The Bayside Business Excellence Awards Judging Panel is made up of an independent group of professionals. The Judging Panel aims to recognise the best small and medium businesses in Bayside and follow a broad range of criteria to find and celebrate the most deserving Bayside businesses based on each applicant’s Selection Criteria response detailed in their submitted nomination form.

Our 2019 Finalist Judges' Panel



Russell is a Chartered Accountant and qualified Arbitrator. He provides consulting services with a strong emphasis on business processes and applications, and their integration with and use of technology.

Russell is a former partner at Duesburys and then many years with Deloitte Consulting. His experience and background have seen Russell engaged with clients at all levels of government, large public companies and the private sector. Providing strategic advice and direction in the effective use of technology to assist businesses of all levels is a key strength.

Russell brings his experience with a number of advisory roles for the small to medium business and the not-for-profit sectors as well as providing mentoring to business owners.

Colleen d'Offay

Colleen d’Offay is a highly accomplished executive with vast General and Operational Management in such sectors as Retail, Pharmacy, Telecommunications, Managed and Professional Services, Health, Recruitment, Environmental, Software and IT and recently Payroll Software and Services.

Colleen is a member of the Calvary Bethlehem Community Advisory Council and participates in a number of projects. She is a member The Rotary Club of Brighton and Chair of the Vocational Training Project in Uganda.

For the past 12 Years Colleen has been a Judge on the Telstra Business Awards and the Telstra Women’s Awards so brings in-depth understanding of the many facets that make a successful business.



David is the founder and Chairman of Davids Timber, one of Australia’s leading outdoor timber suppliers since 1989. He was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Brighton.

In his career, David was a political advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Chairman of Forestry Advisory Committee appointed by the Victorian government. He was a member of Committee for Employment and Unemployment appointed by the Melbourne City Council. David also worked in the hospitality industry for 3 years prior to starting his own timber business.

With support from the Essendon Coach, Kevin Sheedy, David helped form the Spartan Football League to teach competitive sport to disadvantaged children between 1957 to 1981. He was President for four years at Spartan and was instrumental in Kevin Sheedy joining the Essendon Football Club.

David was a volunteer from his Rotary Club of Brighton to mentor Senior Police in various community projects



Pat Kearns has held CEO and senior executive positions with ASX-listed companies Toll Holdings, Mayne Nickless MSS, Freightlines, Skyroad, Wards Express, Security Express and Jetspress Air Couriers.

Pat began his working life in security business which was acquired by Mayne Nickless in 1969. Over his 41 years career in security, transport and specialised warehousing industries, Pat has worked extensively across USA., Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands and France.

Since his retirement in 2010, Pat has been a mentor to the CEO and chairing board meetings in a large logistic company. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton, West Brighton Club, VRC and RACV Club.



Alistair Murray AM is a Bayside business identity with a background in manufacturing and export in the sailing industry.  His career distinctions include:

“Victorian Governor’s Award” for outstanding contribution to export.

Federal Centenary Medal, 2003.

“Australian Export Hero Award” from the Governor of Victoria.

Inducted as an individual into the Victorian “Manufacturing Hall of Fame”.

Life Member, Bayside Business Network. Host of Breakfast Series.

“Australian Sailing Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Member, General Division, Order of Australia (AM) 2017.

Life Member, Boating Industry Association of Victoria.

Chair of “24 Hour Charity Ride” for Sandringham Hospital, “Bayside Community Event of the Year, 2017”.



Career in plastic product manufacturing led to being very cost conscious in a capital-intensive industry that normally runs 24/7. Very focussed on raising productivity using strategic planning, technology, effective systems of work, constant training and giving excellent ‘customer’ service.
Design Draughtsman at Nylex Corporation – designing dies for VW Beetle door seals being the highlight.
Development Engineer – project managing first plastic drawer systems in Australia.
Production Management – turning loss-making plant into a profitable one by raising productivity.
Building new plant to produce corrugated plastic pipe with a German partner.
Manufacturing Manager at Hume Plastics – raising productivity by incorporating new technology, effective systems of work and stable industrial relations.
Vinidex – helped develop new pressure pipe that was half the weight of standard product. Patented worldwide.
HR & SHE Manager with national responsibilities. Created mandatory training for all employees including Managers to raise productivity.
Retiring 2009.



Corporate Advisory – Business Reconstruction, Batchelor of Business (Accounting)

Past Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Accountant Australia and New Zealand and ACPA. Officer of the Federal Court and Victorian Supreme Court. Official Liquidator and Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy. Retired in June 2018 as a partner, from private practice as an Insolvency Practitioner.

Over his 45 year career, he has gained the following experience:

  • Managing Accounting Practice, being a member of the National Executive with revenue turnover in excess of $60 million and five member International Executive with a turnover in excess of $2 billion.
  • Investigating white collar crime.
  • Managed numerous businesses with turnovers of $2million to $200 million in an official capacity.
  • Investigated and reported on the viability of businesses to financial institutions and banks.
  • Was regularly called upon as a witness in court proceedings as an expert in finance and viable operations of a business.


Other participating Judges

Wendy Davis
Peter Emerson
Julian Goglia
Maureen Griffiths
Ken Mirams
Judy Pridmore
Ike Solomon