Brilliant Business After Hours at Optus (review)


Andrew Parker of Optus – photo Andrew Hill

Ryde’s biggest employer rolled out the red carpet for Ryde Business Forum members and guests at Business After Hours on 2 March. Attendees were treated to a tour of the Optus campus before the event started; from the many outdoor areas for relaxation to the friendly, modern office facilities Optus employees can view work as pleasure!

With several cafes on site to cater for all tastes Optus employees enjoy superb catering – as did our guests on the night in the Optus Auditorium.

Presenters who covered several facets of Optus – from an overview through sustainable transport (of which Optus is very supportive), to the future of workplace included Andrew Parker and Penny Dillon.

Gail Connolly, the City of Ryde’s new General Manager, was a special guest who spoke about her vision for Ryde’s future.

Ryde’s Deputy Mayor Clr Roy Maggio outlined the Macquarie Park Prospectus.

We welcomed new members on the night:

  • Mary Maggio – Mary Maggio Hair & Beauty
  • John Williams – William Seminars
  • Ken Hew – Avvora Pty Ltd

Optus provided very generous lucky draw prizes, with Lindsay Spencer of Robert Menzies College winning festival tickets and Alastair Scott of BresicWhitney walking away with a brand new mobile phone.

Servcorp donated a bottle of Chandon and three months’ Virtual Office membership, which was won by Melissa Iosifidis of Snowden Parkes.

Our Business of the Month winner is Contract Pharmaceutical Services of Australia.

We would like to acknowledge the following:


  • Clr Bill Pickering – Mayor of City of Ryde
  • Clr Craig Chung – City Of Ryde

VIPs in attendance:

  • Gail Connolly – General Manager, City of Ryde

Chamber Presidents in attendance:

  • Stefan Sojka, Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber
  • Yvonne Dornan, Gladesville Chamber

Level 1 members:

  • Vivek Sandhu – Courtyard by Marriott
  • Stephen Lowndes – Royal Rehab
  • Colin Stibbs – CPSA
  • Vicki George – Macquarie University
  • Ersen Armet – TAFE NSI

Level 2 members:

  • Tony Abboud – Snowden Parkes Real Estate Agents
  • Lindsay Spencer – Robert Menzies College
  • Jason Kitchingman – North Ryde Golf Club
  • Richard Bradshaw – The Salvation Army Employment Plus
  • Ian Miller & Mark Byers – Hunt & Hunt

Thanks too to Vice President Andrew Hill, who took photographs on the night. You can see his photos here.