Our team has more than 200 years of combined experience working alongside Australian Government departments and agencies – in particular the Defence community and various industry sectors.
Bob was one of the founding Directors of ServeGate and has undertaken the role of Executive Chairman since its inception in 2015. Bob brings a wide variety of experience to ServeGate from thirty plus years in the RAN combined with an engineering background coupled with a transition to the Finance and Investment industry, Government and Public Relations and consulting small business development. His overseas training and experience and association with people from many different walks of life has given him great appreciation of many aspects of modern life and he is highly committed to assisting Australian small businesses become self-sustaining enterprises. He is also involved in professional, community and sporting activities.
Leigh has spent most of his working life helping people address inequalities and challenges experienced when starting up and growing micro and small enterprises. Leigh has established successful enterprise development and finance organisations in a several countries including Australia. Access to contracts, capacity building and capital continues to be an impediment to many businesses. In his early years Leigh started and ran number of successful micro and small businesses. From 1976-2001 Leigh worked closely with a small team who established Opportunity International. Leigh was a Founding Director and CEO of Many Rivers Microfinance (Many Rivers) Many Rivers now has a National presence in Urban, Regional and Remote Australia with a strong emphasis on Aboriginal business development. Leigh, along with two other founding Directors, established ServeGate as an Aboriginal collaborative gateway and facilitator of Small and Medium Enterprises. Leigh was also Acting CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise in 2019.
Quinton Tucker was raised in the Goldfields of Western Australia. He speaks the Wongutha language and identifies himself as a leader in Aboriginal social business. In 1994, Quinton completed his BA in Aboriginal Intercultural Studies and Human Service Administration through the Edith Cowan University and since founded and worked for the Burnna Yurral Aboriginal Corporation (BYAC). BYAC was one of the first corporations to invest in Native Title business negotiations. It has employed some 400 Aboriginal people working in contracts within the mining sector. BYAC directly and indirectly supported and set up other successful Aboriginal business who have in turn created employment opportunities for other Aboriginal people. Quinton has been instrumental in resourcing and implementing housing projects and various socio-economic initiatives in Regional and Remote WA. He has participated in all levels of Aboriginal community development from visionary concept planning to Aboriginal business leadership and growth to infrastructure development.
Victor Perry represented the Wonnarua Nation as its native title claimant for the Registered Native Title Claimants of the Upper Hunter region from 1985 to 1993. During that time, he helped negotiate and sign mining leases and Aboriginal heritage management agreements through the Land Council system addressing social issues, training etc. Victor also represented the Wonnarua people in the NSW Government’s first Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, Wanaruah Aboriginal Land Council and Human Rights & Native Title Reform 2001 Workshop in Alice Springs. He worked with the NSW Parks and Wildlife Services in the protection and management of Wonnarua Heritage and Culture for over 30 years, helping the Local Rangers and Staff deal with Sensitive Cultural issues and providing advice on Park Management issues. Victor operates a successful civil and earth company in Singleton. His vision is to see Traditional Owners’ input and involvement in restoring their traditional land increase.
Roehl Oringo worked for various organisations ranging from family-owned start-up businesses to large, publicly listed, overseas owned companies covering a large variety of industry sectors including automotive, manufacturing, construction, civil infrastructure, health, defence and finance. He worked on a variety of roles including builder’s labourer, automotive mechanic, business analyst, software programmer, management consultant, auditor, chief finance & operations officer and chief executive officer. For over 20 years, Roehl has focused on “lifting” start-up, micro and small businesses from the bottom of the Industry supply chain tier in order to help them become commercially sustainable as quickly as possible thereby increasing their survival rate to better than industry average. These businesses make up 97.5% of all actively trading businesses per the June 2016 survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, forming the backbone of our economy. He co-founded ServeGate as a Not For Profit contractor that does exactly this.
During the course of her 25 years+ professional career, Dee has developed a wealth of Customer Service and Relationship Management skills through her eclectic employments. Additionally, her engagement with the Federal & State governments departments (particularly Dept Defence) as well as engagement with SME businesses has helped create a valuable and current subject matter knowledgebase around operational aspects of Procurement and Contract Management. Dee’s recent work portfolio concentrates on liaising with and managing relationships with end-customers and SME businesses in addition to finding optimal solutions for the daily contract & procurement challenges faced by the SMEs and their customers. Past employments have provided Dee with experience in establishing and operating agile business processes capable of accommodating customers’ changing requirements in real time. It is these strengths and experience, as well as relationships established with the Australian Government Contracting Industry that Dee brings to ServeGate, along with her inherent attitude of integrity and service.
Paul McMahon has extensive experience in Defence and industry across a wide range of roles and activities. A retired Royal Australian Air Force Navigator and Air Combat Officer, Paul gained experience in operations, training, flight test and transitioning new capabilities into service. Paul was actively engaged in capability definition and development, research and development, integration and interoperability and electronic warfare as a Reserve RAAF Officer, a Director-level member of the Australian Public Service and as a consultant and contractor. With 26 years in the Australian Defence Force and 16 years in Defence and security industries, Paul has had leadership roles in program and project management, operations management and business development as well as Managing Director experience. Paul has worked for small Australian companies through to large multi-national corporations, developing a wealth of government and private sector experience and a unique perspective.
Dylan Dyer has spent his career working within the welfare industry and setting up small businesses. His previous role with Many Rivers, an organisation that provides Microenterprise Development and Community Economic Development, focused on supporting Indigenous and other Australians who wanted to develop business or required assistance in building sustainable business and lacked the financial or practical business support to do so. His ethos is based on building trusting relationships with community and small businesses, supporting their specific situation and the issues that impact them. It is about listening to the community and/or small businesses, engaging to understand their issues and building services around their needs. He has a large network of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous small businesses, community contacts and large customers in the Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter, Central & North Coast and New England regions of NSW.