Franchise Council of Australia

Board of Directors

Brendan Green

Brendan Green

FCA Chairman

Brendan Green has been the CEO of Australia’s largest handyman business, Hire A Hubby, for over 22 years. Hire A Hubby provides handyman, home maintenance and trades work services for individuals and companies throughout Australia, New Zealand the UK. Starting with one franchise In 1996, Hire A Hubby now has 335 franchisees across Australia, 50 in New Zealand and 10 in the UK. Launching his own lawn mowing business when he was just 19, growing Hire A Hubby substantially since 1999 and recently launching a new business, Franchise Cloud Solutions, Brendan is a natural entrepreneur.

Brendan was recently accredited as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) with the Franchise Council of Australia. The CFE program is the only internationally recognised professional accreditation program for franchise executives.

In his free time, Brendan enjoys motorsports and spending time with his family.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles

Director

Stephen is a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright. He has been a member of the Franchise Council of Australia almost since its inception, was founding secretary and is a former President of the Victorian Chapter, served as chairman of the FCA in 1998 and from 2000 – 2007, and has been a national director of the FCA since 1997, handling the portfolio of Industry Regulation and Government Relations.

Craig Cawood

Craig Cawood

Director

Throughout the majority of Craig’s legal career he has been an in-house lawyer within franchise businesses. He is a passionate and engaged member of the franchising industry in Australia with over 20 years of commercial legal experience. He began his legal career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and then Baker & McKenzie in Sydney. Craig then moved in-house and started working in the franchising sector in 2004, first as General Counsel for Yum Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) in Australia and then based out of Singapore supporting its franchise business in Asia. Middle East and Africa.

Craig is currently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Franchise Relationship Officer for McDonald’s Australia. McDonald’s has almost 1000 restaurant across Australia and 240 franchisees which operate almost 85% of its restaurants. McDonald’s has a long and successful history in franchising in Australia.

Daniel Mesiti

Director

From NSW, Daniel is a dynamic and driven business owner and leader, who has been self-employed for over 20 years both independently, and as a franchisee.

Successfully transitioning to franchising with Boost Juice 15 years ago, Daniel became an award-winning franchisee partner, owning up to 7 stores across 3 Retail Zoo brands, at any one time. He has 10 years’ experience as a Retail Consultant working with a number of brands including: IGA, Mitre 10, Cheesecake Shop, BioGuard and Swimart.

Daniel’s consultancy and subsequent business coaching was delivered predominantly through Performance Group Workshops where he analysed all aspects of their business operations for improvement and profit.

Daniel has won the highest ranked awards within the Retail Zoo Brands and awarded the FCA’s NSW/ACT Multi Unit Franchisee of the Year in 2010 and 2013, and was named the FCA’s National Multi Unit Franchisee of the Year in 2016.

Daniel has always believed in continuous improvement and life-long learning. Daniel has spent many years representing franchisees within his network and is passionate and committed to supporting small business and franchising.

Jason Gehrke

Jason Gehrke

Director

Jason has more than 25 years’ experience in the franchise sector and is the founder of the Franchise Advisory Centre, a leading provider of franchise education and professional development to franchisors and their leadership teams.

He is a past chairman of the World Franchise Council, and a director of two Australian franchise brands – Inspirations Paint, a 132-store home improvement group, and Think Water, a 46-outlet chain of irrigation specialists which also operates in New Zealand.

Jason has an MBA with postgraduate qualifications in franchising, is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), an endorsed CFE education provider in Australia and the United States, and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University’s Business School.

He has contributed to Australian government policy on franchising and is a longstanding member of the Small Business & Franchising Consultative Committee of national franchise regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC).

Sara Pantaleo

Sara Pantaleo

Director

Sara Pantaleo is the Chief Executive Officer of La Porchetta, Australasia’s largest, franchised, licensed, à-la-carte restaurant group. Sara is a former Franchise Woman of the Year (2010) and a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Victorian finalist (2012).

In 1996, when Sara joined La Porchetta, there were only 12 restaurants in Australia and she was instrumental in driving growth to more than 70 across Australia and New Zealand today. Sara achieved this by building corporate systems and process that enabled the company to expand without compromising its core family values and culture.

