Our PeopleWe pride ourselves at Corporate Challenge Events on our people and having a team across Australia and New Zealand to deliver industry leadership in team building, corporate training, conference planning and event management.
Meet Our Team
Dwain Richardson – Managing Director
Leadership and the practice of “Positive Team Cultures” are prevalent through all aspects of Dwain’s life. An avid baseballer for over 40 years, and now the president of his childhood club Dwain “Practices what he Preaches” when leading any team. With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement and more than 25 years of experience in the delivery of team building, corporate health and culture programs, Dwain has a distinct passion and understanding on the importance of team culture in the workplace. When not working, Dwain loves spending time and telling dad jokes with his children Will and Charli and partner Anita.
FUN FACT: Dwain’s favourite app on his phone is Vivino.
Michael Cromie – General Manager
Throughout Michaels 11 years with CCE he has been responsible for facilitating over 1000 events. He prides his success within the organisation to the strong relationship he holds with every client and colleague, his eye for detail and a belief that his role is not just a job; it’s a passion. Michael holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement, and has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s leading team building experts. Michael’s favourite Friday night would be watching hawthorn win the footy with son Samuel, daughter Elouise and wife Candice. His experience, friendly personality and dedication to everything he does has significantly contributed to the growth of the company and staff.
FUN FACT: Michael played on the amateur golf circuit for 10 years
Anita Kropacsy – Corporate Training Manager
What Anita lacks in height she makes up for in enthusiasm. With 20 years experience in leadership coaching, facilitation and change management, Anita has led programs for the public sector, corporate and small owner led organisations. She has a proven ability to apply evidence based learnings in simple, scalable and effective ways that have real business impact. Anita found what she describes as ‘the perfect fit’ with CCE integrating training, team building and conferences to blend her life’s work. Anita is just as enthusiastic about wine and balancing her lifestyle with long distance running. When she is not improving positive culture or hitting the pavement she loves to spend time with partner Dwain and step children Will and Charli.
FUN FACT: Anita travelled around the world playing the oboe with Jazz legend James Morrison
Kathryn Laslett – Conference & Events Manager
Kathryn quickly proved to be a valuable asset to the CCE family when she joined in March 2016. Kathryn brings with her a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, Events and Tourism, and a strong variety of experience, equipping her with the knowledge and skills to execute seamless events. When Kathryn isn’t travelling the country delivering events she is seeking out the latest musical, reading a fantasy book series or planning her next big adventure; North America is in planning! Kathryn has an eye for detail and thorough event administration ability which have been instrumental in building her reputation as a highly regarded professional conference organiser.
FUN FACT: Kat loves musicals, her favourite is Wicked
Rachael Ziccone – Marketing & Communications
Rachael started with CCE in 2008 after having completed a triple Diploma in Event Management, Business and Tourism. One of the businesses longest serving team members Rachael has experience in facilitation, conference planning and has an eye for detail second to none. She commenced CCE’s conference and events department in 2012 working as manager until a maternity leave break in 2018. Rachael’s passion for the company’s ongoing success has seen her re-join the team in 2019. Outside the office Rachael enjoys spending time with her family, husband Paul, baby Izaac and Italian greyhounds, Gari and Terri. Health and nutrition also feature importantly in Rachael’s life.
FUN FACT: Gari and Terri are still recovering from the neglect they have received since the arrival of Izaac.
Sally Hiney – Finance Manager
Sally joined the CCE team in February 2016 and brought with her over 20 years of experience in finance and an effervescent personality that rubs off on her office peers. Sally couples hers skills of reliability, integrity and efficiency with a sense of humour that makes her an advocate to our goal of positive team culture. When Sally is not in the office she is busy with her two children Jasmine and Josh or coaching the junior netball where she has been honoured as “club person of the year’ two years running. Sally has a passion for practising Fish! both in the workplace and in her personal life and says that while it is risky telling your teenage daughter to ‘choose her attitude’ it has developed into some great parenting!
FUN FACT – Sally has recently discovered, and is addicted to yoga, pilates and meditation
Tim Crespin – Manager for Victoria & South Australia
Tim is a strong believer in having fun in the workplace, not only in his, but contributing that passion to other workplaces through the delivery of team building and culture programs. Tim joined the CCE family in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Sport Development and a Level 1 coaching accreditation. In January 2016 Tim was appointed to the role of VIC state manager and will facilitate his 500th event this year. Tim loves to ‘practice what you preach’ and can often be found singing along to the radio in the office or creating laughter with his latest ‘dad joke’. Tim’s greatest achievement is being a family man to wife Allana and sons Archie and Milo.
