Judging Panel

Our Awards would not be the success they are without our dedicated judges.  These individuals, all business leaders in their own right, donate their time in support of the local small business community. Our judging panel will face the difficult task of judging all of our wonderful nominations and determining our winners for each category and our overall Stirling Business of the Year 2021.

Rupen Kotecha

CEO, WA Leaders

AS CEO of WA Leaders and founder of the CFO Centre Australia, Rupen is able to indulge his passion of supporting business growth and inspiring the next generation of leading companies by surrounding them with the knowledge and networks required to support this growth.

Rupen Kotecha is a strategically and commercially minded UK qualified Chartered Accountant now based in Perth with extensive experience in the aviation and freight industries as well as in the field of logistics.

Having spent three years as CFO on the Board of British Airways Regional Cargo, he has extensive experience in restructuring, merger and disposal of businesses.

Prior to this he worked as CFO for an international logistics and supply chain company. He was responsible for running their UK, Hong Kong & China business units. This included setting up JVs in Hong Kong. He has also worked as a business analyst for a management consulting company with exposure to the likes of Shell, British Gas and Ford. In addition he has had further international exposure through Herbalife Europe where his work included assisting businesses in The Netherlands and Norway.

Over his career to-date, which has included exposure to global organisations, Rupen has acquired invaluable knowledge and experience of the problems and opportunities facing large and small businesses in sales, operational and financial areas.

Dr Claire Lambert

Lecturer, ECU School of Business & Law

Claire joined ECU as a full-time lecturer in the School of Business and Law in 2011. Previous to this position, Claire was a Sessional lecturer at ECU teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in International Marketing, Buyer Behaviour and Consumer Behaviour.

Claire also has extensive industry experience having held positions at Newell Rubbermaid as a Sales Manager and Product Manager, Coles Group as an Advertising Manager and McDonald’s Australia in several Marketing and Operational positions. Claire completed her Academic studies at the University of Western Australia.

Vicki Main GAICD

Director and Co-Founder, Blow Your Own Mind (BYOM Pty Ltd)

Vicki works with business owners and teams across Australia and New Zealand to help them reach their full potential and grow their business. Over the past two and a half years BYOM has delivered over 1000 workshops and helped several hundred business owners through PIVOT a WA state wide recovery program.

Vicki brings over 13 years of experience as a qualified Lecturer and coach, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and one of only two Master Practitioners of Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) in Australia and New Zealand.

Vicki is passionate about leadership, education and lifelong learning with a proven track record of delivering high quality degree programs in the UK and Australia. By night Vicki runs a DJ business specialising in corporate events, launch parties and weddings.