Meet the amazing leaders from the Brisbane community; small business, corporates and government
Director QSelect Agencies
Melissa is enjoying a 35 year career in insurance. Her experience expands across SME to Corporate Broking. Following several years in a Sales Management role for an Insurer she took the
plunge into her own brokerage and underwriting agency, which she has owned for the past 8 years.
She is also the Brisbane Branch Director for Business in Heels and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through mentoring.
Jen is the Transport Group Lead with AECOM in Southeast Queensland, leading a talented team of more than 150 Transport Infrastructure professionals delivering engineering designs for road and rail projects for State and Local Government clients. Jen is a Civil Engineer, Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
She has been fortunate to have been involved in a variety of projects, from the design and construction of the changes required to the streets of Hamilton in New Zealand to facilitate the V8 street race (Hamilton 500) to the design Gold Coast Light Rail, a project that has provided new ways to connect communities.
Nhu is a Principal at McCabes Lawyers. She specialises in insurance litigation, acting for insurers and corporate self-insureds in the defence of personal injury and insurance related claims. Her areas of expertise include Public Liability, General Insurance, Catastrophic Claims, Worker’s Compensation Claims, Professional Indemnity and Property Damage Claims.
As well as being a mother to two young daughters and running a busy law practice, Nhu gives back to the community through her involvement with the Australian Insurance Law Association, Foodbank Queensland, Wesley Mission and the Smith Family.
Tara is an experienced business and technology Manager for HP Australia. Currently managing the Customer Success teams across Australia and New Zealand for the Managed Services Business within the Global Services and Solutions group. Having over 20 years of experience in the managed print, personal systems and solutions space, Tara is responsible for leading teams and driving contractual services and solutions growth for commercial clients.
Tara leads by example with Authenticity, Integrity, and Empathy. Strongly believes effective employee coaching and development leads to high performing teams. Taking the time to teach, learn and develop builds trust, relationships, and a strong growth base of knowledgeable future leaders.
Tara prides herself on her genuine passion for achieving best in class customer service; working with internal and external executive leadership teams to achieve financial, sustainability and operational goals.
Tara has been with HP since 2011 and previously held team and leadership positions across the ICT industry. Personally, Tara lives in Brisbane with her Husband. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music with an eclectic collection, watching movies and the odd competitive online game.
Accomplished IT professional with experience consulting on digital innovation, data analytics and technology initiatives for various Fortune 500 companies including Citigroup, AEP, Fidelity & WorldCom and for various US & Australian Government agencies. Experienced in agile methodologies, this motivated leader thrives on solving complex problems by leveraging technology and providing data-driven insights to improve decision making, elevate client experience and facilitate strategic change.
Known for delivering challenging projects within strict timeframes while eliciting excellence from diverse, cross-functional teams. Jacqueline received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University an MBA from the University of New South Wales AGSM and is currently completing her Master’s in Data Analytics from the University of New South Wales.
Being a country girl with big dreams, I started my career before I even finished school. I started in Insurance at 15 and finished my education at night school. I just wanted to learn and earn!
I’m an incredibly ambitious person, and I really aspired to be in a role where I could get hands-on with clients and continually learn from them. With Insurance Broking, my network is simply enormous. I learn so much about industries and occupations that most people have never even heard of.
A huge milestone for me was when Taylor Made Insurance Services officially launched.
I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so naturally I’ve always yearned to become a business owner and run my own brokerage. To have that autonomy, and to be able to shape my business into something I can be proud of, is something that I’ve always been passionate about.
A part of my portfolio that gets me excited is my not for profit organisations and indigenous communities all around the country. As someone with an indigenous heritage, working closely with indigenous communities has given me a better understanding of my own culture and helped me grow into who I am today.
Kayla is a Senior Relationship Manager at Macquarie Bank and has been in the finance sector for the last 13 years. As part of the Professional Services team in Queensland Kayla specialising in the segments of Insurance Broking, Legal and Insolvency. During her time at Macquarie Bank, Kayla has worked across a variety of segments, and formed strong relationships with these clients over the years. It’s not enough to simply sign a business up to a product – you need to understand what makes a business tick and how you can help them build a stronger business and deliver insights.
