Greg Ratsch

Manager Economic Development and Urban Policy

About Greg

Greg is an economic development manager with extensive experience in business support, investment attraction, policy development and major projects. He manages the Polaris Centre’s programs to grow small business and works with investors, innovators, community groups and government to generate greater prosperity and job opportunities in northern Adelaide.

Janet Wootton

Project Officer

About Janet

Janet is a great networker bringing businesses and people together, she has over 15 years experience in organising networking events & programs to help businesses grow. If you have ever attended one of our events you would have doubtless come across Janet working tirelessly to make the event a successful experience for all involved. Events and networking is only the tip of the iceberg that is Janet’s contribution to the Polaris Centre and you’ll find her fingerprints on most of the back of house workings that keep us delivering great services to businesses in South Australia.

Ben Kirchner

Senior Economic Development Officer

About Ben

Ben Kirchner applies his intimate knowledge of northern Adelaide to drive investment in the City of Salisbury. With a demonstrated track record in business advisory services he operates with a can-do-attitude with a proven ability to support the success of a number of businesses. Ben’s knowledge of the various sectors and the local businesses which operate within them, makes him a valuable resource when understanding the capacity of the region, whether it be to support a business to relocate or to support established businesses to work closer together. He also offers strong networks within government departments at a number of levels, ideal for understanding government programs and development policies. Ben takes a practical approach to working with business reinforced by his passion for the region and clear understanding of why Salisbury is a great place for business. As part of the team he is ready to listen to your business needs and provide assistance to help you take advantage of all that Salisbury has to offer.

Rhys Moult

Ebusiness Strategic Advisor

About Rhys

“I’m passionate about using online tools for innovative and collaborative working, learning and creating.” Rhys manages our Digital enterprise program and has mentored hundreds of businesses, helping them to improve business outcomes using the internet. He loves a challenge – identifying faults and finding solutions to tricky business problems. Also experienced as a small business owner, Rhys is known as @rhysatwork in many online spaces. Rhys can advise on anything from websites and social media to cloud computing and business process management.

Geoff Haygreen

Business Advisor

About Geoff

“We’re a sounding board for business – having access to business expertise and an unbiased opinion is invaluable for business owners and operators.”With more than 40 years of business experience across a variety of industries, Geoff is the kind of advisor most business owners want on their team.Geoff was owner and operator of an electrical retail business for over 25 years, building the business into a highly successful Betta Electrical franchise.Geoff provides support and advice for start-up and established businesses through our business advisory service and Business fundamentals and Mentoring for success programs.

Rob Chisholm

Business Development Officer

About Rob

“Clients are reassured that no matter what their problem or business stage, they’ve got support and advice from someone who’s been there and done that.”Rob has over 40 years of business experience and knowledge, including running award-winning small business Alulite Windows, working as director of SGIC and also for a licensed merchant bank. In 1985, Rob’s services to South Australian business were recognised with The Order of Australia Medal.Rob’s expertise is integral to developing and running practical programs for business owners and operators, including our Mentoring for success and Business fundamentals programs.He is always keen to ‘stir the pot’ and get people thinking about how they can grow their business.