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AMANDA RICHENS I believe your mental and physical health matters! Being passionate about coaching, business development and business success, I have had the privilege, and been given the gift, of combining these passions together over the last 25-plus years. Committed and experienced in the FMCG industry, I have now worked within every aspect of the industry at all levels. Three years ago, I made the choice to create my own 'startup' distribution company and was responsible for fulfilling all roles from my home, including sales, marketing, advertising, coaching, stock controller, bookkeeper, warehouse manager, accounts, delivery driver, while also generating new business all in a single day! Based on the success of one of the brands represented, I was 'poached' to join the team at a senior level and grow the brand nationally. Today, I am proud to leave this business to return to my dream role of coaching others in their own business development and sales careers in order to maximise their personal and professional development.

Over the past 10-plus years, I have specialised in business development and sales growth across many strong brands within Australia, identifying areas of improvement and gaps in coaching environments that use dated techniques infield. My aim is to step up and encourage sales teams to step out of the norm of a typical sales role and ask themselves the important question: “Why?” IAN RICHENS Your business matters! My speciality is generating improvement and CHANGE to your business’s advantage and benefit. With a passion for technology and the good fortune of having grown up in a successful family business, I’ve gained a strong analytical approach to making things work in a more efficient, economical and userfriendly manner in many environments within your budget. I am a seasoned business and technology professional with over two decades’ experience covering all aspects of technology and business, culminating in Solutions Architecture, Project Management, Business Analysis, Innovation, Management, Engineering and Operations roles. I can grasp conceptual developments quickly and pass on the implications and advantages to business with an absence of 'jargon'. Specialising in identification through exploratory, analysis, design, engineering, project management, delivery, across private and public sectors, from small business to large enterprise projects locally and nationally.



Nestled in the heart of Kawana is the Buddina Community Garden, an oasis of green in suburbia. Look closer and you will see a group of dedicated volunteers creating something for the community. At the Buddina Community Garden we grow our own spray free food. The garden is open to the public to walk through and enjoy. There are even some beds where the picking of herbs and lettuce is allowed for a small donation into the donation box.The Buddina Community Garden recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary.


A crew of enthusiastic people all got together one day. They found a patch of dirt not far from Nicklin Way Just over here in Kevin Asmus Park A great idea, I beg your pardon What a perfect spot they thought For a brand new Community Garden So many people gave their time Suzie, Trevor and Kevin Until they made it happen there and opened in 2011 Growing everything from peas to Lemon Verbena A wonderful village centre for the people of Buddina Getting together, we all like to share A little jam for you or just a banana It’s all happening here for the Generous people of Kawana A garden for plants and food standing up to all kinds of weather at Buddina Community Garden Where we are all Growing together. Our next garden lease period begins this month so if you have thought about growing your own food or becoming a member of a small urban farming community please contact us via facebook Buddina Community Garden or visit our website at e

'My Carrot' allows me to work with some amazing people across various businesses, further developing my growth of products, services and processes, which I utilise to help everyone I can while sharing my knowledge to the benefit of others. a Ph: 1300 681 511 Web:


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Matters Magazine Autumn Issue  

We include some great articles on Sunshine Coast Changemakers, and give you some ideas for embracing change and being the change within your...

Matters Magazine Autumn Issue  

We include some great articles on Sunshine Coast Changemakers, and give you some ideas for embracing change and being the change within your...