Meet our Expert Tasmanian Mentors

To deliver the Digital Solutions program for Tasmanian small businesses, we have hand picked a group of experienced experts in their fields from all across Tasmania that are all focused on helping small businesses to thrive. No matter if you need help in digital fields or across all aspects of your business, our team can help you achieve your goals and elevate your digital presence and engagement.

 

Below you can review an in-depth overview of the skills and experience of our mentors. To book in with any of our mentors, please contact us to register for Digital Solutions Рand while you might have a preferred mentor, part of the sign up process helps us to connect you with the right mentor who has the relevant experience, skills, background and networks to help you out.

Adam Mostogl

CEO & Chief Entrepreneur, The van Diemen Project // Founder & Inspirer, illuminate Education Australia

Based in Launceston, Northern Tasmania

Expertise: Starting Out, LinkedIn, Education & Online Learning, and Social Impact

 Adam Mostogl thrives on fostering creative solutions that drive personal growth, business triumphs, and societal change. As the CEO & Chief Entrepreneur of The van Diemen Project, he relentlessly pursues innovation and practical support, infusing each day with a push for progress. Whether he’s strategising with individuals or collaborating with organisations, Adam’s expertise and passion converge to sculpt a brighter future. His dedication stems from his work with illuminate Education Australia, where he serves as the Founder and Inspirer, guiding programs that have empowered over 22,500 students from 280 schools nationwide. These initiatives tackle society’s greatest challenges by empowering students to be confident, creative, and capable in a way that young people can have their voices heard in their local community. As the facilitator and mentor behind The Shift Lab | Tasmania’s First Social Impact Incubator, Adam also channels his expertise to nurture the birth of impactful social enterprises in his home state of Tasmania. Adam was acknowledged in 2023 as both one of Australia’s Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs and Executives as well as on The Educator’s Hot List (for Australia’s Most Innovative Educators) as well as past finalist for Young Australian of the Year (2015).

Amanda Hingston

Partner at Account Mechanics

Based in Ulverstone, North West Tasmania

Expertise: Accounting Solutions, Payroll Solutions, and Cloud-Based Bookkeeping

 

Amanda is our accounting specialist along the North West Coast for Digital Solutions Tasmania. With over 25years of experience in supporting individuals through best bookkeeping practices and helping in getting the most out of their Cloud based software.

Amanda has lived on the North West Coast most of her life, with stints of living interstate. She is very well versed in Xero, bookkeeping, and payroll, being able to explain and demonstrate bookkeeping principles in an easy to understand way with a very approachable and layered back method.

Sharon Harvey

Self Employed

Based in the Huon Valley & Kingborough, Southern Tasmania

Expertise: Small Business, Starting Out, Digital Marketing and Networking & Connecting.

 

Sharon Harvey is skilled at the basic business fundamentals with a touch of warmth. Serving as your local connection, she stays informed about the best support networks, mentors, and hangouts for small businesses, whilst emphasising the strength of community.

Whether you operate from a home office, embrace corporate life, or a mix of both, Sharon provides adaptable support tailored to your small business requirements. From nurturing startups to addressing business challenges, she brings a unique blend of care and refreshing advice. Networking both online and offline, fostering connections beyond traditional business boundaries is something she values. Sharon is inclusive and non-judgmental, recognising the collaborative effort it takes to build a successful business.

Samantha Christian

Self Employed

Based in Hobart, Southern Tasmania

Expertise: Social Media Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Storytelling, and Photography

 

Sam Christian is a creative marketer based in Southern Tasmania. Sam is a former magazine editor and creative director with over 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing, social media and brand development.

Having successfully launched, ran and sold businesses and brands in the past, she has (and continues) to live the life of a small business owner and knows first-hand the challenges that come with being your own boss. She is also a photographer, with a passion for telling stories visually. Sam’s vast range of experience in digital and social marketing, brand positioning and content creation will help you craft a story about your business, and give you the confidence and knowledge to better understand your marketing journey.

Bianca McKenzie

Digital Marketing Strategist, North Marketing

Based in Devonport, North West Tasmania

Expertise: Facebook, Email Marketing, Marketing Strategy, and Customer Funnels.

 

Bianca is a digital marketing strategist and certified Elite Ads Manager with over two decades of experience. Her focus is on helping businesses attract more leads to increase sales and her favourite way to do this is by using Facebook & Instagram advertising.

She knows how to craft a strategy to get results and isn’t afraid to dive into the numbers, copy and design social media creative. She’s an experienced marketing strategist who will create a carefully crafted roadmap to get you to your destination.

Karyn Parkinson

Director, Unstoppable eCommerce

Based in Hobart, Southern Tasmania

Expertise: Website Optimisation, eCommerce, and Meta (Facebook & Instagram) Marketing

 

Karyn has over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing with a focus on eCommerce. A Tassie native, her specialisations include website optimisation and Facebook advertising.

