The McGarry House team has deep experience and a shared commitment to our clients' success.
Danica Sekulovska GAICD, BA, M.Ed
Coming from an education and training background, Danica has worked extensively with clients across a broad range of sectors for both KPMG and as a Partner at Deloitte.
Danica brings a unique ability to match client plans with Government funding opportunities, and has successfully completed projects across Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Engineering and Research sectors.
Danica has worked closely with the CRC Program, and has managed industry programs across benchmarking and supply chain development.
Her education and training background positions her to support clients in understanding their options to achieve upskilling and career development plans for their people.
Damon Cantwell BComm (Hons), LLB
Damon brings nine years’ experience with the Victorian Government to McGarry House, followed by 20 years in consulting roles at KPMG and Deloitte, where he was Partner from 2005.
This Government experience covered policy development and program delivery with a trade and investment attraction focus, which included leading business missions to the US, Korea and Germany.
Damon’s consulting roles included government grant advisory work across a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, med-tech and agribusiness. He also delivered industry-wide programs across performance benchmarking and supply chain development.
This experience has included working in conjunction with a range of government agencies including Austrade, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, ARENA and AusIndustry. Direct advisory work to government included submissions to the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and the Productivity Commission.
Damon also currently works as the Public Policy and Government Relations Adviser for the SCT Group.
Anna Speedie GAICD, B.Comm
Recently finishing 15 years on Council and five consecutive as Mayor of Wodonga, Anna Speedie oversaw an extensive economic development program that saw the regional economy grow to $2.5 billion annually.
Anna was also an expert panel member advising the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation and Chair/Deputy Chair for Regional Cities Victoria, and has a thorough understanding of issues around the development of industrial precincts, investment attraction and the role of government in growing regional Australia.
Anna has extensive and strong relationships throughout all levels of government and business across regional Australia. She also has experience in private commercial and land development and management, and at an executive level across a diverse and challenging range of public, private, corporate and small business enterprises.
Anna is a Board Member of Tennis Victoria, and Albury-Wodonga Health.
Professor Matthew Cuthbertson FAICD, FTSE, FRACI
Throughout a distinguished and multi-faceted career, Matthew has made major contributions to applied research, organisational development and product innovation across a range of sectors including allied health, manufacturing and mining services.
Matthew has a track record of achievement around the integration of Australian science with business and policy innovation - to drive behavioural change, stimulate investment and solve complex industrial challenges. This has been a consistent focus in his previous board and executive roles with SOLA International, ARRB (Road Research) Group, GroundProbe, the Automotive CRC, RMIT University, Swinburne Ventures and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.
Matthew is a Director of the Victorian Clean Technology Fund and an Adjunct Professor with Swinburne’s Centre for Transformative Innovation.
Jim Walker AM GAICD, MEng, BMath, Grad Dip BusMan
Jim is an Australian business leader who has worked across the US and Asia-Pacific in the aerospace, defence, aviation and government sectors.
This expertise has included Boeing and the Royal Australian Airforce, in addition to CEO roles with QMI Solutions, the Automotive Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), and most recently Rockwell Collins Asia-Pacific.
This experience at the most senior echelons of global business enables Jim to provide extensive insights across the broad range of senior leadership issues, in addition to an extensive government background, including his role as Chair of Enterprise Connect, the Federal Government’s central support mechanism for Australian business (now the Entrepreneurs’ Programme).
Jim has held a range of Board and Chair positions over many years, which currently includes Millovate Pty Ltd, the Translational Research Institute, and The University of Queensland’s School of Mechanical, Mining and Aerospace Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Richard is an experienced chief executive with skill sets in advocacy, management, government relations, government policy development and media relations.
He has been the Chief Executive Officer of two national industry associations - the Australasian Corrosion Association and the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers (FAPM). Prior to these executive appointments, Richard had a nine-year career with professional services firm, Deloitte, advising leading Australian and multinational companies on their technology and R&D programs.
Richard spent six years delivering R&D industry support programs with AusIndustry, the Federal government’s program delivery arm. He also has experience in policy development and implementation with the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
In executive roles, Richard has built and maintained strong and effective stakeholder relationships across government, industry, media, unions and academia and provided vital policy and sector leadership to Association members. He developed strategic plans for both industry associations, diversified revenue sources, led the Boards in supporting new strategic directions and developed new governance procedures.