FUN FACT– Tim is a national volleyball champion
Monique Vivian – Event Coordinator for Victoria & South Australia
Monique completed an internship with CCE in 2017 and was such a good fit she joined the team permanently after completing a Bachelor of Management (Event Management). Monique’s goal on any event is to ensure the participants have as much fun as she does and she brings this enthusiasm into the office with an exceptional eye for detail and comprehensive administration skills. In her downtime Monique loves to travel, going out for brunch and enjoys the guilty pleasure of the latest reality tv series. Monique exemplifies dedication to providing exceptional customer service and her passion for the events industry make her a valued developing member of the team.
FUN FACT – Monique’s favourite music genre is RnB
Danielle Lambert – Manager for Queensland & Northern Territory
Dani has a strong will to succeed which was immediately apparent when she joined the CCE team in 2011. As the QLD/ NT manager Dani brings with her a Bachelor of Business and Certificate III & IV in Fitness, as well as over six years delivering corporate events. Dani loves going to work every day and values the opportunity to create remarkable events for new groups of wonderful people every week. In her spare time Dani has a passion for endurance sports. Having competed in 7 full Ironman triathlons, 8 half ironman triathlons, 4 stand-alone marathons and countless Olympic and sprint triathlons; Dani’s love for fitness has taught her both resilience and determination; something she now prides herself in practicing both at work and at home.
FUN FACT: Dani has competed in 7 full Ironman triathlons
John Simmonds – Event Coordinator for Queensland (Sunshine Coast)
John has been with Corporate Challenge Events since 2011, delivering excellence in team building facilitation and client relationships over this time. With a passion for creating fun and positive team cultures in the workplace, John is overseeing the growth of the business in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions of Queensland. As a fully qualified personal trainer as well, John has wonderful people skills and an ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Hugh Sykes – Manager for New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory
Hugh believes a positive attitude is everything. After finishing a bachelor of Health Science geared towards PE teaching, Hugh decided that his background in sports coaching and facilitation was really what he loved to do. Over the last 9 years Hugh has taken the reigns of the NSW/ACT office, has organised over 1,100 team building events and is on track to lead facilitate his 500th event in 2019. Away from the office Hugh is a cricket tragic who made it to 1st grade for his beloved Mosman Whales and still loves the game. At home Hugh is a family man with wife Nat, son Archer and baby number 2 due to join the team in July 2019.
FUN FACT – Hugh loves reading and his favourite genre is Fantasy. His favourite book is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Caitlin Somerville – Event Coordinator for New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory
Caitlin loves creating fun and productive environments for individuals and teams, and in doing so, making a positive impact on their lives. With a tertiary education and certificate in fitness training behind her, Caitlin has already developed significant experience in group training, client relations, sales and administration. She prides herself on integrity, transparency and accountability, and a desire to motivate people to develop their strengths for grand outcomes.
Shane Rakich – Manager for Western Australia
Shane is an engaging facilitator who thrives on being able to connect with his clients and peers. Shanes passion is helping organisations create an environment that promotes growth, high performance and a clear vision for positive team culture. Along with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and qualifications in training, assessment and sport’s coaching, Shane has 10 years experience leading and managing teams in the corporate and fitness industry. Outside of the office Shane always wants to be the best version of himself and enjoys reading and researching holistic health or practising daily mediation. Shanes pride and joy are his wife Elisa, and daughters 3 year old Mikayla and 1 year old Mackenzie.
FUN FACT: Shane meditates watching the sunrise 4 times a week
Todd Statham – Manager for New Zealand
Todd started as the NZ manager in 2016 and brought with him 23 years of experience in the Airforce specialising in a training role, facilitating and managing courses. Todd believes that a company’s people are their greatest asset and he is driven by this passion to deliver remarkable team building and culture programs all across New Zealand. At home Todd is a family man with two testing teenagers and wife Sue of 18 years. He is currently writing a book on his extensive life experience so his children will know what crazy, fun, challenging and dangerous things their father has done. Todd lives by the belief of practising Integrity or to put it simply “Doing the right thing” and has adopted the “FISH Philosophy” which he practices daily.
FUN FACT: Todd has represented NZ in 2 different sports