy Industries, Bang & Olufsen, Maxitran Industries, Simplot Australia, HJ Heinz, Elders Ltd, United Group Ltd, The Promotions Factory and many more.

Tom also conducts 2 day public programs in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok that include topics such as Coaching and Mentoring, Peopel Management Strategies, Developing Sales Teams, Performance Management and Effective Leadership amongst others.

Presenters for the Diploma of Franchising work on a rotational basis throughout the year. William Angliss Institute and Business Essentials reserve the right to alter/change presenters as and if required.

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