Success Stories From Catherine Robson



A series that asks people at the pinnacle of their career 'how did you get here?'


  • Justin Quay

    26/09/2020 Duração: 31min

    Justin Quay is the Founder of Shroogle, a start-up company that is building out an online personal finance hub for mainstream Australians.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine speaks with Justin about his experiences in Financial Services and the background that led to Shroogle. He's in the process of building out a series of modules that will eventually comprise a one-stop fully-connected comprehensive advice solution.With financial advice becoming more expensive and increasingly difficult to access due to the attrition of adviser numbers following the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services, Justin believes the future of financial advice is digital. This is because digital introduces a high degree of rigour and transparency to the process and the high scalability of digital is key to making high quality and objective advice much more accessible and affordable for mainstream Australians.This interview was recorded in January 2020.

  • Pascale Helyar-Moray

    19/12/2019 Duração: 40min

    Pascale Helyar-Moray is the CEO of Super Rewards, a start up company that partners with Australia retailers to top up your super when you shop online.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson speaks with Pascale after the October launch of Super Rewards. Pascale's business aims to address the gender imbalance of Australia's superannuation funds. Women retire with 42% less super than men and only enough for six years of retirement. Pascale tells Catherine where this idea started, how scalable she thinks it is and why Barbie might be the key to switching off.Catherine and Success Stories are taking a break. If you want to hear more interviews with inspiring women, Catherine is involved in a new podcast from Scale Investors. You can find it here:

  • Gwen Sandberg

    12/12/2019 Duração: 33min

    According to her LinkedIn profile, Gwen Sandberg is Business Development Director, Tink AB, Fintech Ladies Ambassador, Pre-school President and Supermom! In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson speaks with Sweden-based Gwen during Melbourne's intersekt Festival. Gwen has experience with Google, Web MD and now Tink. Gwen leads the sales team for Tink's API-developer platform. Gwen and Catherine chat about her move from Texas to Sweden, how she empowers her sales team and why Sweden, as a country, is a successful start-up incubator.

  • Simone Joyce

    05/12/2019 Duração: 38min

    Simone Joyce is the managing director of Paypa Plane which she founded in January 2018.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson chats with Lauren during Melbourne's intersekt Festival. Sometimes jokingly referred to as Brisvagas, Australia’s third largest city does not have reputation as hot bed of tech innovation. However fintech success story Paypa Plane founder and Fintech Australia board member Simone Joyce suggests that growing a start up a bit off the beaten track can have real advantages.

  • Lauren Capelin

    28/11/2019 Duração: 31min

    Lauren Capelin, Head of Venture Community at Reinventure and board member of fintech Australia.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson chats with Lauren during Melbourne's intersekt Festival. Their discussion touches upon Lauren's passions: specialist corporate social innovation and fostering entrepreneurial capacity, particularly in women. Lauren shares her thoughts on how businesses can foster community and why it's important to think of community as more than just active on social media.

  • Nilixa Devlukia

    21/11/2019 Duração: 21min

    Nilixa Devlukia is an Open Banking and Regulatory Payments Expert and an international Speaker. In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson chats with Nilixa during Melbourne's intersekt Festival. As a foremost expert on open banking, Nilixa shares what its introduction means for Australia and why having deep expertise in a specific field can make you more likely to be in the right place at the right time in your career.

  • Rebecca Schot-Guppy

    14/11/2019 Duração: 23min

    Rebecca Schot-Guppy is the General Manager at FinTech Australia. FinTech Australia represents over 300 companies in Australia on key policy issues and supports the local fintech ecosystem with events and partnerships - like Melbourne's intersekt Festival. In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine Robson chats with Rebecca during Melbourne's intersekt Festival. Rebecca tells Catherine about her path from corporate lawyer to representative of this growing financial sector. Rebecca is putting her leadership skills to use in her role managing a remote team. At the moment, she's pursuing an MBA at Melbourne Business School. Rebecca has advice for young professionals and has he sights set on an even bigger goal.

  • Dr Misty Jenkins

    12/09/2019 Duração: 29min

    Dr Misty Jenkins is a leading scientist in cancer research at the Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, (WEHI). Misty researches in the area of immunology and cell biology, and understanding how immune cells kill cancer cells.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine catches up with Dr Misty Jenkins at WEHI to learn how her research is combatting some of the world's deadliest cancers including brain cancer. She also talks about work life balance, gender inequity in STEM and how she inoculates her emails every day... you can take a doctor out of a lab, but you can't take the lab out of the doctor.

  • Anna Donaldson

    05/09/2019 Duração: 36min

    Anna Donaldson is Founder and CEO of Lively, a social enterprise that brings young and older people together to support each other.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine catches up with Anna Donaldson to learn about how a stint as a 'life writer', yes that is a real thing, got her thinking about how society views the elderly, loneliness and young people. This led Anna to create Lively an organisation that works to tackle these huge social issues, with a mission of, "No young or older person feels unwanted or undervalued because of their age". Lively is growing and so is Anna's confidence in her role as a leader.For more information about Lively:

  • Samantha Ludolf

    29/08/2019 Duração: 32min

    Samantha Ludolf is Deputy Director, Strategy and Operations at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Research in Melbourne.In this episode of Success Stories, Catherine visits Samantha Ludolf at WEHI in Melbourne research and medical precinct. Samantha is originally from the UK but always had a fascination with Australia. It was a professional opportunity that brought her here and she's gone from success to success. She's a skilled negotiator and led the WEHI team that successfully sold partial rights to leukemia drug Venetoclax in a $348 million deal that was an Australia-first. She's an advocate for equal representation in the work place and creating opportunities for children to have access to STEM from an early age, because Sam believes, education is your ticket to anywhere - it saved her.