As a holistic marketer, Karyn ensures you don’t send traffic to a website that isn’t ready to convert. Her approach to simplifying technical terms and processes is excellent for helping you understand the concepts.

Briana Kennedy

Director, Marniie & Marniie Coaching

Based on the Eastern Shore, Southern Tasmania

Expertise: Pop Up Businesses, Market Stalls, and Creative Business Strengths

 

Meet Briana, a seasoned expert in the realms of product-based and general business. With over 9 years of hands-on experience in small business management, Briana’s journey includes a pivotal role as a joint shareholder in a thriving enterprise, where her dedication fuelled growth and ultimately led to the successful sale of her shares. Her deep understanding of the intricacies of handmade product businesses, coupled with an acute awareness of their hidden costs, sets her apart in the entrepreneurial landscape.

Briana’s talents extend beyond business strategy; she excels in planning and crafting captivating visual designs that breathe life into websites and social media platforms, ensuring an engaging and seamless user experience.

Richard Kemp

Information Systems Advisor, The van Diemen Project // Information Technology Teacher, TasTAFE

Based in Launceston, Northern Tasmania

Expertise: Cyber Security, Software Integrations, Risk Analysis, and Essential Eight

 

Bringing years of paid experience and many more tinkering with technology, Richard is focused on designing and shaping solutions that leverage technology and humans that use it on a daily basis. Working across a range of industries, Richard brings his experience of customer service to everything that he does, as well as his ability to solve problems. Richard has passionately explored technology systems, integrations, website development and cyber security throughout these roles, and brings this to every discussion and opportunity. Richard brings all of this together to design, oversee and implement solutions that use technology, including web platforms, software and media production, making everything run smoothly across all he is involved in.

Mikala Grosse

Director, Inspired Office Inspired Life

Based in the Kingborough region, Southern Tasmania

Expertise: Digital Marketing & Automations, Productivity Management, and Website Development

 

Mikala is a Hobart-based business coach and adviser with a background in health, productivity, eLearning, and business tech and automation. Mikala’s run her own businesses on and off for over 20 years, supporting more than a hundred business owners to launch and grow their businesses over the past decade. Co-founding two business-related podcasts and runs masterminds for aspiring coaches and consultants. Mikala is passionate about supporting business owners to effectively operate in a way that honours their individual circumstances and unique talents and strengths.

Anna Cui

Project Manager, The van Diemen Project

Based in Launceston, Northern Tasmania

Expertise: General Business Support, Customer Experience, and Hospitality Operations

 

Highly curious and observant, Anna is the superglue to projects and initiatives of The van Diemen Project, bringing her energetic approach to every opportunity. A life-long learner, Anna is currently studying her MBA, creating another opportunity to apply her experience in hospitality, retail and academic research in topics such as leadership that sits naturally along what she does within our team. Championing projects of significance and complexity across everything we touch, Anna helps everything at The van Diemen Project happen, and does it all in her way that energises everyone around her.

David Robinson

Lean Team Leader, Productivity Improvers // CTO, Lean AI

Based in Ulverstone, North West Tasmania

Expertise: IT Tools & Software, Artificial Intelligence, and Business Optimisation & Workflows

 

David has owned/managed a Poultry Farm, Internet Provider, IT Consulting business, and now an AI startup in Tasmania. David worked for Amazon over 8 years and learned how Amazon has grown using Lean business tools to empower its employees to try new ideas by building and testing quickly.  

David is passionate about aiding business owners in improving their operations and internal workflows through effective training, documentation, and IT tools, ensuring they can confidently delegate and step away without risking the business operation.

David Kewley

Director, DK Accounting & Advisory

Based in Launceston, Northern Tasmania

Expertise: Financial Performance, Accounting Software, and Accounting Solutions

 

David is a passionate small business accountant and is the founder and managing director of DK Accounting & Advisory. The DKAA team have an unshakable focus on driving positive chance through providing value driven compliance and advisory service in the startup and small business space, with the firm being recently announced as a 2024 Telstra Best of Business Award state finalist in the Building Communities category.

David is a Chartered Accountant with an Applied Masters of Taxation and has recently been recognised as the Young Tasmanian Chartered Accountant of the year. David is also sessional lecturer in accounting and taxation at the University of Tasmania.

Kiley Hay

Owner, Positiviti Business Support

Based in St Helens, East Coast Tasmania

Expertise: Business Management & Planning, Marketing Strategy, and Customer Experience

 

Kiley is a marketing and business freelancer, while also pulling on the waders as an oyster grower on Tasmania’s east coast. Backed by 25 years in business Kiley weaves together an expansive wealth of knowledge, with diverse experience across both digital and physical retail landscapes, as well as consulting. This extensive background has shaped Kiley into sparking a genuine enthusiasm for coaching others towards their entrepreneurial dreams. When not conquering the business world you will find Kiley embracing the coastal vibes.

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