Sara is a passionate advocate for franchising as a business model and she joined the FCA Board in 2012. She has previously served as Vice President of the Victorian Chapter and as a member of the FCA CEO Group.

Sara is also passionate about supporting small business generally and family businesses in particular. She joined the Family Business Association (FBA) Victorian Committee in January, 2014 and she now chairs the Victorian Committee and is a member of the National Board.

Maria Kovacic

Director

Maria has worked across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with a particular expertise in franchising, governance and finance, extending to community services, sports development, and the professional services industries.

Maria has been an ANZ Mobile Lending Franchise owner for more than 14 years joining as a foundation member of the network. She served two consecutive terms on the ANZ Bank Franchise Council between 2008-2011 and was re-elected for a further two-year term in July 2019. Maria was part of the ANZ Franchise Commission Structure Review Working Group, established as a result of regulatory review of mortgage commissions in line with requirements and recommendations of the ASIC Review of Mortgage Broker Remuneration, Retail Banking Remuneration Review (Sedgewick Report), Combined Industry Forum (CIF), and The Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Maria is the Chair of Hills Community Aid and an inaugural member of the Steering Committee of Women@Eels, established by the Parramatta Eels NRL Club to assist the organisation with social inclusion, community, and female engagement. She was also co-founder of Western Sydney Women and Western Sydney Executive Women, promoting opportunities and advocating for women of all ages and backgrounds. Maria previously sat on the Board of Form Dance Projects and The Victor Chang Committee for Western Sydney.

Antony Moore

Director
Qld / NT State Chapter President

As General Manager Lotteries Retail – Tabcorp, Antony leads a high performing national retail team that supports a retail network of circa 4000 franchised outlets which distribute Tabcorp’s official lotteries products in all states except Western Australia. Tabcorp is a world-class gambling entertainment group diversified across three leading business units – Lotteries & Keno, Wagering & Media and Gaming Services.

Having studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Economics, over the past 20 years Antony has gained extensive experience within the Retail sector with organisations such as Big W, Coles Supermarkets, Coles Liquor and the Rebel Group, where he has held roles in Store Management, State Management & Merchandise Category Management.

Antony’s key strengths lie in his ability to lead and inspire people to achieve great commercial outcomes. He has a demonstrated track record of innovating, successful change management and cultural integration.

Richard Thame

Director
NSW / ACT State Chapter President

Dean Franks

Director
WA State President

Dean Franks has had a strong involvement in the franchise sector for over 25 years. Over that time Dean has developed and operated three national franchise brands. Dean has also been a consultant to numerous businesses to assist them with developing and implementing their franchise model, in addition to providing advice to international businesses entering the Australian market.

Dean is a co-owner and Franchise Director of Express Retail Group, currently incorporating the Salon Express & Barbershop Express brands and is also a board member of the Bendigo Bank North Perth franchise.

Tanya Robertson

Director
VIC/TAS State President

A proven senior operational executive with over 25 year’s extensive experience in both Corporate and Franchising sectors. Tanya has worked with some of Australia’s best known, franchise and retail brands, across a broad range of industries including pharmacy, convenience, QSR, bulky goods, fashion retail and beauty.

Tanya has worked for relatively small franchisors trying to grow to critical mass to ensure ongoing success; and large established franchisors working to remain innovative and responsive to their franchisees and customers.

Tanya has been an active elected member of the Franchise Council of Australia Victorian Chapter for over 10 years being the vice-president for 6 of those years, now serving as President. Alongside being a judge for the last six years for the FCA awards. Tanya has recently received her CFE accreditation, the only internationally recognised professional accreditation program for franchise executives.

Rose Vis

Director
SA State President

Rose Vis is a co-founder and Director of V.I.P. Home Services. Established in 1972 and incorporated in 1979, V.I.P. was the first home services company to franchise in Australia, and has remained an industry-leading innovator ever since. V.I.P. has one of the largest franchise networks in Australia and New Zealand, with over 1000 active franchisees. Rose remains actively involved with the business, and sits on V.I.P.’s Board of Directors.

In 2005, Rose was named South Australian Franchise Woman of the Year. She has been a member of the Franchise Council of Australia since its inception, a South Australian FCA Committee member since 2003, and has served as SA FCA President in 2013-2016 and 2019.