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Family Business Insights - State Conference NSW/ACT 2024

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Family Business Association proudly presents the Family Business Insights State Conference hosted in New South Wales on Friday, 18 October 2024.

Immerse yourself in this half-day premier event as you connect, share and grow with your New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory family business peers.

You’ll gain valuable insights as they explore topics such as corporatising the family business, managing family employees, the next generation's perspective, and the power of values and community impact for building success. 

Family Business Excellence Awards

This year we will also be announcing and celebrating your local Family Business Excellence Awards winners over lunch before the program begins. 

Meet the speakers 

Session 1Corporatising the Family Business 

Angus Raine
Executive Chairman / CEO
Raine & Horne

Angus Raine serves as the Executive Chairman of Raine & Horne, one of the oldest and most successful real estate franchises in Australia and Internationally spanning four generations and  over140 years old.

Actively engaged in overseeing and mentoring his 380 franchisees he steers the business towards future growth. His father, Max Raine, a visionary who introduced franchising to the company in the mid-70s, expanded their operations from two offices, one in the city and one in Double Bay, to a widespread network spanning Australia and beyond.

Following in his father's entrepreneurial footsteps, Angus joined Raine & Horne at 35 yeras of age having forged his own path working for several International Comercial Real Estate Firms. Angus spearheaded the integration of cutting-edge technology into Raine & Horne, enhancing efficiency and fostering a progressive company culture. They were the first network to embrace artificial intelligence, plus other Industry first technologies. 

In this session, Angus Raine will delve into the topic of corporatising the family business, drawing insights from past experiences and the lessons learned from mistakes, to chart a path towards sustained success. Although proud of their long history, Angus will emphasise the importance of  succession planning, forward-thinking and fostering a dynamic, diverse business environment for ensuring continued relevance and prosperity in uncertain times

Session 2: How to Manage Family Employees

Murray Furlong
General Manager
Fair Work Commission 
Vanessa Fudge
 CEO and Founder
Leading Well

Many family businesses employ family members, including in-laws. However, when a family member underperforms and the owner needs to let them go, it can be quite challenging.

In this session, Murray Furlong from the Fair Work Commission will discuss the current legislation regarding employment contracts, policies for family members and the processes for handling dismissal and redundancy.

Psychologist, Vanessa Fudge will then provide insights into resolving conflicts and managing relationships when employing family members, including how to handle situations involving dismissal. She will also touch on the importance of ongoing performance conversations to avoid unexpected disruption for the family and the business. 

Session 3: A Daughter’s Point of View: An Insider’s Perspective

Meika Doonan
Strategic Advisor
DECO Australia

Propelled by her father's bold ambition, a desire to help the family and the chance to absorb her Dad’s business acumen, Meika Doonan embraced the opportunity to spearhead operations at DECO at just 21—a decision that would shape her career journey.

Established in 2004, DECO Australia, manufacturer of timber-look aluminium building productsis the brainchild of Meika’s father, CEO and visionary Ross Doonan.

In this session, Meika will share insights on growing up in her Dad's entrepreneurial shadow, navigating family dynamics, embracing change, championing diversity and the delicate balancing act of leadership and parenthood.

Nearly two decades into the business Meika stands as a stalwart champion of DECO's ethos, with her unwavering commitment navigating the company through both tumultuous times and triumphant victories

Session 4: Building Success: The Power of Values and Community Impact in Family Business 

Josephine Sukkar AM
Tony Sukkar AM
Group Managing Director
Angus Kennard
Kennards Hire

The secret to success in family business often stems from upholding excellent values and actively giving back to the community. By prioritising integrity, compassion and social responsibility, these businesses not only thrive but also leave a positive impact on the world around them.

Buildcorp exemplifies this principle by leading through example. Founded by Josephine Sukkar AM and Tony Sukkar AM, construction has been Buildcorp’s core business since 1990. However, the evolution of the family-owned business has differentiated them beyond just what they do. Their difference comes from who they are and what they stand for. One testament to this is the Buildcorp Foundation, established in 2015. The foundation is on a mission to support good mental health and help put an end to suicide. It works closely with business, government and for-purpose partners that support the cause, while also creating a culture that promotes mental health awareness.

Facilitated by Angus Kennard, this session will provide fascinating insights from founders Josephine and Tony Sukkar into their family business journey, uncovering the secrets to their success and exploring their commitment to building productive and long-term relationships with their people, partners and community.

Program Outline

Networking Drinks
Networking drinks will round off the celebrations, so we hope you will stay for this wonderful opportunity to connect with other members.

Conference and Family Business Excellence Award Lunch Registration 


Registration includes the seated two-course lunch, afternoon tea and post-event networking drinks and canapes.

Early bird pricing ends on Friday 20 September.

* Prices include GST.

The Steve Waugh Room, with an abundance of natural light, offers stunning views of the field and Sydney CBD.

With Sincere Thanks to our Event Table Sponsors


Please contact our office on 1800 249 357 or at if you have any questions or require assistance with your registration.

For information regarding cancellation and substitutions, please click here.