Our People

We only work with the specialists in their field. These amazing Canberra business women are specialists in communications and marketing, business law, photography and website development. This brings to the classroom a wealth of expertise and business experience for you to learn from.

Melinda Varley

Director and Principal Facilitator
Moxxie Enterprises Pty Ltd 

Melinda is the founder of the Moxxie Training Academy. Melinda is an experienced business professional and coach who has owned and managed a number of successful businesses and has worked for more than 20 years in the Australian Public Service, not-for-profit and private enterprises.

Melinda is absolutely passionate about small business. She is also a qualified accountant, trainer and business coach with extensive experience in business, financial and human resource management.

In the last few years, Melinda has worked with a range of small and large organisations improving their business functions including Departments of Defence, Health, Human Services and Infrastructure and Regional Development. She has also worked closely with CIT Solutions, Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA), Mary Violet Creative and a range of small businesses across many industries.

Melinda is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (MAITD), the International Coach Federation, Canberra Business Chamber and Canberra Women in Business.

Sheena Ireland

Expertise | Communications and Marketing
Specialists in Communication

Sheena is a communications specialist with a decade of strategic communications experience, spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has a passion for leadership, writing, organisational communications, media management, social media marketing, strategy development and government relations.

Throughout her career, she is pleased to have helped small and large organisations manage and grow their public profile, implement change and respond to issues.

As a passionate advocate for local business, she has also helped small businesses in Canberra with their social media marketing, blog writing and targeted client communications activities. This includes local businesses in the women’s health and fitness industry. Sheena is also founder of The Local Look, an e-magazine and blog showcasing the stories of Canberra businesses to help spread a ‘support local’ message and make Canberrans aware of the great products and services available in their town.

More information on Sheena and Specialists in Communication can be found at www.sicomms.com. 

PJ Aguilar

Expertise | Website development
Simplicity Business Support

PJ Aguilar loves supporting business owners and bringing their vision to life.  She specialises in helping solopreneurs with web presence, online marketing and tech support. Her expertise include website design and development, with a focus on creative expression, engaging online strategies and streamlined systems.

PJ has over 14 years’ experience in marketing, communications, business development and administration. Prior to being in small business, PJ held key roles in government, academia and corporate sectors with extensive experience across various portfolios in account management, national social marketing campaigns, training and research.

PJ has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently completing her studies in New Small Business.  PJ loves running and yoga, and lives in Canberra with her young family. More information on PJ and Simplicity Business Support is at www.simplicitybusiness.com.au.

Kylee Sharples

Expertise | Photography and Personal Branding
Wilomark Imagery 

Kylee Sharples is an extremely passionate contemporary portrait photographer who has set the world on fire with her gorgeous images. Kylee is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and has been recognised for her expertise with multiple industry awards.

Kylee loves photographing people and non-human buddies. Fur, feathers or scales – they are all part of the human family.

She is also a specialist in business head-shot photography supporting numerous businesses in Canberra with gorgeous professional photographs (check out Melinda @ Moxxie’s headshot – a Kylee speciality).

More information on Kylee and Wilomark Imagery can be found at www.wilomark.com.

Anne Fernando

Expertise | Business Law

Synapse Legal

Anne graduated with a double Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (accounting major) degree and has worked as an auditor at a leading Chartered Accounting Firm and was later admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor.

Anne has acted for large private and public companies, small to medium enterprises, as well as a number of national industry organisations, peak bodies, not-for-profit entities and high net worth clients. Anne advises on a range of transactions relating to privacy law, new business ventures, IP protection, commercial contract drafting, franchise issues, e-commerce, stamp duty, commercial disputes and financing transactions. Anne has particular expertise in the wine, hospitality and automotive industry.

Anne’s secret to achieving success lies within understanding the wants of her client and being fully invested in their business life cycle.  This application has gained her a loyal client base, new friends and highly favourable commercial outcomes for her clients. More information about Anne and Synapse Legal is available at www.synapselaw.com.au.

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