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.
Paul McMahon is the Executive Chairman of the ServeGate Australia Board of Directors. He brings 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 18 years in Defence and security industries, Paul has had leadership roles in program and project management, operations management and business development as well as Director and 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 that he now brings to achieve sustainable micro, small and Indigenous businesses.
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.
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.
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.
Kirk looks after ServeGate’s Operations. He brings diverse domestic and international experience across Public and Private enterprise in management consulting, investment banking operations, not-for-profit co-founding and start-up (ideation to strategy implementation) experience. Kirk’s professional values boil down to investing in relationships, by understanding what drives people and teams at all levels. Kirk is outcome driven, focusing on getting the job done well. He is a connector with the ability to connect known ideas to create something new, while staying relevant. Kirk is also a calculated risk taker who’s inquisitive enough to pursue the unknown, leveraging context to make connections across subjects and enabling and operationalising ideas.
As Chief Finance Officer (CFO), John assists with the continued work of the organisation’s long-standing purpose and its values, by playing a role in the organisation’s financial performance and activities. Prior to joining ServeGate, John worked for various organisations in both the public and private sectors with over 15 years of senior finance executive roles and consulting. John is well suited to the organisation, with extensive experience of small business advisory, and in running small business, he understands firsthand the struggle that these start-up companies can endure. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canberra University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Australia).
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.