Media Release

Seventeen SA Business Leaders Awarded Industry Leaders Fund Grants in 2016

Seventeen SA business leaders awarded Industry Leaders Fund Grants in 2016.

The SA Industry Leaders Fund (ILF) has awarded grants totalling $209,000 to seventeen of the states aspiring business leaders to help them realise their professional potential.

The 2016 Scholars are a calibre of business leaders who will propel South Australia forward, stimulate economic growth for the State and continue to grow prosperous businesses and employment opportunities, says ILF CEO, Geoff Vogt.

This year the ILF applicants showed outstanding quality and potential with a higher proportion in the entrepreneurial category, he says.

They are more ambitious in terms of the type of course they wished to study.

Vogt says a number of Scholars said they were just as interested in joining the ILF Scholars Network as they were in the size of any grant that might be offered.

The ILF scholars were surveyed in January this year and the responses indicated 450 additional jobs had been created in their firms since each scholar had completed their course.

That is equal to an average cost of $2,500 in grant dollars per job, which compares quite well with some other job generation programs that have been highly publicised in recent times.

The Industry Leaders Fund have qualified to date 103 scholars, and provided a total sum of grants of $1,291,000 over seven years.

There were a total of 49 applicants for the year.

The seventeen recipients spanned a range of industries, including Manufacturing, Building, Food & Beverage and Wine Research.

Scholars were recognised last night, at the ILF awards ceremony at the Adelaide Wine Centre.

The Industry Leaders Fund provides grants of up to $50,000 to talented applicants who show great leadership potential.

Five recipients received $20,000 grants to accelerate their business leadership, including Marc (Jim) Grose of Axion Precision Manufacturing, Adrian Fahey of SAGE Automation, Gerry Doyle of Tonkin Consulting, Zoe Detmold of Detpak and Peter Cobb of Laucke Flour Mills.

Former 2015 grant recipient, Eddie Lane of Cold Logic Pty Ltd says they have seen profound benefits to their business following training provided by the ILF grant provided.

By injecting high level thinking and using world best practice has lead us to overall growth figures averaging 17% in the past two years while taking on seven additional staff, he says.

The call for applicants for 2017 will close on Wednesday May 31 next year.

Applicants are advised to check the ILF website at for more information.


  • Kelly Baker Jamieson, Managing Director / Owner at Edible Blooms. Participating in the High Performance Leadership Program, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK for an $8,000 grant.
  • Scott Begbie, Managing Director at APC Technology. Participating in an Advanced Management & Leadership Program at Said Business School, University of Oxford for a $15,000 grant.
  • Linh Bui, Chief Financial Officer / Commercial Manager at Hot Melt Packaging Systems Pty Ltd. Participating in a General Management Program, Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza for a $5,000 grant.
  • Peter Cobb, General Manager, Laucke Flour Mills. Participating in Tsinghua INSEAD Dual Degree Executive MBA Program, INSEAD Singapore, Tsinghua Beijing for a $20,000 grant.
  • Philippa Crawford, Business Development Manager at CMV Farms. Participating in a Master of Business Administration, University of Adelaide for a $10,000 grant.
  • Zoe Detmold, Senior Business Manager of National Sales Division at Detpak Australia. Participating in Transition to General Management Program, INSEAD France & Singapore for a $20,000 grant.
  • Gerry Doyle, Chief Executive Officer at Tonkin Consulting. Participating in the IMD High Performance Leadership Course & Advanced High Performance Leadership Course, IMD, Singapore and Switzerland for a $20,000 grant.
  • Adrian Fahey, Chief Executive Officer at SAGE Automation. Participating in the Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School, USA for a $20,000 grant.
  • Kimberley Ferguson, Business Compliance & Development at Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd. Participating in the New Leadership Development Program, Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza for a $5,000 grant.
  • Marc (Jim) Grose, Managing Director at Axiom Precision Manufacturing. Participating in the Owner President Management Program, Harvard Business School, USA for a $20,000 grant.
  • Michael Hamilton, General Manager Commercial at Seeley International. Participating in the Corporate Business Model Innovation Program, Berkeley Haas Haas School of Business, USA for a $5,000 grant.
  • Dr Daniel Johnson, Managing Director at The Australian Wine Research Institute. Participating in Advanced Management Leadership Program, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK, for a $10,000 grant.
  • Victoria McClurg, General Manager at Cheesecellar Pty Ltd. Participating in Executive Program for Growing Companies, Stanford University, USA for a $15,000 grant.
  • Mark Nykiel, Managing Director at Philmac. Participating in the Global CEO Program (Wharton/IESE/CEIBS): A joint initiative of Wharton Business School, IESE Business School and CEIBS Business School for a $15,000 grant.
  • Michael Segredos, Director at Seima Pty Ltd. Participating in the Blue Ocean Strategy Program, INSEAD, France, Singapore, UAE, or the USA for an $8,000 grant.
  • Toby Strong, Co-Founder / Managing Director at Podpac Pty Ltd. Participating in Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors Adelaide for a $5,000 grant.
  • Andrew Vlassopoulos, Program Director at Raytheon Australia. Participating in the General Manager Program, University of NSW Business School (AGSM) for an $8,000 grant.

Enquiries to:
Geoff Vogt
CEO, Industry Leaders Fund
Phone: 08 8394 0016 or 0457 900 202