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Peter Nolle

Peter is the Founder and Director of a specialised consulting firm Treadstone, specialising in tax rebates and government grants for innovative technology businesses.

His extensive business and financial management experience was gained from a career spanning over 17 years in engineering, finance and information technology industries, working both in the UK and more recently, Australia.

Peter’s background includes managing a technology spin-off business which developed a prototype mobile phone/email platform for international markets from 2007 to 2008.

He works with a wide range of innovative and exciting Australian technology companies.

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Jennifer George

Vice Chair

Jennifer George is the CEO of Nakoudu, a social network for innovators that connects and proactively attempts to find partners for Deep tech and digital B2B companies anywhere in the world.It is focused on Health tech, Smart Cities, and Climate Change.

Jennifer has been working at the intersection of digital and industry innovations for more than 15 years. She was an executive in US capital markets and has founded several companies of her own. She has commercialised technical innovations in more than 50 different industry sectors and one, a medical device company, is currently listed on the ASX.

Jennifer has an MBA, a GAICD designation and is the Chair of IT268 a voluntary committee for Smart Cities and Communities at Standards Australia.

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Toby Norgate


Toby is a Partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley lawyers in Melbourne.

He enjoys working with growing companies to establish sound legal structures, negotiate good commercial deals and acquire and grow new businesses. More and more of his clients are relying on or grappling with emerging technologies.

Toby has over 19 years legal experience including four years co-managing the legal and market supervision teams at the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), three years as a finance sector regulator and time on secondment in the legal team of Australia’s largest Telco.

These roles, and his day to day client work, have given him close involvement and insight into the issues being faced by today’s businesses.

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David Perkins


David is a technology enthusiast and startup IP advisor serving clients in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

He is Founder of EUREKA—an incorporated Trans-Tasman patent attorney firm that is building on technology and patent capability into data analytics and innovation.

With a background in electrical engineering, computer systems and applied physics, a transition into patents followed technical roles. And now with a focus on early stage ventures developing innovative technologies covering the scope of digital transformation.

David has thoroughly enjoyed Churchill Club events over the years, and is pleased to be more closely involved.

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Gretchen Scott

Gretchen has a passion for encouraging and supporting diverse people in technology. After completing a Bachelor in Operations Research she applied these skills in a variety of industries, from agriculture through to plastic surgery and even the World Rally Championships in NZ.

Gretchen is the Co-Founder of The Tech Diversity Lab, an organisation that exists to help organisations build great tech teams.

Prior to this, she completed a Diploma of IT and spent time teaching web development and working in business development roles. She has been using her technology experience to help make tech a viable career option for diverse people and was pivotal in her organisation receiving a Diversity in Tech merit Award in 2019.

Gretchen hosted a panel at the inaugural Grace Hopper Conference in 2019 and she is actively involved in the tech community having hosted talks at DDD Melbourne’s 10th conference. She is also a Director of Women Who Code Melbourne, which was the fastest-growing chapter of Women Who Code worldwide in 2019.

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Charles Rendigs

Charles is a self-motivated professional providing practical energy efficiency/generation/storage solutions to a variety of market segments; Government, commercial and industrial. Energy management, WPC creation, carbon and asset/infrastructure protection are key drivers. Sustainability consultant...waste, energy, product design/inputs, modern slavery compliance/reporting/APCO/FSC.

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Dr Fanni Melles

Fanni Melles, PhD, is a future of cities researcher, an architect by profession, and a project manager by experience. Before her PhD studies, Dr Melles was the project manager and a master planner for Hungary’s biggest urban development in the last 150 years across 10 design teams. Earning her PhD from Swinburne University in 2023, she specialised in the practical implementation of the future of cities and smart cities concepts.

Dr Melles hosts the podcast "What is The Future for Cities?" and excels at harnessing chaos and ambiguity into practical systems. Passionate about tailoring unique futures for cities, she's an adept facilitator, working with various stakeholders to ensure urban influence and client satisfaction. 

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Olga Bubnova

Olga is the founder and CEO of B.gain, a boutique marketing agency and consultancy dedicated to helping tech businesses stand out and achieve better results through strategic brand and marketing solutions and powerful storytelling. With over 15 years in the marketing field, Olga has proven success in Australia and internationally, primarily focusing on B2B tech industries. Her expertise includes creating bespoke brand identities, rebranding campaigns, and comprehensive marketing strategies and plans that result in measurable success of growing businesses.  Olga hosts her own pod cast on “Marketing for Tech” and co-hosts as series of webinars on AI driven marketing tools. 

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Ben Vass

Ben is an experienced data engineer and founder of ApexAI providing insights through graph analytics, and applying AI to problems across the board.

He worked with governments on multiple continents, the navy and various other deep tech projects.

Ben has been an active committee member of Churchill Club co-ordinating events, recently including Space Aspirations in 2024.

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