Macquarie Bank has been providing solutions to professional services for over 35 years. We work across the board with small businesses, established large corporates, and high net-worth individuals, providing value across a wide range of product offerings. Customers benefit from access to specialist teams in accounting and financial services, legal, insolvency and insurance broking.
Kayla joined Macquarie Bank in 2014 because of the diverse range of solutions that enable customers to succeed. Kayla enjoys forging strong relationships with her clients, sharing insights on achieving faster growth and better efficiencies, as well as getting like-minded groups together to discuss big picture ideas.
Kayla relocated to Brisbane from Northern NSW to attend university obtaining a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing at the QUT, she then spent 2 years in London before returning to Brisbane and commencing her finance career recently completing postgraduate studies with UQ a Masters in Business Administration.
Raewyn Bailey is an experienced mentor and business owner, having started, owned and operated her own multi million dollar recruitment firm for 25 years. During this period Raewyn also started two other related businesses.
Raewyn offers diverse business insights having sat on various boards including Transport for Brisbane, Mater Foundation and start up Vspry.
As a result Raewyn was invited to be a guest speaker for the Lord Mayors Business Forum and on International Women’s day on behalf of the Premier of Queensland.
As a member of International Entrepreneurs organisation for 12 years she was the first female president in Australia and won Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Raewyn enjoys philanthropy and was the Chair of The Royal Brisbane Hospital Foundation ball for 4 years. She was credited with a Ruby membership for her achievements.
She also sat on the Variety ball committee for 7 years winning an achievement award for her contribution to this charity.
Raewyn currently mentors through Mentor Walks and sits on Sister Cities Committee representing Hyderabad in India and is an Ambassador for the Lord Mayors Charitable Trust.
Raewyn is currently the CEO of a charity – Mental Awareness Foundation after selling her business in 2017.
Leading by example – Amanda
Amanda Theodosiou is Queensland State Manager for Strata Community Insurance, based in Brisbane. With an insurance career spanning 30 years, Amanda has a diverse skillset across many facets including loss adjusting, operations, claims, new business and learning & development.
Amanda is a collaborative and solutions-focused leader, who is passionate about developing and implementing successful business strategies that drive growth and create value for clients. Her deep understanding of the insurance industry, combined with her compassionate and client-centric approach, has earned her a reputation as an influential leader who is committed to achieving favourable outcomes for her clients.
Orla is a senior technology leader, skilled in leading teams and delivering large scale and transformative national and international programs of work across multiple industries.
Recognised for talents in strategy development, innovation and delivery. A strong track record of converting strategic plans into tactical reality through guiding and empowering teams to deliver at pace, and effectively managing the resulting transformational change.
Experienced in utilising emerging technologies and practices to develop new digital products and experiences, resulting in enhanced customer experiences and elevated sales conversion.
In her current capacity as Broker Solutions Manager QLD, Tiana Iuvale leads a team of market-facing Account Partners and Business Relationship Partners, who are the face of the CGU brand in broker offices as far north as Cairns and as far south as Northern NSW. Her role encompasses key metrics focused on building strong partner relationships, sustainable growth, and profitability through authentic leadership, to bring to life the IAG purpose of making our world a safer place.
After graduating with a Degree in Communication she gained leadership experience in operations, finance, project management, sales and marketing across a range of industries including advertising, retail, wholesaling and premium funding. Prior to taking on a state leadership role, Tiana gained valuable experience working as a BDM and National Key Account Manager at CGU.
As a working mother of two wonderful young gentlemen, Tiana has a deep personal interest in all aspects of diversity and inclusion. Speaking from the heart, she is determined to share her career and life experiences truthfully and honestly in the hope of inspiring future generations of leaders to create balanced, equitable and flexible workplaces where everyone can thrive.