  • Jodie Hampshire

    19/08/2019 Duração: 45min

    Jodie Hampshire is Managing Director for Australia at Russell Investments. She has the responsibility for Russell Investment’s Australian business across Institutional and Advisor and Intermediaries Solutions.In this episode of Success Stories, Jodie Hampshire chats with Catherine Robson about her international experience. Jodie helps make sense of the importance of the role of a financial advisor through The Value of an Adviser formula. Jodie survived breast cancer, has adopted three of her children from Sierra Leone and volunteers in her free time. She's well-practiced in choosing her priorities and have found intuitive parenting to be very helpful.Jodie mentioned this site as a resource in her interview:

  • Nicole Mardell

    25/07/2019 Duração: 37min

    Nicole Mardell is Senior Global Equities Analyst at Bell Asset Management in Melbourne, Australia.In this episode of Success Stories, Nicole Mardell chats with Catherine Robson about how her love of maths set up her trajectory into finance. Nicole took a risk and moved to London where she spent 10 years before moving back to Australia. She works for Bell Asset Management where she researches eligible stocks across the cap spectrum. When she's not at work she's a mum to three young children and would love to carve out some time to read more books.

  • Anna Leibel

    18/07/2019 Duração: 29min

    Anna Leibel is Chief Delivery and Information Officer with accountability for member administration, IT, project delivery and the Digital Delivery Centre for Uni Super's $82+ billion fund.In this episode of Success Stories, Anna Leibel joins Catherine Robson for an in-depth discussion. Picture a 21 year old with enough savings to build a house. Now that same women is looking after 400,000 members of Uni Super. Plus, she's a qualified yoga instructor who claims that may have been the most physically challenging thing she's done. Anna is balancing people and technology and explains how she thinks everyone can get along in the future.

  • Dr Anabela Correia

    11/07/2019 Duração: 31min

    Recorded at the Scale investors portfolio day in 2019, this is a very special group interview going behind the scenes to understand the collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors in early stage, high growth potential companies.This discussion is led by Dr Anabela Correia, the CEO of medical device company Livac. The respect of her lead investor and Scale angel Penelope Lane is palpable and together they share the gruelling journey to successfully raise money as a medical device company and the exciting future they see ahead.

  • Cyan Ta'eed

    04/07/2019 Duração: 43min

    Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder at, Hey Tiger and Envato.In this episode of Success Stories, Cyan Ta'eed joins Catherine Robson for an in-depth discussion about the origin story of Envato, one of Australia's most successful technology companies. Now with Envato's success more than assured, Cyan has branched out into a social enterprise focused on chocolate and even the app space. She tells Catherine about how she's learning to say no, the importance of surrounding yourself with good people and why the company never said yes to external funding.

  • Annette King

    27/06/2019 Duração: 33min

    Annette King is co-founder of Galileo Platforms, the blockchain enable technology company, revolutionising back office administration for the insurance sector across theAsia Pacific region.In this episode of Success Stories, Annette and Scale angel investors Pen Lewin and Vicky Papachristos talk with Catherine Robson. Annette tells Catherine why the insurance industry is ready for disruption. Pen and Vicky outline what they look for in companies and what is appealing about founder-led businesses. and the three of them, share learnings from the journey to date and the exciting future ahead, and for full disclosure Catherine is also a very enthusiastic investor in Galileo Platforms.

  • Sarah Last

    20/06/2019 Duração: 32min

    Sarah Last is the CEO and co-founder of Mimictec which has developed the ingenious PeckTec system for use in commercial poultry shed.In this episode of Success Stories, founder Sarah Last, and investors Lisa Galbraith and Maryjane Crabtree give Catherine Robson a behind the scenes look at the collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors in early stage technology companies. Sarah, Lisa and Maryjane share their individual learnings from the journey to date and the exciting future ahead. And Sarah explains why a couple of weeks with baby chooks is so relaxing.

  • Kate Weidenhofer

    13/06/2019 Duração: 18min

    Kate Weidenhofer is Head of Australia at Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network connecting the world’s leading asset managers to one of the largest pools of liquidity.In this episode of Success Stories, Kate Weidenhofer chats with Catherine Robson about her unconventional path to success - saying no thank you to higher education, and choosing to learn by doing. Kate has been in her role for just over a year and is finding the confidence to say - "I deserve this". Plus, how she unwinds with Real Housewives and Oprah and how a Liquidnet-sponsored service trip to Rwanda changed her perspective.

  • Natasha Shamis

    06/06/2019 Duração: 33min

    Natasha Shamis is the Global Head of Product or Chief Product Officer at Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network connecting the world’s leading asset managers to one of the largest pools of liquidity, and is based in the United States.In this episode of Success Stories, Natasha Shamis speaks with Catherine Robson about her experiences studying computer science and making her way in a male-dominated field. She details her role at Liquidnet and what the company does. Plus, the importance of mentoring for talent retention and what her parents really think of her career path.

  • Natalie Feehan

    28/05/2019 Duração: 32min

    Natalie Feehan is the Executive GM, Marketing & Direct Sales at MYOB in Melbourne, Australia.In this episode of Success Stories, Natalie Feehan chats with Catherine Robson about her passion for the fast-paced world of tech businesses. The exciting project MYOB is undertaking to invest in female entrepreneurs. Plus, Natalie is a fan of saying yes to help and what about the future has her excited.

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