Past Team Members
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli – Enterprise Facilitator
Italian-born, Dr. Ernesto Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Science from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2004. He has worked in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom in the field of economic development.
In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people.
The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation model pioneered in Esperance.
Enterprise Facilitation has been documented in Dr. Sirolli’s book: “Ripples from the Zambezi – Passion, Entrepreneurship and the Rebirth of the Local Economy.” Adopted as a textbook in an increasing number of academic courses in Community and Economic Development, the book has helped to introduce Enterprise Facilitation to a new generation of economic development practitioners and civic leaders interested in growing their communities from within, one passionate person at a time.
Dr. Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is in demand as a speaker worldwide.
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international nonprofit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community.
Sally Harris – Events Project Manager
Sally is a highly successful marketing expert who has developed new marketing concepts such as B2B Business Speed Networking which is a dynamic format which brings together businesses in a format similar to speed dating. In addition, Sally has developed and implemented Award Winning Marketing campaigns and with NISER Sally will bring her expertise to marketing the Sirolli ‘Trinity of Management’ seminars, conferences and workshops.
Margaret “Mimi” Morrow – Grants Project Manager
Mimi is passionate about working with local and community based groups and organisations. Her goal is to empower these groups to reach their full potential through organisational development, training and access to funding.
As an experienced program manager and team leader, Mimi worked on international development projects in Asia and Latin America for 15 years. Her areas of expertise include proposal development, funding/grant applications and project management.
Since relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2002, Mimi has successfully assisted various school P&Cs and community groups with grant applications. She has also successfully accessed funding for and implemented an edible school garden program at Cooran State School.
Originally from the USA, Mimi is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Others we’d like to acknowledge include:
Lew Brennan – Ex Founding Director & Spokesman
Sean Rothsey & The Merkin Group – Ex Founding Director & financial supporter
Sue Langdon – Ex Staff – Business Development Manager
Amy Colley – The Merkin Group – Staff services
Jordan Duffy – Ex Staff Reception & Office Mgr
Trish Rothsey – The Merkin Group – Staff services
Drew Stanton & RegMe – Consultant & Supporter
Lee Rothsey – The Merkin Group – Staff & financial services
Ernesto Sirolli & The Sirolli Institute – Alliance Partner and Enterprise Facilitation Program designer
Yvonne Fizer – The Sirolli Institute International – Sirolli Event Marketing & Program Development
Jorge Swartz – Ex Director & Supporter
Francesca Grillo – Ex Staff NSX Business Development
Stephen Poole – Environmental Consultant
Michael Donerman & Edgeware – Consultant Facilitator & Supporter
Geoff Moller – Facilitator and BESB Succession Planning Manager
Penny Miller – Ex Staff Business Development Manager
Sean Walsh – Consultant – Planning
Robynne Clements – The Merkin Group – Staff services
Jackgreen Pty Ltd – Power & Environmental services
Boxred Ltd – IT & Developmental Services