Advisory Board

Charlie Gunningham

CEO, Business News

Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore for 8 years before landing in Perth in 1997. Graduating as top MBA student from UWA Business School in 1999, he cofounded, an online real estate business, which he ran for 10 years until it was acquired by REIWA in 2010. He then ran before joining Business News in 2013. Charlie is a big supporter of the startup tech community in Perth, an adjunct lecturer in eBusiness at UWA Business School and also sits on the Board of Cancer Support WA.

Ali Sumner

CEO, POWA Institute

Ali is founding CEO of the POWA Institute, WA’s not-for-profit Institute for new thinking in the areas of economic, environmental and social change. Since 2006, the Institute has helped hundreds of West Australians learn new thinking skills to deliberately create better futures for themselves, their organisations and communities.

She has over 30 years experience in the social sector, both on Boards and as Chair of not-for-profit organisations. Currently She is founding Chair of Green World Revolution, an environmental social enterprise working with unemployed people to gain self-employment through urban farming. She is a Social Return On Investment (SROI) Analyst; Chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA) WA Chapter and a member of the SIMNA National Coordinating Committee.

Ali has a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from Curtin University and is currently undertaking her PhD part-time at Curtin University Graduate School of Business.

James Lush

CEO/Founder, Lush Digital

It’s now 23 years since James started his broadcasting career back in the UK hosting a daily show with the BBC for many years. In Perth he presented Saturday Breakfast on 720ABC Perth for 7 years with the aim of bringing challenging and inspirational guests to a large weekend audience.

With brand story telling very much the focus James owns and manages Lush Digital Media a 2012 Telstra Business of the Year award winner in Western Australia where their unique approach to strategic and content driven communication has established a strong reputation with some of the biggest corporations, arts organisations and not for profits in the country. He also hosts and facilitates a large number of key events all around the country taking his inquisitive and audience driven approach to ensure events are memorable for the right reasons.