Business Mentors at CoWork Newtown

Realise Business and CoWork Newtown have built a partnership that will help locals Do Better Business

CoWork Newtown members will meet with experienced Business Advisors from Realise Business, who know first-hand the challenges of starting and managing a business. 

As part of our commitment to helping locals Do Better Business, our Mentors will provide you with a FREE BUSINESS ANALYSIS to give you some feedback and advice on how to sustain and grow your business. You can register for your free business analysis here

Our business advisors are accredited and have experience running a small business themselves. They have formal qualifications in a business-related discipline and have management, consulting or prior advisory experience.

Here are the Mentors you can tap in to at CoWork Newtown


Katherine Blizard is a multiple business award winner, including Wentworth Courier Business of the Year 2008-13, Restaurants & Catering NSW Winner 2009-2011, 2014, Restaurants & Catering National Winner 2012-2013, and the National Telstra Women’s Business Awards Finalist 2010; Katherine built her business Ampersand into a brand that was renowned for its customer service excellence as well as its sensational coffee. Katherine is passionate about small business, women in business, and social responsibility, and readily involves herself in events that help small business owners reach their potential.

Katherine is renowned for her bold marketing and business decisions, passion for high standards, customer loyalty, and innovation, all of which positioned Ampersand as a business success story. Having been at the coalface of business for 14 hours a day, Katherine offers a highly-relevant perspective that continues to encourage, teach and inspire business owners.


Chris Cassar has business management experience in both corporate and small business. With a strong focus on business planning and implementation, Chris has led the marketing for a number of organizations including Avis Australia, Lombard Insurance, NZI Insurance and Intelematics Australia. In 2001, Chris established his own marketing and business consulting practice specifically aimed at supporting small businesses.

Over the last 15 years Chris has helped small businesses in industries such as; IT, Medical Services, Legal service, Tourism, Building and Construction, Allied Health Services, Retail, Fashion and Entertainment. Chris approaches business advisory both from an external and internal perspective: including target market, competitors, communication, human resource capacity, service/product delivery protocols, customer interaction procedures, financial trends and the owner’s goals and ambitions. This then facilitates the provision of practical, effective and manageable business advice.



Amanda Warrington has owned and sold a variety of businesses over the last 20 years, and recognises from a business owner perspective, the value of tailored business advice and support. Amanda is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them achieve their goals and develop plans to take their business to the next level.

In her Business Advisor role at Realise Business, she has worked with entrepreneurs and business people from a large variety of industries and at all stages of their business. Her hands-on business experience is in retail, wholesale, import/export, product development, healthcare and creative industries.


 Joining the team after 20 years of international business, entrepreneurship and start-up experience, Matt Trustum has extensive knowledge and expertise that equips him to provide quality, relevant and invaluable advice for a multitude of client businesses. Matt founded, built & sold award winning Fintech talent consulting business operating across the Asia Pacific whilst also featuring in BRW’s top 100 fast growing company list.

After an impressively successful international business career across Australasia, Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, Matt has since developed his skills as a leading small business advisor and relishes the opportunity in which small business provides. A passionate and innovative advisor with start-up experience across an array of industries, Matt has an obvious and infectious passion for small business and helping his clients achieve their long term strategic goals.

How do you tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge these Advisors have? REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE BUSINESS ANALYSIS so that they can meet with you once CoWork Newtown opens and they can show you how to take your business to the next level.


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