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Our Advisors

All businesses have weaknesses as well as strengths. If you want to sustain and grow your business, it’s vital to address these issues before they threaten your chances of long-term success. A business health check can be a key part of that process.

The Southern Adelaide Business Advisory Service offers free health checks as part of their service to people in the council areas of Onkaparinga, Marion, Mitcham and Holdfast Bay. This service is provided by the ransgroup on behalf of these councils and the Department of State Development.

Phil Ransome
Business Advisor

Phil Ransome has been providing business assistance to companies for more than 10 years. Prior to that he has held senior management roles in a number of local and national businesses. Clients have ranged in size by business turnover from a few hundred thousand dollars to more than one hundred million dollars.


Phil Ransome is recognised as being one of Australia’s best and most trusted business advisors with clients located across a range of sectors including (but not limited to):


•          Advanced manufacturing

•          Food, wine and tourism

•          Health and medical devices

•          Retail


Clients have benefitted from his professional advisory services in areas including strategic assistance, advisory board assistance, grant and research applications, mentoring and coaching, training delivery and personnel development programs.


Phil has qualifications in Engineering and Business (majoring in marketing) and has also completed additional studies in Coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming. In 2018, he will complete a course in behavioural assessment (E-Disc) and also hypnosis.


Phil is experienced in the delivery of professional presentations to a variety of audiences including private enterprises, state, federal and local government entities and at the ministerial level. He has also been a representative on school and company boards and is presently the Co-chair of not-for-profit group - Schools in Business and Speakers in Schools.

Stuart Davis
Business Advisor

Stuart Davis, founder and Director of The Curious Mindset has extensive experience working with a range of organisations including private companies and individuals, local, state and commonwealth governments and universities.


Stuart is a passionate and experienced facilitator and strategist in the areas of design thinking, business model design, strategy, design and customer led innovation.


He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has studied Marketing and Management and was originally trained as an Industrial Designer. He has worked with clients in a diverse range of sectors including the design, advertising and creative Industries, food and agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, professional services and technology.


He has worked in start-ups and established businesses. Some focused on domestic markets, others international ones. Some lower value high volume commodities and others higher value lower volume technology based offerings. He has also started his own telecommunications and consulting businesses.

Amanda Wood MBA, FAICD
Business Advisor

Amanda has 20+ years experience as an effective CEO, Director, Manager and business owner.  She has a significant history of contributions to “assisting businesses to improve/grow” as well as business and professional networks including leadership of State and National Business Advisory teams, and involvement in a number of initiatives or boards with business (including manufacturing) at heart. Her range of hands-on experience makes her a pragmatic adviser who is keen to help define courses of action that will deliver improvement/results.


She has a post-graduate education and qualifications in business administration as well as manufacturing management, and holds a qualification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her key business strengths lie in Leadership & Change; Marketing; Strategic Direction, and Performance Analysis (e.g. “management” accounting), and her experience also enables strong general management advice.  In addition, Amanda has contributed as a key influencer, assessor, or decision-maker for a number of business grant programs.


Amanda continues to contribute through various business related boards, committees or initiatives and balances these with various private business & commercial interests.

Randal Brook
Business Advisor

Randal has a Bachelor of Economics degree and has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand for over 25 years. He has held senior positions with KPMG Accountants, Hewlett Packard, Telstra and Adam internet. 

Randal has has a proven track record in implementing modern management practices and helping businesses, big and small, to achieve business outcomes. He has worked in multiple industry sectors and has has extensive experience in assessing the viability of new business or revenue streams. 

Having worked in both finance and operations Randal has a unique blend of skills that can be applied across the business to improve your financial, business and commercial management regardless of whether you are a start-up,early growth stage or mature business.

“While I have only had one meeting with Randal, he has already given me a different way of looking at my business. Being the sole director of the business, I occasionally do feel alone in some of my decision making but to have a fresh set of eyes, from someone with business nous, has already given me a way forward.”

James Ralston, Franchise Owner - Marion, Southern and Western Adelaide